Pal Locale – rent friends by the hour!

Pal Locale founded in Hoboken, New Jersey

You ever move to a city and find yourself at a loss? Or need some first-hand advice but don’t know what to do?

Hoboken resident Mike created Pal Locale – which goes live in October, and is striving to be a nationalonline community of “pals” available for rent by the hour. A member could rent a pal for anything he desires, whether it is to join him for dinner during a solo business trip or show him around the new town he just moved to. Pals will be compensated for their time at the hourly rates posted in their profiles. Members could choose to either rent a pal, be a pal available for rent or both.

Would you rent friends by the hour?

Mike says: “I moved to Hoboken three years ago. I didn’t know anyone living here, aside from some acquaintances from high school, and the majority of my friends still lived in the town I grew up in. How do I meet people? How do I know which bars to check out (Hoboken was once the Guinness Book of World Records holder for most bars per square mile, but has recently dropped to second place behind New Orleans) and restaurants to dine in? Do I go alone until I make new friends? These are some of the questions that popped into my head and I certainly did not want to go out to a recommended bar or restaurant by myself.

Flash forward a year when I went on a solo business trip extended into a short vacation in San Francisco. I certainly did not want to miss out on the opportunity to explore the city’s nightlife, but I was alone and it was awkward spending even 20 minutes in a bar by myself. Another year later, these experiences led to an epiphany: why not create a website that allows you and I to put ourselves up for rent by the hour. If Pal Locale existed back then, I could have rented a pal in Hoboken to take me out for a night on the town and share with me a sampling of my new home. Or I could have rented a pal in San Francisco to join me for dinner and give me tips on the local sites. And thus, Pal Locale was born.”

Though their site isn’t live yet – you might want to sign up ahead of time, so you could win some 3-months subscriptions if you’re interested.

What do you think of this concept? Good idea? Is it necessary in today’s day and age? or have we been reduced to doing everything online?

Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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25 Comments on "Pal Locale – rent friends by the hour!"

hobokenite0
Member
hobokenite0

To be real with you (Mike), I think you should take serious heed in how people are reacting. In this economy, I don’t think the majority of people are willing to spend their money on “renting a friend.”

Personally, I think the whole thing is ridiculous…sorry. I wish you luck though.

Pal Locale
Member
Pal Locale

I do appreciate your thoughts. Once the site launches, I invite you to take a look around and I hope your perception of the site improves. [quote comment=”210845″]To be real with you (Mike), I think you should take serious heed in how people are reacting. In this economy, I don’t think the majority of people are willing to spend their money on “renting a friend.”Personally, I think the whole thing is ridiculous…sorry. I wish you luck though.[/quote]

emarche
Member

While I don’t think this is the next Facebook, hats off to Mike for taking the initiative and trying to start a new business instead of whining about unemployment, handouts, what-has-the-gov’t-done-for-me-lately?, etc. At the very least it might prove to be a valuable learning experience; at the very best it may lead to a great little start-up.

Good luck Mike!

mooshu
Member
mooshu

Oh, for the love of…

rag246
Member
rag246

This is a classic case of doing market research using oneself as the subject. Rarely a good move.

Not everyone is afraid to walk into a bar alone and make friends. Especially when you are in town on business, you get a pass for being alone: nobody is going to think you are a loser who doesn’t have any friends. Unless of course you rent a friend, in which case at least one person will think you are a loser who doesn’t have any friends. 😆

Dr.Chico
Member
Dr.Chico

Scrap the idea and just open a pizza place – it’s the only logical Hoboken move!

Pal Locale
Member
Pal Locale

Better yet, how about a pizza and falafel restaurant that gives you a manicure while you wait for your food? 😀 [quote comment=”210826″]Scrap the idea and just open a pizza place – it’s the only logical Hoboken move![/quote]

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