AUSTIN (KXAN) - Do you need something? Austin startup NeedTo.com is trying to meet those needs -- and helping create some jobs in the process.
Founder Wade Floyd stopped by to explain what's new.
“NeedTo is a site where whatever you need -- whether it's an errand or something big like remodeling your house -- you just post whatever you need on the site, and people will come to you, vetted, reviewed, background-checked,” said Floyd.
If you need something in your neighborhood, users can scan a map to see if their neighbors can help out with that.
“So the idea is: People doing what they love, doing what they're good at, and people in the community -- people helping people,” said Floyd.
And Floyd says it’s perfect for anyone with talent or stay-at-home moms who have made the transition to working from home.
“But now your kids are in school, and you have so much more free time to do what you're really good at,” said Floyd. “It's a site where you can wake up every day and see if there's anything you can contribute to. You can help nonprofits, your community, anybody in your neighborhood, that might need something.”
While Craigslist or Task Rabbit may come to mind, Floyd says NeedTo is different.
“It's quite a bit different. Craigslist is great; I use it for random stuff all the time,” he said. “But you post something on there, and you don’t know what kind of person you're going to get. You can't see their profile; you don't see reviews.”
NeedTo launched in March 2012 in Austin, and it’s expanding.
“It's growing really fast – 30 percent new users every month. We're over 7,000 users. We're looking to move to new markets in Texas over the next few months and, eventually, be nationwide.”
Stay-at-home mom Jennifer Cunningham uses NeedTo.com to find customers for her very specialized services – making it possible to make ends meet.
"So far, it's gone really smoothly," said Cunningham. "I've known about NeedTo for quite a while, but since school just started up, it gave me an opportunity -- an excuse to start using the site. I have a little bit more free time during the day now."
Cunningham uses the site to find buyers for her custom accessories.
"I make custom accessories for people in businesses," she said, showing off a necklace with her Twitter handle on a word bubble.
"I wear this to networking events. I sell a lot of these," she said. "I do a lot of custom work for people who want a name badge or a necklace to wear at networking events -- to make themselves stand out a little bit. It's a good conversation-starter."
Cunningham says she always eager to find easy ways to get new clients that don't take a lot of time out of her creating process.
"NeedTo is really great for that," she said. "I am able to kind of look through and see if anybody needs custom design work. My profile is there, and I have pictures of some of my work and links to my website. So if anybody is looking for that and doesn't necessarily post a thing, they can still find me there."
As a freelancer, guaranteed payment is also hard to come by. Cunningham says NeedTo gives her a little peace of mind.
"NeedTo has an escrow system, which helps," she said. "Knowing that I'm going to get paid for the job is super helpful. Again, this is just me. I'm a small business, and just being able to do the work and not worry about whether or not I'm going to get paid for it is a lot of peace of mind for me."
You can get more information at NeedTo.com.
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