Friends of Areaworks – Toptask
2019 is a going to be a big year for Areaworks. With our new space in Colindale up and running and our Farringdon site on the horizon, we needed to start preparing for all of our new members – as well as saying thanks to our current ones! So, we’ve been on the lookout for channel partners, from accountants to illustrators. Bakers to candlestick makers – we want them all! So, it’s time for you to meet one of our lovely partners, Toptask!
A bit about you, what’s your background?
Toptask is an innovative platform that connects businesses and individuals with a pool of local, talented university students. The platform allows you to hire skilled undergraduates by the hour for help with tasks and projects, including research, admin, data entry, event help, running errands, logo design, tutoring and more. Toptask is available via an app for iOS and Android, as well as via desktop.
Why did you decide to open?
Toptask was launched in February 2017 as a means of providing skilled and affordable help to SMEs, entrepreneurs, startups and more – while also helping support university students. The platform offers undergraduates an important tool for gaining a flexible income, valuable work experience and new professional connections. Meanwhile, it offers businesses and individuals access to a local, on-demand workforce that fits their budgets.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
As with many businesses these days, the challenge for Toptask has been introducing a new product in a crowded space and have it resonate with the overall public.
What’s been the highlight so far?
The highlight for Toptask has been showcasing the remarkable skills of university students – the high quality of work, as well as the level of commitment and determination undertaken by this talented young group, has been truly impressive. Our average rating for student performance on the platform stands at about 4.8 out of 5. There have also been cases where employers have ended up taking their Toptask students on full-time after their graduation – we love these kinds of professional matchmaking stories!
That (and the business trip to Bulgaria last year) has been the highlight for us…
What are your plans for the future?
Toptask’s long term vision is to create a global tool for university students to work and gain experience. We hope to expand our workforce first across the UK and then from there…well, we guess you’ll just have to wait and see!
Describe your company, what are your USPs?
Toptask has a number of USPs that distinguish it from other platforms. First, it offers businesses and individuals access to an untapped pool of talent that is local and highly educated. Toptask also takes care to have a thorough vetting process for students to help ensure the workforce is made up of the most committed and diligent students.
Through Toptask, students are also given the opportunity to move away from the typical jobs undertaken at university, such as deliveries or pouring pints in local bars. With Toptask, they gain the chance to put their university skills into professional practice – whether it’s researching new topics for entrepreneurs, designing PowerPoints for company investors or building a new fashion website for an up-and-coming startup. Not only are they building their skills and work portfolios but they are also expanding their professional networks and making important new connections.
Of course, Toptask has other distinguishable features but we wouldn’t want to brag too much now would we?
Tatiana Middleton – Head of Student Recruitment & Marketing, Toptask
Pretty cool right? Yeah, we think so. Our partners’ list is growing by the day, keep an eye for updates on our partners and their stories on our website. Do you think you could be one of our valued partners? Or do you know a guy or gal who you think we should know about? Drop us a line at email@example.com we’d love to hear from you.