5in5 Review: Favorly: Help me, help you.

Favorly has made lending a hand a fun and social event. Assemble a network of your peers to help you out, or volunteer your time and skills to help someone else out.  Besides just that personal sense of accomplishment, you can also get rewarded with badges and karma points which later could help you out later when you need to ask a favor – you’ll be more well known and people may be more inclined to help you.

And it doesn’t always have to be work that you need help with, you can also use Favorly,  (who appeared on 5in5NYC episode 2), to help your social life.  Its May, and your New Year’s resolution of going to the gym three times a week has long since been abandoned (don’t feel bad, I’m in the same boat).  You’ve lost the motivation that that initial resolution gave you, if only someone else would go with you.  Ask a favor.  There is definitely someone else out there who needs the same thing, a little support, a little motivation.  Create a project so that others can find you and volunteer to go to the gym with you. Set a time and a place, and maybe others will join in two.  You can share excellent work out playlist that you found through Songza or set up a weight loss competition like The Biggest Loser.  Now the gym doesn’t seem like such a drag but a social event that you’ve created to help yourself and others out.

Favorly makes asking a for favor easier by finding people who are close to you and may actually want to help you or have a skill that you desire.  You may be surprised who comes forward – a friend of a friend or even a perfect stranger.  The Beatles, in their infinite wisdom, had it right, you really do get by with a little help from your friends, and don’t be afraid to ask, because hey, its only a favor.



Jenn Kish (aka @StartupJenn) reports on the companies featured on 5in5NYC and covers other NYC tech news. You should hire her!