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Art, design professor launches .com business

Friday, February 29, 2008  
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By Lindsay Autry

Jason Leger, faculty member in the Art & Design department, started the online company Aproathome.com at the beginning of this year.

Aproathome.com matches professionals with customers who need their services in that city.  

After signing up and paying for use of the service, the professional lists on the site what their service or skill is, along with what they charge, what they can specifically offer the customer and contact information.  

The one year membership offers up to three skill listings or cities, a photo listing with full PDF résumé, anti-spam contact system, student/teacher information sharing and Google advertising and PR.  

Even in just this short time, his business has seen massive popularity, receiving about 700 to 800 hits a month.  

"I see this as the next generation of teaching and learning.  This is a place where you can find people who are willing to share their profession or experience to those who are willing to learn," Leger said.

Right now, Aproathome.com offers professionals in over 50 cities across the nation and Leger said they are growing every day.  

The services offered are everything from real estate and welding to computers and music.  

Leger is excited for Oklahoma Christian students to utilize his service.  

"If someone is on the golf team, then they could offer lessons to the community; it's a good way to make money while they're in college.  Aproathome.com is a good way to publish yourself and get yourself noticed for what you're good at," Leger said.

Students also see the advantages to these opportunities.

"It seems like a cool idea, especially for students, because it will give them the opportunity to do business not only with each other, but those in the community.  I teach piano, and this would be a great opportunity, especially for new piano teachers to get their names out there, "Lindsay McKinney, senior music education major, said.

Leger encourages Oklahoma Christian students with a marketable skill or expertise to take advantage of this Web site, especially students who tutor or who are in music or sports.

"It's a good idea, especially for the foreign students, because there aren't many opportunities to work off-campus, and this would be a good way to earn extra money doing something I enjoy.  In addition to teaching basic tennis lessons, I could also teach strength training," sophomore tennis team member Leila Keihani said.

The regular cost to be listed on the site is $99 per year, and was initially $25 for college students, but Leger is giving OC students an even bigger advantage by allowing them to sign up for free. 

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