Broth­ers’ app could just be the an­swer

Light­bulb mo­ment for AsQ pro­gram came in a meet­ing with a client

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Im­ran and Ir­fan Arif, from Che­sham, have now launched their app called AsQ na­tion­ally, af­ter suc­cess­fully pi­lot­ing the app in Bucks.

The app works by peo­ple ask­ing putting in their ques­tion, se­lect­ing how far they want their ques­tion to go, se­lect­ing the job cat­e­gory and then the ques­tion is sent to all the ser­vice providers signed up to the app within the user’s se­lected ra­dius.

Ir­fan, 29, who works as a lawyer, came up with the idea dur­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with a client when the client re­marked that if he been able to get the an­swer to his ques­tion there and then when he needed it, it may have saved him some time and money.

Im­ran, 26, a charted ac­coun­tant, added: “Ir­fan be­gan think­ing, why can’t peo­ple ac­cess in­for­ma­tion/ ser­vices/ex­per­tise, right there and then when they re­quire it?

“There seemed to be a gap in the mar­ket for a plat­form which gives you ac­cess to peo­ple with the ex­per­tise you seek in real time. Google does not meet that cri­te­ria and nei­ther does Face­book, and there are no sim­i­lar apps to ours out there.

“We wanted to keep it sim­ple – ask a ques­tion and get a re­sponse – and you can choose the ra­dius in your lo­cal area, and then leave a rat­ing for the per­son who an­swered your ques­tion.

“The im­por­tant thing is that this app puts you, the per­son seek­ing ex­per­tise, in con­trol, forc­ing ser­vice providers to come to you, rather than the other way around. We see this app de­vel­op­ing into an in­for­ma­tion tool for peo­ple wher­ever they are.”

Im­ran said the re­ac­tion to the app has been ‘be­yond what they ex­pected.’

He added: “The peo­ple us­ing all loved the idea and how sim­ple it is to use. They always give an ex­am­ple of when the app would’ve come handy in the past when they’ve tried to find some­one to do some work for them.

“We hope to have many down­loads and peo­ple sign­ing up, be­cause the more peo­ple use it, the more in­for­ma­tion that can be shared.”

Visit www.asqtheapp. com or www.face­book. com/asqtheapp or fol­low @asqtheapp on Twit­ter.

Appy: Im­ran and Ir­fan Arif, from Che­sham, launched an app called AsQ

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