Canadian startup Adam Helps is working to link those who need help with everyday tasks to their neighbors and other locals. The app is free, and uses geo-location to connect its users in the nearby area.
“We’ve created a platform that serves two types of people: somebody who needs something done — or a job owner — and somebody who’s willing to do the job for them,” Founder and CEO Adam McLeod explained.
“The jobs that we see in the app are everything from moving, to painting… maybe they need yard work moved from the front to the back — really sort of everyday, small jobs you need done around the house where you might just need an extra set of hands or you might just not want to do the job yourself.”
The job's original poster is the one that determines the offered price for the completion of the task.
“I was living in the same place for a long time and yet I still, for some reason, didn’t really know the people around me.
“I thought to myself: ‘Isn’t it kind of silly that if I needed something done, I wouldn’t know that perhaps somebody from around the corner would totally be willing to help me and vice versa?'”
The beta launch of the Adam Helps platform began in late 2017 in Toronto, and in the duration of its time in the city, accumulated almost 10,000 downloads and the completion of over 1,000 jobs.
“We launched it at the end of last year and have seen tremendous success,” McLeod said, “almost to the point where it’s a little bit shocking.
“The app is working in exactly the way that we thought it was going to. We’re seeing people post jobs like: ‘I’m a busy mom and I need help on the weekends cleaning my place,’ or: ‘I just injured my leg playing soccer and I need somebody to walk my golden retriever.’
“Something that’s constant for all of us is that we all need help every once in a while.”
Post-Toronto testing, Adam Helps is moving westward to Calgary, and intends on spreading to Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg and Saskatoon.
“One of the things that’s so great about our app is that it really just requires the people’s buy-in. We’re not taking commission, we’re not taking a download fee. All we need is people who need help and people who are willing to provide help. You can really replicate that in any great Canadian city.”
McLeod considered Alberta for the expansion due to family living there, as well as its reputation as a "friendly, neighbourly place".
“Generally speaking, people here are super neighbourly already but they may lack the medium in order to connect with the people around them.
“It’s like it already has all the right elements for wanting to help and being friendly… and we’re just giving them the perfect tool to do that.”
Overall, he'd like to see the app act as an avenue to facilitate growth in both sides of the market and to help its users.
“If you’re a busy student who needs to make some money on the weekends, I hope they’re able to find some jobs to supplement their income,” McLeod said. “If you’re somebody who’s on a fixed income and needs some help around the house managing tasks… or maybe you’re a snowbird who needs somebody to watch the house and clear the driveway when you’re gone, use it for that purpose.”
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