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.

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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.

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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
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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!

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As we say in South Australia: Heaps good!

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The Home Maintenance Schedule

For most people the family home is the largest investment that they own. Keeping it in good condition is important but it is very easy to overlook or to get overwhelmed. Here is a schedule to keep you on top of it all and ensure you are protecting your largest investment.

1. Every week

These are the routine tasks to keep your house clean and tidy.

  • Wipe down all benches, tables and surfaces
  • Vacuum and mop all the floors
  • Clean microwave
  • Scrub the floor and tiles in the bathroom
  • Clean the toilet
  • Clear debris from the lawn
  • Disinfect all light switches and door handles
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Get down and dirty with the basic weekly cleaning

2. Every month

Every month you should focus your efforts into the maintaining of your house.

  • Properly clean the inside of the oven; removing all oil and grime
  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Check filters (range hood, washing machine, dryer, vacuum cleaner etc)
  • Clean blinds/curtains (vacuum and/or wipe down)
  • Rinse out and clean wheelie bins
  • Wash and dry all bathroom and kitchen floor matts
  • Remove all weeds and large debris from the garden
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Maintaining the house is important and cannot be overlooked

3. Every quarter

Every quarter you need to address the larger issues around your house. These tasks take a lot longer to do but will keep your house in better condition for longer.

  • Pressure clean the driveway and patio areas
  • Clean out the gutters of all leaves and debris
  • Spray clean all windows and screens
  • Test all electrical trip switches
  • Check the water meter is operating correctly and free of debris
  • Clean under and behind larger appliances (fridge, dryer, washing machine etc)
  • Clean air-conditioner and check filters
  • Oil the garage mechanisms and wipe down the doors
  • Throw out all out-dated and expired foods from the cupboard and fridge and clean the empty shelves
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Some of the tasks that can overwhelm you with help from local providers

4. Pop up tasks

Even with the above maintenance schedule you will find there are pop up tasks and odd-jobs that come about all through the year. When you find these issues you need to address them straight away with a DIY project or by hiring a local trusted provider. Some of these tasks might include:

  • Replacing blown lightbulbs
  • Fixing leaking taps or running toilets
  • Replacing ripped or torn fly screens
  • Cleaning and repairing the roof and drains
  • Chopping up and removing fallen palm fronds or trees
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Getting help is easy, especially when you hire a jack of all trades!

Don’t suffer, get help!

Looking at the maintenance schedule for the house is pretty daunting. It is possible to keep chipping away and to complete it all by yourself but there is a better way!

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Get help with CanYa!

CanYa has local, trusted and verified providers that can help with the home maintenance schedule and burdens that comes with it. Many of the providers are “jack of all trades” and in one call-out you can get somebody to help with the any one or all of your odd jobs and household tasks!

Nicko Boubaris (on of our Darwin based providers) is a good example of how flexible a CanYa service provider can be. Nicko provides services ranging from handyman, roofer, tiler, builder, plasterer to painting, appliance installation and bathroom/kitchen renovation. To get help from Nicko or to view his CanYa profile for free, simply click here and download Australia’s best app for hiring local providers.

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Nicko Boubaris – A man of many skills

 

Melbourne; the wait is almost over!

CanYa launching in Melbourne very soon


CanYa; Australia’s best and most convenient way to hire local services
 is soon to be launching in our big city; Melbourne! The free to download app allows you to book in a service provider for just about any job or task you may need to be done.

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Straight off the back other another successful launch (Adelaide), CanYa is coming to Melbourne!

It is quick and easy to use. No more endless searching for the best plasterer, gardener, babysitter and/or removalist because CanYa has it all under one app, and it’s launching in Melbourne!CanYa Phase - Blue

First of all, let me start off by expressing my undying love for Melbourne. We embrace innovation, excel in business and we’re home to the sporting capital of Australia.  I’ve lived here for the past year or so but I was originally an Adelaide boy.  The city is vibrant and full of wondrous culture and most importantly it presents massive opportunity for us hard workers.

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Melbourne represents an opportunity for everyone!

Is it just me or do we Melbourne Hustlers seem to be working a lot harder for a lot longer?!

