Treat your mum this Mother’s Day!

It is almost Mother’s Day again (it is Sunday, 14th of May this year; if you didn’t know) and it’s time to work out what you are going to do for her. This is the one day of the year where it is all about mothers; the women that have accomplished so much!

Baby Playing with mum's face

So how do you thank her for everything? Well that might not be possible in one day but here are some of the better options to get started…

Breakfast in bed

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Why not combine two of the best things – food and bed!

Lets be honest, how good is breakfast in bed?!

If you live at home (or even nearby) you should get up an hour early and surprise your special lady with breakky in bed! Some of the easier options are:

For some more awesome ideas or recipes for the above check out this helpful link for breakfast in bed.

Help around the house

Any great mum will definitely appreciate you helping out around the house so she can simply just relax on Mother’s Day. The gesture alone will show her how much you love and appreciate all she does for you. If you are too busy to head over to do the ground work yourself, why not hire a local provider to do it for you?

Home Cleaner
Give your mum the day off and hire a local cleaner to come help out

CanYa is the easiest way to hire local service providers; you could get a cleaner for the house/car, a gardener, a babysitter, a handyman or any other trade that she might need to help her out!

Wouldn’t hiring a local provider be too expensive?

Saving mum a couple of hours cleaning on Mother’s Day could be as cheap as $20/hour; just check out one of your local cleaners right here. CanYa is making it even easier to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day; for every job that is booked directly for your lucky lady in the week leading up to Mother’s Day, CanYa will pay for $30 of it! 

Mum Relaxing
Let mum relax this Mother’s Day by getting some help around the house

All you need to do to is to jump onto the CanYa Facebook page and comment “BOOKED” under our Mother’s Day promotion and we will give you $30 off your job! But HURRY, it is only available for the first 10 people booking jobs!

High Tea

High tea is the perfect mix of time with the family and delicious foods. Expect your food to be presented to you on a 3-tiered platter, with such delights as scones, biscuits, savoury bites and little sandwiches. Have a look around and you will find heaps of places offer high tea for Mother’s Day. It is definitely advised to booked ahead as they are crazy busy on Mother’s Day!

High Tea
You get to eat the food pyramid!

Buy her a gift

This is the easiest and most common way to show you care for her and are thinking about her. You might already know that she wants something or you can check out this link on some great gift ideas for mum.

Mother's Day Present
Give your mum a small token of your appreciation!

If you are going to get her a gift, make sure you remember to get her a card; mothers love cards (for some reason)!

Flowers

If you are living away or cannot be there for her on Mother’s Day then you could always send her flowers – pool the money from all the siblings if you have to. A nice bunch of flowers on Mother’s Day will make mum feel loved and put a smile on her face all day long!

Flowers
Treat your mum to some flowers this Mother’s Day

The most important thing?

Just remember that Mother’s Day is all about mum! You should be making her life easier wherever you can and making sure that she feels loved. The ideas above are just the start, why not do all of them?

Think of all the things your lovely mum does for you, I think you’d agree that all of the above wouldn’t even come close to paying her back!

Also, a hug goes a long way!

Hug GIF

Advertisements

Sharing CanYa profiles with branch.io

CanYa’s Tech

In the last few years we have seen an explosion of specialised services, normally in the form of API’s (a good video to explain API is right here). At CanYa, we use a lot of third party services to leverage off of experts in a particular field, then build on top of those.

CanYa technology integration
CanYa’s integration of technologies

One of these that we particularly love is branch.io.

Users of CanYa probably won’t even notice that we are using an external service, but when you share your profile, it is powered by branch.io.

FullSizeRender 2
Sharing your CanYa link is simple. This one is https://app.canya.com.au/ROW484

 

How it works:

  1. Find your CanYa referral code in the main menu inside CanYa. Post on all your social media in the format:  app.canya.com.au/CODE (CAPS LOCK THE FIRST 3 LETTERS; eg: ABC123)
  2. Your friends & clients tap on the link.
    1. If they have CanYa installed already, it will open into your profile and favourite you.
    2. If they have not downloaded the app yet, it will take them to the App Store (either Apple iOS or Google Play Store). After installing, CanYa (with the help of branch.io) will know they tapped on your referral code, give you referral credit and ongoing CanYa Rewards!
    3. If you are on a desktop computer, you will be directed to our main website, https://canya.com.au
Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 2.47.43 pm
Referring is even easier with branch.io

There are multiple benefits to sharing your CanYa profile:

  • Receive $10 sign-up credit whenever somebody installs the app with your referral code!
  • Receive an ongoing 0.5% – 1.0% trailing commission (out of our fees) every time your direct or indirect referrals transact jobs inside CanYa. We call this CanYa Rewards.
  • Simply marketing your business through social media.

