How it works
Right, now let's drill into the juicy details and learn how best to use Swapsie.
There are a few ways of using the website: Hiring. Selling. Swapping. Giving. Sharing.
1. Hiring... Find someone to teach you that new skill or to provide you with a service.
With this option you'll have the opportunity to browse the many different skills and services provided by our users. Each has a description of what they offer, the cost, a summary of their experience, their credentials and their location. If you have any questions or queries you can contact the provider directly. Once you're ready to go ahead you can make the purchase on our website. For your peace of mind we'll take the payment but will only pass the money over to the provider after the service has been completed. Afterwards both you and the provider will be given the opportunity to write a review of each other.
2. Selling... Monetise the skills you've got.
Everyone has skills and with Swapsie everyone can advertise their skills and earn some extra money. A popular route is to offer tuition or coaching around your skill but there are other ways too. For example if you play a musical instrument or DJ you can offer to perform at events for a fee. It could be at a wedding. Or maybe a dinner party. If you're a photographer you could charge for taking photos at a wedding or doing a photoshoot. Or if you are a cook you could offer cooking lessons or catering options for events.
We'll release the payment to you after the service has been completed and provide you with an opportunity to review the buyer in the same way that they can review you.
3. Swapping... Our ancestors used to barter. Now you are getting swapping on Swapsie.
Sometimes you just don't want to pay for something. Sometimes you can't because funds are running low. During these times swapping could come to the rescue. Here you can swap one skill or service for another. For example you might be a talented trumpet player and you'd like a personal trainer. You can list your trumpet tuition as a 'Swap' option and specify 'Personal Training' as the service you're looking for. A personal trainer who's looking for trumpet tuition could get in contact and you both can begin a dialogue and come to a mutually agreeable outcome such as an hour trumpet lesson immediately followed by an hour PT session (we normally suggest a one hour for one hour swapping transaction but it's up to you...)
4. Giving... "Even if I was, like, rich. Free is always good."
Free. Zero cost. Nothing. No payment. Zilch. This is our donating option. Or Pro Bono feature if you want to get all fancy and stuff. Sometimes you just want to give back and help someone out and we try and make that as simple as possible. You can make a listing in our 'Free' section and receive requests from Users who would like to receive your skill or service. Like in the Swapping section you start a dialogue via the website messaging system and decide if it would be a good fit or not. This is also a great option if you just want to practice your skill or service too. As a Provider you are under no obligation to accept requests. You can accept as little or as many as you'd like.
5. Sharing via our Social feature... Sometimes you need help with something. Sometimes you just want to share an activity.
This is our community feature and our most flexible. You could be moving house. Trying to put up a shelf. Maybe you'd like a lift to a neighbouring city. Need to borrow a BBQ. Or maybe you're looking for a new drummer for your band. With Social you can put up a listing just asking for assistance with something.
There are some things that are just more fun when done with another person. With Social you can also put up a listing looking for someone to join you in an activity. It could be someone to play tennis with. A gym buddy. Someone to visit museums and galleries with. A cycling pal to go on a trip with. Or maybe to help you find a co-host for that a new YouTube channel you want to make. It's a versatile feature to use in many ways.
Similarly, the Social option makes it easy for putting on an informal low-key event. Need a few extra people to join a kick-about in your local park? Or perhaps you want to organise a book club? Maybe you want to meet like minded people and just climb trees together. Social listings make it easy to bring people together around a particular event or topic.
Stay Safe while using Swapsie - Please read
Protect Your Finances & Never Send Money or Financial Information
Never respond to any request to send money, especially overseas or via wire transfer, and report such a request to us immediately – even if the person requesting money claims to be in an emergency. Wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it is nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money.
Protect Your Personal Information
Never give personal information, such as: your social security/National Insurance number, credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.
Note: Swapsie will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
Be Web Wise
Report suspicious users. You can report concerns about any suspicious user at any time on Swapsie by contacting us here. Keep conversations on the platform. Users acting in bad faith may try to prematurely move the conversation to text, personal email or phone conversations.
Report All Suspicious Behaviour
Asks you for money or donations outside of the website.
Users sending harassing or offensive messages.
Users behaving inappropriately after meeting in person.
Fraudulent registration or profiles.
Spam or attempts to sell illegal products or services.
First meetings are often a fun part of Swapsie, but always take precautions and follow these guidelines to help you stay safe:
Get to Know the Other Person
Keep your communications limited to the platform and really get to know users online, using the Website before meeting them in person. Users acting in bad faith often pressure people to communicate off the platform immediately. It’s up to you to research and do your due diligence.
Always Meet and Stay in Public
Meet for the first time in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location, and never at your home or apartment. If your Provider/Receiver pressures you to meet at home or in a secluded location, end the interaction and report them to the Website Administrators here.
Tell Your Friends and Family Members of Your Plans
Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you are going. Make sure you have your mobile phone charged and with you at all times.
Transport Yourself to and from the Meeting
You need to be independent and in control of your own transportation, especially in case things don’t work out.
Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgment and potentially put you in danger. It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk. Be aware that someone with bad intentions might try to take advantage of you by altering your beverage(s) with synthetic substances.
At all times trust your instincts and if at any time you feel unsafe or uncomfortable remove yourself from the situation and call the police if necessary.