The seemingly endless search

I hate it when a job needs to be done and you are stuck without an easy option. The endless task begins of googling for the best service providers around.  You type in “the best cleaner” or the “cheapest plumber” and the search results come up with hundreds of different companies and services. None of these are peer-reviewed and they are all just competing against one another to get your attention.

My partner in crime is admittedly busier and a harder working than me so her time is even more limited (do not tell her I said that).  “I wonder what is the best and most convenient service around me to get this job done”. So 30 minutes has gone and I seem to be more confused. This was the struggle, until now.
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So undoubtedly we are living through the biggest tech age of all time; surely there must be an app that does it all?

Thankfully there is an app that does it all, CanYa! CanYa is a one stop shop that allows you to Find, Book, Pay and Review local service providers.

The app is free to download and available on Android and iOS!

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I must admit, the CanYa user experience is pretty darn cool! You have all these jobs around the house you need to get done but of course they all take TIME.

The reason why CanYa is so unique is you can get a CanYa provider to do ALL of these jobs for you. You can chat to your provider on CanYa chat (messaging or calling) before they even do the job. Once you’re happy you have the right provider, you can book your local service provider!

james_handyman_servicesThe most amazing part out all this is you can find a CanYa provider for practically any job that you want done. My personal favourite is the CanYa puppy walkers!

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Previous CanYa Provider of the Week

CanYa represents change

I can honestly say CanYa represents change. The service is forming a revolution of opportunity for families and workers around Australia. It’s actually exciting to imagine what this game changing app is going to bring to our big city. Download the app today to join the  community of over 4000 users already!

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.

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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!

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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.
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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

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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!

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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.

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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?

 

Laundry tips for the time poor

It probably isn’t entirely true that I am “time poor” but I just don’t want to waste what little down time that I have doing mundane and boring adult admin like laundry !

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Delay laundry day for one day…

If you too are “time poor” or just want to speed up this aspect of your adult admin’ing then have a read over these laundry tips to save time:

1. Pay somebody to do it!

You have no idea how easy and cheap it is to outsource this stuff! Gone are the days of taking it to the local dry-cleaners and paying an arm and a leg to get it cleaned. You probably know CanYa as Australia’s best services app but what you don’t realise is there are plenty of casual services on there like ironing, washing and clothing repair!

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2. Fix tissue bombed clothes in the dryer

We have all been there… you throw a pile of clothes in the washing machine and feel like everything is going ok until you pull out this:

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Damn you random piece of tissue!!!

Good news is there is a super easy way to fix this problem! Just pick it all up and throw it in the dryer. All of the little bits of tissue will be collected by the lint filter and you can continue living your life without picking off the 1 000 000 pieces of paper!!

3. Quicker clothes drying for free

Oh the days of a Hills-Hoist clothes line, how I wish I still had you! Unfortunately I know have two options:

  • Clothing horse that takes up half of my apartment and pretty much leaves no room for movement.
  • Clothes dryer that takes 4 years to dry

I tend to take the free option of the clothes horse but when I am in a hurry I go “faster” option of the clothes dryer. To make the clothes dryer actually faster, throw in some clean tennis balls or a dry towel. You will be amazed at how much faster the clothes dry!

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Adding tennis balls will speed up the drying HEAPS!

4. Fold like a pro

The most mundane of all the laundry experience… folding your clothes afterwards! Well do not spend a second too long on this soul crushing experience. Fold your clothes in seconds!

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Learn this trick, it will save you so much time!

This little tip alone will save you BULK time in the folding process! If you aren’t the kind of person who folds or you want some tips for you pants, you can always roll it. Not only will rolling your clothes save you time but it will also save heaps of space! Next time you are travelling give it a go because you will be amazed at how much space you save!

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Roll it and be done

5. Summary for saving time on laundry

  • Outsource it with CanYa! Seriously, you will be amazed at how cheap and easy it is. Check it out today for free (why not, the price is right?!)
  • Clothes dryer will dry both your tears and your tissue ridden clothes in no time
  • Tennis balls/dry towel to speed up the clothes dryer, drying process
  • Folding your clothes in 2 seconds or rolling them for quick success

Follow these tips and you will be adult admin’ing like a pro!

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Go forth and crush some adult admin’ing!

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?

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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.

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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!!

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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?!

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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!
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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).

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“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…

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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!

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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.

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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!