AfterYou FindHelper matches by task

AfterYou FindHelper is one of the newer entrants to the home service market, as it started only in January this year.

It focuses on matching helpers to customers by task.

The first thing that users do when on the home page is select the tasks that they need performed, from a list that includes grocery shopping, ironing and baby-sitting.

Unlike many other platforms that have a fixed rate across all workers, AfterYou allows helpers to set their own price.

Customers can then filter their search by budget, which ranges from below $10 an hour to below $20 an hour.

The platform will then curate a list of suitable helpers, and it is up to the helper and customer to negotiate the deal.

Both parties have to agree on the terms to proceed.

Mr Fitzkhoon Liang, founder and CEO of AfterYou, said that some users have described AfterYou FindHelper as being similar to second-hand goods marketplace Carousell, but for home service workers.

"We don't see a lot of the other companies as direct competition, as they aren't really marketplaces but more on-demand service companies," he said.

Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2016, with the headline 'AfterYou FindHelper matches by task'. Subscribe