We asked Staft Toronto founders, Brian Meadows, Jesse Brito, and Brent McClenahan about building an app that connects students or recent graduates in the hospitality industry to server or bartender jobs in Toronto. Staft also connects small and large event venues to servers or bartenders. Brian has a background in music and education. His team and he chose Bubble because of the no-code platform’s unlimited program features that enables them to take control of the UX, UI, and back-end logic of their app.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Brian: Staft Toronto is a platform that targets highly motivated servers and bartenders in Toronto. We hire students or recent graduates looking to apply themselves in the hospitality industry. Small & large event venues can also use our platform to find servers or bartenders.
Our goal is simple: to provide the best hospitality service for the best price.
How does your app work?
Users looking for a job can simply sign up and book a video interview with our agency. During the interview, we’ll evaluate your ability to demonstrate high-energy and to take initiative. After completing the interview and a basic serving & bartending training course, you can set your own schedule, take shifts as they become available, and of course, get paid.
If a user is looking to fill a job request, you just simply need to provide basic information about the event, such as the location, start and end times, and price you’re offering per hour. We will immediately broadcast the request to the highest rated Staft Members in order to ensure we offer our best service.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
My background is in music and education, but as a child I enjoyed video games and technology in general. I head about Bubble from a Youtube speaker discussing her company's success after starting from a no-code platform. After I researched the capabilities and limitations for building apps on Bubble, I began teaching myself through tutorials. I eventually created my first prototype alongside co-founders Jesse Brito & Brent McClenahan.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Bubble allowed me to take control of my app's project designs from UX and UI to back-end logic. It also enabled fast creation and testing, and all of the tools needed to build complex functions and provide a user-friendly platform. Compared to other no-code platforms, Bubble presented no programming limits, which is necessary to bring staff and clients the best experience.
What have been your successes or milestones so far?
We've had a successful beta test launch in the App Store and in Google Play with a small group of staff and clients. We appreciate everyone who participates in our exciting beta test and we learn everyday from crucial feedback loops. To date, we have over 500 applicants for Staft Memberships, and we are preparing for a rise in work requests after our Canadian government eases current pandemic regulations.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
Our 2020 goal is to continue building both sides of our marketplace and to continue engaging with users. We look forward to hiring great people and to connecting with excited clients looking for attentive service. We hope our app gives more students an opportunity to make extra cash and more clients to feel confident about their upcoming staffing needs.
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