Something every successful business owner learns at a certain point is the value of outsourcing tasks. To be as productive as possible, it makes sense to hire a subcontractor for any task that doesn’t require your expertise, because this frees up your time for higher priority work. When you need help right away, AskforTask is Canada’s largest online marketplace for assistance with projects large and small.
What Is AskforTask?
Sometimes the smallest, most innocuous moments can spark the best ideas. In Muneeb Mushtaq’s case, he got the idea for AskforTask after his mother asked for his help with a leaky faucet in her home. Mushtaq knew there were plenty of people who could handle tasks like this, and he had already seen how tough the job market was. He and his brother Nabeel turned this idea into AskforTask, which launched in 2013.
AskforTask is based in Toronto, and taskers are available for hire throughout Canada. While you can hire taskers through the company’s website, most use the AskforTask mobile app.
How AskforTask Works
Whether you’re booking your task on the AskforTask website or mobile app, the process goes as follows:
- You select the service you need.
- AskforTask comes up with an estimate on your task’s cost with its instant price estimator tool.
- You provide your current location or the location where you need the service performed, along with your desired service time.
- AskforTask matches you with a tasker who gets in touch with you, and then performs the service.
- After the service is complete, you pay the tasker through AskforTask.
You can monitor progress on your task the entire time. AskforTask also sends you notifications throughout the task process.
If you need AskforTask business services, you can submit your business’s information on that section of the company’s website. AskforTask can then assign you a business account manager to manage all your tasks.
What Services Are Available?
It’d be easier to answer what services aren’t available, because AskforTask offers just about all the personal and business services you could need. Tasks can be as simple as distributing flyers or standing in line for you or as complex as mobile app design and development. For businesses, here are the most popular task categories:
- Web Development
- Editing and Design
- Office Help
Those are just some of the top options, and within each category, there are several subcategories allowing you to hone in on exactly what you need. Personal services include tasks around the home and general help, such as data entry and organizing paperwork.
Tracking Your Subcontractor Expenses
Any time you hire a subcontractor for business reasons, it’s important to record what you pay so that you can deduct it on your taxes. With QuickBooks, you can log these expenses online or in the mobile app, which is available for small business owners and self-employed workers.
One of the most challenging parts of outsourcing work has long been finding qualified subcontractors who you can trust to do the job correctly. AskforTasks changes that, allowing you to find the right subcontractors at a moment’s notice.