Skillendar takes a new approach to connecting clients with professionals that offer a skill. Similar websites work by allowing users to create profiles and post jobs. Bids are submitted and users can communicate to negotiate or set up the project details. Skillendar takes the same task and handles it a little differently. Professionals with a skill and clients looking for help can register. The client fills in a specific skill they are seeking using the “What?” and “Where?” fields on the homepage. They can then choose a professional that can do what they need. The site also welcomes users to rate providers so other users can make a good decision. The client then selects a preferred due date that works with their project schedule. After this is complete, the professional can confirm the details and the project is booked.
Founder Sundar Venkitachalam created Skillendar in April of 2010. The site is based out of London and offers users another approach to finding someone with a skill. Venkitachalam created a place where not just businesses, but individuals could market their skills and obtain jobs. A rating system was included to help users’ book professionals with confidence. Today, Skillendar helps many people fill positions and get work done that they might not otherwise have been able to.
There are many websites available today that help clients and service providers come together. Form freelance websites to general job postings, there are many to choose from Skillendar, however, takes a slightly different approach. The client can search by skill and location, choose a professional and select a calendar date. As long as the professional can meet the client’s requirements and accepts, the project commences. Skillendar has streamlined the process and eliminated the need to submit proposals or spend days communicating back and forth to get all the details.
Skillendar uses numerous colors in a way that works really well. The stylish logo has a modern appeal that doesn’t take away from the professional atmosphere of the website. A scrolling banner helps describe each step of the three step process Skillendar has created. Unique people outlines are the site’s design theme, and they work really well to illustrate the process and help users learn about Skillendar. The search and calendar tools are also easy to use, remaining clutter free so even a new visitor can quickly get started.
A new user can register for Skillendar by clicking the white “Sign Up” button found along the right hand side of the homepage (after scrolling down below the rotating banner). The registration form includes all the necessities but keeps the process short and sweet. Users are asked for a first and last name, display name, email address, country location, password and subscription type. A check box is available to let the user tell the site what type of account they want, either a client or provider account. After agreeing to the terms of service, the user can click the blue button at the bottom of the form to continue. A message advises the user that they have successfully signed up and must check their email for verification instructions.
Skillendar offers users three very affordable account options. The least expensive is the basic membership, which is free. This membership includes dashboard access, a public profile, availability calendar, booking manager, mailbox, and user connections. The mid-range membership is the Silver, which costs under $3 per month. This membership upgrades to include ad-free pages, customer support, and free mobile applications. The Gold membership runs about $5 and upgrades to include Google and Outlook calendar integration and premium listing for increased visibility.
Skillendar is ideal for anyone looking for someone that can do a job, or a professional that has a skill to offer. The site is very affordable, making it an appealing choice for freelancers and those on a budget.