How To: Create a new Vendor Account

Creating your Vendor Account is simple – just follow the below steps:

Step 1. Download the Plethora App

If you haven’t yet done so, you’ll need to do is download and install the Plethora App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. You may do so by clicking below.

Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play

Step 2. Sign Up for your new Vendor Account

When you first open the Plethora App, you’ll see the Login screen.

Select Vendor Login, and then tap on Sign Up at the bottom of the screen.

Then, enter the email address or phone number that you’d like to use to create the account.

The email or phone number should not be associated with any other Plethora account. 

If you are using a phone number, it must be a number that can receive SMS messages. Landlines will not work.

Press the Submit button.

You’ll then need to enter the 5-digit Verification Code that was sent to you via either email or SMS message.

Enter the 5-digit OTP code and then press the Send button.

1. If you did not receive the code, press the RESEND button to request a new code.
2. If you logged in using an email address, check the Spam folder of your email.
3. If you still did not receive the OTP code, press the back arrow located at the top left corner and make sure your email address or phone number were typed correctly.
Still don’t see it? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out!

You will then be asked to create your password. Passwords must be 8 or more characters, and must include at least one number.  Enter the same password in both fields, and then, press the Submit button. Remember that the password is case-sensitive.

You’ll be asked if you want to Allow Notifications – we highly recommend you accept, so that you receive Push Notifications when you receive new pings. You can always change this in your Settings later.

Step 3. Set up your Vendor Profile

You’ll need to enter your business information on this next screen.

Profile Picture – we recommend you either use your company logo, or a photo of your work.

Vendor’s Name – this is your business name. Whatever you enter here will be shown to the users.

Phone Number – this is your business phone number.  It is not shown to customers.

Email Address – this is your business’ email address. It is not shown to customers.

Physical Address – this is your business’ address, and should be a place where you can receive mail. To display your address to customers, make sure the slider on the right side is set to Public.  If you want to hide your address, you should set the slider to Private. 

Category – this is where you select your business’ categories.  There is no limit to the number of categories, so feel free to select all of the ones that apply to your business. If your category is not shown, you should select the OTHER option for now.

Description – this is a short description of your business which will be shown to users.

Social – you should include your social media and website links in this section. Please note that you should enter the full link, and not just your social media tag.  In other words, for our instagram account, we would enter and not just @joinplethora.

Upload Menu – this contains one or two images or PDF documents that will be  shows to users. We recommend either a prices and services list, or photos of your past work.

Questions to ask customers – you may ask customers up to three questions during pings (a ping is essentially an appointment request). Some examples are

What kind of work do you need done?
Do you have a wedding date and location?
Do you have any specific needs or requests?
Any parking or street limitations that I should know of?
… or anything else you can think of, which might help you get the job done.

You can leave these blank, if you don’t have any specific questions you’d like to ask the customers in advance.

Background Check request – if you would like to get background checked, so that you can receive a badge on your account, you may tick this checkbox. Background Checks are performed by a third party background check company, so you can be sure that your information is secure.  This is completely optional. If you choose to get background checked, we will send you additional information about the process.

Once everything is filled out, press Submit.

Step 4. Set up your Schedule and Availability

Next, you will enter your work schedule and availability. 

Accepting Ping ASAP – A Ping ASAP is an appointment that happens as soon as you become available, usually within a few hours of the customer’s request. For example, a locksmith would allow these for people who have locked themselves out of their house and need immediate help. If your business model supports these types of immediate appointments, you should set this toggle to YES.

Accepting Ping Appointments – A Ping Appointment is a ping which happens at a specific date and time. For example, a house cleaning service could be booked on Tuesday at 11am. If your business model supports these types of scheduled appointments, you should set this toggle to YES.

Link My calendar – if you’d like, you may link a Google calendar by tapping on the calendar icon on the right. Doing so will automatically create calendar appointments for you anytime you accept new ping requests.

Schedule – You should select your work days and hours here. You may toggle the Same Every Day selector if your hours are different each day. This will help determine whether customers may use the Ping ASAP functionality or not. For example, if your business hours are until 5pm every day, customers will not be able to create new Ping ASAP requests at 6pm.

Time between appointments – This is the amount of free time you’d like to reserve to yourself between appointments. This is helpful so that you can have ample time to drive from one appointment to the other.

Custom may schedule after – If you need advanced notice for your bookings, you would do that by selecting a value here.  For example, a caterer might set this value to 7 days, so that customers will not be able to book catering events until a week away, so that the caterer has plenty of time to prepare.

Maximum number of appointments per day – If your business only accepts a certain amount of bookings per day, you may set that value here. If you accept as many events as possible, you can enter 999 in this field.  For example, a wedding photographer might only allow one event for each day, while a home inspector may allow up to 5 appointments per day.

Once all fields are filled out, press Submit to continue.

Step 5. Select your Subscription Plan

The last step is to select your Subscription Plan. Your first month is always free a so your credit card will not be charged until the trial period is over. You may cancel anytime. 

Congratulations! You’re now officially listed as a vendor, and will be visible to all of the Plethora App users!

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