10 Things You Should Know About talklocal

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Have a head scratch-er? Just ask.

Have a head scratch-er? Just ask.

If you are looking for the right local service professional, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. Still, you may still be asking yourself…

 “Hmmm… Should I use talklocal, or simply spend the next half hour or so immersed in consumer reviews, pouring over every syllable as if they were Platonist philosophical text before calling a dead-end number instead?”

Sure, it’s a no-brainer to us. But, for those who don’t have all the facts, “To talklocal or Not to talklocal” may leave you conflicted enough to talk it over with a dead man’s skull, which is also a no-brainer.

So, to promote a well-informed populace, here’s some details to inform your decision.

Ten Things You Need to Know About talklocal:

1.    It’s FREE!

Well, to you it is, anyway. Businesses preview your job details and then pay for the chance to woo you. Imagine you’re Halle Berry and it’s Ladies Free Before 12 Night at the local watering pool. You get the concept.

2.    It’s EASY!

You could probably do it blind-folded with your hands tied behind your back. That is, assuming you’re proficient in 10 finger typing, and have both your phone and keyboard behind your back and can chat via a Bluetooth headset. Just enter you job details at www.talklocal.com and stand by for 1-3 phone calls from matching pros. Simple.

3.    Contrary to what the name talklocal might suggest, it’s not- I repeat, not- a dating hotline.

In other words: if you’re tired of the bar scene and looking for love in all the wrong places, then I regret to inform you that you’ve come to the wrong place yet again. Neither Mister nor Miss Right is standing by waiting to talk to you while, of course, curled up on a bear skin rug next to a roaring fireplace.

4.    It’s microwave popcorn fast!

talklocal connects consumers to local pros in real time. That means that from the moment you press submit, talklocal immediately launches its algorithm based search committee, telling top pros about your plight and getting their help. The average response time in less than 3 minutes- just before your popcorn typically begins to scorch.

5.    It’s not gonna go all NSA on you!

Your personal information is safe with us. We don’t share your contact information with anyone under any circumstances. We even allow you to talk to them through our secure phone line to ensure your privacy.

6.    Your opinion counts… literally.

talklocal won’t make any one person internet famous for their beautiful pros endorsing/lambasting local professionals (based on their personal experiences/biases/vendettas as the case may be). Our algorithm assigns a numeric value to reviews and aggregates them to assess each business overall. That way the business owner’s favorite nephew or spiteful neighbor can’t mislead you with a solitary consumer review.

7.    Not all the intelligence behind talklocal is artificial!

Personal connections are at the heart of what talklocal is about. So, don’t be surprised to hear from one of our customer service reps. They can help clarify details in your service request, get feedback on the customer service you’ve already received, and personally ensure that you get the best help available.

8.    We’re nationwide!

Our platform boasts over 2 million service providers from across the country and it’s growing every day. So, even if you change states, vacation for the summer, or want to recommend us to a long-distance friend or relative, talklocal is here for you- wherever you are- to help you talk locally in any locale.

9.    In case you missed it, see item #3

10. In case you miss us, visit us on Facebook and @talklocal to connect for updates and life-hacks to your heart’s content.

Troubleshooting Your Coffee Maker

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The perfect start to  National Coffee Day

The perfect start to National Coffee Day. Image courtesy of Pixbay

The alarm clock shrieks, your blood-shot eyes shoot open wide and quickly narrow to a piercing squint. It’s already way too bright out. Then, as soon as you rise to your feet, you get a blistering headache as if you’d just climbed Mount Everest. You’re only 3.5 ft above bed level, yet the air is even thinner.

When start of your day is this irritatingly bad, you seriously consider burying yourself back under the covers and trying the whole thing again tomorrow. Fortunately, today is National Coffee Day! So, slip those chilly toes into your bunny slippers and pay homage with a nice hot cup of all that’s keeping you out of that nice warm bed.

But wait! Even that goes terribly awry. Is it too petty an expectation to think that the the amount of water that goes into your coffee machine should roughly match the amount of coffee that comes out? Instead, your coffee cup has far less. What tom-foolery is this?

Turns out, you’re not crazy nor are you alone. It’s a common problem.

In fact, in our house, we’ve long cracked the mysterious case of the missing coffee water and have a few tricks for outwitting the invisible coffee thieves.

Want to e maximize your coffee output until every good-to-the-last drop is accounted for?

