I have a new hobby, which is sending postcards to people. It’s a wonderful hobby but I think the major hurdle I have is that I can’t get myself to go to the post office to buy stamps. It’s an easy exercise – the closest post office is less than 10 minutes away from my house. But I often find myself pushing this rather small and easy chore to a time when I need to go out for something else.
It’s often these little things, these small chores that we tend to push until later. And before we know it, the electricity bill is overdue and that nice shirt to be worn for a party is still at the laundry. Wouldn’t it be awesome, if we could get someone to run around and do these little errands for us?
Thanks to Mr. Bharat Ahirwar, it is possible now. And no, it does not involve a monthly pay to anyone. Having worked at several start-ups, Bharat Ahirwar saw ‘errand running’ as an opportunity to start a convenient and affordable service for the busy people of Mumbai and thus was born My Peon. My Peon is a simple, easy to use service where you request the peon to run an errand for you for a fees of Rs 200.
On being asked why he chose this name for his service, he said “I wanted to come up with a name that would explain the kind of work that we do and generally all the running around is done by the peon so I decided it has to be My Peon.” My Peon will do anything – from picking up cheques and laundry to making door-to-door deliveries to going to the market and picking up bread to even buying your movie tickets for you. The peon is at your disposal and if you need him for a longer time – hire him for 3 hours at Rs. 500.
But what prompted him to start a service like this? “I have always been passionate about the service industry and also wanted to start a service that can be useful for everyone. After some research and personal experience I realized that every second person has an errand to be run each day, but there are hardly any services that provide such facilities at an affordable cost and that gave us a chance to start this venture”, he says.
Barely a month old, the service gets up to 10 tasks daily. I asked them what was the strangest request they had received till date: “We generally get very common requests, once we got asked to accompany a grandparent to the doctor!” he said. They cater to requests from all over Mumbai, so whether it is sending a box of mithai for Rakshabandhan to a cousin living on the other side of town or buying that box of mithai from that particular store – it’s a super convenient service to have at your disposal.
You can contact My Peon and get your errands done for a fee of Rs. 200 (plus travel expense). If you can remember to assign the task a day in advance, you even get to save 100 bucks! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to make a call to get the electricity bill paid and get the laundry collected. Oh and buy stamps. The damn stamps.
Do you have any such small errands that you’ve been wanting to complete for weeks?