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House Cleaning Goes Online With 'Hello Heroic'

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Cleaning the bathroom, making bag lunches and shoveling the sidewalk, they're all tedious tasks.

But now if you're looking for help, you can pay someone else to do those chores with the click of a mouse. You even pick how much those jobs are worth.

It's through a web site called called Hello Heroic. Think Facebook meets Craigslist, but you're in charge.

"I'm a busy guy," said Josh Freeman, who was in need of a house cleaning. "I wouldn't mind paying someone a few extra bucks to get my housework done."

On Saturday, Freeman will pay someone he picked from the web site $25 an hour to clean his blinds and his bathroom.

"We wanted to empower people to take control of their life, whether that be take time by posting, or take back by making money by doing services," said Co-Founder of Dan Linstroth. "We've found that almost every single post gets 24 direct responses in about two hours."

People ask for just about anything, like lunches to take to work, having coffee brought to meetings, a wedding disc jockey preform and even a charity posted needing help.

The site found those who respond to do the work are people looking for fast cash. That ranges from college students to the unemployed to the underemployed. A profile is set up like Facebook, so you have the ability to check out who comes to do the work, but other than that security is limited at this point.

"You'll be able to see their picture and a user rating history will be on the site once we get more services going," said Linstroth.

The site uses Paypal for transactions, which both parties have to agree to. Freeman said he'll stick around to see the work being done on Saturday. If it works well for both parties, he plans to go back to the site for more.

Currently, the developers are not making any money but people who use it need to plug their website and three friends' websites to get started. One day, they will charge a transaction fee. In fact, Linstroth said he's living in his mom's condo to get the website off the ground.


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