You know, we don’t say it enough, but we love Austin. Since day one, this city and everyone in it has been so great and welcoming towards what we hoped to achieve – building a stronger community and ending involuntary unemployment.
Building a place to share your skills & help your neighbors
A lot of hard work went into building this dream we now call NeedTo, and it’s been amazing to see how much of a difference it’s made in people’s lives. This isn’t just a website for finishing projects around the house, it’s a tool for reaching out and helping your neighbors.
NeedTo helps neighbors get anything done from mowing the lawn to building a website from everyday people in their community. With NeedTo, you can share your skills directly with those around you, without the hassle of middlemen or business marketing.
It is something that seems to come naturally to Austinites… this idea of a “Sharing Economy.”
What is a “Sharing Economy”?
You may not know the term, but if you haven’t been living under a rock the past decade, then you’ve probably experienced it yourself. It’s an economy built entirely on sharing stuff, space and skills.
In Austin, there is a long list of startups that are all about sharing. HomeAway is a great example – It’s the most widely used vacation rental website run entirely by people who open up their homes to travelers all over the world. HomeAway completely changed our society’s perspective on how we travel, and we love them for it.
Keeping it local
Like all sharing economies, both the traveler and the host on HomeAway benefit from sharing this space. You can find this same dynamic when you share your belongings with neighbors on Acts of Sharing, order take-out with Favor, host a yard sale on FrontYrd, or ship large items across the country with uShip – all awesome companies based in Austin.
I would list more, but you get the picture…
As opposed to consumerism, the sharing economy thrives on circulating things we already have, while directly giving back to the community. Kudos if you are already sharing your time and talents with neighbors in need on NeedTo! It can be a very rewarding experience helping those around you – all you gotta do is share the love.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” —Brian Tracy