The landscape of gig work in the United States is at a pivotal moment of transformation. The voices of gig workers are louder than ever, demanding change, as evident by the strikes and legal challenges rippling through the industry. It’s clear: the gig economy as we know it is in dire need of an overhaul – its time for the Gig Economy 2.0 (GigTwo).

The Core Issues Facing Gig Workers

The Struggle for Fair Compensation

Across the United States, gig workers have voiced their dissatisfaction, made evident through strikes and legal battles against giants in the gig economy. One glaring issue is the gap between hard work and fair compensation. According to ZipRecruiter, the average hourly wage for a gig worker in the United States is just over $16.50. While platforms like Uber retreat from cities like Minneapolis rather than meet minimum wage requirements, HUDU’s Doers average over $60/hour, setting a new standard for gig worker compensation.

The Wait for Payout

Another pain point for gig workers has been the delay in payments, with most platforms offering weekly or biweekly payouts. With 78% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, this is a pace incompatible with the immediate financial needs of many workers. HUDU addresses this with instant payouts, ensuring Doers can access their earnings the moment a project is completed.

The Need for Time Off

The hustle culture of gig work leaves workers vulnerable to burnout, with no support system in place. Studies by the National Institute of Health indicate that gig workers experience greater levels of stress than the general population and, without proper coping mechanisms, this stress can have long-term negative effects. Recognizing this, HUDU proudly offers two weeks of paid time off annually, emphasizing the importance of rest in promoting sustained productivity.

The Hassle of Platform Diversification

World Bank found that almost three-quarters of gig platforms specialize in one type of gig task. For multifaceted workers, navigating the gig economy has historically meant juggling several accounts across various platforms, a process fraught with inefficiencies and risks. HUDU streamlines this, offering a wide array of local opportunities on a single, consolidated platform.

The Barrier of Background Checks and Onboarding

Traditional gig platforms require extensive background checks and onboarding, which can be both expensive and misaligned with workers’ skills. HUDU simplifies this process, providing free and straightforward account creation and optional background checks for those looking to enhance their profiles.

Opaque Removal Processes and Insufficient Support

Large platforms invest more in acquiring new workers than supporting existing ones, often leaving workers without recourse in disputes. Claims on Uber Drivers Forum say Uber’s user support is unresponsive, and nearly nonexistent when their drivers need assistance. HUDU distinguishes itself with a dedicated, flexible user support team, committed to resolving issues swiftly and fairly.

The Reliability of Payment

The ephemeral nature of small gig platforms poses a significant risk to workers’ earnings. Social media is rife with anecdotes of workers being ghosted by gig platforms and freelance clients after performing the work as assigned. HUDU mitigates this risk through secure financial handling by Stripe, guaranteeing payment post-project completion and establishing trust in HUDU’s stability and reliability.

The Path Forward with HUDU and GigTwo

HUDU isn’t just a platform; it’s the vanguard of the GigTwo movement—a paradigm shift towards empowering gig workers like never before. By addressing the core pain points of the traditional gig economy, HUDU ushers in an era where work is not just sustainable but rewarding and respected. This is Gig Economy 2.0: a revolution crafted by HUDU, where Doers are valued, supported, and given the freedom to thrive.

GigTwo is more than an upgrade; it’s a redefinition of work for the modern era, championed by HUDU. As we lead this revolution, we invite gig workers and industry watchers alike to witness the transformation and join us in shaping a fairer, more empowering future of work.

Ready for HUDU?

Check out HUDU’s knowledge base to see where we are active and how to become a Doer!

Visit heyhudu.com to get started.

HUDU’s referral program helps us ensure that our community of DO-ers and LIST-ers includes the best of the best. When our awesomest users refer their friends to HUDU, everyone gets rewarded!

The World’s Greatest Users

HUDU is a community of DO-ers and LIST-ers who are changing the way the world works. Our platform relies on great people, so we work hard to ensure our user base is made up of the very best. We do that, in part, by taking recommendations from the users we trust the most.

HUDU is Growing

HUDU’s communities are growing in Iowa and Texas, and we’re beginning to welcome new communities across the country. Refer new users from anywhere to start changing the way the world works where they are.

