How would YOU use a Fancy Hands assistant this week? Fancy Hands is one of my very favorite and most helpful small business resources. They offer freelance assistants to do small tasks for you for five bucks each or less.

I have the biggest package (25 tasks for $65/month), and I will share five tasks with you (they expire May 30).

Just leave a comment below on what you would do with a personal assistant, and you may win! I’ll pick my favorite tasks to give five people a hand next week. I even assigned a task to Fancy Hands to have an actual assistant chime in with real feedback about the task ideas. 

Make sure you leave your email so I can reward you. All entries must be received by Friday at 2 p.m. Pacific!

You should watch this video to see what Fancy Hands can do!

 

WE HAVE WINNERS! Read below to see what Fancy Hands had to say about the best types of tasks for their service:

 

I would have them research the best storage system for digital photographs. I have almost completely filled my hard drive with hundreds of gigabytes of digital images. I need input as to the best resource for either online storage, or what kind of system I should set up for back up and storage. Being a Realtor and photographer, I have loads of photos I work with. This would solve a huge problem I have right now. Thanks!

Why? Because I know how it is to fill up storage with digital pics! Plus we have gurus here that can definitely help with that.

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I’m planning a big trip in a few weeks through Minneapolis and Chicago and would love help tracking down the best places eat and explore!

We are great at planning itineraries!

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I want to find out the best item to buy that would allow me to work on my laptop and my ipad outside during the summer months. The sun is too bright for me to be able to see what’s on the screen. There has to be some type of gadget I could use to take the glare off the screen. (Yes, I could go in the shade; but I really prefer to be basking in the sun!)

I completely agree! (To be perfectly honest, if we find that product, I’ll be snagging one up to!)

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forward an excel database for upload to a message that I will create later…

We are great with this kind of things!

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I have a business trip to Copenhagen coming up the first week in June. I’ve never been there and still haven’t researched the destination at all! Although I won’t have a lot of free time while I’m there, it would be a huge help if someone could research public transportation, a couple of reasonable places to eat, and just 1 or 2 not-to-miss things to do. Thanks!

Again, we are great with helping planning trips and this is right up our alley.

I love all the requests for house cleaning. I’d be a member of Fancy Hands myself if we offered house cleaning!

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32 Responses

  1. They may be YOUR favorite tasks, but not ours! Which is why I’m entering into this contest 🙂

    Task: Download all my contacts from Batchbook, give me a backup copy of the CSV and upload them into my Nimble account. Then cancel the Batchbook.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Where to begin? I have several membership prospect lists I am researching right now and need to put into Excel, so I guess that would be a start! I’m also looking for some design assistance for an upcoming conference. I have so many things to do that I don’t really know where to start!

    Ooooh…I just remembered: I need someone to pdf all our old newsletters from our website so I can archive them and I’d love to have someone else finish adding all my members to my google alerts. On a personal note, I want to find a place to rent a bicycle and find an easy trail to take my family on a bike ride on my birthday.

    I could keep going, and I’m sure I’ll come up with lots more as the day wears on!

    Happy Memorial Day!

  3. Hi Beth,
    I have a business trip to Copenhagen coming up the first week in June. I’ve never been there and still haven’t researched the destination at all! Although I won’t have a lot of free time while I’m there, it would be a huge help if someone could research public transportation, a couple of reasonable places to eat, and just 1 or 2 not-to-miss things to do. Thanks!
    Regards,
    Jo

  4. Research cool and unique items that we can use (and make a profit off of) for our Annual Civic Auction. We need items to be 60% or more below retail price. Rural community of varied backgrounds and affluence.

  5. Since I’m sure housecleaning isn’t among the lists (although that is my BIGGEST wish), I’d have to say that since I’m the only person in my office to handle all social media, website maintenance AND content management on our Smartphone app, I’d LOVE to have someone help me get our app updated by loading the latest calendar items from our website onto the app CMS. I never seem to find the time to do that and while we have hundreds of events on our calendar, we currently only have 17 calendar items on our app. ACK!!

    Thanks, Beth, and have a safe and FUN-FILLED Memorial Day weekend.

  6. Hi Beth!

    I’m an event and wedding planner based in Boston – I actually specialize in helping same-sex couples plan their wedding day as some parts of the planning process can be a little awkward – almost like having to come out all over again.

    Now that wedding season is approaching, I haven’t had much time to update the news feed of my website – I basically collect news articles pertaining to gay weddings and post them in the footer of my site. I’d use the prize to have someone go through the news articles (which are saved in my inbox), and format them to an html template and send them to me so I can easily upload them.

    Thanks so much for the offer, have a great weekend!

  7. Oh My! I would have a personal assistant catch up on my filing at home.
    I have been caring for an elderly father who changed nursing homes in October and then had several ‘on his death bed’ illnesses in November, January and February; bought my first home in February; helped my niece move to town just one week later; my father passed away in March and I did all the thank yous; dealt with several personal medical issues in April; helped my sister with her youngest child’s high school graduation in May; all while moving into our busiest season at work [March-September].

    1. Oh my. That’s a heck of a plateful. Unfortunately Fancy Hands doesn’t come to your house, but it sure seems like you could use a hand. Do you have any tasks that could be completed from afar?

  8. I want to find out the best item to buy that would allow me to work on my laptop and my ipad outside during the summer months. The sun is too bright for me to be able to see what’s on the screen. There has to be some type of gadget I could use to take the glare off the screen. (Yes, I could go in the shade; but I really prefer to be basking in the sun!)

  9. I would have them download and install all the apps from your first book onto my ipad and iphone that would make my life easier on the go. Then I would have them teach me how to use them.

      1. I’d sk that a speadsheet be created for all of my business contacts, then populated with my contacts so that I can print labels and do mail merges.

  10. Hi! We love this contest, naturally. Great idea! And…the tasks won’t expire until 30 days after they’ve been given, whoo!

    We’re so excited that you guys have figured out the best ways to use Fancy Hands!

  11. My friend Beth Bridges suggested I enter your drawing. If I won I would request a search for the most profitable way to blog and most productive way to promote local gardening events. I would use the extra time to do more blogging and more real life gardening to blog about.

  12. I’m planning a big trip in a few weeks through Minneapolis and Chicago and would love help tracking down the best places eat and explore!

  13. I would have them research the best storage system for digital photographs. I have almost completely filled my hard drive with hundreds of gigabytes of digital images. I need input as to the best resource for either online storage, or what kind of system I should set up for back up and storage. Being a Realtor and photographer, I have loads of photos I work with. This would solve a huge problem I have right now. Thanks!

  14. I doubt they would implement something like this. Their business model is likely built on a) having regular income and b) many users not using all their tasks per month (i.e. paying for something they aren’t using). It’s the same reason services like Dropbox don’t offer a pay-for-what-you-use plan – the majority of their income comes from people paying the set monthly fees but not using anywhere near the maximum storage/bandwidth.

  15. You will receive a notification whenever a due date has been reached. If you’re running on Android 4.1 and up you will even be able to tick off tasks from within the notification itself.

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