Friday, May 5, 2017

Article On Fancy Hands AKA Why Am I Not Good Enough For You?

Update 4/9/18:
I was actually reached-out to by someone at Fancy Hands near the end of the previous month, but due to now being a stay-at-home dad and how busy that can make me I told them I was unable to join the company now, but appreciated the offer.

So, you maybe have heard of Fancy Hands. It is a website/service where people pay a monthly fee and can get a number of tasks they post-up for random strangers to do who freelance for Fancy Hands. Perhaps someone wants to cancel their cable, make a reservation at the most popular Italian restaurant in Cleveland, book a hotel room, etc. Essentially if you are wealthy enough you can do this service to have stuff done for you that would take too much of your wealthy-person time.

Now, as I said, people can work for Fancy Hands in a freelance manner where you log-on to the site, see tasks that need doing and get anywhere between $3-$7 for doing a task. As our son will hopefully be coming home from the NICU super-soon my wife and I imagine we will have a lot of time spent at home in the evening and on weekends. Therefore, I figured I could apply to work for Fancy Hands and do that in my free-time to get a little extra spending money. That way I could buy some more comics, get my wife and I a treat at Dairy Queen, something like that. I mean, how hard could it be to get approved by Fancy Hands?

I was rejected, twice.

I do not want to brag as there are tons of people much smarter than me. However, I did graduate with my Bachelor's of Science with a 4.0 GPA, I have a Master's Degree in Public Health from the highly respected Washington University, I write often enough I have a a good grasp of the English language and proper grammar (your versus you're as well as to, two, and too trip everyone up), and thanks to my moving around a lot when I was growing-up I never developed a particular accent and speak clear, concise English. Also, I am a great conversationalist and can actually stand calling AT&T when we need help with our service. I personally feel I am a skilled, smart, people-person who has the writing and speaking abilities necessary to help someone set-up a dentist appointment. You know what Fancy Hands said after I took their grammar test, supplied audio of me speaking, and answered sample questions however? They said, "Fuck you, David, you aren't good enough for us!"

Look, I know there are plenty of ways to make a little extra scratch, and I'm sure a number of other side-gigs would be happy to utilize me. That said, some part of me is just really insulted that Fancy Hands has said no to me twice, because if I did everything right and exceed all their qualifications, what else do I have to do to get approved? Do I need to get that PhD I've always considered? Perhaps I should send them an extra-long audio sample of me pronouncing really difficult words? Hell, maybe I can just send them an edible arrangement with a note politely begging for them to reconsider me as if we were feuding lovers?

Seriously, Fancy Hands, I don't know what you want from me. I gave you my all, twice, and I never would have thought something I was just planning to do in my spare time to get a little extra moolah would be harder to get approved by than anything else I've ever encountered. Just tell me what you want, Fancy Hands, and I'll do it! This isn't even just about the supplemental income anymore, it is about proving to you that I'm good enough to cancel a dog-grooming appointment, tell someone if they can practice law in another state without taking the Bar again, and order catering for a meeting. I don't like rejection, but I can accept it when it happens. I just never thought you would reject me Fancy Hands, because I'm clearly a great person to have in your corner!

Clearly I'm kinda upset about the whole thing but will get over it. We as humans have to understand that sometimes we will fail, and learn from that failure so we can succeed in the future. It still stings though, and I really wonder if sending an edible arrangement might help...


  1. I too wanted some additional income like many of us do and recently came across the Fancy Hands website and thought it would be a great thing. I completed their application and received the same denial email as you shown above. I share the same feelings as you do! I have been a Virtual Assistant for about five years and took my time as I completed the application for Fancy Hands. I was considering applying for a second time but wanted to do my research first and that is when I came across your article. I am starting to believe that when some of these websites are inundated with talent they begin to deny others. I think the reasoning behind this is that it cuts down the amount of people they have to manage, lessening complaints. Especially those complaints in regards to there not being enough jobs opportunities. It at least helps me sleep at night to consider this being the possible reasoning for why so many great talents such as yourself would receive two denials when your more than qualified to complete the tasks.

    1. Corrine, I am sorry you found yourself rejected as well. With your great deal of experience as a virtual assistant I would expect you to be approved easily, making the rejections we got from Fancy Hands really sting! I think you are onto something with your idea they limit new people to a certain number lest they have too much new talent to wrangle at a single time. It is unfortunate Fancy Hands did not want our help but it is missing out without good folk like us!

  2. I could hire you both. Not sure if you'd like it as the platform is not for everyone.

  3. I love this article. I was also just denied and was so angry when I read the email. Like you, I didn't really care until I was denied! I have a Communications degree and lots of writing and media experience. I am also "good enough" and would like to know, what do you want from us Fancy Hands!? ��

  4. I was denied today as well. I have a doctorate so I don't think going back to get the PhD will help. I was just looking for a way to supplement my income while I am starting my own business. Was denied by Fancy Hands and a transcription service. All I wish is that these companies would tell you why you have been denied. Being a type A person I take this stuff really personally and kind of feel like a failure!

  5. Yeah, I got my denial letter yesterday. I'm not as formally educated as the OP but I was a personal assistant to the CEO of a company and, after my maternity leave, he begged me to come back to him. I've also run CS departments. I've been working from home for 15 years demonstrating my ability to commit and dedication to the company I work for. I may or may not apply again as I have already found another job but seeing this makes me feel a little better about myself.

  6. I was also rejected from Fancy Hands. It didn't make sense to me, and I scoffed at the denial notification. My education is not as prestigious as yours, but I can write well, and I thought I knocked my assessment out of the park. They say they'll get back to you after 5-7 business days from your application, it took them well over that time to decline my application. I wouldn't take it to heart though, they are probably inundated with applications since many people are looking for a side hustle to supplement their income. I chalk it up to them not having enough demand/clients for the applications they receive. I did get accepted for a transcription job, and let's just say the pay is poor for the amount of work you need to do to transcribe audio. Unless you're an expert transcriptionist or just have bionic ears and typing abilities, it isn't worth it, and that's mainly because most of the audio is not easily transcribable (i.e. bad audio quality).

  7. Same deal. I too have multiple degrees and have worked as a freelancer for quite a long time and was looking for easy supplemental income on the side. More than anything, I wish that Fancy Hands would tell you why you are denied. I did not care very much and had almost forgotten that I applied until I got the rejection. Did anyone get a reason why they were denied?

  8. I was just denied too. No explanation. And the questions were super easy and I know I answered them correctly

  9. Yes, same here. It really irritates me that these companies encourage people to waste their time. Why not just close their application page or put a message on the website explaining that they're currently not accepting anybody? It's a simple change. It's ridiculous. I, also, am educated and have worked for years in professional roles, most recently as East Coast Project Director for a software company. I'm currently home with a family member and need a way to procur income from home. Too many of these companies lack professionalism and ethics. I'm certain that I'd answered the questions correctly both times. I'm also certain that I am fully capable of canceling a doctor's appointment or ordering lunch. Ridiculous and a complete waste of my time.

  10. I am so glad I stumbled on this post. I was just denied today after they said it would take about 5-7 business days to review my application, I received my rejection email in just a little over 24-hours. Just like so many others who have also responded in this comment section, I was an over-qualified candidate for Fancy Hands. Really I was just looking to make a little change. I agree with Anonymous, if they have too many applicants applying than they need to close their application page and let it be known that they're not currently accepting new applicants. Either that or let people know why you're rejecting them.

  11. I was denied twice too. I received my response within hours of applying. I truly thought I was missing something because I know I answered all their questions properly. Glad I found this post. If their reasoning is too many applicants, than shut down the application process and don't make us feel like we are incapable.