We like to think Echo makes doing business simpler as well as smarter, but if you’ve any questions, you should be able find the answer here.
Join our community and browse the marketplace
Echo is our name because it’s shorthand for Economy of Hours, and that’s exactly what we are. It’s also the name of our currency – one hour is worth one Echo.
Anyone and everyone. Echo brings together local people and local organisations – including startups and sole traders, established businesses and not-for-profits – to create a community-wide economy of hours where the more you put in, the more you get back.
Whether you want to learn something new, start a project or grow a business, you can tap into our bank of skills and services and start trading in time, not money.
At Echo, we believe in keeping it local. The Echo marketplace is open to everyone to join, but our focus is currently on working with people and businesses in our patch of East London, so you’ll find that most of our events and workshops happen here.
We plan to grow Echo by working with like-minded local partners who want to launch an Echo community in their own location. If you’d like to learn more about this, drop us a line.
It’s currently free for people and organisations to join and trade with Echoes.
Buy and sell your time and skills with others
Give what you’ve got and get what you need
Our team can help you to identify the resources our members need from you, as well as what you can hope to receive. In the meantime, have a think about the following questions:
What to request:
What to offer:
We know you’ll want to start trading as soon as possible, so we give all new members a 3 Echo ‘overdraft’ to get them going, which you can start using right away. You can then start earning Echoes by adding your own offers to the marketplace, responding to requests and inviting your friends.
You can manage all your listings, trades and Echo transactions at the click of a button via your Dashboard (accessed by clicking on your profile picture at the top right of each page).
Our team specialise in helping people and organisations to unlock skills and resources to trade, ensuring we can offer a wealth of skills and services to meet our members’ diverse needs.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the marketplace, you can post a request, or drop our team a line and we’ll do our very best to source it for you.
There’s simply not an appropriate policy available that will allow us to cover you, your staff, property and equipment. It’s your responsibility therefore to insure yourself and any resources you plan to share.
Additionally, members are required to confirm in every listing that they hold any specific qualifications and/or insurance to deliver the services they are offering.
It’s simple. 1 hour = 1 echo
It’s easy – once you’ve initiated, agreed and carried out your trade, you’ll be prompted to request payment or make a payment within your message thread. You can check on the progress of your trades at any time by heading to ‘My Trades’ within your dashboard.
Yes. It’s part of our philosophy to value everybody’s time equally. Every hour of any service or resource is worth one Echo. Very occasionally we may agree to value something differently, but purely for practical reasons.
Echo is a marketplace without money, so all listings posted on our website are offered for the Echo currency (1 Echo = 1 hour), not pounds and pence.
Our general guiding principle is that all services offered on Echo must have inherent standalone value – therefore we do not accept listings that could be perceived as ‘sales leads’ (such as free trials or one-off free sessions). For more detailed information on the shared values between our members, check out our Community Values.