Try these simple steps:

First, check to make sure the tubing is in the proper place. Loose tubing allows steam to escape the machine before ever reaching your coffee cup.

Second, flush out the tubing with vinegar. This should clean out any clogs or buildup that may be blocking the water flow.

Finally, clean out the tubing with as much water as needed to get rid of the vinegar taste… unless you want a tangy kick in your taste buds to really wake you up!

If these steps don’t work, consider bringing your coffee maker to an Appliance Repair professional or just get a new one if it’s one of the really cheap ones. Severe clogs or punctures in the tubing may be irreparable.

Happy National Women’s Equality Day!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Celebrate Women's Equality Day!

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

Celebrating Women’s Suffrage 94 Years Later

On this day in 1920, women in the United States of America were given the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.  From that day on, women began to fight for more than just their right to cast a ballot, but for their presence in society as political figures, business women, and educators.  Looking at our world’s powerful women today, such as Sandra Day O’connor, Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Pelosi, Ellen Degeneres…we are able to see a wide spectrum of fields that women thrive in.

August 26th is a day that we celebrate these successes and look to the future for more improvement toward the equality of women. Here’s a brief look at some historical events important to the Women’s Rights Movement and Gender Equality:

Today, women’s equality has become much more than the right to vote, and there still exist issues that both men and women, feminists and non-feminists, find unsettling.  Some acknowledge the gender gap regarding income or insist that gender discrimination is still present in educational and professional fields.  Even in the entertainment industry, there is a growing number of feminists and supporters of gender equality, from Beyonce to Miley Cyrus to John Legend.

Written by Marianne Zhao

Ten Family Friendly Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Monday, August 25th, 2014

By Jake Romm

Enjoy family and sunshine on one of the last days of summer.

Labor Day is the official celebration of the American Labor Movement. We know it as the unofficial end to summer, the beginning of a new school year, the closing of pools, and the last day to wear white pants.

Fortunately for most, it’s also a day off from work and chance to spend extra time with family while enjoying some of the year’s last drops of summer sunshine.

Soon, there literally won’t be enough hours in the daytime as the frenzy of work, school, and a busy schedule take hold. So, before raking leaves and shoveling snow become your only outdoor past-time, make the kind of memories that will warm your heart all year long.

Here are some cool ideas to try out this Labor Day Weekend:

These are just a few great ideas for a family-fun packed Labor Day weekend. And remember, talklocal has a wonderful selection of party planners or party equipment rental in case you need some help hosting a memorable end to the summer.

Then, once the temperature starts to drop and the snow inches start to rise, call on us again for your snow-plowing, roofing, HVAC, and more.

Just visit www.talklocal.com, input the job details, and stand by to hear from a local service provider in minutes.

In Honor of Women’s Equality Day

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Written by Dallea Caldwell

But, that doesn’t mean you have to!

Anything you can do

Pros can do better

Pros can do anything

Better than you

 

So enter your service needs

Down to the letter

(Don’t get us wrong-

We mean lady pros too.)

 

We don’t want to dent

Women’s empowerment

You’ve got power to hire

Someone better than you

 

At plumbing, or painting

Or electrical wire

Any help you desire

talklocal finds it for you!

 

And just to be clear

There is no male exception

Drop that hammer, Mister

Use talklocal too!

 

Yes, you can DIY

No, I can’t see why try

With local pros standing by

At talklocal to help you.

Remember: Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you have to. Just visit www.talklocal.com We filter businesses based on consumer and online reviews, location, schedule, social media, and other forms of feedback, then connects you to the right pros by phone– all in about 90 seconds.

Happy National Women’s Equality Day!

5 Fantastic Beach Reads for Your Summer Vacation

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Written by Jake Romm

5 Fantastic Beach Reads for Your Summer Vacation - Seva Call

Summer means vacation, vacation means beaches, and beaches mean reading. Beach reading is often associated with mind-numbing page turners — those books which are found in the thriller or romance stalls at airport kiosks. While certainly fun to read and good for a relaxing afternoon on the beach, these books often leave something to be desired when it comes to intellectual stimulation.

If you’re looking for a different type of beach read, this is the list for you.

1. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

This Russian novel, finished in 1940 by Mikhail Bulgakov, is a definite sleeper pick for a great beach read. While the devil showing up to Moscow during the reign of Joseph Stalin may not seem like the funniest of plots, this book is a surprisingly light and hilarious read.

