GetVendors.com, a Bay Area start-up, helps users manage household projects with an online organizer that takes away the hassle of managing many household chores.
This organizer feature list matches with the user requirements and expectations associated with household work. Some supported tasks include tracking of home and garden project, planning a birthday party, preparing for summer camp of kids. This is a free service to the registered members of the site.
The organizer utilities available on GetVendors.com are divided into four main sections that can be accessed from a centralized dashboard page:
• The favorite services section digitizes the conventional "black book" of contacts. Users can save and share information along with personal reviews about their trusted service professionals. Users can also maintain private notes about these professionals.
• The tidbits collection section serves as an online “post-it” board. Users can bookmark various websites and save information from their personal emails. Users have ability to drag/move, edit, and delete these notes.
• The checklist/to-do list tracker section helps users manage their work lists. This section has an intuitive and guided interface along with a number of pre-built templates (e.g. checklist for repair contract, to-do list for picnic preparation etc) to support common needs of families.
• The submitted requests section simplifies the service pro selection process by maintaining the history of old services and is closely tied with the referrals from the GetVendors.com’s Service Pro Match functionality.
The GetVendors.com household organizer differentiates from other websites by offering more than just a generic, bare bone to-do list or a bookmark management service (e.g. Ta-da lists, del.icio.us, Rememberthemilk.com, Kaboodle.com).
The site’s rich functionality is geared specifically toward providing an end-to-end solution for managing household chores. AJAX-based web architecture ensures that the organizer has the same level of interactivity and responsiveness as a typical desktop application.
In addition, this web-based solution helps users share the contact list and related information with friends and colleagues through an email or through a hosted link inside a personal blog. GetVendors.com’s organizer is well integrated and tuned with its “search engine for service professionals” that powers the Service Pro Match functionality.
Founded by UC-Berkeley alumni, GetVendors.com is a start up company based in Foster City, California. GetVendors.com was recently mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Jose Business Journal, Oakland Tribune, and Sacramento Bee.
With its exponential rise in user base, especially among busy office staff members and working mothers, GetVendors.com is well positioned to become a driving force in reshaping the way users find service providers. The American Association of Webmasters has also recently awarded a Gold Web Award to GetVendors.com