Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 10:41am

'Tried and tested methods don't work': Manchester entrepreneurs aim to 'disrupt industry' with jobseeking app

'Tried and tested methods don't work': Manchester entrepreneurs aim to 'disrupt industry' with jobseeking app

| By Ed Knight

A Mossley man has laid out his plan for transforming himself from a guy who has never owned a bank account into a trillionaire.

Luke Greenwood, alongside Callum Fletcher, both 21, are creating an app called Taska, the 'task by task' platform to help everybody into work. 

After working as a musician, Luke realised that he was struggling to prioritise his work life, with problems arising over when he worked, and how long for.

He described the app as ‘like AirBnB for jobseekers’, with users either posting work that they need doing, or searching for odd jobs.

"I suppose the idea initially started out of frustration,” he told MM.

"Ever since my first job I encountered a problem that faces millions of people across the world.

“As a worker I was extremely disenchanted.

"Yes you can choose what you do, but you can't choose when you do it, or how long you do it for.

“With the app you can find local work that caters to you. 

“For example, one user is going to see his favourite techno artist because he earned the extra £5 he needed by deciding to take on a quick haircut task four hours before the gig.”

To keep the app safe, it will be ran by a profiling system, with a rating, reporting and blocking feature to keep people out of trouble.

The app is part of the ever growing ‘sharing economy’, along with other companies such as Airbnb, Gumtree and Uber.

The sharing economy is built around the sharing of human and physical resources, which needs nothing but trust and competence to work.

A study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers showed that the sharing economy is currently worth £9billion and is set to rise to a staggering £230billion by 2025.

Taska’s aim is to ‘disrupt every single industry on the planet’, giving them a potential revenue of at least $75trillion. 

Luke believes that the best thing to do with money made through Taska would be to put it towards doing charitable work. 

However he admitted that the hardest part will be getting the app off the ground. 

“I'm kind of worried that I'll fail," he said.

"Good intentions are good but an intention doesn't change anything.

“I've seen a lot of people over the last few years who've had good intentions and want change. I've seen a lot less who actually create it.

“I'm not a fan of hope tricksters, charlatans or bullshit gurus.

“Most people who come across a problem just point at it. I believe there needs to be a change in emphasis.”

The pair of computer do-gooders are hoping to change the world, claiming that it could be used as an anti-austerity measure and to help those who have been made redundant. 

And Luke said that it was necessary for something new to be introduced to the job market, insisting that the current situation ‘doesn’t work’.

“Clearly the methods that have been tried and tested don't work,” he said.

“Once your intentions are established the execution should become your priority.

“Put some thought into it and spend some time creating your own solutions, encourage others to do so and try to come up with ways to facilitate change or creation.

“I know currently it might not be that easy for people to spend their day doing that but that’s where the facilitation comes in.

“The creation of a climate conducive to creation.”

Taska is planning to launch in September, starting with Greater Manchester and then expanding into other regions once 100 people have downloaded the app in that area.

Initially targeting young adults aged 18-35, the app hopes to create a revolutionary new way to work, and if it turns out to be as big as its creators’ expectations, it will surely do just that.

Image courtesy of Flazingo Photos, via Flickr, with thanks