MSU students launch app for ‘odd jobs’ service company

EAST LANSING, Michigan — With the first snowfall of the season officially arriving, it’s time to get the shovels out or start looking for people to help shovel your driveway and sidewalk.

UniServices, a service app founded by Michigan State students Adam Green and Hemkesh Agarwal, is gearing up early this year to help.

“Uniservices is a gig service app much like Uber, but for odd jobs, especially for students, around the MSU community,” Green said.

UniServices was launched a year ago, connecting Michigan State students with people in the community who needed jobs like shoveling snow while benefiting students who need a way to earn money. ‘silver.

“There aren’t a lot of good part-time jobs that pay a lot of money. While they’re now working in the community for these local customers and small businesses, they’re willing to support students with high salaries. going up to $25, $26 an hour on average, because they understand, you know, students are generally poor and they want to support us,” Green said.

This year they are working to expand to 15 college campuses across the state. To make this easier, they decided they needed to create an app.

“Customers can just go there, tap on the category to fill in the basic details, then just post a job, then the student side is different, they see a map, and they can see different types of jobs there,” said Agarwal. “Just select the job they like, hit apply and they’re done. Then they log in, all payments are made through the app, and everything is now streamlined into one service.”

The app offers a same-day withdrawal option for students after completing a job as well as general liability insurance, so if something breaks, UniServices can help.

“The app allows students to connect personally with every client they work for,” Green said. “So they can chat with them, you know, coordinate all the details of the job, and then go straight to work and get paid the same day.”

The app will also make it easier for students to choose their jobs compared to the method they used last year.

“Last year we did around 1,300 total assignments manually by connecting students using email and boards, but now with the app, everything can be done automatically,” said Agarwal.

This year they are also partnering with the towns of Lansing and East Lansing to give back to kids who dream of going to college.

“This year, we’re going to be partnering with a few different local organizations to give back money for every job we do, on campus or in this area,” Green said. “So every time you hire a student, you’re not just getting help, you’re not just helping the student get flex money, you’re also helping us support the community. in different ways.”

The app hasn’t officially launched yet, but will soon. You can register before the launch on the UniService website.

So far, more than 500 people and students have registered.

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Veronica J. Snell