Want to earn £10k? All you have to do is put on 5 stone and lose it in 6 months!

We’re recruiting a member of the public to put on five stone in 3 months then lose it in 3 months and we will pay you £10,000 to do it!

We’ve launched this to showcase that losing a considerable amount of weight is possible in a short space of time, after the UK was revealed as the most overweight country in Western Europe. It might seem like an unrealistic venture, but we’ve partnered with our top personal trainers to help you achieve this goal.

Candidates need to be 18 years old or older and able to attend PT sessions at least five times a week. You must be willing to do whatever it takes and capable of completing all types of activities, such as cycling, swimming and boxing.

You will be required to eat an extra 3,500 calories a day approximately in the three month ‘weight gain’ period. However, this will be dependent on your body type, height, gender and age, which will be assessed at the start. The process will be completed in a safe manner under the supervision of your GP and personal trainer.

The successful candidate will be required to have a check-up at their doctors prior to putting on weight to ensure they are healthy to do so. If your GP does not agree you are physically or emotionally fit to take on this challenge, we have the right to terminate the contract immediately.

A 5% advance of the £10,000 will be given to the selected applicant at the start of the process and will receive the remaining balance once they’ve successfully lost the weight at the end of the six months.

If you’d like the chance to take on this challenge and earn some extra cash, please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d like to be involved by filling in a form here.

Personal trainers who are interested in taking part in the challenge can register as a Bark.com service provider here, however their participation is dependent on the successful candidate’s location.  

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“We have some incredible personal trainers onsite and we hope this project will demonstrate how attainable losing a large amount of weight is with the right help and support.

“This is a life changing opportunity for someone to gain invaluable knowledge, get fit and healthy and earn a considerable amount of extra cash!”

Outsource your job and don’t miss a minute of the World Cup!

Want to watch all of the World Cup games, but can’t get the time off work? Well we’ve just launched the perfect service for you!

We’re giving members of the public the chance to hire freelance professionals to take over their job, whilst they watch this year’s World Cup matches. We’re launching it across the UK, and we expect professionals will be charging from around £15 an hour.

You can book your World Cup Worker here.

The service, which will be available nationwide, lets people watch matches without having to use up their precious holiday days. Workers will be available across a number of sectors, including data input and analysis, where work can be outsourced remotely.

Our ‘World Cup Worker’ service will be available from Thursday 14th June, when Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the first round of the tournament.

If you’d like to book a World Cup Worker, you’ll have to answer a few questions, such as; how many matches you want covered, what profession you work in, if the job can be done remotely, and which games you’d like to watch during the Tournament.

Pro World Cup Workers can expect to earn around £15p/h, however as with all Bark.com professionals, they can set their own rates.

Our service is primarily aimed at remote and freelance working, however it is open to all sectors and job roles.

Once a customer has selected a service provider to fulfil their duties at work, World Cup Workers will be expected to set up a physical or virtual meeting with them, to establish exactly what the work will entail and run through any additional points not mentioned in the original hiring request.

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and every four years millions of people in the UK sit down to watch it. However, for some people out there finding the time to watch the games can be almost impossible, especially when they kick off during work hours.

“On the other hand you have people who couldn’t care less about football and the World Cup. So, we thought why not combine the two groups and create a service that lets people watch matches, whilst someone else earns money doing their job.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see what professions and trades people outsource for the tournament.”

Freelance workers looking to become a ‘World Cup Worker’ can apply here.

Hate football but like working? Well we’ve got just the job for you!

Despite its popularity, we know that football isn’t for everyone, and with the World Cup just around the corner some aren’t going to be as excited as others. That’s why we’re giving members of the public the chance to hire freelance professionals to take over their job, whilst they watch this year’s matches.

The service, which will be available nationwide, lets some people watch matches without having to use up their precious holiday days, and allows others to earn whilst the games are on. We’re recruiting for workers across a number of sectors where work can be outsourced remotely.

Our ‘World Cup Worker’ service will be available from Thursday 14th June, when Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the first round of the tournament.

