Posts Tagged ‘Montreal’

Minimize Your Post-Vacation Stress with Taskhire’s Help!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

It’s mid-July and if you haven’t found the time to travel just yet -but plan to soon- some pointers from Taskhire (with the help of our team of Taskrunners!) is just another way we can help you make sure your return from vacation is as painless as possible- nobody likes to get bogged down by post-vacation “coming-home” chores.  Taking our cue from Christina Peterson at GoodHouskeeping.com, here are a couple of ways Taskhire can help you stave off any post-traveling housekeeping.

If you’re leaving for paradise and you know the chores waiting for you at home, why not post a couple of tasks for our Taskrunners to complete for while you’re away.  It takes less than 2 minutes to post a task.  The peace of mind in knowing that your return from sun soaked beaches won’t be tarred by your neglected fridge or less-than-par state of your lawn.  Take the extra time you saved with Taskhire for one last escape to the pool, and help ease your way back into the swing of things.

Here are a couple of ideas:

1- Laundry:

While you’re taking the time to catch up on your email, set aside your laundry that needs washing for a Taskrunner to finish.  If you’re a family of three or more, you know how long of a process this than be with each member having traveled with their own suitcase.  Save yourself the grief and double your productivity by not having to pay special mind to the imminent task of laundry.

An example of some post-vacation laundry (apparently, this is after 2 loads of laundry had already been completed!)

An additional task can be for to wash and re-set the bedding of your household so that you’re first night back makes you feel like you were back at that “Bed & Breakfast” you weren’t quite ready to leave behind.

2 – Gardening and Lawn Upkeep

With temperatures surpassing 30* this summer, the last thing you want to do is be on your hands and knees weeding your garden or front yard.  Hire a Taskrunner to water or weed your garden for you.  That way you can spend your time inside tending to the other, more pressing needs of your home.  This would also be a great idea for all those households with allergies; don’t spend your time fighting allergens if you don’t have to!

3 -  Cleaning out your Fridge

Whether you’re on a 5 day cruise or you’ve been backpacking in Europe for the month, food in your fridge is not going to stay fresh forever.  In what is probably the most unsavory chore out of any post-vacation list of chores, hire a taskrunner to clean out your fridge.  Wouldn’t you rather spend your time marinating a couple of kebabs to BBQ later with your spare time?

These are but a few ideas Taskhire has up its sleeve to help you enjoy as much of your summer and time away from home as possible, helping make you feel happier and less stressed!

Moving Day tips from TaskHire

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Moving represents a number of things to different people.  The prospect of moving to a new community can be an exciting and thrilling for many of us, however moving itself is also cited as being among life’s most stressful events. In fact, moving is consistently ranked the third highest stress filled event.

So as we move past July and plan ahead for future moves, here are a couple of tips to ensure that your next move is considerably less stressful, and maybe even lighter on the pocketbook, with the help of TaskHire.ca and our team of Taskrunners!

Tip! – Confront your tasks head on!

The first step to moving is acknowledging the reality that there are a host of responsibilities you have to tend to when moving.  This is at the core of much moving related stress. Being able to compile a to do list for all your tasks will help minimize the amount of space they take up in your head, and give you the satisfaction of crossing tasks off your list once they are completed!

Once you compile a list of tasks you need done, Taskhire can help you delegate tasks that are too time consuming for you, by outsourcing the responsibility to someone willing to do that task for a little extra cash.  Here are a couple ideas of what I mean.

Physically packing your belongings into boxes:

Often we spend time reminiscing the place of objects in own memories while packing, making the process of packing itself a lot more time consuming that it has to be.  Post tasks that help you in make these moving chores less stressful

  • Wrapping kitchenware like your cups, wine glasses, mugs, plates or specialty china with newspaper before placing them in boxes to protect them during the move.
  • Packing your personal library or reading collection into categorized boxes to keep you organized when you unpack.
  • Disconnecting surround sound systems and any other electronic setup with a confusing array of cables packing cables

Physical labor:

Not all of us have the brawn to lift boxes all day at breakneck speed.  If you’re hiring a mover, then you’re probably paying by the hour for both the mover and the vehicle.

Stressed yet?

Posting a task on Taskhire for physical help during the move with someone who is probably in a better physical condition to do the task than you. Besides, If you break your back moving boxes into your moving truck, how are you going to unload the boxes once you’re done?

Cleaning:

No one wants to hand off their lovely home as a mess for the next tenant.  Besides, if you’re a renter you’ll probably end up losing your deposit if the person you’re leasing from has to clean up your mess.  By posting a task on Taskhire for some cleaning around the house, while you move, you can help ensure you get your safety deposit back, having someone clean your property for a lot less than what your landlord will probably charge.  Here are a couple ideas of tasks to help in this department:

  • Mop or wax hardwood floors.
  • Vacuum and/or shampoo your carpets
  • Clean windows
  • Scrub down your bathrooms
  • Repaint walls that need some extra attention
  • Throw out the accumulated garbage as well as things you no longer need.
  • Clean your new home, so that you won’t have to amidst the move.

Help pay for the costs of your move by putting together a virtual garage sale:

Often, we end up throwing out perfectly fine appliances like that deep fryer you got as a housewarming present -that you probably never used) or electronic devices -like that TV that works perfectly fine that you replaced with a new flatscreen or HDTV you splurged on-.  Rather than have perfectly fine household items take up space in your local landfill, plan ahead with a local Taskrunner to organize a virtual garage sale.

This task can include posting pictures of your items on Craigslist.org or Kijiji.ca for that student or household on a budget to buy off your hands!  That deep fryer you’ve been hoarding could make a local catering company very happy.  Plus the cash you make from selling items you’d get rid of anyway can go a long way towards reducing the cost of moving.  Whether it’s the moving boxes you bought, the truck you’ve rented or even the taskrunner who is helping you move!  Tasks like this can help pay for the taskrunners you’re hiring to make your life easier!

A stress free move is in your hands!

Moving on days as beautiful as any in July can make it hard for us to plan ahead, but with a little help from Taskhire and our community of Taskrunners, you can make sure your next move is filled with less stress, less clutter, less cleaning and less cost than any you’ve had before!

Taskhire to Present at Start-up Camp Montreal 7

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Big News!

Taskhire has been selected as one of only 5 startups to present at Startup Camp Montreal 7 ! If you don’t know, Startup camp is a yearly event for which Montreal tech and internet-based startup companies apply to present. “It is the forum where early stage companies, investors and on-lookers alike can share information and validate pitches live,” according to Montreal Startup Camp’s homepage.  This conference has the potential to make or break a business, and Taskhire will be among the few being scrutinized.

The Camp boasts well-known keynote speakers Perry Evans, Founder and CEO of Closely, Inc. (you may know him from his work on MapQuest), Robert Gold, COO of Beyond the Rack, and Yona Shtern, CEO of Beyond the Rack. The conference will include two main keynote speeches, five presentations from startups, as well as a facilitated, participant-driven conference, aka unconference, centered on tech startups. The expected attendance is between 400 and 500, and they are already almost completely sold out.

The five startups chosen to present at the conference include:

In addition to Start up Camp, Taskhire has recently presented at Montreal NewTech, a group founded in 2008 by Felipe Coimbra that organizes meetings for tech startups in the city. You can check out that presentation here, or just watch it below.