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Unique venture helps Mumbaikars connect with and hire temporary labourers, background and quality check included.

mumbai Updated: Dec 25, 2011 15:36 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times

In a city where time is money and qualified labour is hard to find, a unique service started by some Mumbaikars comes as a welcome relief., as it is titled, works as every citizen’s worldly-wise aunt, one who locates and connects you with any kind of temporary skilled worker they are looking for. What’s more, all the service providers traced come with a background check, references and experience, and at a price decided by you.

“The one problem that we face regularly in Mumbai is that labour is disorganised. So we thought that technology could be used to solve this problem and bring such labour on one platform,” says Tanvi Surti, who started with partner Nikhil Goel and three other members.

Help can be provided in fields ranging from pottery and carpentry to even delivery of letters, grocery shopping and doing research for your child’s school project. She adds, “We’ve even had calls to help get prasad (holy offering) from Tirupathi or to ask for the quickest and cheapest way to go from Coimbatore to Cochin. Recently we even got a request to get someone dressed as Santa Claus for a Christmas party.”

Each person employed comes with a reference and their services are provided at a price that is pre-decided by both parties. “We just take 10 per cent commission from whatever that amount is. So there is no additional charge to either party,” says Surti. The team has dealt with over 350 tasks in the three months their service has gone online.

First Published: Dec 25, 2011 15:31 IST