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Things You Didn't Know Were On-Demand

Are you an avid user of on-demand services? In this day and age, it feels like basically anything and everything can be "on-demand." This term first surfaced when various services finally freed video from the limits of broadcast-only. Since then, we've seen more and more everyday items become on-demand, aka, in our hands at the touch of a button. On-demand apps make life a little easier, so in case you haven't heard, here are a few on-demand services right here in Dallas that are changing the game of daily living:

Gas Pumping: Booster Fuels

Booster Fuels was created to take away the pain of going to gas stations. If we're all being honest, this is probably our least favorite part of the week. No matter how nice the facilities might be, gas station trips are always pretty unpleasant (unless we're talking about Buccee's), but then again, we can all think of 100 things we'd rather be doing than pumping our own gas.

Insert Booster: top quality fuels delivered to your car while you work, all for the same price you would pay at the gas station. When you get off at 5, your car is filled with gas. The Booster servicemen are so nice, they've been known to leave notes and wash customers' windows "just because." Booster is currently servicing office parks around DFW, so if you work in a major office complex, be sure to contact them with a request for service!

Anything: Favor

This might seem extreme, but it's pretty much true. Favor Delivery can bring just about anything right to your door. Need cleaning supplies but don't feel like fighting traffic to get them? Favor. Craving queso from Torchy's? Favor. They have thousands of menus from restaurants and stores around you, and there's even an "Anything Button" (see?) to request whatever it is you're needing or craving.

Favor's runners will always deliver in under an hour. You've probably seen them running around town in their turquoise tees. With an app like Favor, you can kiss those stressful trips to the supermarket goodbye. Let the runners shop while you kick back and relax.

Alcohol: Drizly

Drizly was created to make buying your favorite adult beverages simpler. Instead of having to go to a liquor store in a sketchy part of town to find your favorite cocktail ingredients, now you can do it all right from your device. Drizly not only lets you choose what you want, but it also helps you discover new craft drinks that you might not have discovered before, and then you can order each ingredient at the tap of a button.

Drizly turns shopping for beer, wine, and liquor into a superior experience. The products cost the same as they would in the store, and there's a small $5 delivery fee. Stumped on what to do for your friend's birthday present? You can send drinks as gifts through the app!

Groceries:

Instacart

THIS JUST IN: Instacart is officially servicing Dallas! Instacart delivers groceries/products from your favorite stores like Central Market, Kroger, Total Wine & More, Tom Thumb, Whole Foods Market, Spec's, and even Petco. All deliveries arrive in under an hour, so instead of making the trek to several stores across Dallas traffic, you can simply download Instacart on any device, select the groceries you'd like from your favorite stores, schedule delivery, and then wait for fresh food to be delivered to your doorstep.

Instacart is already located in cities around America, and they've finally made the big move to Dallas. To see if they're servicing your neighborhood yet, check out the list of zip codes here. They're offering FREE delivery on your first order, so download the app and give a warm welcome to Instacart Dallas!

Blue Apron

Not only does Blue Apron deliver quality food items, but they also perfectly portion every ingredient needed to make the perfect meal. If you're not much of a cook but enjoy a quality home-made meal, then Blue Apron is your solution. They use trusted sources for selecting all of their food items, so you can rest easy knowing that everything will be fresh, local, and delicious.

Start by choosing an amazing seasonal recipe online (did we mention that they're health-conscious, too?), place your order, and then wait for your refrigerated box to arrive. Each box comes with the necessary ingredients to make the meal of your choice and step-by-step instructions to help you prepare the meal like a pro, with every ingredient labeled and measured for you; once you have your box, all you have to do is cook. There's free delivery, fresher ingredients than what you'd find in your favorite grocery store, and every item is supporting trusted farmers and artisans. What's not to love?

Home Cleaning / Improvements: Handy

We all thought that doing chores would end once we got to adulthood, but the sad reality is that they only got worse. That's where Handy comes in (handy). From furniture assembly, interior painting, and TV mounting, all the way to moving help, hanging pictures, and home cleaning– there really isn't anything that Handy professionals can't do. You can choose between their categories (handyman, plumbing, electrical, and cleaning) based on what your needs are; all you have to do is schedule your home service and let Handy do the rest.

Handy's professionals are experienced, friendly, and trustworthy. They take care of the cringe-worthy household tasks to save you time and give you opportunities to actually relax once you're home.

