Once upon a time, Chinese food delivery seemed like the height of convenience. How novel to have our dining needs met with so little effort!

These days, we don’t just call and order beef and broccoli off a paper menu. We choose from hundreds of cuisines in mere seconds via websites where our addresses, credit cards, dietary restrictions and preferences are pre-logged.

And it’s not just food: If there’s a service we require, someone is out there waiting to render it — a fact evidenced by a slew of innovative companies that have popped up, offering everything from “husband-style” apartment maintenance to afterlife avatars.

These 6 businesses represent some of the most unexpected offerings out there. With these, we need never lift (more than) a finger again.

1. Crowd-Sourced Activism

What: Amplifyd
Where: Based in Berkeley, California (the land of activism!).
Since When: Founder Scott Blankenship felt frustrated by his inability to influence his politicians and make his voice heard. So he learned code and pledged to create a tool that helps the average person get involved — and launched it eight weeks ago!
Why: Amplifyd is a crowd-sourced lobbying platform that allows anyone to support a cause by paying for lobbying phone calls to government officials.
Cost: Calls range from $4.95 to $6.50 (money is divided between the nonprofit behind the given campaign, Amplifyd and the caller on staff).

2. Rent-a-Closet Curators

What: Garde Robe
Where: New York, Miami and LA.
Since When: Kim Akhtar founded this company in 2001, inspired by her lack of closet space and a failed attempt to store clothing at a dry cleaner. Later, current owners Adam Gilvar and Doug Greenberg took over.
Why: At a certain point, Container Store bins and Elfa shelves just won’t cut it: that’s when Garde Robe steps in. The company’s climate-controlled facilities act as overflow closet space for celebrities, socialites, fashion editors and regular folks who love their wardrobes but want to switch out pieces as the seasons change. Items are sterilized, photographed, catalogued and even wrapped in tissue, so that, when a client peruses his or her virtual closet and chooses an item, it can be delivered in perfect condition the same day. The client list includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Ivanka Trump and Oscar de la Renta and will no doubt grow as the company expands to cities including Australia, Paris, London and Hong Kong.
Cost: A single rack starts at $4,200 a year.

3. Outsourced Gratitude

What: Thankster
Where: Based in New York City.
Since When: After Paul Geller—an M.I.T. Sloan School of Management graduate—got married, he found himself saddled with writing hundreds of thank you cards. Having previously launched Delivery.com and a successful hedge fund, he was no stranger to entrepreneurship and decided, in 2010, to create his own solution: Thankster.
Why: The service allows you to type thank you notes on the site and alter each message as needed. The company's proprietary “handtyping” technology replicates human handwriting so the notes are printed in a scrawl that is similar to yours (once you scan a writing sample and then they are stamped and mailed.
Cost: Prices start at $2.49 (not including postage). Monthly subscriptions start at $5.98.

4. Digital Afterlife Services

What: The Digital Beyond
Where: Based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Since When: User-experience designers Evan Carroll and John Romano created this website in 2009, the idea for which they first presented the idea at SXSW Interactive.
Why: This blog and “think tank for digital death and legacy issues” is the go-to destination for all things online and death. On the site, you’ll find a curated list of digital death-related services from companies that help to create web memorials (autobiographical and otherwise) to bucket-list organization and a website that will send emails from you after your demise. One site, LifeNaut, even offers interactive avatars and stores a DNA sample, so that you have a “back-up of your mind.”
Cost: Free!

5. Handyman Subscription

What: My Hassle Free Home
Where: The Washington, DC area.
Since When: Former IT guy, Jim Vagonis, had the idea of a handyman-on-retainer while talking to his friends about his desire to start his own business. By 2003, the company was established and he took on a partner, marketing and communications executive, Andrew Balfour.
Why: Let's say you can’t reach that light bulb, your gutters are filthy and your husband broke the toilet (while trying to fix it). The Monthly Home Maintenance service includes a monthly visit from a technician, who inspects every room in your house (also a preventive measure!), so you can get those smoke/CO detectors checked regularly, doors rotating smoothly, showers caulked, screens replaced and more. (Add-on services are available for certain more involved jobs.) There are similar services in many cities nationwide.
Cost: Starting at $200 per month (pricing is based on home size and number of rooms).

6. Lost Dog Search and Rescue

What: Dogs Finding Dogs
Where: Based in Baltimore, Maryland, with offices opening in West Virginia and Northern Virginia.
Since When: In 2008, Anne Wills trained her energetic puppy, Heidi, through the police K-9 unit thanks to her officer boyfriend. When she realized that the department received calls for missing pets but were not permitted to track non-humans, her company was born. Within six months, she was so busy she had to quit her regular job.
Why: If you've exhausted the normal ways of finding your lost dog, this nonprofit uses canine and human teams (who are trained by the National Tactical Police Dog Association) to locate missing pets. Just call, answer a few quick questions about your animal’s disappearance and they’ll dispatch a volunteer and a dog to help track down your fluffy friend. There are currently 10 trackers and 10 more in training. The company has helped more than 2,000 people find their beloved animal companions.
Cost: A nominal donation (to cover transportation for the teams and expenses etc.), which can range from pro bono to $500.