Side Skills

As more and more people turn to the internet to find work or to hire for an open position, a new site called is setting out to help people find work and grow their business through their online connections. For everything from home services to guitar lessons, the site aims to utilize online networks to create a perfect match between hopeful employees and determined-particular employers.

Ryan McKenzie, the founder of, said that his own experiences with hiring prospects for both office and freelance positions online, led him to see the need for a site like this.

“I was running a web development company and was hiring people online that I knew nothing about. After a while, I realized that it was always a gamble with the quality of work I was going to get,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie started sending e-mails to friends and asking for recommendations of people that work in web development, that’s when the idea for SideSkills struck him. “I realized that a lot of my friends and co-workers knew people directly that were looking for work. I found that it was much easier to meet someone through a personal reference then over the sites that I was currently using to find employees. That is what is all about: using your personal connections, that are now virtually connected through social media sites like Facebook and Linkedin, to find qualified people and to receive job offers that you know are specifically right for you.”