Pro World Cup Workers can expect to earn around £15p/h, however as with all Bark.com professionals, they can set their own rates. Our service is primarily aimed at remote and freelance working, however it is open to all sectors and job roles.

Once a customer has selected a service provider to fulfil their duties at work, World Cup Workers will be expected to set up a physical or virtual meeting with them, to establish exactly what the work will entail and run through any additional points not mentioned in the original hiring request.

To be eligible as a ‘World Cup Worker’ you’ll be required to provide proof of your profession, as well as any relevant experience. Customers may ask you for additional evidence, such as qualification certificates and work history. You must also be willing to have a full background check, state any current or previous criminal convictions and be able to work remotely.

As a World Cup Worker, you’ll need to fill in at work for a member of the public, for up to 105 minutes of each chosen football match to cover both halves of the game and half time. We recommend that the service is primarily aimed at remote and freelance working, however it is open to all sectors and job roles.

If you think this sounds like the job for you, please sign up here.

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and every four years millions of people in the UK sit down to watch it. However, for some people out there finding the time to watch the games can be almost impossible, especially when they kick off during work hours.

“On the other hand you have people who couldn’t care less about football and the World Cup. So, we thought why not combine the two groups and create a service that lets people watch matches, whilst someone else earns money doing their job.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see what professions and trades people outsource for the tournament.”

Members of the public can request a professional ‘World Cup Worker’ here.

Going away this summer? Burgle-proof your home with this guide from ex-offenders

We’ve spoken with two former burglars to create a guide to help you protect your home from burglary this summer, after recent crime statistics show that burglary increased by 9%* last year.

In addition, our internal data has shown a 42% increase in demand for home security services.

Here are the tips from the former burglars:

  1. Take passports and driving licenses away with you: Criminals can easily commit identity fraud with this information. It’s a modern-day crime that is less risky and growing in popularity.
  2. Have a recording of a dog barking: A dog’s bark will make thieves think twice about breaking in. They’ll think that someone else is in the house or that the dog will attract unwanted attention to them.
  3. Install a deadlock: The installation of a deadlock will make it a lot harder and time-consuming to pick a lock. In most cases, a burglar will move on when they realise they’re up against a deadlock.
  4. Don’t post on social media: Too many people freely put information about their schedules on social media, which helps burglars when it comes to figuring out when to steal from a property. Check your home insurance policy too, as some may pay out less or not at all if you’ve published that you’re away on social media.
  5. Keep on top of your gardening: If the lawn is freshly mowed, then burglars will question whether a house is in fact vacant. It also gets rid of any potential hiding spots. Burglars will watch houses for a few days to see patterns of the occupants so it’s a good idea to hire a gardener to come around whilst you’re away.
  6. Install a burglar alarm/put a fake one up: This will deter any burglars from even attempting to break into your home. If you’re put off by the cost, sometimes just the sight of one will put a thief off so you don’t necessarily need to fork out for a real one.
  7. Install CCTV/put a fake camera up: Like with burglar alarms, these don’t always need to be functioning. If a burglar is casing your home, they’ll likely avoid yours because of the increased risk of getting caught.
  8. Make sure keys are hidden from sight: If someone can see keys from your window they’re more likely to break in. Keys will also give intruders access to other areas of your home, such as your garage, and your car.
  9. Buy motion activated lights: These lights will come on when anyone comes near your property, making sure that burglars can’t break in without being seen.
  10. Put WD-40 on your window sills: An unconventional but effective way to get rid of thieves trying to get in your home! The WD-40 will make it difficult for them to grip and use the window sill to climb into your home.

If you’d like to install security systems in your home, click here:

Get security system quotes now

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“No one likes to think about their home being burgled, but it is definitely something that should be considered before you go on holiday for a week or two. With peak holiday season coming up, we wanted to make sure everyone’s home is as protected as it can be. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do yourself to keep burglars away.

“When we noticed the increase in demand for home security services like intruder alarm and CCTV installation on Bark.com, we decided to speak with former offenders to help make people’s homes as safe as possible.

