How do I get clients to notice my skills, experience and qualifications?
It is important to spend the time to ensure your profile details your skills, experience and qualifications. A well-prepared profile will assist in ensuring you are noticed by clients. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile and make sure your profile on LinkedIn is up-to-date.
kkooee also allows clients the ability to rate engineers upon the completion of services based on the timeliness, quality and professionalism of services provided. A good track record, evidenced in high ratings, will also assist in making your skills and capabilities noticed by clients. Keep this in mind when delivering services; a higher rating will lead to more project opportunities and the ability to charge more for your services.
What do I need to do to submit a proposal?
Obviously, you need to register with kkooee first. Once registered, go to the ‘Find Project’ page and click on the projects of interest to you. You’ll find on each project page there is a section on the right side of the screen where you can ‘Submit a Proposal’. It’s quite straightforward.
Keep in mind, you can’t submit a proposal if you haven’t entered your registered PayPal email address. You can enter your registered email address on the ‘Payment Method’ page. Also note, you need to have your profile completed before you can submit a proposal.
How much does kkooee charge clients and engineers?
kkooee charges a 10% fee relative to the total monetary value of any engineering project executed on the website. This 10% fee is applied to fixed-price or hourly contracts.
The 10% fee is paid by you, as an engineer, each time the client is charged for a completed project. The engineer, that is you, receives 90% of the amount they offer or charge to the client. The client is charged the exact amount they agree to pay.
Keep this 10% project fee in mind when submitting a proposal and cost estimate. Any offer you submit to client is inclusive of the 10% project fee. Therefore, you will receive 90% of the offer you made to the client.
PayPal is currently the payment vehicle used on kkooee now. Be aware that PayPal does charge transaction, currency conversion and other fees. These fees are covered by clients and engineers. We urge you to understand these PayPal’s fee structure and charges.
How do I identify and select a client that is good to work for?
It is important to note that engineers can rate clients on based on previous work they have undertaken through kkooee. These ratings should be observed prior to accepting any work with a prospective client. Ask questions and correspond with the client prior to accepting an offer.
If you see a project that is of interest to you, and you’re thinking of submitting a proposal, there may be a few questions you need answered regarding the scope of work. We’ve made this easy for you. Simply click on the ‘Ask a Question’ link (when you click on the project), fill in the relevant details and click ‘Submit’ to send the client the questions you have. A personalized message will be sent from you to the client.
What if the amount of work required is more than I estimated in my proposal?
Like all service contracts, it is important to read the scope of work prior to accepting a project. Underbidding for work is never recommended. There is limited ability to seek additional budget from a client if an agreement is executed and no material change to the scope of work has eventuated. However, there may be the ability to seek additional budget should additional work be requested or there is a change to the scope of work.
What if the amount of work required is more than was outlined in the scope of work and the agreed contract?
Like all service contracts, it is important to read the scope of work prior to accepting a project. Underbidding for work is never recommended. There is limited ability to seek additional budget from a client if an agreement is executed and no material change to the scope of work has eventuated.
We recommend that you clearly outline and agree on the scope of work, deliverables and milestones prior to accepting an agreement. This way, any additional work requested that is not contained in the scope of work will justify revision of the contract and contract value.
How secure will my data and profile information be?
We take your security seriously. We developed and secured the kkooee website with an Extended Validation (EV) Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certified level of protection. The EV SSL certification takes the standard SSL to the next level of website, transaction and data protection. We went through a rigorous process and evaluation to obtain certification. We explain this in a bit more detail under the ‘Security, confidentiality and copyright’ section of the FAQs. Like most internet sites, you will be issued a password to protect and manage your profile. You can upload your qualifications on your profile. But don’t worry, for privacy reasons these can’t be downloaded by any other registered user. We encourage all users to be careful with their password and account. Please notify us at the ‘Contact Us’ link if you notice some suspicious activity on your account.
Some clients may request copies of your qualifications or university degrees prior to contracting you. It is recommended that you be very careful when handing over any personal information to new clients. It is important to check the ratings and the profile of clients prior to handing over any personally sensitive information. Engineers should report any clients (or other engineers) acting suspiciously or inappropriately immediately to kkooee.
Can I get paid in my local currency?
kkooee operates in United States Dollars (unless otherwise specified). Payments are made via PayPal at this stage. The advantage of PayPal is that funds can be withdrawn in your local currency. Please note, PayPal does charge fees associated with currency conversion and withdrawals.
Am I liable for any tax outside my country of domicile?
This will depend on the client, the contracting entity and location where services will be contracted from. Engineers (including you) are responsible for tax liabilities within their country of domicile; this is not the responsibility of the client. Clients are responsible for any tax liabilities in the location where the services are contracted from and the country in which services are delivered. It is important to discuss any tax liabilities with your client prior to accepting a project. Seek accounting or tax advice if you are unsure.