COM 0011 BLOG #4) – ARE YOU SPRING CLEANING? NEED HELP? NEED CASH? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT:

Do you celebrate spring by cleaning and purging at the first signs of a melt and sometimes wish you could make the work go faster?

YOU ARE IN LUCK!

AskforTask has arrived and claims over 200,000 service providers Canada wide and growing!  Ask for Task is the next big thing in this new-fangled SHARING millennial economy. Move over Uber Taxi, Airbnb, and that strange Cuddir App! AskforTask is about sharing your simple everyday chores!  (You know you want to!)  Here’s the video/ad with the inside scoop on how it works:

WHAT CAN TASKERS DO FOR YOU?

According to a Creative Consumption articleTaskers are available for “small errands to manual labour to more extravagant requests. Initially, the most popular tasks were handy-man (person…GRrr!) services like plumbing or electrician work. This then grew to more menial tasks like putting together IKEA furniture. Later, seasonal trends, like snow removal or Black Friday shopping.  In fact, waiting in line has become a fairly popular Ask, with one Tasker spending 4 days at a mall in Toronto waiting for the iPhone 6 launch.”  I also noted online that even Airbnb people use Taskers to deliver keys, so even Sharing Apps are sharing!

3 EASY STEPS TO GETTING IT DONE:

STEP #1 – Asker – Post Your Task:  If you go to the site the best way is to use the general Post a Task button above.  It will ask the Asker for Task Title, Describe Task, and give you the option of Uploading an Image.  After that it asks you if the task is In Person or Online, then your Location, Method of Payment, and the Due Date of your project.  You can then set the payment as either Hourly Rate or Fixed Rate, then finish with your Phone Number.

STEP #2 Select a Tasker:  Select the right person for the task based on user-generated reviews and ratings.

STEP #3 Pay When Job is Done:  Your phone will ring and the Tasker you have selected will arrange the work with you.  You pay the site, not the Tasker, after the job is complete.  You, the Asker, then rate the Tasker.  Done!

THE COMPETITION:

The US has an older similar service called Taskrabbit.  Currently. Taskrabbit and Askfortask are competing in many major cities in North American and hoping to expand worldwide.  According to Creative Consumption:  “AskforTask differentiates from competitors in 3 ways:

First; Taskers can bid for the tasks they want and Askers can choose who they deem fit for the job, unlike Task Rabbit, which uses a model that assigns jobs to Taskers.

Second; AskforTask is very proactive about continuously improving user experience, going as far as updating their product every 3 days based on customer feedback.

Third:  AskforTask allows a user to post all their tasks in one place versus going on multiple websites that specialize in different services.”

Ok, so there you have it people!  Are you in?  Are you out?  Would you be and Asker, or perhaps prefer to make some extra cash as a Tasker?  Thoughts?

2 thoughts on “COM 0011 BLOG #4) – ARE YOU SPRING CLEANING? NEED HELP? NEED CASH? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT:

  1. Hey Beth – Exactly! When I found AskforTask the first thing I thought of was “Old People Need This!” The question is – How is AskforTask going to reach old people? The answer seems to be that they are reaching Generation X professionals who need Taskers to help their aging parents when they don’t have time! The boomers are catching on as well and they are using it directly. I think it will really help old people too!

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