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Just six weeks after its public launch, – the online marketplace for services – saw 200,000 services viewed in February. enables individuals and small businesses to create online profiles to advertise services online. Because it is free to use, the site has attracted a diverse range of service offerings as people seek to generate a second income.

In the current economic climate the ‘credit crunch’ and the rising cost of fuel and food has seen an increasing number of people seeking a supplementary income. A recent Bank of England survey of 2,000 people revealed nine per cent of Britons were considering taking a second job or working overtime.

Thousands of people are now harnessing their skills and hobbies to market services through the internet. Services currently advertised on are typically carpenters or web designers, but the site is also attracting a raft of more unusual service offerings.

For example, Dorset-based Zea Lann is marketing pole dancing classes through the site. After using pole dancing to get in shape following the birth of her four daughters, Zea’s friends persuaded her to teach them the exercises. This demand alerted her to a potential business opportunity.

After setting up a profile on, Zea started receiving several enquires a week about her classes. This resulted in enough business for her to give-up her nursing job. ‘ meant I could give-up part-time nursing, bring-in more money for the household and continue being a fulltime housewife and mother,’ she says.

One of’s founders, Luke Aviet, thinks the site’s accessibility is key to its early popularity. “Because is free to use anyone can upload a service to test the water and see if there’s a market for their service in their local area,” says Aviet.

“That why we’ve attracted pole-dancing instructors from Dorset, portrait artists from Cardiff and magicians from Falkirk,” he continues. “ isn’t limited to unusual services, however. You can find all the day-to-day service providers you need, from plumbers to carpenters, builders to electricians and everything in-between.”

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Editors’ Notes:

- was established in 2007 by three internet marketing experts: Luke Aviet, Nick Roveta and Ash Rees.

- launched its Beta testing phase in November 2007.

- It is currently 100% free-of-charge to use – for both service providers and buyers. Revenue will be generated by advertising.

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