The novel is largely episodic – splitting time between descriptions of the  devil and his cohorts (including the giant, trash talking, black cat Behemoth), playing practical jokes on the Moscow elite (some more sinister than others), and the more serious and challenging sections about Pontius Pilate.

2. Among The Thugs, Bill Buford

With the World Cup in full swing, it’s time to read up on your soccer. Even if you’re not interested in the history of the sport, tactics, biographies of players, or even soccer in general, Among the Thugs is still a worthy read. No book better captures the extremity of European (specifically English) soccer fandom.

Shocking, funny, engaging, and informative, Among the Thugs follows Bill Buford and his real encounters with soccer hooligans (more dangerous than they sound) throughout Europe, including the riots at the 1990 World Cup in Turin.

3. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes

This critically acclaimed debut from ex-Marine Karl Marlantes is a gripping and powerful Vietnam War novel. The novel follows Waino Mellas and Bravo Company as they build a base on a hill code-named “Matterhorn”, only to be ordered to abandon it.

The second half of the book centers around their struggle to retake the hill from enemy hands. At times gruesome, this novel is not for the faint of heart. That being said, you will not be able to put this book down.

4. The Godfather, Mario Puzo

Everyone knows the movie, but few are familiar with the book that it was based on. Mario Puzo’s epic novel about the Corleone family is every bit as entertaining as the film. You all know the story, but the novel provides more plot-lines and much greater insight into both the major and minor characters.

5. All The Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy isn’t exactly known for writing “light reads”. His novels almost exclusively take place in bleak and hostile landscapes and his sparse punctuation makes them slightly difficult to read. Once you get acclimated to his writing style however, All The Pretty Horses is a quick and engaging western (although it is a bit dark).

It is a classic coming of age story replete with romance, knife fights, and lots of horses. The first part of a trilogy, it sets the stage for an expansive western that is equal parts beautiful and devastating.

Get Your Relaxation On!

Of course, finding the free time to go to the beach or get some reading done is fairly difficult. Everyone has their responsibilities, so let Seva Call help you thin the to-do list. We can help you take care of any outstanding home repair, car maintenance, or a variety of other needs in a matter of minutes – leaving you more time to relax and catch up on your reading.

A Brief History of Celebrating July 4th in the USA

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Written by Marianne Zhao

A Brief History of Celebrating July 4th in the USA - Seva Call

On July 4th in 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress signed the final document known as the Declaration of Independence.  With this declaration, the thirteen colonies became the United States of America.  July 4th has grown to become America’s biggest non-religious holiday, and its form of celebration has grown as well.

Here’s a bit of history as you lie down on summer grass or the beach, preparing for the exciting booms and sparkles of fireworks.

1776 - John Adams writes to his wife: “[July 4th] ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more”

1777 - Although July 4th was not an official holiday, many Philadelphians celebrated the anniversary of their nation’s independence with bell ringing, gun firing, and candle lighting.

1783 - The Revolutionary War is over, and July 4th is more celebrated in various areas.  Parades, speeches, military events, and fireworks were added to the celebrations.

1941 - July 4th is proclaimed a federal holiday by Congress (finally!).

Present - People truly embrace the Red, White, and Blue with clothing, party themes, desserts, barbecues, picnics, beach vacations, and of course, FIREWORKS.  The extremity of July 4th celebrations has grown over the years, and we have tried our best to honor John Adams’ wishes of Pomp and Parade.

Seva Call wishes you a happy 4th of July, and remember that we are always here to help for any last minute celebration needs.  Just visit our website to submit a request for a party planner, party rental, or air conditioning repair.

Easy Party Tips for July 4th

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Written by Marianne Zhao

It’s almost that time of year for a day filled with the smells of barbecue, ice cream, sunscreen, and bonfires and the sounds of fireworks echoing into the night.  That’s right, July 4th!! This holiday not only celebrates the independence of the United States of America but also encompasses the relaxation and fun that comes with summer and family.  If you want to do something a little different this 4th of July, here are some quick and easy party ideas you can try:

Decorations: It’s all about Red, White, and Blue

- You can’t go wrong with colored tissue paper streamers: they look great both inside and outside the home!

- Paint your flower pots red, white, and blue for a nice festive theme in your backyard

- Decorate your grass with white stars: cut a star shape into cardboard for a stencil.  Lay the stencil on your lawn and spray the grass with water.  Then use a flour sifter to fill the shape with flour.

- Use blue or red glassware (pitchers, cups, glass bottles).

