Need to pick up some furniture, but can't find any free time in your busy schedule? What if you're just too lazy to go pick up some cat food? How are you going to feed your pet without getting off the couch? Tired of waiting in lines at the post office to mail out some last minute package?
What is it exactly? An online marketplace for outsourcing errands and other jobs you don't have time to do yourself—or want to do yourself. It's way better than Craiglist and compares to another recent mobile app called Zaarly, only instead of hiring some unknown person to do your dirty work for you, you can hire a "runner" who has been vetted by TaskRabbit. See how it works...
The new mobile app for iOS devices is sleek and easy to use, and signing up is free. But for some reason, you can only sign in using your Facebook account, which seems odd considering you can sign up for an account online directly with TaskRabbit. Not everybody wants to link their social networking account to everything and anything.
Other than that, the app works great. You can post a task quickly by either speaking, typing or taking a picture of the task needed completed. So, if you've been meaning to drop off some old clothes to Goodwill, but can't stand waiting for that tax receipt, have someone else do it for you with just a few clicks. When posting your task, you then choose how much you're willing to pay the runner (from $10 to $50) and wait for someone to make you an offer.
Once the task is listed on TaskRabbit, anyone who's passed the extensive application process to become a runner can find it by browsing the location specific tasks in their area. Once they find your posting, they would either accept the amount listed or make a different offer and wait for the okay. TaskRabbit themselves charge task makers a 15 percent fee based off the final offer price, so make sure you keep that in mind when outsourcing a task.
Right now, TaskRabbit is only available in Boston, New York City, Orange County, Los Angeles and the San Fransisco Bay area, but more cities are sure to be added to the list, like Portland, Seattle and Chicago. And hopefully an Android app is in the works.
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