Here is a new company that is serving the needs of people who wish to outsource various tasks on a daily basis. Want an article written? Want some research done for your next project? How about those of us that work in the virtual world who write articles and do research? It’s a great symbiosis that has worked well for sites like Guru and Elance.
Taskrabbit originally started out in Boston but changed their location to San Francisco where they have thrived and expanded. They now have operations several US cities like Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle and Chicago. Their first international city to come online later this year will be London.
Those of us that work online can instantly see the value and gig potential in a service like Taskrabbit. At this point the company doesn’t vet virtual only taskrabbits. The majority of the services offered are delivery/pick-up and errand running. You have to apply and go through their hiring process as if you were going to be a local person in one of their current cities, although, it is your choice to only bid on virtual jobs.
Work for freelancers
If you’re looking to work from home as a virtual taskrabbit here are some of the areas where you may find paying gigs from Taskrabbit’s category list.
Craigslist & Ebay help
What does a Taskrabbit look like?
Here is a profile of a typical taskrabbit. Emmanuel gets rated by taskposters on the tasks he completes.
The application process
The application process to be a taskrabbit can take several weeks to complete. You need to be in a city where they are offering services and you must sign up with your real name as you will have to undergo a successful background check to be considered a taskrabbit. You also need to have access to a webcam for a required video interview.
Here are the cities where Taskrabbit is currently accepting applications. Check back at a later date if your city isn’t on the list.
- LA & OC
- New York City
- San Antonio
- SF Bay Area
Show me the money
The website states that some taskrabbits are earning up to $5,000 per month. This is probably from a combination of virtual and physical tasks. But it’s nice to know that their system is developed enough that some are earning a full-time income.
Once you are a verified taskrabbit you are allowed to bid on tasks that you like. The lowest bidder automatically gets the job unless the user picks a specific person. Taskrabbit holds the money paid by the taskposter until the service is completed and then pays the taskrabbit.
At this point Taskrabbit is developing their services slowly because there is a set-up time for each new city but this company holds great potential for freelancers and people who just don’t want an office job. Keep your eye on them. Maybe we’ll all be taskrabbits someday.
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