It used to be your local paper or phone book that you went to when you needed a local tradesman or service but sadly, the local paper probably went out of business and the days of the phone book are well numbered. So how do you connect with skilled people in your local community these days? Online, that's how. Skillendar is a community social network application that lets you look into your own neighborhood to find services and skilled tradespeople that might not have a Main Street shop at their disposal but have all the skills to complete the job you need done. And with the typical skilled person probably being someone working a second job or a student you can negotiate a fair and much cheaper price to do the job than maybe Main Street will charge you.
Skillendar is a neighborhood network and skills and services marketplace for you to connect with and reach out to your local community. If you think of Facebook as being a network for friends and LinkedIn a network for professionals, then you have to think of Skillendar is a network for your neighborhood. The application has a unique calendar based skill search that helps you find the availability of people in your local area who are open to share their time or provide a service at a glance. And here is where the name Skillendar comes in - it is short for 'Skills On Calendar'. Anyone can become a provider and start helping their community regardless of whether they charge a fee for the service and time or whether they are open to do the job free of charge as a community service. Skillendar is designed for short term or temporary jobs and, as a consequence, it really suits people with busy schedules and limited availability like students as well as people with full time jobs who wish to take on a second job. Moreover, Skillendar helps you publish your personal interests and hobbies and attract potential clients to earn extra income over your evenings and weekends.
I think the thing that I like most about Skillendar is it's pure sense of community. By encouraging you not only to shop locally but to have the ability to search out individuals with specific skills turns out to be not only good for you in terms of the price you may pay but also for the local entrepreneur who can put his hard earned skills into the workforce. Skillendar is a simple and easy to use social marketplace application that might just bring back your own sense of community too.