Dollar Dollar Bills Y'all

Nerd details

So why do we need to use a 3rd party service to do this?  Well, it turns out this is a difficult problem to solve well across a bunch of devices and platforms. Each device platform has a different way of opening apps from links; for example iOS uses Universal Links where your app registers for a particular URL, in this case app.canya.com.au

In order to do this, you would need to add an apple-app-site-association structured file to your website, handle image previews, descriptions and titles for each link so iMessage & Facebook previews work well, then accurately track & fingerprint users who click on your link, save their details then match with app openings minutes afterwards, plus deliver a data payload of referral codes and so on.

Nerd meme

All we do is CNAME app.canya.com.au to the branch.io server, who handle the rest, including recently adding TLS encryption (https) automatically using the wonderful letsencrypt.org

Branch.io basically handles all of this across multiple platforms. Free!

Branch Metrics Logo

As we say in South Australia: Heaps good!

customer-satisfaction

Maximising provider profits – a guide for all providers

Earning an income on a new platform such as CanYa can be difficult if left uneducated. That’s why CanYa is making it super easy by providing you the best tips to maximise profits for any CanYa provider.

Step 1 – Setup your profile!

OK, so this may seem obvious to some but it is a must if you want to get noticed and sent quote requests. The process is easy, we promise.

A) Open up the hamburger menu, and hit the profile button. Now you can customise both the user and provider profiles used in the app.

hamburger
The infamous “hamburger menu”

B) A picture tells a thousand words. Add pictures to show off your work, especially if its previous CanYa work. Many users will determine who they want to employ based off quality alone!

C) Set your price for what your worth. Quality must match price. There is not point charging the top tier price bracket if you are just starting out, don’t have any formal licences/qualifications or if you are just doing work on the side. Retrospectively, if you are a qualified, licensed service provider, ensure your price is both competitive and warranted.

D) Add all your qualifications and licences; especially if you are providing more then 1 service. The more you have the more credibility you will gain!

copy-of-providermarketing_double
Get noticed with CanYa!

Find out more about setting up your CanYa Provider account right here

Step 2 – Refer refer refer – The more you refer the better it is for everyone.

Ok, so why refer? 2 reasons.

  1. By referring new members and getting them to input your unique referral code (found in the sidebar menu) gives them $10 credit and YOU another $10 credit which is free to use inside the app (#Give10Get10). And, best of all this isn’t capped, so if you successfully refer 10 people, that’s $100 you can now use to hire someone you need, like one of our friendly babysitters.
  2. The second reason is that now every time your friends use the app and pay for jobs, we will give you 10% of our commission just to say thanks for the referral. How good is that?! We will even increase it to 15% if you referred the referrer.
CanYa_Reward_Demo
CanYa Rewards- Share your code, Grow the Community, Own the Profits

Find out more about referring from our blog post here or our help article found here.

Moral of the story: Refer, refer, refer!

Step 3 – Make sure jobs are completed using the app

You might be thinking “But cash is king though??”

Well, yes this is true is some instances. However, using the CanYa app does several important things.

It lets you accurately track jobs, supply and amend invoices (very handy for tax time), protects you in case of disputes and finally builds reputation by keeping your account active and gets you peer reviews.

“But why do that, I can make more money in cash jobs?”

Ok, so this is why. Using CanYa to finish jobs does many things. First it gives you CanYa points which in turn helps increase the ranking of your profile. This means you can be found first which allows you to get you more jobs. For more info visit our help page here

ReviewClient
Get reviewed!
Note: Keeping an active account will stop you from being deactivated for lack of activity!

Step 5 – Get your clients to like you!

If you have finished a job ensure your client leaves not only a review (which multiplies each point you earn from the job) but also likes you. A mere review and like can earn you 100’s of points which helps get you to the top of the profile rankings, yay!

canya_babysitter-trust
Peer reviews are reviews you can trust!

More on improving your ranking can be found here

Step 6 – Organise yourself

Are you busy with another job, study or other super important tasks?

Don’t fret. We built an availability calendar just for you.