HUDU Referral Benefits

When you are referred to HUDU, you’ll receive 10% off any future project you award

When you Refer someone to HUDU, you’ll receive credits in your HUDU wallet worth 10% of your friend’s first awarded project amount. That means that you receive $10 when your friend awards a $100 project! Plus, you’ll earn 15 points toward your HUDU Leaderboard Rank.

How to Refer a Friend to HUDU

Visit our Knowledge Base to learn more about HUDU’s Referral Program!

Even as the gig economy booms, there’s nothing easy about making money as a gig worker – until now! HUDU is gig work reinvented. We’re changing the way the world works by empowering gig workers with unparalleled control over their hours, projects, and rates.

What’s the solution?

It should be easy to make money! HUDU’s solution is to provide a streamlined platform for hardworking DO-ers to earn extra income and access to life-changing benefits! We’re leading the gig-work revolution by being the DO-er friendliest app in the world. 

What does revolutionizing gig work look like? 

2023 data shows that 16.4% of Americans work a side-hustle, making up 5.7% of the national GDP. This $350 billion market segment is not always optimized to benefit users AND workers, and that’s why HUDU is Changing the Way the World Works!

By 2027, it’s expected that 1 in 2 Americans will be working a side-hustle. In 5 years, this trillion dollar industry will make up roughly 17% of national GDP, and workers will need options that empower them to Live Well and Dream Big!

Is HUDU a Middleman?

As a platform that facilitates gig work, we try to stay out of the way and let our DO-ers do what they DO best. We exist to foster a strong community that connects trusted experts with people who need their help. By ensuring secure payment, centralizing reviews, and connecting people, HUDU’s platform offers the ideal environment to make money and get things DONE!

What percent does HUDU keep? 

We wish we didn’t have to charge a fee, but delivering 100% user satisfaction means HUDU works with the most highly skilled development, user experience, administrative, and financial services teams. Collecting 5% from LIST-ers and 15% from DO-ers allows us to keep our loyal users happy with they experience on the app!

Learn more about our Fee Structure.

HUDU Support

Are you a gig worker interested in changing the way the world works? Open a support ticket at heyhudu.com/support to get in touch with our User Experience Team!

Thanks for using HUDU!

Are you looking for a way to earn extra money in Des Moines? With dozens of opportunities for gig work, like driving for Uber, walking for Rover, or temp working in warehouses, there is finally an option that empowers you to control your hours, wages, and projects! HUDU is changing the way the world works by giving hardworking DO-ers the opportunity to earn extra income and access life-changing benefits. 

Download the HUDU App

HUDU is the simple way to side hustle. Open the HUDU app to explore projects on your community’s to-do lists. DO-ers experienced in photography, tailoring, tree trimming, and auto detailing can find plenty of projects to complete and get paid immediately. Other projects include furniture assembly, pet care, house cleaning, electrical work, gardening, and much more; if it’s legal, you can LIST it!

How much do DO-ers earn on HUDU?

HUDU’s DO-ers are paid by the project. To determine the price of the service, DO-ers bid against other users to be awarded the job. LIST-ers do not have to choose the lowest bidder; they may go with the DO-er who has the best availability, experience, or reviews. That means side hustlers can develop strong reputations within a massive ecosystem of LIST-ers and DO-ers.

How do DO-ers get started on HUDU?

Getting started on HUDU is as easy as downloading the app and setting up your payment information through Stripe Express. Once your profile is set up, you can start bidding on projects that interest you the most. If one of your bids is awarded by a LIST-er, you’ll communicate with them on the app to create a project plan and get the job DONE! As soon as you finish, the LIST-er will release the funds right into your bank account. 

Check out the Quickstart Guide to Becoming a DO-er page on HUDU’s Knowledge Base. 

Does HUDU offer gig workers benefits?

As the gig economy booms, it’s clear that it is not focused on benefitting the lives of people who do the work. HUDU is working to lead the gig work revolution to empower the 16.4% of Americans side hustling today, and the 50%+ that will be side hustling by 2027. One way to do that is to offer DO-ers paid vacation, education, and micro-insurance. You can start a side hustle in Des Moines

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

Want to find a side hustle in Des Moines? Download HUDU or start a conversation with our User Experience Team by submitting a ticket at support.heyhudu.com

Thanks for using HUDU!

In February of 2023, HUDU changed how Des Moines residents choose to get things done, forever. When Des Moines citizens have too much to do in too little time, they list their projects on HUDU, a simple-to-use mobile app, and connect with a local DO-er to get it done. Getting projects done is the main draw to the app, but there is so much more to discover on the HUDU platform!

