Ever wanted a personal assistant to do all the things that you’re too lazy or incompetent to do yourself? A new startup called Wechat Secretary is offering a personal concierge service for expats living in China via Tencent’s WeChat platform.
The company, located in Beijing, was founded by two long-term China-based expats. Their website boasts that Wechat Secretary can help out with many of the routine but potentially frustrating tasks that one might encounter during life in the Middle Kingdom, such as buying from Taobao or finding a repairman.
After adding their WeChat account, customers are able to submit requests, however mundane or eccentric, to their team of secretaries who will get to work on solving your problem.
Speaking to Shanghaiist, Daniel Worlton, co-founder of Wechat Secretary said “We started the business three weeks ago and initially took things slow, but over the past three days our user-base has grown by 1000 percent.”
Wechat Secretary takes a 10 percent fee for each service provided, or will give estimates for any non-purchase based requests. Customers can choose from a diverse range of payment methods, including foreign credit cards, Alipay and Bitcoin.
By Dominic Jackson