Prov_Availability1
Work when you want to work

Now you can set the time that you want to accept jobs. This helps you plan your life without having to worry about cancelling all the quotes that don’t fit your life.

You can find out more about setting your availability in CanYa right here

 

Interested in checking out why people trust CanYa so much?

 

Stop Spending, Start Referring

Instant Referral Bonus!

You know that code you see on your left “hamburger” menu? Did you know that it is the key to you getting extra CanYa Credit for nothing?

CanYa_Unique Referral Code
CanYa Unique Referral Code

This is your Unique Referral Code (in the image above the code is “CAN456”). When you sign up to CanYa you are asked to put in a referral code. If you input a valid code you get $10 CanYa Credit for free. What you might not have known is the person that gave you the code also gets $10!

If you feel like you have been missing out, you can download Australia’s best services app AND receive $10 of CanYa credit by clicking here!

Ok, but is $10 really worth the effort of referring people?

Well, lets think about it for a second. If you get 5 of your mates onto the app then you now have $60 CanYa Credit for free (5 x $10, plus your initial $10 referral bonus). You could get a cleaner around to your house for a few hours.

Cleaning Supplies
Free cleaner? Sounds pretty good!

Ok, pretty cool but not sold

Well, could you get 20 people to download a free app? Definitely! Now you would have $210 and wouldn’t need to worry about paying for your next car service!!

Give10get10_mechanic
Give $10 and Get $10… save up for a mechanic!

I don’t drive a car

Ok, now you are being difficult… How about you get a Gardener to mow the lawn ($40) AND a Cleaner to clean the house ($60) AND a Babysitter to watch the kids on date night ($50) AND a Handyman to finally fix the broken door ($50)? Not bad, right?!

All Trades_CanYa Rewards
So many services… Stop Spending, Start Referring!!

I could do this all day but you are smart enough to work out how good this could be. So Stop Paying, Start Referring! (#StopPayingStartReferring for the Gen Y audience).

Steps from Stop Paying and Start Referring?

  1. Download Australia’s best services app today!
  2. Find your unique referrals code
  3. Refer your friends and family (EVERYBODY can get at least 5 people to download a free app!)
  4. Start planning how to spend all your CanYa Credit!
Obama Making it Rain
Obama, out!

How to do some gardening and stay married…

Busy life, big dreams

I’m someone who likes to do hands on projects around the house.  I dream big, and I get started on my own steam (you know, modern woman can hammer a nail just as well as the next man, no need for hire-a-hubby or even a volunteer hubby and so forth).

Busy Mum_Multi-tasking
“Jane” of all trades, master of none

And being the working mother of 4 children, I take advantage of the few hours I have here and there to get stuck into a little juicy project, and hope like anything I can get it done before there is a chorus of ‘I’m hungrrrry!’. Unfortunately I’m not a big planner – preferring instead to do the planning as I go along (I pride myself on my multitasking!).

But SOMETIMES you need to know when to call it quits and call in someone to help.

Let me illustrate…

Pile of Rocks_Darwin
This is 10 tonnes of rocks! More help needed than these 3…

 The garden isn’t going to fix itself!

So the other day, I decided something NEEDED to be done about the verge. It was covered in weeds and debris and it was a nice sunny morning. Perfect. Hat on, shovel out, I get to attacking the weeds and scattered palm fronds. Two hours later, I have a very large pile of palm fronds on our verge.

Feeling quite satisfied I turn to catch my hubby looking at my palm frond pile with a quizzical look on his face.  “Where’s that pile going?” he asks (in a voice devoid of any hint of negativity which is a credit to him!). Hmm. I hadn’t thought about that yet and it was a rather LARGE pile.

So, where IS that pile going?

Three weeks later, after a failed attempt at finding a friend’s trailer to borrow and another failed attempt at paying my brother to get rid of it, I finally decided to find a rubbish removalist on CanYa!

With CanYa, I managed to get rid of that pile that day!

I promised my hubby I’d never do it again. He just looks at me and decides to buy a palm frond mulcher the next day. Okay. FINE.

Good idea in theory…

Problem was, now that I had de-weeded my verge, I needed to keep the weeds out. Ideas pinged and I settled on getting some rocks from through a Facebook gardening sale – low maintenance, great base for a waterwise garden. I informed my husband that some rocks were getting delivered to finish the verge and about 30 minutes later, they arrived in style. My poor hubby looked at me in quiet disbelief – to be honest I was a little shocked that ten tonnes of rock was such a HUGE pile!

