We are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to allow people to balance their life, their loves and their money! Ayoudo, started in Vancouver, and a totally awesome use of social media, came into our world this month! It is the kind of connection site that can open up opportunities for the right person!
The concept of Ayoudo is simple… ask for help or give help. It operates through facebook, so you can “background” the peeps who are helping (or you are helping) and uses the influence of our social network to rate it users trustworthiness.
My brain automatically linked Ayoudo to the average skilled mom, looking to pick up a few extra coins for the piggy bank.
They have a list of jobs needing done (sorted by location) … items from garden clean up, to easy sewing, childcare and tech assistance. The Value paid for completion of each project is listed as the offer.
And for those of you who consider yourself “skill-less” take a look, peruse and see .. something may just pop up that will work for you! (come on, a mom pushing a stroller putting up posters? I would go for a walk for $50 and do that!)
The revenue benefits aside, the community appeal of offering to help your neighbour with a problem they have is a huge step for social media. Imagine that… offering to help. What a concept!
The flip side being that Ayoudo is also suggestion that we (supermoms all of us) ask for help every now and then. We ask for HELP… like instead of continuing to withhold “favors” as blackmail for the hubby to take the old dishwasher to the dump… we can use Ayoudo to help us! We can post odd jobs, small jobs, big jobs…. Imagine asking for someone else to download and print all those pictures you have stored on line… and then, just maybe, those albums the kids love to look through will be restocked with updated images? Imagine that the pile of clothing in the basement put aside for mending “one day” gets completed?
Check your to do list… the items you keep pushing to the bottom, the jobs you will get to “one day” and drop the stress of carrying these jobs around with you each week (or month, or year…) and ask for help…. Offer the opportunity to someone in your community to make your day better!
And let’s give a big three cheers to Ayoudo for seeing the good in people again, and using social media to get people off line and into life!