"Quids In" For Colin Fitzpatrick
I received an e-mail from a young man I taught many years ago when I was teaching at a boarding school in the Republic of Ireland. I recognised in him then, that something special, that all creative geniuses possess and when I read his e-mail it confirmed my earlier judgement of his character.
Colin Fitzpatrick or “Colly Fitz” as he is known by his friends, is a young Irish entrepreneur who is set to launch a very exciting new website.
The website, called Quidsin.ie allows people to buy and sell the things they know about and like to do. It gives people the opportunity to recognise and value their expertise as a marketable commodity. Quidsin provides a platform for people to market this expertise at prices that everyone can afford. This could be the closest you can come to an organic home grown product on the internet.
What’s new about this you might ask? Well, Colly has found a niche in a market heavily influenced by the plight of a country brought to its knees by the current economic recession.
With unemployment ever on the increase and not just in Ireland, there has never been a larger number of experts unemployed and available to work. Colly has created a platform for these people to put their creative energy to work for themselves and their communities. He has given people a way of reclaiming their pride and self confidence by providing them with the opportunity to sell their services online.
Creating the quidsin community
“Well, my main motivation for this is not money (although that will come if the site takes off) but really I just want to do it to see if I can make this a success” says Colly in answer to my query about his motivation for setting up the site.
With more than 400,000 people unemployed in Ireland alone can you imagine the potential this site could have globally? Imagine being able to go to a site that provides top class advice from people who were only yesterday leaders in their own fields and who advised and directed hundreds in the work force?
This is set to be a working community of people coming together to provide professional skills to everyone at prices that they are now in a position to make affordable to the ordinary man in the street.
QuidsIn.ie is a closely monitored and ethically motivated site with Colly at the helm ensuring the highest standards. This is a venture designed by the people and for the people that Colly has created to inspire a nation in the grip of despair.
Colly’s vision is representative of the great Irishmen and women who inhabit the four corners of the globe and who have contributed with their sweat and blood to every society they have made themselves a part of. The only difference this time is Colly is an Irishman who is not jumping ship. He is staying home to help his fellow countrymen rise again from the ashes of this economic disaster.
The service provided by Colly’s site is fully integrated into Facebook & Twitter, and as payment goes through PayPal it is completely secure.
The beauty of this scheme is the ease with which anyone can set up their own business at no cost to advertise their own particular expertise and benefit from the repeat business that this will generate in a community which is already set to expand naturally and organically.
The idea is not an original one and though, there are similar sites it is Colin who recognised the opportunity and he judged the idea good enough to invest his own hard earned money into and bring it to Ireland. Once you visit the website quidsin you immediately experience the charm of its simplicity and the genuine nature of the interaction between the community members.
Given that similar sites are experiencing phenomenal success worldwide, Ireland is set to finally benefit from being an island. On top of the online capabilities of selling information and advice Ireland is not restricted to solely online activity.
The website is due to launch in a week’s time so you have the opportunity to get involved ahead of the posse. Colly is inviting his friends to spread the word and to support his work by advertising their expertise on his site. Any comments or suggestions you might have are also very much appreciated by Colly who is very much a man who likes to keep his finger on the pulse.
Join in and make a difference
"I’m nearly ready for the launch, just a few small things to finish, and then I’ll start on a multi stage launch. Right now I have a few fun and interesting “Gigs”on the site, but for maximum impact I need lots more. So I’m launching to my friends on facebook and my extended network to first get feedback - and also increase the amount of Gigs available. After that I’ll promote the site using social media - I really want it to grow Organically. Once it gains some momentum I’ll be approaching the press and the media, as I think its a pretty interesting story that hopefully they will want to cover it. Who knows, soon enough everyone could be talking about “Quids In!” -Colin Fitzpatrick
I know that some of you may be wondering if quidsin is only for the Irish market and will miss a very valuable opportunity to provide your own brand of expertise to a community which could very well appreciate what you have to offer more than the community you live in.
To show my own support I have written this article for Colly and I will be advertising my products and services on his site in the field of Self Development and Self Help.
I ask each person who reads this article, whether you have a connection to Ireland or not, to reach out and join this very positive effort to raise Ireland up again and to give its people back its freedom. So, if you have a marketable skill, why not post up a “Gig" on quidsin for something you can provide and become part of a dream that you have the power to make real.