When Hamilton's Daniel Golder lost his job at the beginning of last year he decided it was time to create his own job.
Eleven months later his new online marketplace Knomee (www.knomee.co.nz) is the new kid on the block - a fresh new online marketplace available for anyone who wants to buy or sell products, odd jobs or services.
The site came with plenty of frustration, discouragement and stress but Daniel says it's now rewarding watching it progressively gain momentum.
"Besides creating my own job I also wanted to make a difference in one small way or another for the people of New Zealand."
Knomee is already making a difference. Hamilton Melville High School student Johnboi Nonoa used his initiative to look for work by posting a coupon on Knomee for general labour hire at $14 an hour.
A few days later he received an offer to work on demolition in Christchurch and within 24 hours was on a plane. Helping young people find employment is one way Knomee can assist.
Knomee has three core categories.
Odd jobs helps people find extra work for a little extra cash. It also helps busy professionals find capable people to do the jobs they just don't have time for.
The product category was developed with the cliche "one man's junk is another man's treasure" in mind. Knomee's point of difference is the "make an offer" bartering model. Sometimes sellers don't know the value of a product and how to price it. It has been said a product is only worth what people are prepared to pay for it. On Knomee, buyers can make offers on items for sale and sellers have the option to accept or decline offers until eventually a mutual price is agreed.
The third division is service coupons. Anyone can list a coupon for services to be sold. There are coupons for beauty services, hair styling, restaurants, web design, photography, guitar lessons, graphic design, general labour and more.
"It was designed with the small service provider in mind, an initiative that helps service providers reach out to find more customers," says Daniel.
"Service coupons can be used by anyone offering a service for sale, eg a graphic design student, a home-based hair stylist, a mum offering home-baked cooking and so much more."
Knomee has no success fee or commission on sales, unlike other online trading sites. Knomee charges 40 cents to list an item for 20 days.
"It is important to charge a small listing fee as it adds value to Knomee and the way members use it, but when people register we give them $10 free credit, which is enough to sell 25 items," says Daniel.
"Our intention was not to take on Trade Me.
"We just want to help people, to provide our people with something affordable and something cool," he says.