Commitment to 2020

A New Year’s Resolution Solution


Lose weight. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Drink less alcohol. Every year around this time, people start making new year’s resolutions, but normally their commitment crumbles by the 12th of January[i]. “One of the main reasons why resolutions fail is because we feel overwhelmed by all that needs to change, and change, in itself, can be daunting. This year, why not commit to making one change that can have positive ripple effects?” asks Jan Vosloo, Co-Founder of Jobbie - a free mobile app that helps you to get any odd job done by connecting you to trusted workers.

He continues: “An example of this could be committing to getting those odd jobs around the house taken care of by a professional, instead of spending every weekend and public holiday trying to tackle them all yourself. Through doing so, not only will you be supporting local workers and, in turn, reducing unemployment and poverty, you will also have more time to do the things you love with the people you love. Best of all you don’t have to wait until the 1st of January to implement this resolution; you can start now and truly savour the festive season.”

Jobbie, for instance, saves customers from having to call around for multiple quotes and gives them access to workers they can trust since they undergo an extensive verification process, including reference checks.  Workers’ skills are matched to the customers’ needs and customers can choose the best workers based on ratings received for other jobs. All this, including payment, can be done from a mobile device.

“The idea for Jobbie actually came about because my business partner, Eugene Coetzee, and I realised that we kept having to put off spending time with our families and doing  things we enjoyed, like camping, because we constantly had to tend to the seemingly never-ending list of things that needed fixing around our homes,” shares Vosloo.

“Having more time available also means being able to do things like going to the gym, developing a new hobby, volunteering and travelling – all common resolutions that can now be kept more easily,” he concludes.

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