DIY Project Issues

To DIY or Leave it to the Pros?

Contrary to popular belief, “Do It Yourself” projects might not be the best route to take. In fact, we’re learning that DIY projects can even decrease the value of your home rather than increase it. That’s why GetAssist encourages you to err on the side of caution and leave it to the professionals! Simply Make A Request on GetAssist for help from nearby pros.

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Back to School Giveback Ideas

 

The back-to-school rush is a fun and exciting time for many families. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not necessarily exciting for ALL families. Between buying new clothes and supplies, budgeting for lunches, purchasing sports or music equipment, etc., this time of year can be very financially burdensome. Keep these empathy-driven ideas in mind to help the less fortunate kiddos in your community:  Read more

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Make Life Easier With These GetAssist Features

 

At GetAssist, we strive to always offer innovative yet easy-to-use features for our members. Through our mission of encouraging individuals to Connect With Purpose, it only makes sense that we equip them with the necessary tools to do so! Take a moment to check out some of our latest features.  Read more

Hire Local to Help Your Community Thrive

While big names and large chain companies tend to saturate the markets they’re part of, they don’t always offer the best value, nor do they offer the best service. These companies are able to push their names to such an extent due to advantageous marketing budgets, making it more likely for them to capitalize off folks who “buy into” their tactics. Don’t be one of the individuals that buy in; Instead, help give small local businesses a voice! Pay-it-forward and strengthen your community by hiring local small businesses for whatever your needs may be, as this is going to be your best bet for the many fruitful reasons below. Remember, all you have to do is Make A Request on GetAssist to be connected with LOCAL small-business professionals that truly and genuinely know how to best serve your needs!  

Health of Local Economy

Thanks to data gathered by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), we know that 54% of grocery shoppers prefer buying locally sourced food because they want to support farmers and other producers in their area. The same holds true for homeowners opting for small, local contractors for house projects and beyond. Hiring from your local talent pool signals to your customers and clients that you’re a true citizen of your area, according to Forbes. In addition, your investment goes straight back to the community you reside in! It is vital for everyone to do their part in investing in their community’s economic growth and assist in enhancing the overall well-being of its laborers. Whether you need a handyman for a quick and easy project, or a small army of professionals for a larger project, your needs will be met and surpassed when you make a request on GetAssist to be connected with your choice of top local pros for the job.

Strong Relationships & Network

When you hire a local pro from a small business, you’re helping them build their clientele, thus benefiting both of you equally. While you have peace of mind from a job well done, they gain more exposure and another potentially long-term client. Sure, the project is still an expense, but it’s exceptionally worth it knowing you’re helping feed a family’s stability as they grow their beloved business. Most importantly, through these strong relationships, you know exactly who to contact if future issues arise! Perhaps you will depend on the great services of this individual for many years to come.

We’ve provided some simple tips that will help enhance your relationship with your preferred local professionals. If you’re happy with their services, be sure to:

  • Leave them a great review
  • Call them after the project to say just one more “thank you”
  • Tell your friends! Word of mouth marketing is extremely valuable for small businesses in your community.
  • Let them know you would be happy to provide a testimonial or have your project serve as a case study

Personal Touch of Community

When you reside in the same community as the individual you embark on a project with, you have a connection right out of the gate that will help foster trust throughout the project and beyond. At GetAssist, we believe that hiring nearby small businesses is the most logical, worthwhile route when scouting out professionals to tackle a job. By investing in local talent, the notion of a strong & thriving community remains at the forefront. Further, when you are part of the same community, you have a joint understanding of the local culture, initiatives, resources, hurdles, etc. Nothing feels better than comradery and a sense of comfort when you make a request to connect with the same team that remembers you and your project. In fact, “the personal touch is one of the best things that a local contractor can offer; the feeling that your project matters to them and that you as a customer matter to them,” according to National Home Improvement, Inc.

When it comes to the personal touch of community, we can’t forget to mention these two crucial areas of safety that are best instilled in knowledgeable locals:

  1. Local professionals are up-to-speed with building codes, permit requirements, zoning rules, etc. in your area.
  2. Local professionals are more familiar with the types of builds and structural integrity of homes and properties in the area.

Simpler to Choose Your Preferred Professional

Choosing your preferred professional for projects is easier when you eliminate large names and companies from the line-up from the get-go. Since they reside in the community they serve, local contractors are compelled to perform quality work that satisfies their customers and creates a good reputation in order for their business to survive and prosper. Whatever needs arise, be sure to support your local community and #MakeARequest to connect with top locals to execute your project flawlessly.

