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  • 21-Oct-2016

Huskies for Hire

Abstract

Huskies4Hire is a web based platform dedicated to connecting students with faculty, staff and the community to perform short term jobs with short term needs.

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Who is your customer?

Huskies4Hire customers are divided into two segments. The first customer is students studying at a university and looking for a partime job opportunity on or off campus. The second customer segment is Faculty, staff, and community affiliated to the university campus and is willing to post jobs that could be done by students on campus.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

As busy students attending Michigan Technological University we are always challenged to balance college and daily tasks. Glancing around campus made us realize it’s not limited to students but even the faculty and staff. Almost everyone has difficulty managing everything they need to do in a day, some of which can easily be outsourced to students who have spare time and the necessary skills. Foreseeing the need to manage time between work and daily tasks propelled us to develop Huskies4Hire - a platform to help the community.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our focus is to reduce the hassle of finding the right person, at the right time, for a temporary job. These tasks vary from house and yard work to web design and computer repair. At Huskies4Hire, our aim is to provide an efficient service that connects busy people to individuals willing and able to complete their tasks. Trust and efficiency are the primary concern when it comes to assigning tasks. College students are a highly energetic, skillful workforce that is largely ignored for employment due to their busy schedules. Students’ schedules, while a problem for 8 to 5 jobs, comes with a great deal of flexibility and varied availability. University admission policies also act as a first line of screening to find trustworthy individuals. We hire able and reliable students to protect the customer security and win customer trust.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

The sales strategy that Huskies4Hire intends to undertake is through simplicity of transactional use. By facilitating the simple payment transactions, we create an environment that makes it incredibly simple for repeat customers to schedule new employees. When Huskies4Hire launches, we will spread the word through several avenues. For a physical advertising approach, posters will be placed around campus both for recruiting workers and to attract hiring parties from the student and faculty members. Many people of the older generation, who could use our help the most, will not find out about us via web or campus. For these potential customers the best method would be to mail fliers with potential services and contact information.