The A to Z of Outsourcing: 26 Apps That Will Change Your Life
Your official guide to concierge apps in the city
You know what would be awesome? A personal assistant, a maid, a private yoga instructor and a chef who comes over to cook dinner every night.
In the past, these perks were pretty much limited to Beyoncé. But now that there’s an app to help us with almost everything, we can live like a celebrity without even winning a Grammy.
Presenting: every app you need to help you outsource your life in NYC, from A to Z.
“A” IS FOR ARRO
Hailing cabs is so 2014. Why lift your hand in the air when you could summon a yellow cab from your phone?
“B” IS FOR BOXED
You know what’s worse than hailing cabs? Waiting in line at the Costco in Long Island City. Have that 50-pack of paper-towel rolls delivered to your door instead.
“C” IS FOR CURBSIDE
Shopping inside Crate and Barrel or Target? Hilarious. We’d way rather just sit in the car (or cab that we hailed with Arro) and wait for our items to be placed directly in the trunk.
“D” IS FOR DUFL
Packing your own suitcase is for losers. Store your travel gear in Dufl’s virtual closet and have your bags magically appear, clean and neatly packed, at your destination.
“E” IS FOR ENTRAIN
Don’t spend the day feeling groggy--outsource your sleep schedule to an app that monitors your body’s circadian rhythm.
“F” IS FOR FRAMEBRIDGE
Sayonara, bare apartment walls. Upload art, choose a frame design and have a framed photo or painting delivered to your door.
“G” IS FOR GLAMSQUAD
Just like Beyoncé, you can get red-carpet ready (or you know, holiday-party ready) with hairstyling and makeup done in the comfort of your own home.
“H” IS FOR HEAL
When you’re sick, you can now stay in your jammies and watch Golden Girls reruns while your doctor makes a house call.
“I” IS FOR INSTACART
Fresh Direct is great, but we don’t have 24 whole hours to wait for our groceries to be delivered--get them in an hour instead.
“J” IS FOR JUKELY
Why waste time buying concert tickets online when you could just waltz in to hundreds of shows in the city whenever you want?
“K” IS FOR KITCHENSURFING
Cook in our own kitchen? Don’t be ridiculous. We’d way rather hire a professional chef to make dinner for us, thank you.
“L” IS FOR LUXE
Stop circling the block looking for a spot. Just toss the keys to your on-demand valet and let him parallel park for you.
“M” IS FOR MINIBAR
It’s midnight. We’re craving rosé, but we’re already in our PJs. Problem solved: With this app, a bottle will arrive within an hour.
“N” IS FOR NEST
Wait, you’re still getting up to change the thermostat yourself? Set it remotely (even if you’re just hanging out on the couch) and save money on your electric bill.
“O” IS FOR OFF THE MENU
Chipotle’s Quesarito is kid stuff. This app helps you hack the food at New York restaurants so you can actually get what you want, even if it’s not on the menu--like the Bee Sting pizza with soppressata and honey from Roberta’s.
“P” IS FOR PAINTZEN
Use an app to get that accent wall you’ve always wanted. Just choose a color and a professional painter will come over to do all the work and cleanup.
“Q” IS FOR QUENCH
You know what’s annoying? Having to think about whether or not you’ve had enough water today. Enter your personal hydration coach.
“R” IS FOR ROVER
When you book a dog walker on demand, you’ll also get photos of your pup having fun while you’re away.
“S” IS FOR SHYP
Yeah, we’re over wrapping our own presents this Christmas (besides, they always look like they were wrapped by a third grader). We’d way rather just have someone come over to our house, gift wrap and ship it for us. OK, thanks.
“T” IS FOR TASKRABBIT
Having an on-demand personal assistant would be fun. From cleaning the tub to helping you move to unscrewing that hard-to-open pickle jar, this app’s got you covered.
“U” IS FOR URBANSITTER
Find and book a sitter that other parents in the neighborhood recommend without leaving your couch.
“V” IS FOR VINT
We really wanted to go to that yoga class, but now it’s raining. Better have a yoga instructor come teach a private session in our apartment instead.
“W” IS FOR WASHIO
Never do laundry or dry-cleaning again. Now clean clothes just appear on your doorstep, like magic.
“X” IS FOR XOLIDAY
When you’re staying in a hotel, you want to relax, not spend an hour on the phone with the concierge. Book room service, amenities and other activities with a few taps of your smartphone.
“Y” IS FOR YOOKA
Why create your own bucket list when you could just get this app to do it for you? Get curated top ten lists of the best of everything there is to do in the city.
“Z” IS FOR ZEEL
Whew, you’ve had a busy day of outsourcing. Time for an on-demand massage.