One of the toughest things about my job at Maven is watching very qualified people miss out on big opportunities because they didn’t respond quickly enough to an invitation to consult. It happens almost every day. You see, our customers typically want to speak with someone (or read Survey responses) RIGHT NOW, and the fastest people to respond to new invitations are almost always the ones to get paid. In fact, over 90% of Mavens paid to consult respond to invitations within 24 hours of receiving them!

So how do you guarantee you NEVER miss an opportunity? First, make sure your profile is up to date; if our system doesn’t know about your latest endeavors, how can it target appropriate inquiries to you?

Second, make sure your email address is correct and your Communications Preferences are set appropriately. Make sure we have your PERSONAL email address (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) on file, not your business address. Your business address can change at any time, but your personal account will likely be with you forever. Next, join our LinkedIn and Facebook groups and follow us on Twitter. That way even if you miss an email you can still see new opportunities that publicize via those channels.

Finally, and most importantly, when you do receive an invitation, click through and respond immediately. Just as the early bird catches the worm, the early responder usually catches the customer.