Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Fancy Hands fanatic, and I can’t help myself but to spread the good word of the virtual assistant service whenever I see an opening in conversation. For those of you who’re not yet familiar with the service the elevator pitch is Assistants for Everyone. Do what you love. We’ll do the rest. And in my experience thats pretty much exactly what goes down. I have been a Fancy Hands subscriber since August of 2013, and in that time i’ve submitted 80 requests using the service, and by their calculations they’ve made 181 phone calls, scheduled 3 events, sent 2 emails, and overall saved me 1.3 days. 1.3 days! Thats over 30 hours of time that I didn’t have to spend doing stuff over the phone or online. Pretty cool right?
So the reason I’m writing about them today, is that earlier today I was doing my Sunday review and one of my tasks was to “Have Fancy Hands call current subscriptions and ask for a discount”. This task was inspired by the July 2014 LifeHacker.com article “Have a Bill Haggle Day”. In the piece author Eric Ravenscraft advocates for taking a day, listing out all of your current bills and subscriptions, and calling them individually asking for a discount of some kind.
3 hours ago I submitted the following request to FancyHands:
Afternoon, I would like for you to please call DirecTV and see if there is anything they can do for me in the way of a discount moving forward. I do not watch a lot of TV (I’m sure they’d be able to see a record of that), and am with them for the Sunday Ticket only. At $100 a month in the “offseason” I am considering canceling my service and foregoing the Sunday Ticket next year.
If there is anything they can do in order to help me stay that would be greatly appreciated.
I type at just around 100 words a minute, so at 95 words total (not including the salutation which is a TextExpander snippet), this took me about 1 minute to type up and press send. Pressing the “Send Request” button on Fancy Hands is a very liberating feeling. I do hope you’ll try it someday.
18 minutes ago, I got the following email from Fancy Hands:
I called DirecTV and explained your concerns, they were able to apply a $15 credit for 6 months to your account, beginning on your next bill.
If you need further assistance please let me know.
Sincerely, Tia G.
- I submitted a request to Fancy Hands asking them to see if they could get me a discount on my DirecTV service which took about ~1 minute to do
- Fancy Hands promptly took the request and kicked ass
- I get to save $90 over the next 6 months thanks to Tia G.
For the skeptics, this is not an anomaly, Fancy Hands has repeatedly saved me copious about of time and money since I started using them and I suspect they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I may or may not write a more detailed post (with video?) in the future about what other types of tasks I use Fancy Hands for on a monthly basis, if thats something you’d like to see be sure to let me know. And as always, if you have any questions or comments about this reach out! I love talking about Fancy Hands (if you couldn’t already tell)
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