We’ve all been on one side or another of one of those damn boomerang task emails: you know, the one where someone wants you to do X and then emails bounce back and forth, back and forth as you (or they) work. TaskAnyone has a new take on this – one that takes away a lot of the hassle.
With TaskAnyone, you create tasks for other people to do which are emailed to them – they don’t sign up or pay for the service. They get the email, and click links to accept, decline, update or complete that task. You see the status of all the tasks you’ve farmed out – and TaskAnyone reminds them until that accepted task is done.
The beauty of TaskAnyone is that it doesn’t require more time or complexity than needed to delegate and track those tasks. As the taskmaster, you can reorder priorities, filter open tasks in a variety of ways send out alerts and notifications. TaskAnyone keeps after people. As one of those people being kept after, it removes the sting from emails with subjects like, “Are you done yet?”, “Your project is a week late!” and the ever-popular “Status?!?”
I talked to Peter Forth, who’s building on past entrepreneurial successes and now lives the good microISV life on the Caribbean on the island of Barbados (current temperature, 82 degrees and just a bit of cloud) about TaskAnyone. Who’s using TaskAnyone? “Single users – Consultants, accountants, lawyers and small business owners (including Micro ISVs),” he emailed back. “This class of user tends to use TaskAnyone to manage their transactions with a variety of external businesses with whom they need to interact with on a daily basis. Of course they use the system to manage their own personal tasks as well.”
TaskAnyone is $17.99 a month for a single user, although they are running a Winter Sale right now of $9.99 for all of us not working from Caribbean islands. They also have fairly steep group/company discounts.