“I decided to turn the typical Aussie employment scenario on its head,” said entrepreneur Kristina Calvert. “There are a lot of miserable workers out there, not to mention unhappy employers. Everyone’s locked into 9-to-5 jobs that very few are particularly happy with. I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way!’ So, I devised a new paradigm that’s based on a Labour of Love principle. I decided ‘Why not help people work doing what they love, when they want? Why not let people hire help only when it’s needed?’ ”
HelperHire.com.au lets people register their skills and job preferences in an online database. Each person determines his or her wages, can upload their picture, and posts their “Helper Profile” on the company’s website. This information is advertised for free, and those looking for assistance simply scan the skills board or browse their postcode for a good match. When a “Hirer” finds what he is looking for, the “Helper” is notified by email and SMS text. If an agreement is reached after a personal interview and discussion of details, the “Hirer” books the worker to do their small job.
“Whether you are good with kids, doing outdoor work, cleaning, moving, hosting parties or fixing houses, there’s always a need for that kind of help,” said Calvert, owner of the Australian help-for-hire clearinghouse. “Homemakers, tradesmen, students, backpackers, semi-retired people, migrants – casual workers are all welcome to post profiles.”
Highly skilled workers are sought in the following categories: Office, Cleaning, Moving, Yard & Garden, Handyman, Childcare, Entertaining, Pets, Automotive, and even Gift Wrapping, Stock Take and Running Errands. Workers who speak multiple languages are encouraged to post their profiles, as well.
Calvert knows that finding extra work can make a huge difference in people’s lives when the money jar has a hollow ring to it.
“I know how it is because I’m a single mum with two kids,” said Kristina. “I know what being stressed over money feels like. That’s why I’m excited about my company. It provides a financial escape route, but also the flexibility needed when your personal life gets crazy. HelperHire gives a way for people to pay their bills, a lifeline for those who need assistance with odd jobs and a boost for the local economy. I think it has the potential to change lives.”
HelperHire’s Benefits for Workers
• You can showcase your skills online for free.
• Registry is simple and takes less than 10 minutes.
• You can pause your availability, depending on your personal schedule.
• Employers come to YOU.
• You get paid daily.
• You have control over your own work schedule – a lot or a little.
• One well done job leads to another via good ratings.
• Satisfaction of helping your overwhelmed neighbours get work done.
“Flexible casual employment has always been hard to find, but HelperHire.com.au allows you to fit work you enjoy around your busy lifestyle,” said Kristina. “If you have the work skills and the right work ethic, the sky is the limit. And, you get to meet some interesting people along the way, too.”
HelperHire.com.au – “All the help you need” – is headquartered in Sydney & Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, and was founded by single-mum of two Kristina Calvert, who has a grant from the Australian Government (NEIS) to develop the project. This small-job registry pairs local skilled and willing workers with those who need an odd job completed around the home or a little extra office help during peak seasons. The service is available 24 hours a day and sign-up for both Hirers and Helpers only takes a few minutes. For more information, see the website’s informative FAQ section.
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HelperHire.com.au is an online "small job" registry for everyday people that need flexible, casual work or could use a helping hand around their home or office.