What makes HUDU different from Thumbtack, Angi, and TaskRabbit?

HUDU is different from its competitors by being easily 100% local and totally DO-er driven. Our listing, bidding, and in-app processes are streamlined to help connect the most capable and skilled DO-ers with the people who need their services. HUDU will never be a “pay-to-play” platform and we’re committed to secure data handling. 

How does HUDU work?

People who list projects on HUDU are called LIST-ers, and those completing the projects are called DO-ers. Our LIST-ers are typically homeowners, small business leaders, dual-income professionals, pet owners, homemakers, or people with simply too much on their plates. Our DO-ers are everyday people who are skilled and willing to work, specializing in moving, construction, cleaning, making, or any niche service you can imagine!

Where is HUDU? 

Since February, 2023, our DO-ers and LIST-ers have been getting projects done in the Greater Des Moines area; including Adel, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Cumming, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, and West Des Moines.

In October, 2023, HUDU will launch in the Dallas/Fort Worth areas to help side hustlers in Texas earn money and find gig work that fits their specialties!

What kind of projects are on HUDU? 

If it’s legal, you can list it on HUDU! From hair braiding, date planning, interior design, construction needs, photography, a helping hand or any random task, you can list it on HUDU. Unlike specialized competitive bidding platforms that only accommodate one type of service – like cleaning or dog-walking, HUDU’s platform is one spot to find all kinds of specialized and skilled DO-ers!

How to use HUDU to get paid for skills you already have

HUDU is a simple way to side hustle and find secure opportunities to use your skills to make money and help others get stuff done. When you open the HUDU app to explore projects on your community’s to-do lists, you’ll be able to read descriptions and bid as soon as you register. DO-ers experienced in photography, tailoring, tree trimming, home services, construction, and auto detailing can find plenty of projects to complete and get paid immediately. Other projects include furniture assembly, pet care, house cleaning, electrical work, gardening, and much more!

Does HUDU save you money? 

HUDU saves users money by facilitating complete cost transparency. On HUDU, DO-ers bid on project listings, and LIST-ers select who they want to work with based on availability, qualifications, and in-app reviews. By the time the project begins, a LIST-er has committed to a total price they are comfortable paying for the project, and DO-ers know how much they’ll make!

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

To learn more about HUDU, download the app or start a conversation with our User Experience Team by submitting a ticket at support.heyhudu.com

When North Texas residents have too much to do in too little time, they list their projects on HUDU and connect with a DO-er. Getting projects DONE is the main draw to the app, but there is so much more to discover on the HUDU platform. 

What makes HUDU different from Thumbtack, Angi, and Taskrabbit?

What makes HUDU different from competitors is that HUDU is 100% local and totally DO-er driven. Our listing, bidding, and doing processes are streamlined to help connect the most capable DO-ers with the people who need their services. HUDU will never be “pay to play,” and we’re committed to secure data handling.

Who uses HUDU?

People who list projects on HUDU are called LIST-ers, and the people completing the projects are called DO-ers. Our LIST-ers are typically homeowners, small business leaders, pet owners, or people with simply too much on their plates. Our DO-ers are usually skilled workers specializing in moving, construction, cleaning, or making.

Where is HUDU? 

HUDU is launching in DFW on October 16th, 2023, to help side hustlers in Texas earn money and find gig work that fits their specialties! 

HUDU was founded in Des Moines, Iowa, and has been crossing projects off to-do lists since February, 2023.

What kind of projects are on HUDU? 

If it’s legal, you can list it on HUDU! Unlike specialized competitive bidding platforms that only accommodate one type of service – like cleaning or dog-walking, HUDU’s platform is one spot to find all kinds of specialized DO-ers. 

How to use HUDU

HUDU is the simple way to side hustle. Open the HUDU app to explore projects on your community’s to-do lists. DO-ers experienced in photography, tailoring, tree trimming, and auto detailing can find plenty of projects to complete and get paid immediately. Other projects include furniture assembly, pet care, house cleaning, electrical work, gardening, and much more!

Does HUDU save you money? 

HUDU saves users money by facilitating complete cost transparency. On HUDU, DO-ers bid on project listings, and LIST-ers select who they want to work with based on availability, qualifications, and in-app reviews. By the time the project begins, a LIST-er has committed to a total price they are comfortable paying for the project, and DO-ers know how much they’ll make. 

