Jonesing for a Levain Cookie? Need help organizing your kitchen cabinets? Want to sell maternity clothes on ebay? Or create a system for 17,000 digital photos? Do you have a million things to do, but lack the TIME or ENERGY or DESIRE to do them? Well, then, if you are like me, TaskRabbit is the perfect solution! I first heard about TaskRabbit when a friend mentioned that she found someone to write all her wedding thank you notes for 50 dollars (GENIUS!!!!). IT BLEW ME AWAY!
TaskRabbit, is a company based in San Francisco (aren’t they all from there? Thank you, Stanford Grads) and is basically eBay for odd jobs. Essentially, you have an errand (or a bzillion) you need to run, so you go on TaskRabbit.com, post the task and post the amount you’d be willing to pay for it (or let people send their bids in). Once it’s up there, a band of carefully vetted TaskRabbits bid on the task. And you pick and choose who does the task with the agreed price. (To see where TaskRabbit operates, click here.)
It may sound a little sketchy to have a stranger do your errands, but the company makes people undergo a rigorous process to become a TaskRabbit, including a video interview, federal background check, Social Security number trace and a test to see if applicants have what it takes. These people are NOT dumb. My little TaskRabbit happened to be a cute blonde 23 year old who graduated from Northwestern.
My first (and so far only) TaskRabbit was to organize my 17,000 (no joke) of photos in monthly albums on iPhoto. I didn’t specify my price range, rather the TaskRabbits bid on how much they would do the job for. I had a huge range of bids — from $61 to $850. But the profile of the $61 bid didn’t feel right, so I just waited. Finally, someone (cute little blonde Northwestern grad) bid $25 per hour, claiming it would take her less than 2 hours to complete the task. She not only was smart, but she had also worked at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue for several months.
Despite the fact that I had computer problems near the end, the task was almost finished and I will use Andrea again. TaskRabbit was a dream come true and I was a happy customer. So happy that the other day, I thought about using the service again. All I wanted was a big Levain cookie to eat but didn’t want to walk in the rain to get it….so I posted it as a task. INCREDIBLE, right? But in the end, I didn’t accept any of the offers because I wasn’t happy with the lowest bid. And who REALLY needs Levain cookies staring at you in your face when you try to lose baby weight???
Long story short, TaskRabbit is my dream come true. An errand service with reputable and qualified workers. I can’t wait to create more lists of things that I need done and have put off for years! What would you want a TaskRabbit to do?