It's like Uber, only it's for errands – and it's a godsend

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It's like Uber, only it's for errands – and it's a godsend

Those who are too busy can ask others to run errands for them

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Whether it’s buying speckled eggs, lettuce or posting a video, those with the time and the skills can earn extra cash doing seemingly mundane tasks.
Those who are too busy can ask others to run errands for them. The initiative is the brainchild of Ayodele Salahdeen, the CEO of online freelancing app ErrandWorld.
The company first launched in June 2017, and has more than 20,000 users. A user can be a “runner” or an “errander”. The errander is someone who posts a task and sets the price for the task. Errands can range from delivery services, handy services and transportation to tutoring.
Once an errand is posted on the website, a potential runner can bid for the job. The errander then chooses which runner to use for the task.
Salahdeen said he created this service to change lives. The 36-year-old runs and owns two guesthouses in Pretoria, and is a freelance graphic designer.
“I wanted a product that would impact a lot of people and change lives. I spent a lot of time asking myself what is the biggest problem people are facing. At the top of my list was unemployment, I then started thinking of ways that I could tackle unemployment and I came up with ErrandWorld,” Salahdeen said.
Some of the most popular errands are delivery related, IT services and data entry.
For Nadia Botha, also 36, her errand was buying eight containers of speckled eggs for a client who also needed them sent to his family for Easter. Botha, a credit controller based in Pretoria, said she used the service because she needed extra cash. She scored R800.
“I have recommended it to friends and family. Everyone is struggling financially, we all can do with a little bit of extra cash,” Botha said.
Similarly, Craig Ernstzen, 35, from Cape Town and Jeremy Manuel, 35, from Johannesburg also said they used ErrandWorld to make some extra money during these tough economic times.
Manuel, a sales consultant, completed an errand for a businessman who needed documents delivered. He was paid R100. The client told him that using him was cheaper than having the documents delivered using e-hailing service Uber, which was his usual method of delivery.
“In these times you are always looking for extra cash, we always want more. I looked at it as something that could give me that. I also made sure it was something I could do on my way to work. So sometimes it’s a stupid errand, but for me it was something I could do on my way to work,” Manuel said.
Ernstzen has recently joined ErrandWorld, and has completed some interesting errands. Last month he was tasked with grocery shopping and had to buy R300 worth of lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables. He scored R100 from that. During the same time he was a “mystery shopper” for a computer software company.
The company needed someone to test the customer service of their staff and the client satisfaction. As an IT professional himself, Ernstzen took on this task and got paid R250.
One of his other errands, which earned him R500, was completing an explainer video for a British man.
That man could have been John Barnes, 46, company director based in Pretoria who has posted similar errands on the portal. Barnes said he used the service because it was cheaper. He has found people who would complete a blog post for R30 and do an explainer video for R500.
“If you’re on a tight budget, you can find someone easily on ErrandWorld. I’ve had plenty of people agree to work for R30 an hour and they’re decent. You couldn’t get someone else to do the same job at that price.” 
While these people have completed low-paying errands, other tasks on the site include requests for tutors ranging between R400 and R800, creating a fundraising initiative for an NPO for R5,000, bodyguard services for R2,000, the removal of a toilet seat for R250, or washing takkies for R250.

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