Kleverz.com launches as free site that helps college students buy and sell textbooks locally

Kleverz.com launches as free site that helps college students buy and sell textbooks locallyWhat is the name of your business and URL?

The name of the business is Kleverz (www.kleverz.com).

A brief synopsis of the website / application?

Kleverz is a web site where students can buy and sell their class notes locally. Kleverz is not a bookstore. We simply connect students with other local students and help them save on their textbooks by buying and selling to each other. Buying and selling textbooks and class notes on Kleverz.com is 100% free. There are no fees or commissions.

Why did you start this company?

I was a student at Cal Poly Pomona nearly ten years ago and I felt that even then textbooks were very expensive. Currently my wife is in college and I’m finding out just how terribly expensive books have become now. Every semester we are faced with the dilemma of trying to find textbooks at a reasonable price. Sadly, the options are dismal. We always prefer buying books from other students since that helps the student selling the book and we usually get a better price than the bookstores, but it was always hard for us to find books from other students. And so the idea for Kleverz was born!

Kleverz.com launches as free site that helps college students buy and sell textbooks locallyWas your company started on a shoestring budget or funded?

It was started on a very short shoestring budget! It was and is currently funded with our personal savings. I personally hate debt so getting a loan was out of the question. Also, I prefer maintaining full control of my business and its direction, so we have stayed away from venture capital. We’ve seen a lot of companies get millions in investment capital and somehow the money magically disappears and they produce nothing. I believe that a shoestring budget can actually help you find more creative ways of doing things.

Why should students use your site?

Students need their textbooks fast. If you’re buying them online or through auction sites, you have to wait for them to ship. By then you already have three chapters of homework due and you’re behind. Kleverz is local. You can quickly buy and sell your textbooks and class notes locally and have them in hand the same day. Also, many sites that let students sell their textbooks charge them a hefty commission. Buying and selling textbooks on Kleverz.com is 100% FREE. Not only that, listings on Kleverz are active for six months and can be renewed as many times as needed at no cost.

Are there different pricing levels?

No. Buying and selling textbooks and class notes on Kleverz.com is 100% free and will remain that way. We do have plans for paid services, but buying and selling textbooks will always be free.

Do you have a blog that keeps users updated?

Currently we do not have a blog, but are active on both Facebook and twitter at:

http://www.facebook.com/KleverzDotCom

http://www.twitter.com/KleverzDotCom

How long have you been in business?

Kleverz is new and improving! Our site was lauched in January, 2012.

Kleverz.com launches as free site that helps college students buy and sell textbooks locallyHow do you see your company in the next 2-5 years (more products or services?)

We are currently actively promoting Kleverz in our local community in Orange County, California and are quickly expanding nationwide. We are striving to become an indispensable resource for students on all campuses around the country. To that end, we have exciting plans for many new features which we cannot discuss at this time. However, in just the last two months since the site has launched, we have already introduced one new feature. We noticed that many students post flyers promoting their books on campus, and all of these flyers list the students’ phone numbers. We are strong advocates for privacy, so we introduced a feature on Kleverz.com that lets users print a flyer for their listings that they can post on campus. The flyer features a QR code that can be scanned and also a numeric code that can be entered on Kleverz.com to retrieve the listing and contact the seller privately. No more giving out your phone numbers to the entire campus!

How many employees do you currently have working with you and/or freelance contractors?

Are you looking to hire more people or contractors? If so, what positions and skills are you looking for?

We currently do not have any employees. We do not expect to be hiring any full-time staff within the next year, but we are looking for students to help us promote Kleverz on their campus. We are also looking for student volunteers who would be interested in contributing to our up-coming blog.

What other web based products would you recommend to entrepreneurs, business owners, or freelancers?

We highly recommend and love MailChimp (www.mailchimp.com). It has been a great communication tool for us and offers us great insight into our communication campaigns. We also recommend Google apps. For those businesses on a shoestring budget, you can always start with the free version of Google apps and upgrade as you go.

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