Guidefitter was created back in 2012 to help outfitters reach potential clients and to help clients find the right outfitter to fit their needs. Since that time, the main goal of Guidefitter has been to help guides and outfitters run more financially viable businesses. One of the main focuses over the last two years has been “The Grid”. The Grid is a discount shop for professional guides and outfitters. High volume or single order purchases, shopping with Guidefitter helps you keep money in the bank.
The obvious reason to shop on “The Grid” is the discounts. Verified Pros (professional guides and outfitters) can take full advantage of top quality gear that is priced at up to 65% off. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to realize the value in that.
A majority of the gear manufacturers who are partnered with Guidefitter offer discounts to guides and outfitters on their own accord. That in itself is great news. The main reason guides never fully utilized guide and outfitter programs offered through the brands before is that most of them didn't know these discount programs existed. The other problem was that it was very time consuming for a guide to try to get verified by each manufacturer. Not to mention, all the hoops you have to jump through just to prove that you are who you say you are.
Luckily, Guidefitter created a solution for this. When you create a free Guidefitter account, you'll have an option to click a button that says “Are You A Pro". Once you click on this, you will be prompted to upload a couple verification documents. An example of the documents Guidefitter accepts would be a guide's license, business card, brochure promoting your business, copy of insurance, first aid card, etc. Once you have uploaded at least two valid documents, you'll be approved to access the shops where the discounts will be reflected. The approval process may take up to a couple days but once you're in, you're in. It takes all of about 10 minutes for you to create an account and upload your docs. You'll have to submit your valid guides license annually to keep getting the benefits of The Grid.
We all know about the power in numbers. The more people who try to get something accomplished, the better the odds of said goal being accomplished. Guidefitter's current outreach is in the neighborhood of 50,000 guides. As that number grows, so does the number of people who use The Grid, in turn making the platform more valuable to manufacturers and brands. What does that mean for guides and outfitters? It means more gear in one spot and even better pricing. It only makes sense to use The Grid and be able to “home grow” our profits as guides a little more.
You are dealing direct with Guidefitter, an all-in-one solution for running a better outfitting business. Guidefitter's main goal and purpose is to promote the outfitting industry while helping you run a better, more profitable business. To me it's a no-brainer that you should fulfill all your gear needs through Guidefitter as well.
Utilizing Guidefitter is more than just buying gear or booking clients. It is a system, that when taken full advantage of, can grow your business in leaps and bounds. It's just a matter of taking advantage of what's available.
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