“The resulting guide highlights potential weaknesses that burglars will exploit if given the chance and shows you what to do to help prevent someone breaking into your home while you’re away. We hope it helps give families around the UK peace of mind, so they can enjoy their well-deserved holidays!”  

*https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingdecember2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show increases business for gardening pros on Bark.com

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the biggest gardening event in the UK, some might even say the world and attracts thousands of visitors every year, even royalty.

The show has been the highlight of the gardening industry since 1912 and runs for five days every May, with the 2018 show kicking off yesterday till Saturday 26th May.

This annual showcase of the world’s best gardening talent, cutting edge designs and latest trends has coincided with an increase in demand for gardening professionals on Bark.com – it seems that the show has inspired the public to improve their outdoor space!

To get more specific, there’s been a:

  • 37% spike in requests for gardeners
  • 25% increase for landscape designers
  • 18% increase for fence and gate installers

Overall, service requests are up 38% on this time last year.

If you’re looking for a gardening pro, you can place your own Bark here.

Turfing requests were the most popular from consumers, followed by fence installation, patio laying and pond installation. Our data also shows that consumers in the West Midlands are the most keen to improve their gardens, with 11% of job requests across all services being made in that region. Where as homeowners in the South East are wanting fence and gate installations, and account for 7% of the job requests in that field.

We decided to do some investigating, and spoke to our network of UK gardening professionals about why they thought demand for their services has increased so dramatically. More than two fifths (42%) said that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show inspires people to improve their outdoor space and a third (33%) said the hot weather, a quarter (25%) answered they didn’t know.

If you have been inspired to reinvent your garden, you can hire professionals in your local area on Bark.com that can help with:

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said,

“I’m not the least bit surprised that gardening professionals have been experiencing a surge in demand for their services. The weather is better earlier this year, summer is around the corner and people want to spend more time outside.

“The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an incredibly popular event, which has been around for more than 100 years, so it makes sense that it would have a lot of influence over consumer buying habits. I think it’s great that our gardening pros across the UK are experiencing a positive effect from it.”

Fancy yourself a Jedi Master? Well now you can get paid to teach others the ways of the force!

Are you a Star Wars super fan? Have you been counting down the days to May 25th, when ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ hits cinemas? Then we’ve got some good news for you! We’ve just launched the UK’s first professional Jedi training, to celebrate the release of the next instalment in the Star Wars franchise!

So, do you fancy yourself a Star Wars pro? Have you memorised the ways of the Jedi and scrutinised every detail of the films? Do you have experience in martial arts or other forms of combat? Well, we are now offering you the chance to teach others the ways of the Jedi, just in time for the release of the next film at the end of the month.

When running Jedi training sessions, you’ll be expected to cover four main subjects; physical conditioning, basic Jedi history, mental strength, and lightsaber combat. It’s expected that one-on-one sessions will start at around £150 per person, with group training at £100 per person for up to six people, however prices are subject to availability and as with all Bark.com services you can charge what you’d like!

As a Star Wars expert, you’ll also be expected to offer stand-alone lightsaber training, which focuses solely on the fighting aspect of Jedi training. Classes will be taught in groups of no more than eight people, with prices starting at £45pp for one hour.

So, do you think you have what it takes to become a pro-Jedi trainer? If you think so you can apply to be a pro here:

Become Jedi Trainer now

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said:

“Star Wars is not just one of the biggest film franchises of all time, it’s one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the 21st century – which was proven last year when The Last Jedi took nearly $220m on its opening weekend. Star Wars was a huge part of growing up for so many people around the world, and I’m sure most of them wanted to be a Jedi.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many more Star Wars super fans we get signing up to become pro trainers. We can’t wait for the service to launch fully, and for Solo: A Star Wars Story to hit cinemas!”

If you’d like to hire a Jedi trainer click here.

 

Always wanted to be a Jedi master? Well now you can!

Star Wars super fan? Already booked tickets to see ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ when it opens? Then we’ve got some very exciting news for you. We’ve just launched the UK’s first professional Jedi training, to celebrate the release of the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise!