Healthcare: Mend

No one likes being sick, and sometimes the worst part about being sick isn't necessarily feeling bad– it's going to the doctor's office. Making an appointment can be a complete pain, the waiting room often feels like you're going to get more sick rather than less just from being surrounded by other sick people, and the wait can take hours out of your day.

Mend exists to give you quality healthcare right in the comfort of your own home. Seeing a doctor is as simple as requesting a visit through the app and resting until he or she arrives! A physician comes straight to your home, which means you get treated when you truly need to be, rather than having to wait until days later. Mend is making us all love healthcare the way we should have loved it sooner, and for that, we're forever grateful.

Massages: Soothe

Speaking of relaxing, let's talk about Soothe. We all get to the point in our week where we just need someone to loosen the stress we've acquired in our muscles. Instead of coercing the closest person around you to give you a rookie massage, now you can use Soothe, and a licensed therapist will be at your beckoning call in no time.

Their massages are above average, ranging from deep-tissue to pre-natal, and sports to Swedish. They can even do couples massages AND massages at work. The pricing layout is simple, and there's no need for tipping. You're just one downloaded app away from getting the best massage of your life, right in your home or office space.

Babysitting: Sittercity

Just because you have children doesn't mean you can't get that much-needed you time every now and then. Parents are fully aware that finding a babysitter they can truly trust is not the easiest task on their to-do list. Fortunately, Sittercity exists, and it has made finding a babysitter or nanny much easier.

So how does it work? All you have to do is sign up, post a job, review profiles, and find your match. Sittercity gives you the ability to screen, interview, and evaluate potential sitters before ever hiring, so you'll never be paired with someone you aren't confident in. Sittercity has been in operation for over 11 years, so you can trust that it's reliable. Did someone say "date night"?

Lawncare: Robin

It's Texas, it's hot, and if you have to be outside, you'd probably rather be enjoying your lawn rather than slaving over it. Robin has created an incredible customer experience for yard services that's quick and efficient. Robin lets you get quotes instantly, pick a preferred date, set the frequency of visits, and kick your feet up while their team takes care of your yard work.

If you have preferences for your yard, like a specific tree being trimmed a certain way, Robin takes care of it; all you have to do is let them know what your needs are. Just sit back, relax, and soak up those summer rays while you take in the view of your freshly-cut, beautiful yard.

Interested in giving Robin a try? They've offered a special promo code for anyone reading this article! Use the code CommonDesk15 to get your first mow for $15!

Laundry: Laundri

Laundri was created to give the people who dislike washing their clothes an affordable alternative. Their easy-to-use app lets you schedule the type of service you need and the time you need it; after that, Laundri professionals take care of the rest. All you have to do is tell the driver where he/she needs to pick up your laundry, and then they'll grab it and wash it in a flash.

The price of laundry detergent, machines, and even laundromats can add up quickly. Laundri alleviates these costs with their simple pricing plan and free deliveries. They're based in Dallas, and they serve most of the city's surrounding areas. If you're looking to cross one more thing off your lengthy to-do list with efficiency, Laundri is your solution.

Car Maintenance: OnDemand Car Care

Your time is valuable– whether you quantify that in a dollar amount or you value your time on a deeper level. OnDemand Car Care provides car maintenance based on what manufacturers and professionals say your car needs.

The doctor's waiting room might be bad, but the car shop's waiting room takes home the win for being the most painful; no one enjoys watching Maury for hours while they wait for a simple oil change or tire rotation. ODCC lets you continue with your day-to-day life while a trusted technician cares for your car. They have A La Carte packages or monthly subscriptions, both of which end up saving you a significant amount of money in the long-run.

Their subscription model is pretty beautiful. Every month you get your own personal concierge to take care of your car; this guy/girl is highly experienced and professionally trained. They wash, detail, and fill up your car, complete a comprehensive car check, and let you know if your car has any red flags so you know how to properly approach the issue. The subscription includes 2 oil changes, 2 hand waxes, and your state inspection, and it costs less that your cell phone bill while saving you 30+ hours a year. Pretty great, right?

If you're interested in giving it a try, they're offering a special discount for anyone reading this article. Simply click here, choose your service, and insert the code commondesk10 into the scheduler to get $10 off your first appointment!

written by Common Desk

Common Desk opened in the fall of 2012 with a vision to redefine the way Dallas perceived a workspace. By creating a stimulating environment for both Dallas’ suit and tie professionals and artistic freelancers, the Common Desk community gained strength through the diversity of its shared office spaces. Today, hundreds of companies call Common Desk home.

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