UPDATE 12/11/2012: Time Dog has merged with iBlog Media Group, and has stopped taking new virtual assistant clients and requests.
Time Dog is a task-based virtual assistant company based in Tampa, Florida. The business began in 2011 and has grown to a small team of virtual assistants, all working from the company’s Florida headquarters.
Founder Matt Cherry created Time Dog to help busy people (primarily busy women and moms) better manage their hectic schedules. He’s enlisted a team of service-oriented “superheroes” to make lives easier for clients around the country.
Time Dog offers remote personal assistance for quick tasks, and specifically targets busy individuals. The service is appropriate for personal use but is currently not open to business-related tasks.
Like other US-based VA companies such as Fancy Hands and Red Butler, Time Dog specializes in one-off online research type jobs and concierge tasks. Unlike those however, they offer an “unlimited” plan with no specific time limits on tasks.
One thing that really surprised me was the pricing. Time Dog is really inexpensive relative to their competition. At this time, the service is just $35 a month for unlimited requests, serviced by office-based US VAs. The service comes with a very generous 30-day free trial.
And they offer a free account that comes with a 15 day free trial with no credit card required.
I say “at this time,” because I’m not sure how long they can survive at that low rate! There’s nothing comparable in the US, and even overseas you have to go to almost double that price before you find a similar “unlimited” virtual assistant plan (TimeSvr, Pakistan).
Time Dog Intro Video
I took advantage of their free trial and submitted a handful of tasks. In general, the response times were quick and the results were good. Here are a few of the tasks I sent in:
- Find a replacement motor for my treadmill.
- Send me some butternut squash recipes.
- Are dogs allowed on this hiking trail?
Obviously none of these were super-urgent, but Time Dog operates on standard East Coast business hours so if you need support at odd hours that could be a consideration.
You can submit tasks via text, email through the online interface, live chat, phone, or through their free iPhone app. The only drawback I experienced was not being able to send a request directly from my email, as I can with Fancy Hands.
If you’re looking for a creative gift idea, Time Dog offers personalizable gift memberships.
Have you tried Time Dog? If so, please share a quick review of your experience below to help others with their decision.