Have you ever done a favor for someone only to find it was never returned? While it may not sound like your gesture was out of good will; let's face it, we do live in a "your scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" world. Friendly Favor lets you keep track of the favors you've done for others; swap favors with a friend or family member and ask for help around the house or with childcare. This new startup makes sure favors don't fall between the cracks so you can make sure you and your friends are living up to your end of the favor dispensing bargain.
When economic times are hard, it's all about strength in numbers; so instead of paying often irresponsible teenagers to come over and respond to your baby's cries in between make out sessions with her boyfriend, people can use Friendly Favor to band together and do each other favors with no cash ever changing hands. Friendly Favor makes sure you don't have to face the embarrassment of reaching out for help in person, by managing your favors online. The new business, keeps favor exchanging organized and civil, and by tracking favors, makes sure you remember to hold lack of mutual favors over the heads of your favor slacking friends.
The idea isn't to ask strangers for favors with Friendly Favor, it's to reach out of a network of people you trust to ask for help. Users of the site can import their contacts from GMail, Outlook, AOL and Yahoo! When they need a favor, whether it's looking after a dog for the weekend, helping with a local charity project, or picking up their kids from school; people can select the friends they'd like to ask for help and have an email sent. Using Friendly Favor's swap shop, users can exchange favors, or in lieu of doing a favor in return; can pay their friends with gift cards or other gestures of thanks.
Since it's launch in January 2009, Friendly Favor has offered its services for free; it's a great concept, but if some day that should change; I'd suggest picking up the phone and asking for help from friends or family directly.