TaskRabbit is an online platform that allows busy people with too much on their "to do" list to outsource errands to those willing to do them for a small fee.
How does it work?
After setting up an account, TaskPosters simply log on and set a task. They can either name their price and have a TaskRabbit automatically assigned or open it up for bids. TaskRabbits then bid for the job and TaskPosters can decide who best fits the bill, based on the Rabbits' profiles, past experience and comments.
Tasks may include anything from assembling furniture to feeding pets, cleaning the house or grocery shopping. Virtual and skilled tasks such as holiday planning, research, web design and proofreading are becoming more popular, too. And there’s even TaskRabbit for business, which focuses on finding temporary workers for jobs that span multiple days, weeks or even months.
Should I become a TaskRabbit?
TaskRabbit is a flexible source of income, allowing you to decide what you want to do, when you want to do it, and who you want to do it for. In this sense it can be great for college students, (semi)-retirees, stay-at-home moms, and anyone who doesn't want to commit to a full-time job.
If the sun is shining and you don't feel like working you don't have to. If you need to take the kids to the doctor, you don't have to worry about asking permission. And if you don't like your boss, you never have to work for them again. You even get to leave a review for future TaskRabbits to read!
It could also be a great solution for freelancers who don't have a regular income, providing an income stream during downtimes, introducing you to new clients and building your portfolio or experience.
Equally, if you are searching for a full-time job, the business portal provides entry opportunities to a range of companies via temporary work.
How do I get started?
While becoming a TaskRabbit is fairly simple, you are required to complete a vetting process. This includes an application, video interview, a federal and local criminal background check and a training session. The entire process can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, and as TaskRabbits are chosen according to the specific needs of the area in which they apply, not everyone gets accepted.
Once you are approved you can start bidding for jobs and building an online reputation right away.
Show me the money!
So how much money can you make being a TaskRabbit? And how will you be paid?
How much you make depends entirely on you—how much time you put in, how much experience you have and your skill set. After all, it's up to you decide which tasks you are willing to bid for.
Of course, TaskRabbits with a better online record are more likely to win higher-paying jobs. So it may be worth your while to bid on lower-paying jobs while you are starting out and then get more picky once you've got some good reviews under your belt.
TaskRabbit outlines the following averages as price guidelines to TaskPosters:
- Grocery Shopping – $35
- House Cleaning – $60
- Handyman – $85
- Delivery – $28–43
Here are some examples of tasks currently available on the site:
- Help unpacking 2-bedroom apartment over several days $127–173
- Ikea shopping and assembling five desks $86–118
- Help deciding on a new smartphone $12–18
- 5 x half hour cat sitting $85–115
Once you finish a task, you mark it as complete, and a notification is sent to the TaskPoster prompting them to pay you and close out the task. If they haven't done so within three days, the system automatically closes it out for you, triggering a direct deposit to your nominated bank account. So no matter what, you can be sure you'll be paid after 72 hours.
As you can see, TaskRabbit provides the opportunity to make some decent cash while maintaining your own hours and independence. So if your piggy bank is running a little low, why not hop to it?
This is a guest post by Katie from Villa de las Rosas, Argentina