Published on July 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Hack it with Zaarly

Over the years, I’ve heard from many readers saying how much they loved a hack but lacked the skills, space, time or tools to bring it to life. I know how frustrating that can be as I am no super hacker either. Well, fret no more. Enter Zaarly. You may have noticed  the Zaarly button on the top, bottom and first image of a post. So, what’s it?

Zaarly is a marketplace that enables people to ask for anything from other people nearby. So, say you’re looking at this nailhead side table and think, “I love this but I just don’t have the time (or patience!) to whack those little shiny buggers in. If only someone can do it for me!” Well, your wish is Zaarly’s command.

Just post your request on Zaarly and the amount you would be willing to pay for it done. A talented individual, expert DIYer or carpenter in your community can then respond to your request and voila! A few days later, you can sip coffee with little nailhead by your side.

But that’s not the only thing that makes Zaarly a great idea. Besides getting the hack you want (without having to lift a hammer), you get to make new friends and discover the IKEA hacker next door.

Of course, it works in reverse too. You can respond to requests and make some dough on the side. I know some of you are just amazingly talented hackers who may be able to benefit from this new marketplace.

The only setback is, Zaarly is currently only in the US. They do have plans to roll out to other countries soon. So, like me, we’ve just gotta wait for it to come to town.

Watch this intro video for more information on Zaarly. Then give it a whirl.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of ZaarlyAnywhere. This means I receive a commission if you complete a transaction with Zaarly.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to Hack it with Zaarly

  1. If you’re an IKEA hacker in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth), try to get your IKEA furniture assembled. It’s free to post a task to one of our 15,000 local Airtaskers who are verified, rated and reviewed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’d rather use Craigslist.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea. Some people have the confidence, but not the tools or the workplace.

  4. Miriam says:

    I like this idea a lot. In small communities, people knew who the local seamstress was and who did small handyman jobs. Nowadays, unless someone’s a good friend, we don’t know what crafty hobby they have that gives them skills we might need.

    Also, the redhead’s adorable.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, hire someone to make your hacks… and pay someone else for telling you who could do it.

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