Are You Ready to be a TaskRabbit?

January 3rd, 2014

Can TaskRabbit Replace Your 9-5 Job?

Ever heard of a personal task business?

If you’re looking to earn from home while doing different types of work everyday (or whenever you want), you may want to check out TaskRabbit.com.  Basically, it is an online community for “odd” jobs.

 

What is TaskRabbit.com?

TaskRabbit.com is website that connects people who need to get something done to people who can get it done. It’s a marketplace where TaskPosters can outsource small jobs and tasks to TaskRabbits in the same neighborhood.

Unlike other outsourcing sites, TaskRabbit doesn’t limit itself to online tasks but extends to real-life todo’s such as grocery shopping, party decoration, costume creation and delivery, pet sitting, and others.

TaskRabbit is available in the following cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • LA and OC
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • SF Bay Area
  • Washington DC

How does it work?

To become a TaskRabbit, you need to create an account either using your Facebook account or  your personal email. The website then does a background check, making sure you’re who you say you are. Once this is done, you can start bidding on tasks in your neighborhood.

It sounds pretty simple, and it actually is. But the company does a great job of making sure that TaskRabbits and the jobs posted are legit and safe. (Read the details here.)

Can it replace your 9-to-5 job?

A common question among those new to the site is whether or not being a TaskRabbit can replace a 9-to-5 job. Since it was founded in 2008, the site has been a source of income for many people, especially those who have recently been laid off from and are unable to find traditional jobs.

Although it has received good reviews from many users, there some disadvantages you need to take note of:

1. “Lowest Bidder Wins” syndrome.

2.  The service is available in only select cities.

3.  There’s a 20% service fee on every completed task.

4.  The TaskRabbit handles his or her own insurance and liability. (Read here.)

So the answer to this question really depends on how much time you’re willing to dedicate to bidding and doing tasks.

TaskRabbit is a just a part of the bigger “gig” economy that’s taking the country by storm and by no means the only one of it’s nature. You can set up and free account and look around their website to see if TaskRabbit suits your current needs.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeschmid/1400021633/


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