As blue model jobs continue to fade away, we see, via Instapundit, that some entrepreneurs are already pitching ideas for the jobs of the future. Developer Ted Roden’s Fancy Hands is one of the more intriguing examples of a post-blue job we’ve seen so far. The core idea is simple. Ordinary people have an incredible number of mundane tasks to complete in a day; if they had assistants to help them with these tasks, they would have more time to devote to more rewarding work:
Between his full-time job as a New York Times developer, the book he was writing, and his family, when would he ever again find time for the small yet necessary tasks of everyday life like booking a dinner reservation? Or paying his electric bill? Or scheduling a phone call with this reporter?That’s when Roden came up with the idea for Fancy Hands, a team of personal assistants that helps you accomplish the kinds of basic tasks anybody can do, so you have more time to do the things only you can do. For example, Fancy Hands can’t write this article for me, but they can do all the things that might be keeping me from writing it, like calling the cable company or scheduling a dentist appointment.
It’s too early to say whether Fancy Hands will make it, but the business concept behind it is going to be big: helping people manage time and concentrate their energy and effort on things they’re really good at. And with prices starting at $25/month, this isn’t even that expensive.The death of the blue model may be frightening, but it also offers the best opportunity in generations to rethink American jobs—for those willing to take advantage of it. Aspiring entrepreneurs take note.