ASU grad launches mobile project to connect workers with odd jobs
PHOENIX — Ever need help looking for someone to complete those odd jobs around your home? Thanks to a new project from an ASU graduate, look no further.
Bizibid, a marketplace that connects workers with people who need odd jobs to be completed, launched in Tucson, Arizona, after nearly three years of development, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
Co-founder Gary Nunley Jr. was finishing his master’s degree in environmental technology management at ASU in 2012 when he began the project. Nunley said he and co-founder Ryan Glen Golphin created the site to offer a more effective interface for both parties, compared to similar sites such as Craigslist and TaskRabbit.
“Craigslist is like the Wild, Wild West and TaskRabbit you have to be employed by them,” he said. “Our Bizibid micro-jobbing site is designed to be safer than Craigslist, but with more flexibility than TaskRabbit.”
The site advertises all types of odd jobs, from grocery pick-up to hosting a dinner party, all at prices which the advertiser sets. Job seekers then bid on the job, before the job poster accepts the bid. Payments are completed online through PayPal, according to the website.
Nunley said he wished there would have been a website like Bizibid while he was in college in order to earn some fast cash.
“As a former college student, I myself would have loved for Bizibid to have been around,” he said. “I was always in need of extra cash for something or other. That’s why we created Bizibid.”
While the site has only launched in Tucson, Nunley said he wants to expand to Cleveland, Atlanta, Houston and Kansas City. He also hopes to develop a phone app for the site by next year.
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