By Lori Bosworth
Just when you thought generosity had seen better days, along comes AskForTask.com. The Toronto-based startup is performing “The 12 Tasks of Christmas” during the holidays, which involves performing random acts of kindness in downtown Toronto, as well as requested tasks where needed.
‘The 12 Tasks of Christmas’ campaign currently welcomes requests for individuals or families in need of help over the holidays. “Tasks such as snow shoveling, decorating and food deliveries have become more prominent over the winter season,” says company CEO Muneeb Mushtaq. Now boasting over 40,000 users in Canada, AskForTask.com has completed over one million dollars in tasks and through their user base have hired individuals to help execute this special holiday initiative. “We realize how powerful a small act of kindness can be and since we connect people every day to completing projects, this seems like the greatest way we can give back,” says Mushtaq. “The idea is to build a level of trust with our users and the community, not just now but throughout the year,” explains co-founder Nabeel Mushtaq. In the future, they plan to expand the campaign across Canada.
AskForTask.com is currently the only online platform helping Canadians complete their daily tasks by connecting them to each other in a secure and safe environment. CEO Muneeb Mushtaq, 22, developed AskForTask.com while studying commerce at the University of Toronto. Partnered with his 19 year-old brother, Nabeel Mushtaq, a Seneca@York computer-systems technology student, the two developed a beta version website in 2012 and relaunched the website in May 2013.
Users or ‘Askers’ looking for help with a project can post any task on the website for free. Askers choose the amount they are willing to pay for the service and enter the task completion time and date. ‘Taskers’ are then notified through e-mail when they are assigned a task. After they have completed the task, they receive feedback on their profile from the asker, which helps to create an online resume.
You’ll soon see AskForTask.com’s free mobile application for both Apple and Android devices.