There was once a time when kids would go around their neighborhoods and offer to mow lawns for a few bucks. In recent years, these opportunities have dwindled, or altogether disappeared. Scott Bennett, founder and CEO of Skratch, saw a need to create a new avenue for teenagers to gain work experience. Scott, along with Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Ronen Akiva, launched Skratch as a way to provide teens with easy access to paying gigs in four Dallas zip codes (75248, 75254, 75252, 75080).
How does the app work?
Skratch mobile app is available for free on the iOS. It is targeted for use by teens ages 14 to 19. Adults called Seekers, load jobs on to the app with the pay rate, and how long the task will take. The teen, called a Skratcher, can search their local area and pick a job from the provided list of tasks. Once the task is complete, the Seeker can pay using the mobile app. It’s a perfect way for adults to check off their to-do list, while also providing teenagers with useful job experience.
Safety is a huge priority.
As Skratch is essentially connecting youths with strangers, the makers placed safety as the highest priority. Not only does the app require users to provide a photo and contact information, they also screen for sex offenders. There is also a two-way rating system for the users, both Seeker and Skratcher, to provide feedback on each other. You can find out more about their Trust and Safety policies here.
“We’re excited to launch in Dallas and give local teens a simple and safe way to earn money using cool technology,” Bennett told Planoprofile.com. With that in mind, Skratch hopes to provide more teens with opportunities by expanding their business further in 2017.
To learn more about the app, check out their official page at Skratch.co.