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

To learn more about HUDU, download the app or start a conversation with our User Experience Team by submitting a ticket at support.heyhudu.com

What is HUDU and how does it compare to other competitive bidding sites like Angi, Thumbtack, Taskrabbit, Fiverr, and Bark? Check out these six reasons that DO-ers and LIST-ers in Iowa prefer HUDU!

1. HUDU provides a DO-er friendly experience

We built HUDU to empower DO-ers to live well and dream big. We’re not chasing profit; we’re working toward a sustained shift in the way opportunities are made available to gig workers. Most gig work available today limits users to performing a single task like delivering food, walking dogs, or cleaning houses. HUDU, on the other hand, brings the community’s needs into one platform where specialized DO-ers can offer customized, right-priced services. We’re changing the way the world works by giving side-hustlers control over their hours, pay, and opportunities. 

2. HUDU isn’t “pay-to-play”

Pay-to-play sites let service providers pay to buy leads and have their services recommended to potential customers. These sites end up becoming filled with providers who underperform and cannot generate recommendations organically. 

HUDU’s approach flips this script and lets a DO-er’s work speak for itself. On the app, LIST-ers publish work opportunities, and DO-ers place a bid to complete it. At the end of the bidding period, LIST-ers choose from the interested DO-ers based on their project completion ratio, star ratings, and reviews from working with real users. 

3. HUDU is 100% local

Some competitive bidding sites offer remote services that claim to serve the entire United States. While working with professionals across the country might work for some projects, HUDU’s 100% local approach means every project completed helps grow and connect a local community of LIST-ers and DO-ers.

4. HUDU uses responsible data handling

Have you ever received an onslaught of junk email from unknown sites after signing up for a service platform? It’s common for large sites to sell user data to the highest bidder to make extra money. 

HUDU prioritizes a positive user experience by protecting your data and being completely transparent about our administrative practices.

5. HUDU doesn’t spam you

Tired of getting daily emails, texts, and phone calls from competitive bidding sites that you only use occasionally? HUDU limits mass email to critical product information and makes notifications customizable to arrive by email, text, or in-app.  

6. HUDU’s service team is human

As a young and growing company, HUDU’s platform isn’t perfect yet. While we are improving user experience with every update we release, our earliest users are encouraged to report bugs and submit honest feedback about what’s working and what’s not. When you call 622HEYHUDU or submit a ticket on heyhudu.com/support, you’ll be paired with a real user experience professional who will work with you to find a solution. 

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

To learn more about HUDU, download the app or start a conversation with our User Experience Team by submitting a ticket at heyhudu.com/support.

The first major update to the HUDU app will launch on October 16th, 2023! Whats new on HUDU v2? Version 2 will still facilitate all the transparency, connection, and ease that you’ve come to expect from HUDU’s platform, but resolve many of the usability hurdles we noticed in the original app. We’re still partnering with the app builder APSY, but the upgrade will have a new look and lots of improved functionality.

Project Categories

Project categories are a major improvement to streamline user experience on the HUDU app. Projects listed on HUDU V2 will go into categories, like design, crafting, yardwork, cleaning, pet care, and more! DO-ers can subscribe to any category that fits their skill set and request notifications for new listings in these areas. Tailoring a DO-ers homepage to feature the projects most relevant to them will bring more qualified bidders to each listing.  

Reassign Projects to Another DO-er

There are rare circumstances in which a DO-er may be unable to complete a project they were awarded. On the current platform, there is no way for a LIST-er to unassign a project and award it to the next best bidder. On the new app, we’ve given LIST-ers permission to award projects to another DO-er rather than deleting the listing and reposting it.  

Automated Background Checks

You’ll feel safe welcoming any DO-er into your home thanks to HUDU’s background check and verification process. Until now, users have been manually verified upon request. In the update, all users will be run through background checks that verify their identity, criminal history, and more. 

Project Completion Ratings

To maintain 100% user satisfaction, our DO-ers need to be reliable. HUDU V2 shows the LIST-er each bidder’s project completion ratio so they can choose a DO-er who is most likely to get the job done!

