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Hello Alfred helps agents give clients the gift of time

  • Shared neighborhood butler app, Hello Alfred, enables busy professionals to order household services and errands from their smartphone.
  • The company offers gift cards that agents and brokers can purchase for their clients. You're looking at about $128 for a one-month subscription.
  • The app shares commonalities with Uber in that it's an affordable luxury.
  • For now, the service is only offered in New York and Boston, but Hello Alfred has other major metropolitan areas on its radar.

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Hello Alfred, one of the latest on-demand services offered in the sharing economy, is helping real estate agents win the loyalty of their clients by offering the gift of time. The “shared neighborhood butler service,” offered via a smartphone app, enables busy professionals to order household services and errands like dry cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, tailoring, bed-making, trash removal, package delivery and prescription ordering and pick-up. The company was founded in 2013 by Harvard Business School graduates Marcela Sapone and Jess Beck, who channeled their frustration with juggling daily household tasks and their 80-hour workweeks into an award at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in 2014. “We figured there must be something out there for individuals who work long hours, but aren’t able to afford to hire a personal assistance,” said T.J. Connolly, vice president of sales and strategic expansion for Hello Alfred. “We wanted something that would give Average Joe ...