Fill the gaps in your toolkit with Skillswap

Nobody can do it all, no matter how broad your skill set is, it’s likely that at some point you’re going to take on a project where you need to bring in some help — somebody with the skills you lack.

In this situation you can either pay to hire somebody with those skills, or, you can find somebody willing to do a skill-swap.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of skill swapping, it’s based on the premise that you trade skills rather cash. For example, if I need somebody to help me with web development, in return I can offer to help them with a logo design.

The concept of trading skills is by no means new but thanks to Skillswap, a web app created by Jack Franklin and Ben Howdle, it’s never been quite so simple.

Skillswap

With Skillswap, everything works via Twitter, so to find help all you need to do is sign in with your Twitter account, type in what you need help with and what you can offer help with, click save, and your proposed swap will be listed on the site. From then on, anybody who’s interested in swapping skills will be able get in touch via Twitter. The app also gives you the ability to filter swaps, making it easy to find people who may have already listed a relevant swap.

So, next time you’re in need of some help, give skill swapping a try. It’s a great way to get things done and possibly learn something new in the process.

Sam Jones is a Freelance Designer whose work spans multiple disciplines such as brand identity, design for print, web design and illustration. As well as being the owner of one man design studio, Sivioco, he's also an advisor for Mostash. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @Sivioco. More articles by Sam Jones
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