Adam Helps is an app that lets anybody dwelling within the Toronto space rent others of their native communities to assist them with odd jobs, very similar to TaskRabbit does (and to a lesser extent, classifieds companies like Craigslist, Gumtree, and Kijiji).

Should you’ve burdened with some fiendishly difficult IKEA flat-packed furnishings that wants assembling, or a garden that wants mowing, you’ll be able to put out the feelers into your area people and discover somebody obtainable. You’ll be able to even use it to discover a babysitter, if you wish to take the evening off.

However there are just a few key variations between Adam Helps and the competitors. For starters, location performs an enormous half within the service. Not like digital cork-boards like Craigslist, Adam Helps is just accessible by way of a smartphone app, and it solely exhibits jobs in your close by neighborhood (though you’ll be able to change your location, which is why I used to be in a position to mess around with it regardless of not really being in Canada).

One other huge distinction is how individuals receives a commission. People are free to cost no matter they need for jobs. This may both be a per-diem, an hourly charge, or a flat sum. Fee is completed in-person, both as money or verify. Which means that Adam Helps doesn’t take a fee, not like different gig economic system apps, like Uber and Lyft.

As firm founder and CEO Adam McLeod defined: “We made a aware choice to not take fee from anybody working for another person as a result of our helpers have labored arduous and earned their cash.” Finally, the corporate plans to show a revenue from paid extras, with the service aiming to undertake a freemium mannequin within the close to future.

Belief performs an enormous position into the service. As is the case with rival sharing economic system service Airbnb, customers of Adam Helps should confirm themselves utilizing their social media handles. There’s additionally a evaluation aspect, and Adam Helps is instantly notified each time a nasty evaluation is left, so it might probably intervene. Increasing on this additional, McLeod mentioned:

“All customers should be verified by social media, and everybody can see the critiques left by earlier customers and helpers. With in-app messaging, we’re empowering customers to determine what they want with a view to really feel protected and safe; for instance, in the event you’re searching for a babysitter, chances are you’ll ask for references. Whereas in the event you’re having somebody clear the snow out of your driveway this may not be as necessary. The app has a lot flexibility however it’s regulated by the neighborhood. Because you’re prone to rent a neighbour we imagine this already helps to ascertain some consolation and safety between each events.”

Adam Helps has up to now raised $950,000 CAD — which is roughly typical for Canadian seed rounds. In accordance with founder Adam McLeod, this offers them sufficient runway to outlive till Spring 2018.

Apparently, the corporate has additionally a second separate fund, and for each efficiently accomplished job undertaken on the platform, it donates $20 to a neighborhood charity ($10 within the title of the one that posted the job, and $10 for the one that accomplished the duty). “For each accomplished job the one that posted the job and the one that accomplished the job are prompted to vote for one in every of four native grassroots charities.  Every votes converts to a $20 donation that the Adam Helps staff makes in direction of the chosen charity,” McLeod defined. 

In lots of respects, Adam Helps embodies the values individuals affiliate with Canadians — friendliness, community-mindedness, and simply being good. That is one thing that got here up in my dialog with firm founder Adam McLeod. He mentioned that doing good is “intrinsic” to Adam Helps’ model identification, and that its total objective is to “construct robust communities by serving to one another out.”

Sadly although, there aren’t any quick plans to broaden out of Canada, with McLeod saying “we plan on branching out of Canada when it is smart to take action. Canada is a superb place to start out a venture like this as a result of the individuals are pleasant and heat to the thought of serving to one another out. As soon as we’re profitable right here we’ll take a look at the place we will go subsequent.”

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