TaskRabbit is task-based outsourcing company with a local twist. They’ll handle virtual tasks like most of the other companies here, but their real specialty is in local, hands-on assistance.
TaskRabbit got its start in Boston in 2008, and has since expanded to several major cities, attracting millions in venture capital funding along the way.
The company is essentially a marketplace between people who need stuff done, and people willing to do that stuff. It can be anything really, from house cleaning to local pick-up and deliveries, handyman services, moving help, and more. The people helping you are called TaskRabbits.
How it works is you post the task you need done, in as much detail as you can, and TaskRabbits bid on the job. Generally the lowest bid wins, but you can view their profiles and feedback ratings as well and pick the winner.
The company also has an option of setting an auto-award price, where if any TaskRabbit bids below your target price, they automatically get the job.
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All payments are handled through the TaskRabbit.com system, so you’re not handing over any cash in person. To pay the bills, the company takes a percentage of every job.
As you might imagine, there is a greater demand for people trying to earn money doing other people’s tasks than those requesting the tasks themselves. That means a higher quality of service as all the TaskRabbits know there is a long waiting list of potential replacements behind them, waiting for them to screw up.
It also means the screening process to become a TaskRabbit is pretty robust. The application process includes an essay, background check, and a video interview. It’s all in the name of protecting client safety.
TaskRabbit is designed to help busy people save time and money, and it works. In markets like San Francisco, TaskRabbit is a well-known go-to tool for errands and other odd jobs you don’t want to do yourself. The only drawback is it can be somewhat time-consuming to post each task one at a time.
Because each task is different, and can require different lengths of time and even physical exertion, there are no monthly plans offered like you see at Fancy Hands or other “purely virtual” assistant companies. The benefit of that is there is no recurring cost, and you can try out the service for a very low risk.
In terms of pricing for virtual assistant tasks, it’s tough for TaskRabbit to compete with other online-only services. But for real live in-person help, TaskRabbit is a great resource.
Have you tried them? If so, please share your experience below.