Turn your quilting habit into a repair for your car.
Swapaskill offers a network of individuals seeking for things they can't do themselves, and ready to swap a skill of theirs in return. Hairdressers offer up a cut for some website design, a Vietnamese speaker needs to learn how to dance, a stress management consultant needs some woodwork.
Heading back to the trade economy before the days of monetary trading for the internet age. Swapaskill also encourages listing of your unwanted items to trade up with the lists of skills available on the network.
Big skills in demand, design, gardening and massage, and big ones on offer, cooking, English lessons and all things computer related.
Sweet stories that have amounted are a holiday in India for creating a website, a patio for some French lessons, and legal advice for some Jimmy Choos.
Founder Nicole Wehden recalls the thought behind her initiative, "I remembered my Father who was passionate about boats. He had a friend called Tommy who loved to go out fishing in his little fishing boat. Dad would often come home after a day down at the boatyard with a big smile on his face telling us how he'd helped Tommy out with his boat. "His motor broke down so I fixed it for him". Or, "we gave Tommy's boat a lick of paint today". It was obvious that Dad got a great deal of pleasure out of doing what he loved best at the same time as helping out his mate. The smile on his face was just as big when he used to come home with a carrier bag full of fish that Tommy had caught and given him that day. "You can't buy fish that fresh anywhere", he would say, looking like the cat that got the cream.
This is the spirit I wanted to create in the Swapaskill community and some of our members' stories and experiences show us that this is exactly what's already happening – it's wonderful."
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