The key difference are real life connections. Connecting with real people. It’s not about the task but rather sharing time, skills and knowledge with others. I was reflecting on my first few HazTime ‘asks’ (which is currently just nicknamed “HazTime?” – note the question mark! – or Reverse HazTime) and they were all centered on having someone help me with a task. Something where I was doing something and getting some real life and real time help.
My current mini list of HazTime?s are:
- Help me use my sewing machine and sew up a few upholstery bits and pieces
- Help me install a car stereo
- Show me how to change the oil in my car
- Help move home and tidy it up
- Help me test drive a car (this I ended up asking a friend to do)
So whilst theoretically AirTasker or some other site can offer these, it’s the concept of connecting with people and possibly making new friends whilst learning a new skill. It also enables people who have hidden skills to work out things together with someone else. Whilst some of the HazTime?s need lots of experience; test driving a car and helping move home don’t but it would be good to have someone who has at least done this once or twice. In most cases (at least for these types of HazTime?s) I’d be looking for good company rather than super skillful people.
I’m now super keen to get our initial version of HazTime out so we can work on the HazTime? features. Don’t forget to sign up for your early invite.