Emergency Service / Availability

How many times have you been given the run-around with inconvenient service time windows or flat-out unavailability after regular business hours? Life is full of surprises, and we certainly can’t anticipate the issues that occasionally arise at vexing times. When you #MakeARequest for services on GetAssist, you’re connected with multiple choices of professionals to tackle the job, so at least a few of them are bound to offer more flexible service hours! And/or, when you build rapport with the professionals that we help connect you with, they will be more likely to lend a helping hand at the drop of a hat.

It is our hope that you, too, see the immense value in investing in small businesses and local talent. Join all of us at GetAssist in our continued efforts to lift up the communities in which we reside and help them to not only function, but thrive! Whatever your needs, Make A Request and we’ll handle the rest.

6 Steps to Fearlessly Lead an Online Community

online community leaderWhat’s the difference between productive online conversations and angry online snipping matches?

Leadership.

Online communities are powerhouses of collaboration that demand fearless leaders to succeed. They otherwise become vacuums of disinformation and vitriol that inevitably fail.

The best social managers build constituencies with purpose and a strategy for growth. They ensure that members exchange valuable information, advice and ideas. They administer a steady flow of content that’s timely, relevant and encourages feedback. They ask thoughtful questions and respond to comments.

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What Help to Hire for a Productive New Year


hire help on GetAssist to have quality time for your family

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve had a chance to relax and celebrate a bit, are you ready to dive back into productivity? January tends to be a month filled with newfangled goals as you embark on fulfilling your resolutions or simply adjusting old habits. As you reflect on the past year, can you think of some areas in your life that you could use assistance with? The answer is likely “yes”, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! We all need a helping hand sometimes. Likewise, we could all use more time to focus on the things that light our personal fires.

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Kitchen Design Trends For 2019


kitchen trends for 2019

Kitchens have far more than just a functional purpose. Oftentimes they represent the atmosphere of our entire home and tend to exude togetherness, contentment, and comfort. As you think ahead for your next kitchen revamp project, be sure to keep these exciting and refreshing trends in mind. As always, GetAssist is here to help with any of your needs!

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Using the GetAssist App for Ice Hockey Season

It’s December and we all know what that means… HOCKEY SEASON! Whether you play on a hockey team, coach/manage a hockey team, or have a child or spouse that plays on a hockey team, the GetAssist Virtual Locker Room app has your back! Don’t stress the details – we’ll provide you with the necessary tools to have an incredible season.

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Feeding The Hungry In Your Community

feed the hungryDid you know? 1 in 8 households in Canada is food insecure, amounting to over 4 million Canadians (including 1.15 million children) living in homes that struggle to put food on the table. This is according to PROOF, a food insecurity research team based in Toronto. Now knowing these disconcerting statistics, you’re likely wondering how you can help families in your own community that are struggling with food insecurity. You can start by using the GetAssist app to find and discuss opportunities, as well as present ideas of your own.

Whether you’d like to help remedy hunger in your community immediately or would prefer brainstorming ways to assist for the long-haul, be sure to take the following ideas into consideration, and most importantly, take action!

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GetAssist Celebrates Two Anniversaries In October

GetAssist AnniversariesCanada’s Private Social Network Celebrates Third Anniversary in Calgary & First in Mississauga!
GetAssist Inc. opened its doors in Calgary October 26th, 2015 and the rest is history. GetAssist has been setting up offices across Canada ever since.

Last year, GetAssist began serving the Mississauga, Ontario community.

Located at 5780 Timberlea Blvd #106, Mississauga, ON L4W 4W8 the office provides brick and mortar support to local GetAssist users and businesses.

“GetAssist answers the question of ‘What’s in it for me?’” CEO Bruce Fikowski said. “For perhaps the first time ever, GetAssist creates a nexus where small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals connect for a purposeful online social experience.”

GetAssist works through businesses purchasing memberships for a nominal fee to gain access to the network and narrowly tailored sales leads. The network remains completely free and 100 percent private to social users, who remain anonymous to the point of sale.

In addition to Mississauga, GetAssist serves Vaughan, Scarborough, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

This year GetAssist opened its first Network Centre in Winnipeg, MN.

We are looking forward to many more anniversaries to be shared with communities all across Canada and beyond!