Next time you’re in a pickle, help could be on its way in a matter of taps courtesy of Pickle. It’s a new app that can connect you with people willing to help you out, from local tradesmen to students, or anyone that fancies lending a helping hand – for an agreed fee.
We’re not talking about those major dramas like burst pipes or stranded cars here. We’re talking pickles.
A troublesome or awkward situation; predicament.
So for example; if you haven’t got time to walk the dog, need someone to pick up a spot of dry cleaning or want some help moving bits of furniture, then Pickle could be for you. As long as your job’s legal, you can put it out on Pickle and let the bidding commence.
Actual jobs that Pickle has tackled so far include getting ice creams for office workers, delivering flowers to a restaurant, dog walking and a spot of IT help.
We especially like the sound of using Pickle for IT advice – instead of being stuck on a helpline speaking to someone who doesn’t understand your problem, why not enlist the help of a local computer whizz-kid? This could be a real time-saver.
A pickled history
Pickle is the brainchild of Daneh Westropp, a working mum who found it difficult getting everything on her daily ‘to-do’ list done. Here, she explains how the app works:
“There are two sides to Pickle; one where you can be a ‘Do’ and if you are looking for work, we have a job tracker where you can state what kind of jobs you are interested in, in which area, for what price. The minute someone posts a job matching those requirements you are notified or you can go on the app and see what jobs are listed.
If you are a ‘Need’ you can go on there and post anything you need doing, set time and prices – it is as simple as that.”
Pickle in a nutshell
We’ve been playing with Pickle for a few days now and are big fans of its stripped down and easy-to-use interface. Getting up and running on it is pretty straightforward:
1. Download the Pickle app for free on Android or iOS, and then register.
2. Put your location on the Pickle map.
3. When you get into a pickle, post your job and put a price on it.
4. Watch as the bids come in.
5. Accept an offer that you’re happy with.
6. When the job’s been done to your satisfaction, pay your helper using the app and give them a rating.
And that’s all there is to it.
It’s still very early days for Pickle and it’s currently only available in London, with plans to roll it out to the rest of the UK in the near future. It’s already got 1500 members, but even so - when we had a look at the actual jobs on display, most were from the Pickle team themselves. So let’s hope the word spreads even more.
Pickle is available to download free on Android and iOS. For more information, check out their website: www.wearepickle.com.
What would you use Pickle for? Feel free to give any clean and legal suggestions below.