Find Local Services with Skyfer

August 17, 2011

3:00 pm

When I moved to Virginia last fall, I found myself without the basic services I had come to depend on. From a hairstylist, veterinarian, and dentist to a good Chinese restaurant, public tennis courts, and a caterer, I needed to line up “my people” to help my life run smoothly. It’s not that these services weren’t out there somewhere; Northern Virginia is rather plentiful when it comes to finding most everything you could possibly want. It’s that I didn’t even know where to begin.

Too bad I didn’t have Skyfer to help me locate the services I needed in my new neighborhood. Skyfer is a free web and mobile app that connects people within a local area and allows them to exchange information, request services, and take offers in real time.

Instead of searching the web only to find companies that have gone out of business or haven’t built a strong reputation, find out for yourself who you’d like to hire to tailor your clothes and walk your pup. Putting in a service request is easy, and you can actually talk to potential service providers and check their public profile and ratings before deciding whether to hire them. Skyfer uses status availability, location, and service request expiration to ensure your request can be filled by the right company within the right timeframe.

Skyfer helps people market their services to their local community as well. If you want to earn extra bucks by doing projects in your neighborhood, you can use the Skyfer marketplace to build your reputation and client base.

As recommendations and locality become more ingrained in our service shopping habits, look for more apps like Skyfer to compete for your attention. Skyfer is available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, and as a web app. Try it today, and find “your people!”

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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