Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish your laundry list of tasks?
From daily chores to repairs, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time — and you may not even have the necessary skills to accomplish the tasks that come your way. Do you have weeds that need pulling? What about a guest room that needs a new coat of paint? And that bookcase you got last month, has it been put together yet? One person just can’t do it all on top of the hard work that goes into the average day with your full-time job and other responsibilities.
Whether you're working a 9-to-5 job in an office or spending your days working from home and chasing your kids around, you deserve some help. Even eliminating just one task from your list can feel like a welcome weight has been lifted and you can finally breathe. Maybe you need a light fixed. Maybe you've got a sink that's clogged. Maybe you've got a shed that needs cleaning out before the kids get in there and give themselves tetanus.
If you’ve got a to-do list that’s longer than the daily paper, you’re not alone. It seems like there’s always something that needs to be done — big or small. And it can cause quite the headache when they all start to build up. Don’t you just wish there was a way to get all these tasks done quickly and correctly?
That's exactly what the founders over at TaskRabbit thought. So, they decided to take matters into their own hands, creating a an online marketplace of sorts that connects everyday people like you with tasks and services that need to be accomplished with local freelance laborers.
What is TaskRabbit?
TaskRabbit is this nifty tool that connects tasks with taskers. It’s a platform — both available on your desktop and on your mobile device via the TaskRabbit app — that lets you create a to-do list of tasks that need to be accomplished by a certain date and time. Then watch as your task gets matched with a qualified tasker who will come and complete the task at hand. And in no time, all those little tasks that have been building up around the house are complete! If you need a a service done immediately, TaskRabbit can connect you with a freelancer that fits your needs as soon as possible. And if it isn't an immediate necessity, that's ok too! Just schedule it for the time and date that works for you.
This San Francisco-based company has grown tremendously since it opened its proverbial doors in 2008. Since then, more than 350,000 hours have been devoted to running errands for clients, 16,000 TVs were mounted, and 2 million homes have been cleaned. And with the number of TaskRabbit clones popping up, it’s clear that there is a high demand for freelance labor.
How does it work?
You start by making an account — which is totally free. You can sign up on you computer, tablet, or smartphone. And the easy-to-navigate TaskRabbit app makes the whole process a breeze. Once you’re in, the options are extensive. You can choose the type of task you’re trying to accomplish. Once you choose the category your task falls into, you then put in your address and give a little more information about the task itself. You also give an estimate as to how long you think the task will take.
You’re then taken to a page where you’re given a list of taskers who are available at the day and time of your choosing. And you don’t have to worry about anything sketchy here, the taskers are thoroughly vetted and given a background check to ensure they’re top notch taskers. Each tasker has a picture, bio, and hourly rate. There is a section that tells you how many projects they’ve accomplished and what they’re rating is. You can also see reviews previous clients have left for them.
Once you’ve gone through and checked out which tasker is the right fit for you, you will be connected instantly. Here is when you can decide on a specific time and talk more about the task at hand. Once the tasker has completed the job, they get directly paid through the app.
What types of tasks can it help with?
TaskRabbit connects people with taskers with a wide variety of skillsets. And the options are pretty broad as well.
TaskRabbit can put you in contact with help for mounting furniture like TVs, mirrors, satellite dishes, and other furniture like you’d find in Ikea — end tables and dressers that need to be secured to the wall
Another category they have is furniture assembly. Big or small, they’ve got someone who is ready and able to take on the task. This could be something simple like an Ikea desk or bed frame, or something more difficult like a kitchen table or an entire home entertainment unit. If you’ve got furniture that you either can’t figure out, or don’t have the time to, there’s a TaskRabbit tasker who can.
You can also use TaskRabbit to help move heavy furniture. Move heavy armoires or couches from one room to another with ease. Or maybe you live alone and don’t have anyone that wants to help you rearrange your dining room. TaskRabbit can save the day! And they don’t just move furniture within a home, they can help you move too.
Got a dirty kitchen? TaskRabbit has taskers for that. If you need house cleaning done ASAP for a big event or a visit from the parents, just connect with a tasker. They can mop, sweep, vacuum, scrub, wash and dust. All your cleaning needs will be easily accomplished in a snap.
Minor repairs will no longer be the death of you thanks to TaskRabbit! If you’ve got light bulbs that need changing, a pipe that needs tightening, a hole in the wall, or anything in between — you don’t need to stress about it anymore.
And the tasks don’t have to be contained to inside the house. If you have a lawn that needs mowing, leaves that need blowing, weeds that need pulling, or flowers that need panting, and expert TaskRabbit tasker will be there when you call them.
With the help of the people at TaskRabbit, your to-do list will become one less thing to stress over. You have your own full-time job to worry about, a broken toilet seat shouldn't add to your stress. No more searching through the phone book or shady websites for a local handyman looking for their next odd job. No more overpaying for expensive independent contractors. This platform takes the stress and the guesswork out of completing everyday tasks. Peace of mind is just a few clicks away. And now you can worry about the things that matter.