Pile of Rocks_Delivery
In case you forgot how big a pile of rocks I had to deal with!

I kept up a straight face – of course I knew what ten tonnes of rock meant and of course I was going to spread it straight away. In fact “it would all be done by the end of the weekend“, I enthusiastically told my husband and the truck driver. And I pretended not to hear the truckie ask my hubby if he needed a drink. What pessimists!

Three months later, after many calluses, an ever suffering husband who I cajoled into assisting to move 2 of the 10 tonnes, a good dose of realism kicked in when I still had 3-4 tonnes of rocks left over (in a large pile in the SAME spot the palm fronds had been in!).  Sigh. Time to save my marriage and call in some gardening help from CanYa.

Completed Gardening
Worth it in the end!

 Don’t suffer, let CanYa help

I don’t know what the lesson for me is in all of this, but I do know that stubbornly trying to get a job done on your own doesn’t work – and sometimes it’s better to know when to call it quits and get some help.

Actually, it’s probably time to organise that nice CanYa babysitter Courtney again. Date night required NOW!

Can Ya trust our babysitters?

What is the most important thing?

The sharing economy, collaborative consumption, the peer economy whatever you want to call it there has been a tectonic shift in consumer behaviour over the past decade. What does this shift rely on?

Simple, it’s trust.

CanYa_Trust Fall.jpg

Trust was once established via imposing marble buildings and indecipherable legal jargon. Now it is given to the people via crisp user interfaces and mutual reviewed profile views. The guys at AirBnB knew this despite being rejected over and over again by scoffing investors all asking the same question “how are you going to get people to trust random strangers to rent their houses for a weekend?”.

Well, a great user experience, fantastically presented properties and a peer reviewed rating system has lead to millions of people all over the world doing exactly that (and a $30bn valuation!).

This concept is at the heart of everything that we do at CanYa. We provide a seamless experience to book local service providers; a process made a whole lot better when you have complete trust in the provider prior to the job starting.

We have completely flipped the premise adopted by other legacy service booking platforms.

canya_provider-profile
So what is the alternative to sending a job request out into the ether and receiving quotes from random providers at all hours of the day? CanYa empowers the user to browse the full range of local service providers in any given category before choosing the provider that best meets their requirements. This is a completely novel way of framing the booking process, yet, it is by far the most natural way for it to occur.


The user can view a highly detailed provider profile that lists:

  • Provider’s skills
  • Qualifications
  • Description
  • A full history of reviews from previous bookings

CanYa’s booking cycle and profile interface have helped our users book providers with confidence that is un-matched in today’s market place. This has lead to some very interesting results when the app was released to the public.

Babysitters, Trust and CanYa

One of the interesting developments was the surprising popularity of the babysitter category. This category was one of the original 90 categories made available for CanYa’s launch. We’ll admit now that the CanYa Team were dubious as to whether this category would work.

Could someone really trust a complete stranger, booked through a brand new app, to look after their children?

If they did it would be the ultimate validation of our booking process and provider profiles.

canya-icon_babysitter
Enter the babysitters!

Low and behold, when we had our soft launch in Darwin during December 2016, babysitters quickly became one of our most popular casual provider categories. In fact, within a month we had around twenty babysitters and a large volume of bookings.

The flipped booking flow and information rich profiles were working way better than we had anticipated. It was a good sign, if we could get users to trust our providers with their children than things were looking good for our other service categories!

canya_babysitter-trust
Early iteration of CanYa showing the popularity of babysitters in Darwin

CanYa has just launched in Adelaide and, again, babysitters have proven to be one of our most popular categories. So much so that CanYa recently ran a very successful competition giving out in-app credit so the winner could book a babysitter on Valentine’s day.

canya_competition_valentines-day
CanYa’s Valentine’s Day Competition

Another great feature of CanYa is our free in-app messaging and calling functions. Once parents have chosen the babysitter we have found that they also message and/or call the provider within CanYa as a final check before booking. These simple yet effective features all help to create the necessary level of comfort in a complete stranger such that you can trust them enough to look after your children.

canya_potw_courtney-furlan
Courtney Furlan – CanYa’s Provider of the Week for babysitting in Darwin

CanYa is still in its infancy, we have a long way to go as an app and as a company. Having said that, the popularity of babysitters in CanYa is indicative of a much bigger point; trust is key and, in this regard, our formula works!

Interested in checking out why people trust CanYa so much?