HUDU Academy and Badges

HUDU’s rating and review process helps give LIST-ers an idea of which DO-ers are most skilled and reliable. However, it can be difficult for new DO-ers to earn projects and gain positive reviews. HUDU Academy allows users to complete courses and earn competency badges that signify they understand best practices and expectations for a variety of project types. 

Referral Program

The power of HUDU is not in the app, it’s in the community! Welcoming high-quality DO-ers and LIST-ers to HUDU is the best way to reach our goal of empowering DO-ers to earn money and live well. HUDU’s new referral program offers benefits to new users and the existing users that recommended them.

English to Spanish Live Translation

To provide the most comprehensive array of projects and services, HUDU welcomes users of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Our automated translation feature allows LIST-ers to partner with the most capable DO-er available, regardless of language barriers. 

Fewer Bugs

Our earliest users have been instrumental in providing initial feedback and reporting bugs they encountered. Collecting and investigating this valuable information allowed us to make the improvements our LIST-ers and DO-ers want to see! As we continue working out bugs in the system, we encourage all of our users to submit support tickets at heyhudu.com/support or call (662) Hey-HUDU to speak with humans on our User Experience Team.

Downloadable Receipts

With downloadable invoices, keeping track of projects and payments will be easier than ever. 

Customizable Notification Settings

Currently, all HUDU notifications are relayed in-app. HUDU V2 will support customizable notification settings to let users get updates via email or text. As before, we’ll never spam your inbox, but options for additional notifications will help LIST-ers and DO-ers stay on top of their projects.

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

To learn more about HUDU, download the app or start a conversation with our User Experience Team!

HUDU exists to empower DO-ers to live well and dream big! We believe hard-working individuals should be able to make money on their own terms; our platform supports this mission by offering paid projects, opportunities for career advancement, and benefits like paid vacation. 

What is HUDU Academy? 

HUDU Academy is the gateway for HUDU’s DO-ers to learn skills to complete more projects to the highest degree of excellence. Microcourses like Lawncare 101, Vehicle Detailing 101, Crafting a Winning Bid, and Professionalism in the Trades take less than 10 minutes and offer our newer DO-ers opportunities to expand their skills and earn more projects!

Why Use HUDU Academy?

Earning competency badges from HUDU Academy signifies to LIST-ers that you have invested time and energy into maximizing your value to the HUDU community. Completing courses is one of the first steps to establishing trust between you and the greater HUDU community.

What does HUDU Academy Mean? 

HUDU’s mission is to empower side hustlers and lead the gig work revolution. Doing this right means that our users will have more agency and greater opportunities every time they use the platform. Our new learning platform uses knowledge checks and competency badges to mark their progress and expand their options. 

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

To learn more about HUDU, download the app or start a conversation with our User Experience Team by submitting a ticket at support.heyhudu.com

HUDU is here to change the gig economy forever by focusing on DO-ers.

Our Founder and CEO

Derreck Stratton is our founder and CEO. He is a combat veteran, a single father of three, and a relentlessly hard worker. Raised by a strong and resilient mother, Derreck learned firsthand about determination and grit as she worked three jobs to provide for him and his two sisters

In 2003, an 18-year-old Derreck became Airman Stratton for the United States Airforce. By 2008, Senior Airman Stratton was deployed to the Iraqi Theater, where time on the battlefield was inevitable. While in the reserves, he ventured into entrepreneurship, founding a remarkably successful demolition company. Honoring his mother’s hustler attitude, Derreck then turned his attention to demolishing the limitations of the current gig economy. His bulldozer was HUDU!

When HUDU was just an idea, Derreck began his research by signing up as a worker for all of the established gig economy apps. He quickly realized that it was time for a different approach; it was time to put the DO-er first! With the profits from his first venture, HUDU was seeded to be more than a platform. It’s a movement! 

Our Mission

It should be easy for hard workers to make money on the side. HUDU firmly believes in empowering DO-ers to live well and dream big. We’re forging a fair and supportive ecosystem where hard work thrives. Under Derreck’s visionary leadership, HUDU has become a marketplace of boundless opportunities where DO-ers and LIST-ers alike find success. 

Discover a gig economy where fairness, support, and empowerment are at the core of every endeavor. This is the DO-er-driven ecosystem. This is HUDU. 

Want to learn more about HUDU? 

To learn more about HUDU, download the app or start a conversation with our User Experience Team by submitting a ticket at heyhudu.com/support.