Need help clearing that to-do list? Try Ayoudo
If you have a to-do list that never seems to get done, there's a new app that can connect you with someone willing to do the work for you.
Ayoudo is a brand-new, made-in-Vancouver social media tool that lets you hire people through Facebook to do the chores that you don't have the time, energy or interest to do yourself.
In other words, if you want help walking the dog, buying groceries or mowing the lawn – there's now an app for that.
Ayoudo CEO Michael Tippett believes his app is destined for big things.
"We think it could be the next Facebook," Tippett said. "We think this is the next generation of social networks that is about collaboration and working together, so we think it's equally big, or maybe even bigger."
Lisa von Sturmer just moved into her boyfriend's Gastown condo and needed help decorating, so she gave Ayoudo a try.
"I am trying to put up a picture wall… I've been seeing on Martha Stewart, she does all these great focus walls with a picture frame and I'm not sure if I can do it by myself," Sturmer said.
She posted her request on Ayoudo, and Ovey Yeung answered the call – charging $30 to help Sturmer hang six picture frames.
Yeung said she was just scrolling through the site at lunch and noticed a job she figured she could do.
"I thought, well, this one's putting up photos, something I've done at home, something I've definitely helped my friends do," she said.
When the job's done, both sides then rate their experience for other potential users. If someone offers to help then does a lousy job, their rating could drop.
"Just like eBay, your rating really is your resume," Tippett said.
Since Ayoudo went live in Vancouver a couple weeks ago, the site has already had more than 20,000 visitors, and more than $20,000 worth of work opportunities posted.
And while there may be risks hiring strangers online and inviting them to work in or around your home, Ayoudo users are not anonymous like many people on Craigslist.
Those on Ayoudo have to log on using their Facebook profiles, so you can find out a little bit about who you're dealing with. You can also read online reviews from other users.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Lynda Steele