We are now offering you the chance to learn the ways of the Jedi professionally in time for the release of the latest film in the franchise at the end of the month. If you’re lost at this point (if you are where’ve you been for the last 30 years?), the Jedi are an ancient organisation from the fictional Star Wars universe. Jedi masters include Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jedi training sessions will cover four main subjects; physical conditioning, basic Jedi history, mental strength, and lightsaber practice. It’s expected that one-on-one sessions will start at around £150 per person, with group training at £100 per person for up to six people, however prices are subject to availability and will vary by teacher.

Our Star Wars experts will also be offering stand-alone lightsaber training, which focuses solely on the fighting aspect of Jedi training. Classes will be taught in groups of no more than eight people, with prices starting at £45pp for one hour.

You can register your interest to hire a Jedi trainer here:

Find a Jedi trainer now

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com, said:

“Star Wars is not just one of the biggest film franchises of all time, it’s one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the 21st century – which was proven last year when The Last Jedi took nearly $220m on its opening weekend. Star Wars was a huge part of growing up for so many people around the world, and I’m sure most of them wanted to be a Jedi.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many more Star Wars super fans we get signing up to become pro trainers. We can’t wait for the service to launch fully, and for Solo: A Star Wars Story to hit cinemas!”

We’re also on the lookout for more Jedi trainers, so if you’re a super fan skilled in martial arts, you can register to become a Jedi trainer here.

Earn up to £100 an hour as a Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman!

Do you love weddings, organising, and earning money? If you answered yes, then we’ve got the job for you! Introducing our new service – Pro Bridesmaids and Groomsmen!

Pro Bridesmaids and Groomsmen are not just for Brides and Grooms looking to increase the size of their wedding party. They give engaged couples that all-important piece of mind, ensuring their big day runs smoothly and it truly is the best day of their lives.

Using our new professional Bridesmaids and Groomsmen service will alleviate stress leading up to the big day, so couples can enjoy their time being engaged.

The service is already an established profession in the US, and given its increasing popularity with Brides and Grooms, we realised its potential in the UK.

Pro Bridesmaid and Groomsman duties can include anything from being present as part of the ceremony to running errands and dealing with difficult suppliers and guests.

Sound right up your ‘aisle’?

Sign up as Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman now

Couples looking to hire professional Bridesmaids or Groomsmen can book one here.

Banish those Bridezilla moments with our new Pro Bridesmaid and Groomsman service!

Recently engaged? Congratulations! You will no doubt have started planning your big day and realising how stressful planning a wedding can be.

If you’ve not picked your wedding party yet, be sure to choose carefully. If in doubt, hire a professional Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with our new service!

You might be looking to increase the size of your wedding party, or perhaps you’re worried the friends and relatives you’ve asked will be less than useless.  Whatever the reason, a Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman will ensure your wedding day is truly the best day of your life.

Duties can include anything from being present as part of the ceremony to running errands and dealing with difficult suppliers and guests. It’s entirely up to you!

When hiring, you’ll be asked specific questions about your Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman, such as the number of days you would like them to work and what jobs you are looking for them to carry out.

People looking for a Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman to join their wedding party can hire one here:

Hire Pro Bridesmaid or Groomsman now

If you’d like to become a Pro Bridesmaid/Groomsman, check out how to sign up here.

‘Space travel agent’ launched

We’ve launched the world’s first ‘space travel agent’ service after an increase in enquiries from members of the public looking to book travel into space.

The first ‘space travel agent’ service has been created on our site in preparation for when commercial space travel becomes available to the public.

This comes after the announcement that the first space hotel is due to open in three years, and Virgin Galactic is continuing to develop commercial spacecraft.

The space travel agent will work in the same way as regular travel agents to arrange flight times, accommodation and entertainment packages for the travel into space.

You can register your interest here:

Register Interest Now

When holiday packages are available to book, you will be contacted to discuss options and dates.

Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark, said:

“We were initially surprised to see so many enquiries through the site for space travel agents, but news of the first space hotel made us realise there is a gap in the market for this service.

“Being an astronaut is a childhood dream for so many people and while it’s not always attainable for everyone because it’s quite a difficult profession to get in to, this gives people the chance to experience it for a few weeks at leisure.”