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SkillSlate

Local Business Service Listings


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Published 03/31/2011 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

SkillSlate is a search directory for individual service providers in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, with more cities being added soon.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

SkillSlate was launched in 2010 by Barteck Ringwelski. The team includes Brian Rothenberg, Lawrence Wang, Kelly Farrell, Merrick Zoubeiri, and Taylor VanAllen.

SkillSlate was acquired by TaskRabbit in January 2012. SkillSlate.com is now redirected to TaskRabbit.com.

What are the differences to other apps?

Skillslate is basically a directory for finding service providers. Providers are individuals – not large corporations or businesses. Whether users are seeking nannies, tutors, handymen, or one of many other offered service providers, SkillSlate can help match them with a provider to meet their needs. SkillSlate allows users to set up their own pages so that potential clients can view them and get an accurate idea of what they have to offer.

Skillslate is designed to increase the number of people who view a provider’s business. Even if a provider already has a website, this vertical directory allows access to them without spending money on additional advertising or SEO services to improve Google search result status.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Currently, SkillSlate is limited to the cities of New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.

Service pages include a photo of the provider, hourly rate, price details, ratings, telephone number (only viewable by registered members), email opportunity (send through site), recommendations, links to social networks of the provider, availability, types of payment, services offered, areas served, and more. Personal information is also provided, including past employment and personal details.

Currrently, the app does NOT provide background checks on providers. They offer photos, detailed information, and reviews from past employers. They may consider background checks in the future.

It is easy to set up a professional looking page to attract prospective employers. Currently, there are several categories in which providers can list services: Arts, Creative, & Entertainment; Beauty; Computers & Technology; Education & Training; Family; Health; Household Services; office & Clerical; Pet & Animal Services; Repair Services; Security; Automotive & Boating; Building & Grounds Maintenance; Clothing & Fashion; Delivery, Travel, Transportaion & Moving; Event Services; Food & Dining; Home Improvement; Legal Services; Personal Care; Religious Services; Sales; and Sports & Recreation. Within each category are a large number of subcategories. This makes the search much easier.

SkillSlate will be expanding according to a recent article in The New York Times: “SkillSlate, a website for easily finding local service providers such as dog walkers, DJs and movers, today announced it has secured a first funding round of $1.1 million. The company plans on using the funds to expand the service outside of the New York area and add more work categories.”

Providers may receive both positive and negative reviews. They may respond to reviews, but negative reviews will not be removed unless they can be proven to be fake. Providers may also list services in more than one category with separate profiles if they are two distinctly different businesses. Each will require a distinct email address and telephone number.

More complete profiles are listed higher in the SkillSlate search results.

How does the registration process work?

Registration to provide services in the current cities requires full name, email address, phone number, password, and location.

What does it cost to use the application?

SkillSlate is free to providers to set up home pages. Employers are responsible for paying providers for services rendered. Plans for premium fee-based features for service providers, such as featured profiles, may be available in the future.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone in the currently covered areas who wishes to post a profile to promote their business may benefit from this free service. Alternatively, anyone in the cities currently included who is seeking services, may find the perfect provider on SkillSlate.

  • Restricted to 4 cities at present
  • Thorough profile pages
  • Customizable profiles
  • Independent businesses
  • Future premium fee based services planned
  • Focus on individual providers
  • Improve exposure without advertising costs


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