You've forgotten Valentine's Day again, haven't you? Time to make a decision: do you scramble for a meaningful gift in a desperate, last-minute frenzy? Do you hand over some tatty supermarket flowers and accept your fate with a rueful grin? Or do you launch into a clearly improvised diatribe against the commercialisation of romance and hope for the best? Alternatively, you could pay someone else a small fee to sort the whole thing out for you.
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Airtasker is an online crowdsourcing service that lets you advertise bespoke tasks to "runners" who will then carry it out for a small fee. To use Airtasker, you simply post on the site, listing what you want done and what you’re willing to pay. Runners in the local area can then agree to perform the task, or haggle over the price. Posting a task is free, with Airtasker taking a cut of the runner's fee.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the Aussie start-up is looking to capitalise on forgetful romantics.
"We have Airtaskers that can pick up a last minute gift, bake you a six-pack of Valentine Cupcakes or maybe someone can come around and clean your house and you can claim it as your own sweet gesture," the company states.
They also suggest hiring a runner to "give your Secret Valentine a giant smacker on the lips" — which sounds like sexual harassment to us.
To get Valentine's Day sorted out in a jiffy, register at Airtasker.com.au and post the soppiest task you can think of.