We talked to Luigi Dimitris Goulianos CEO and co-founder of Doitforme, about service platforms and this is what he said about it.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: Thank you for asking, everyone is healthy. We try our best to comply with the experts’ rules and stay safe. Surely it is not easy but we have a responsibility towards ourselves and our loved ones to stay healthy.
Tell us about you, your career, and how you founded Doitforme.
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: The idea came up in 2019 when I was in my 3rd year of study at the School of Mechanical Engineers at the University of Thessaly. I intended to create a service marketplace where everyone could search for a service needed and find the most suitable professional. Looking for a partner to share the vision, I came across my classmate at the time, Youssef Reda, who then became the Co-founder and CTO of Doitforme.eu.
How does Doitforme innovate?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: Doitforme.eu seeks to be the right hand of the small-medium entrepreneur regarding his self-promotion online. Our company aspires to fill the gap that exists in the advertising sector of the small-medium entrepreneurs, by giving him the necessary tools to create his pages in search engines without limit, and his advertising campaigns on social media.
Yet in our times there are many entrepreneurs who have many difficulties understanding how social media work and turn to digital marketing agencies for their social media presence. This is exactly what Doitforme wants to change. We take as a fact that self-promotion is the future. Social media offer a huge audience to which an entrepreneur can reach. Conversely, those searching for services can easily locate, compare and choose the professional of their choice. The Internet offers tremendous possibilities for everyone, as long as they know how to handle it.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business and how are you coping?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: Luckily enough our business is not as affected by the pandemic as others. As we operate online, we have the chance to continue to work and function without interruptions, even far from each other. Many of our partners though suffer a lot from the pandemic and we try our best to make it easier for them.
Did you have to make difficult choices and what are the lessons learned?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: The initial plan for Doitforme.eu was not what our company is at the moment. Many difficulties in the execution of our initial plan came our way so we decided to change and adapt to the new form. The lessons learned from our journey so far is that every entrepreneur needs to know how to adapt to new circumstances whilst keeping the original character of the business. Growth will not come by waiting for the world to adapt to you.
What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: Thankfully in 2021 we have a lot of platforms making it easy to cope with management in the pandemic era. We use Ms. Teams for everyday team communication, zoom for partner meetings, and Trello for task scheduling and progress tracking!
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: Our main competitors are huge companies that operate in the field for years. Such companies are XO, Vrisko, Doctoranytime, and others. We respect them but we are not afraid of the competition. We actually think that healthy competition can raise the level of every company. As far as our company is concerned, we plan to expand our services. In the next edition of Doitforme.eu, our partners in addition to gaining an online presence easily, quickly, and economically, will also be able to use a Drag-and-drop content production tool through our platform with which they can share their content directly on Social Media, thus increasing their results in Google. They will also be able to use a tool for graphic design to share their content on Social Media, to draw content from ready-made libraries, to outsource their digital marketing to our company’s marketing team, to discuss with the rest of the community about issues that matter to them and they will be able to post a job opening.
Your final thoughts?
Luigi Dimitris Goulianos: We would advise everyone to never stop dreaming. Having faith in yourself and knowing your abilities can do miracles! Also, keep in mind how you can make your business from day 0 (zero) “self” – sufficient!
Finally, it is very important to have onboard a team of people who know their job, who try their best every day, and who want to progress along with the company. Doitforme.eu team also consists of Youssef Reda (CTO & co-founder), Themistoklis Sgouridis (Senior Developer), Nikolas Diomis (Back-end Developer), George Chalvatzis (Back-end Developer), Theodora Papaioannou (Graphic Designer), Charis Mavrofoti (journalist and SEO copywriter) and Athina Christidou (Digital Marketer).