Everything today is about connectivity. You want to be connected with your friends, family and even people you’ve never met before, and they you. Why is that? One reason is we want information but in many cases it’s more specific than just that, we want input from others – advice, experience based opinion, guidance. People pay lots and lots of money for this kind of information in the professional world. People that take your money to give opinion are called consultants 😉
Well, now you can stop paying for consulting, at least in the fashion world.
A new service just launched called Fashonify that lets you gather opinion in the form of votes, or polls, on your fashion choices from others. There is even a financial aspect of the service for users… beyond that of wasting money on clothes you will never, should never wear 😉
How it works
The idea is pretty simple…
You can give as much or as little info about your situation as you like, such as “going to a wedding” or “hot date tonight”, and then post one or more pictures of you with your fashion choices. Some things I’ve seen on Fashonify already are maternity clothes choices “does this make me look fat?” kinda thing, nail polish color choices, full on outfits from head to toe, and even facial hair preferences.
Once your post is up, other members can vote on the outfit they like best, and give you feedback in the comment section of your poll. As the votes roll in, it becomes clear which outfit or ensemble will make you the hit of the party, or the fashion outcast 😉
Outfits can also be pinned to Pinterest by anyone.
Pretty simple, right?
Well it gets a tad bit more complicated in a very good way.
Money money money!
For those with serious fashion sense (not me!), if you give awesome feedback on outfits, others can pay you for your advice!
Say someone is going to a big corporate party that could make or break their career, and they are worried about what outfit to choose. They post their poll up on Fashonify, you give some awesome advice about looking classy, sophisticated and not slutty, and they land a huge promotion. Of course they will want to reward you for your help, so they pay you a little (or big 😉 ) tip for your advice. The more great advice you give out, the more money you can earn!
The service itself is free to use and I personally think its design is beautiful. It’s clean, it’s classy, it’s a work of art all in itself.
I have two reasons why I think this startup is a great idea:
First, as someone like me who does lots and lots of things to make extra money, I’m always excited when there is a new way to make money out there. I have no fashion sense so won’t be participating in that respect (though I can assure you I will be asking for advice…my wardrobe is getting stale) but for people that actually do know a thing or two about fashion, or have a natural eye for it, this could be an awesome way to enjoy yourself and make a little extra cash.
And second, people like to talk about things they enjoy and are passionate about, so much so that many people do it for free. I enjoy and am passionate about money, so I blog about it. Business people all around the globe rack their brains continually, trying to figure out why people do things for free, why people write software as open source and give it away for free, or why people spend and hours posting on forums, helping people out with their troubles..all for free.
I think this startup will attract lots of folks that enjoy and are passionate about fashion, just because they are passionate about fashion and the money will just be a bonus. Having lots of passion flowing through a business makes a successful business.
What do you think of this new business?