Amazon is considered the foremost online retailer, and while its position remains strong, the company has spent the past few months adding a number of new features to underline its status as the authority. Following the roll-out of the one-hour delivery services in select locations, the expansion continues with today’s unveiling of Amazon Home Services, a platform that links consumers with verified, trustworthy professionals spanning a wide range of industries.

If you need a book, cheap phone case or just about any household item, Amazon has you covered. But if you need a gardener, electrician or a private tutor to help you brush up on your Spanish, then before now, you’d need to look elsewhere. Thanks to Amazon Home Services, you’ll be able to easily and efficiently find the right person for the job, and where there are a number of online spaces that simply broker or advertise the services of others, Amazon assumes responsibility for the entire process.

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At this point, Amazon Home Services is quite limited in its reach. Like one-hour delivery, it’s a US-only enterprise for now, and whether you’ll be able to find a suitable candidate to complete the required job depends largely on whereabouts you reside. For Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, you’ll probably be able to find somebody that can attend to any task, from mowing the lawn to ridding your computer of viruses and other malicious intrusion, although in some – most – areas, coverage is described either as “Light” or “Coming Soon.”

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Amazon is not the first to create a marketplace for professionals to link up with those who require their assistance, but given the company’s experience and general reputation for revolutionizing the online retail market for goods, one suspects that both the pros and the consumers will be inclined to go with the Amazon brand.

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Amazon Home Services is not only ideal for those looking for work, but for professionals seeking additional income, and as it branches out, could genuinely thrive.

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If you do live in an area selling services, then for a limited time, Amazon is offering a $20 Amazon.com gift card to anybody buying a service costing more than $99.

For more information and to get started, please point your browser to: amazon.com/services

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