Online micro jobs marketplace launched to help people into work…
In these times of economic uncertainty, both employers and employees are looking for a different, more flexible, way of working. According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, more than a million people in the UK have a second job. quiddoo is designed to help skilled people across all industries find extra work, build confidence, change careers or hone their skills.
Launched by entrepreneur Rakesh Luthra, who left a senior post at one of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies to develop the concept, quiddoo is designed to bridge the gap between those looking to get work done, with those searching for employment.
Employers can post a job that they need doing, or search through profiles to find the person with the right skills to get their project done on budget and on time.
With “Stints” on offer from just £5, it means individuals and businesses who may not want, or be able to afford, to hire someone on a permanent basis can dip into quiddoo’s pool of skilled workers whenever they need extra help. After signing up to quiddoo, job seekers can look through the Stints posted to find work which fits in with their skill set and their time.
The employment market is tougher than ever, and many people are deciding to use their existing skills to work for themselves.
quiddoo founder, Rakesh, set up his own software development and CRM consultancy business at the age of 17, working for big-name customers, including Microsoft and Netscape. After selling his firm, Rakesh went on to work for multinational telecommunications companies, including Orange, where he was responsible for multi-million pound budgets.
He firmly believes quiddoo will help everyone from students and stay-at-home mums to those looking to change jobs and small businesses and individuals who need to get work carried out cost effectively.
Explaining his reasons for setting up quiddoo, Rakesh said: “I had that entrepreneurial feeling inside me which has always knocked on my heart and reminded me to do something. And I felt in the current economic climate, there are a lot of really skilled people and a lot of students who are struggling to get their first paid job.
“Even if they are skilled and even if they have the passion and desire to achieve something, in the market right now, it’s extremely difficult for youngsters to find a job.
“I thought it would be great to give that opportunity, to provide that bridge, and that confidence to youngsters and anyone else looking to break into the jobs market or who needs to earn some extra cash.”
Rakesh first came up with the idea for quiddoo two years ago, carrying out extensive market research which revealed the key factor for employers was cost. “Everyone wants the best value for money,” said Rakesh. “But at the same time, they don’t want to sacrifice on the quality they are receiving for that price. Some look for workers who are readily available, who can quickly start and some employers look for people who are keen to work from home, or on site. For all employers, hiring skilled people and reducing the cost of hiring those people was really important.”
quiddoo can be used to get small tasks done – such as help with plumbing, construction work or even moving home, or for projects requiring certain skills.
“It could be remote work, where people want a website to be designed or they want a mobile app to be developed. But they don’t have that much money,” said Rakesh. “They have a good concept, they have an extremely good idea of what they want to do, but they aren’t able to pay an expensive business to achieve that.
“In quiddoo, there are workers from all around the world, graduates, unemployed people locally and abroad, students who have a lot of technical knowledge, who could be helpful in doing market research and the development of mobile apps and websites.
“Or, it could be mothers who are looking after their children and still trying to work from home, or retired people who have decades of experience in specific industries. Or, it could even be full-time employees who are doing their 9-5 job but their heart and passion lie elsewhere.
“quiddoo gives all these people an extremely good opportunity to publicise and socialise their skills and what they can do, starting from just £5. It will help employers equally to get good value for money and get things done at just £5.”
Rakesh’s aim is to develop a market place where there is trust and confidence between employers and workers, and between both employers and workers, and quiddoo.
Already, quiddoo is enjoying positive feedback, with its Facebook page receiving 3,000 likes in just one week, even before the official launch on September 8.
quiddoo is now live at http://www.quiddoo.com
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