- Many dollar stores sell various sized flags. These can be placed anywhere you like for a 4th of July feel!

Food: Get creative

Easy Party Tips for July 4th - Seva Call

- Watermelon is great in the summer, and to make it even more festive, you can carve your festive designs or words onto the watermelon, just like a jack-o-lantern (try: July 4th or stars).

- Sticking with the fruit theme: a fruit bowl consisting of blueberries, strawberries/raspberries, and bananas/apples.  You can take a white rectangular plate and create the American flag with the different fruits.

- Serve fruit punch (red) or Gatorade (blue); you can have these in clear bowls or clear dispensers.

- You can never go wrong with a USA-themed cake or party platter!

Enjoy your holiday!

With these ideas in mind, we hope you have a perfect 4th of July! (Don’t forget the fireworks!)  And remember that if you are swamped with a busy schedule or just want some help planning your party, Talk Local has the best party planners for you.  Check us out here.

Seva Call is Once Again Honored to Be an NVTC ‘Hot Ticket’ Nominee!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Seva Call is Once Again Honored to Be an NVTC ‘Hot Ticket’ Nominee! - Seva Call

Stop the tweeting — and relax your thumbs for a second! The Northern Virginia technology Council has nominated Seva Call for their Hot Ticket Awards for the second straight year. That makes us sort of a big deal (twice).

Once again, the fine people at NVTC want to recognize Seva Call as a regional technology company with “great vision, the ability to implement and deliver, innovative management approach or star-quality charisma.”

Seva Call is equally honored to share this nomination with such distinguished regional entrepreneurs as Social Tables, 9Lenses, and iCore.

“We’re ecstatic that we have kept up our trend of being a hot company in the DMV,” says Seva Call President Manpreet Singh. Seva Man was much less articulate.

“Alright, alright, alright,” he exclaimed in his best McConaissance impersonation.

Having one nomination for such an award is special, but two?! Now it’s time to go for a three-peat! Keep up on our 2015 Hot Ticket nomination run, and use our Hot Ticket nomination-worthy service here.

5 Ways to Bond with Your Dad this Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Written by Ezra Schwartz

Your dad has always been there for you. Whether he was playing catch with you for the first time, or dressed as a princess, enduring your tea party, he’s always been around to put a smile on your face. Even if he didn’t want to be there, even if he had work to do, even if there was a game on, Dad was always there to do what you love.

Which is why the most important thing to do this Father’s Day is to return the favor and spend time with Dad. Sure, you can still buy him a tie, watch, grill spatula, or any other cliched gift, but what Dad really wants is your time. Here are 5 ways that you can bond with your dad on June 15th, and make it the best Father’s Day he’s ever had.

5. Spend it Outdoors!

5 Ways to Bond with Your Dad this Father's Day - Seva Call

The wonderful thing about Father’s Day is that it takes place in mid-June, the ideal time for outdoor activities. Whether this means going to the beach, having a picnic in the park, taking a hike in the woods, or just having a nice barbecue, make sure to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

4. Make His Favorite Food

Whether your dad was the one who cooked in your house or not, he will definitely appreciate a meal with his favorite dish. It might mean going out to a fancy restaurant, or staying in and cooking yourself, but either way, it is a gesture that your father will love.

3. Go to a Baseball Game

5 Ways to Bond with Your Dad this Father's Day - Seva Call

What better bonding activity is there than baseball? For over a century, dads have been taking their sons and daughters out to the old ballgame. It’s a classic way to spend the day, and if he loves the food at the park, this one can combine the previous two tips!

2. Bring Your Kids!

While Dad may love spending time with you, chances are he loves spending time with your kids, as well. This day is not only about cherishing old memories, but about creating new ones, and there is no better way of doing that than with the new generation. Dad loves his grandkids and they love him, so whatever you do, be sure to bring them along!

1. Just Do What He Loves!

You know your dad better than we do, so you know best how to make his day perfect! Dad has something that he loves to do, and whatever it is, just do that with him. Even (and especially) if that means just sitting on the couch with a beer and watching the game or his favorite movie, make sure that Dad can do what he wants, and make sure to do it with him!

Whatever you do this Father’s Day, make sure that everything is working in the house. That wouldn’t be fun if the TV, computer, or air conditioning didn’t work. You can also make sure that the lawn looks perfect, and that all of Dad’s Sunday chores are done.

We here at Seva Call would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! Thank you for all that you do!