SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past year, Zaarly has helped individuals connect with talented sellers in their local communities -- a process that has uncovered an amazing network of service providers. Today, Zaarly is launching Zaarly Storefronts to showcase these service providers and help them grow their businesses. Creating a new way for people to make money doing what they love, Storefronts mark the first time individuals can proactively list and sell their skills and services on Zaarly.
"Zaarly is the marketplace where you discover and buy from amazing local people," said Bo Fishback, Zaarly CEO and founder. "From yoga instructors and chefs, to handymen and designers, our communities are powered by passionate people creating their own economic opportunities – and now you buy directly from them in Zaarly Storefronts."
Discover Amazing People
In addition to the interesting mix of services and products in Zaarly Storefronts, buyers can learn about the sellers' compelling personal stories. For example:
- Not content to just design visually appealing landscapes, Emil is committed to bringing more sustainable practices to home gardens. He uses only organic fertilizers and sprays, encourages native plant selection, and even drives a biodiesel vehicle. When he's not helping other people create their outdoor oasis, Emil can be found in his own urban backyard, filled with fruit trees, vegetables and chickens.
- Myriah, a baker, cook and children's clothes designer, grew up in her family bakery before establishing her high standards for quality ingredients and a palate for interesting flavor combinations at a high-end San Francisco bakery. Now, out on her own, she can whip up a week of in-home meals, homemade pop tarts, or teach you how to create your own treats.
- A lover of singing, dancing and riding horses, Leah realized she wasn't flourishing with a regimented schedule in traditional office jobs. Leaving corporate America behind, she decided to launch her own fitness and nutrition business, with the help of Zaarly. From in-home yoga, to customized nutrition plans, Leah empowers her clients to take their health and fitness into their own hands.
Check out Zaarly Storefronts to discover more amazing people.
Zaarly Storefronts: How it Works
Zaarly Storefronts helps service providers and sellers showcase their services to build their businesses. Skilled individuals can apply to be featured in Zaarly's seller network, and after carefully considering each application, Zaarly chooses the best-of-the-best to highlight on the site.
"We're handpicking the best in each category, so the Zaarly community can trust that no matter what they're looking for, they'll find amazingly talented, reliable, trustworthy sellers and service providers," explained Fishback. "Plus, Zaarly makes it easy for people to 'favorite' their preferred sellers -- or friends' preferred sellers -- so they know where to turn for a great mechanic, chef, yoga instructor, handyman, dog walker, gardener or wedding planner."
For starters, Zaarly Storefronts is launching in beta in the San Francisco Bay Area, and will come to New York and LA in the coming weeks. Sellers with Storefronts can receive orders from buyers, and confirm details and accept payments directly through Zaarly. People interested in creating a Storefront can learn more here: http://www.zaarly.com/start-selling.
In addition, buyers can still ask for anything from tens of thousands of local, talented people in Zaarly's open marketplace or by using the Zaarly Anywhere buttons on sites such as The Fancy, LA Times, Cookstr and more.
Since launching in May, 2011, nearly half-a-million people have signed up for Zaarly. In October 2011, Zaarly announced that it had added Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay and current CEO of HP, to its board of directors.About Zaarly: Zaarly is a leading online marketplace to discover, hire and work with talented sellers and service providers in your neighborhood. Based in San Francisco, CA, Zaarly is backed by investors, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sands Capital Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, Felicis Ventures, Bill Lee, Naval Ravikant, Lightbank, SV Angel, Paul Buchheit, Thrive Capital, Marc Ecko and Michael Arrington. Zaarly is currently available on the web, mobile web, Android and iPhone application. Visit www.zaarly.com for more information.