Fancy Hands Helps Busy Moms Get Their Life On Track
Busy moms, are you struggling trying to keep all of your tasks in order? If so, could you imagine a life where you had a virtual assistant right by your side to help you get the kids movie tickets purchased or your doctor’s appointment scheduled? For as little as $40 a month, you can actually have a new app called Fancy Hands, solve your daily to do list quickly. Intrigued by Fancy Hands, Mommynoire caught up with Joshua Boltuch, the CEO, to get the run down on the app that moms can’t wait to get their busy hands on…
Mommynoire: What was the inspiration behind Fancy Hands:
Joshua Boltuch: It was founded by my partner Ted Roden. He was working at the New York Times in the research and development department. He’s a developer…a coder. He had a very cool job of being like a futurist. He thought about the future of news and how people would consume it. At the same time, he got offered a book deal, essentially to write about coding. During that time, he and his wife were having their first child, but he was super busy. Verses someone who just complained about it, he went out over a weekend and built a very rough prototype where he could farm out tasks to people that he didn’t have time to do. And so that’s how it started.
Mommynoire: With all the developments, tell us how Fancy Hands works:
Its very simple. For customers, its a monthly subscription from $30 – $150 depending on the size of the plan that you want, and that’s per month. It’s the actually the most affordable virtual assistant service out there. $30 per month is not too expensive for a lot of people and you get a set number of tasks. That’s anywhere from 5 tasks to 50 tasks, depending on your plan. And each task is about 20 minutes worth of work. You can combine tasks if you have a larger project that you need help with. If you have something that is going to take an hour, you can use three tasks for that. You can send us tasks via email, or via an iPhone app, you can use our Android app, you can use the web via your computer, or a voice mail. We try to make it as convenient as possible for you to send us your to-dos.
In terms of what we do – that’s pretty much a big question, because we basically do everything. We do personal stuff. We do professional stuff. We can call up your cable company to pay a bill. We can do data entry. We can even do online research. If you are doing a story and need back ground research, you can send it to Fancy Hands and have them synchronize the articles for you. It really just depends on who you are and what your needs are.
Mommynoire: Let’s just say as an Editor I need a photo shoot booked or to schedule a movie screening. Can Fancy Hands handle that?
Joshua Boltuch: Phone calls are probably one of the biggest things we do. They can be time consuming. Fancy Hands can do all of the scheduling and rescheduling.
Mommynoire: How does Fancy Hands boost productivity for mom entrepreneurs?
Joshua Boltuch: The female entrepreneur can use it in the same way. You can use it to delegate. That’s one of the hardest things for an entrepreneur to do. There is a lot of administrative work that Fancy Hands can do. So when it comes to researching stuff about taxes or trying to find a good print shop to print marketing materials, these are things that you don’t need to do yourself. As an entrepreneur, you need to maximize your brain power for crucial decisions. When it comes to more administrative tasks, Fancy Hands can save you a lot of time and money, because your time is valuable.
Mommynoire: Can Fancy Hands be used for small businesses?
Joshua Boltuch: Yes. Essentially we have a teamwork option. It allows you to buy bulk subscription for your team and you get a discount depending on how many you buy. That’s a very popular option. We have a lot of companies that give them to their employees. Both as a productivity tool and as perk. This app frees up your employees to focus more on work. Also, we have an API – our API allows any business to tap into our on demand army of assistants. We have companies that use our API as part of their business operations.
Mommynoire: So what else should our readers know about Fancy Hands do?
Joshua Boltuch: Fancy Hands can book travel. If I want to target mom media outlets and mom-preneurs, then I can send Fancy Hands a task to research the top mom influencers. So our virtual assistants can do just about any professional or personal administrative task and the app can also create spreadsheets and reports.