Two local entrepreneurs are looking to give popular on-demand jobs sites like TaskRabbit and Handy a run for their money.
Lawrence Bunnell and Nathan Clarke are the founders behind Azzida, an app designed to facilitate paid tasks such as dog walking or hedge trimming.
The app, which launched this month, allows users with a to-do list to post job descriptions and related prices and photos to the app. Job posts appear in a feed that can be viewed by users hunting for jobs. Posts can also be shared on social media.
Azzida collects a 3.5 percent transaction fee from the job poster and keeps 15 percent of the payment doled out to the contractor. Payment is handled through the app.
Azzida is initially focused on the Richmond area, though the platform is usable nationwide.
“Our marketing and engagement will be targeted to the Richmond area for now,” Clarke said in an email. “We will not be constraining usage. So, if it were to organically grow to other regions, we would welcome that.”
Job posters are expected to mostly be retirees, empty nesters and older adults, a segment that’s on track to increase as the large Baby Boomer generation continues to age. And though the platform has been several years in the making, the co-founders say the pandemic has created an opportunity on the job-seeker side…