TaskRabbit gives users another way to get things done. The application focuses on users in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. The application gives users a place to find other who can run their errands and complete tasks for them. For example, if the user would like to paint a room or finish gardening, they can use TaskRabbit to find someone who will do it for them. The application works with local businesses who would like to expand their clientele in a cost effective way. TaskRabbit performs background checks so users can hire with confidence. Payments are made after the task is complete. Users can also sign up to become runners for TaskRabbit users. This process requires the user to fill out an application and call in for a telephone interview. Task rabbit emails the potential runner a link which they must access to fill out a secure background check. After finishing the TaskRabbit training program, the user can begin earning money as a TaskRabbit runner.Show more screenshots »
TaskRabbit was founded in 2008 by Leah Busque. The application was intended to help busy people find a way to get things done while helping local businesses and others earn some extra cash. The company is based out of San Francisco and includes Vice President of Engineering Brian Leonard, Advisors Timothy Ferriss, Scott Griffith and Janice Fraser and Board Member Sean Flynn.
TaskRabbit gives users in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas an easy way to find someone to complete their tasks and errands for them. The site also gives regular people another way to earn some extra cash (provided they complete the interview, background check and training program). TaskRabbit’s rather stringent hiring process is also ideal to help ensure that users are working with reliable, trustworthy individuals.
The TaskRabbit website greets users with a rich, personable design that makes the user feel right at home. The top of the page features a dark brown cork board textured header. The top of the page also features a video player tucked into the top, center and the green and blue rabbit toting a messenger bag that makes up the TaskRabbit logo. The rest of the site uses red, green and orange along with color image to explain what it does and how it works.
To begin, a new user can find the TaskRabbit registration form by clicking the green “Try Out TaskRabbit” button along the right hand side of the page (under the header). The first step asks the user to post a task. A drop down box at the top of the page invites the user to select their city location while boxes at the bottom provide a space for a task title and description. The user can also specify an address, add private notes, change deadlines and add additional task details. The bottom of the form asks the user how much the runner will have to spend and how much they are willing to pay for the task. A note advises the user that their max price is not shown to the runners. The registration form asks for a full name, zip code, mobile phone number, email address and password. A white and blue “Connect to Facebook” button is also available at the top of the page for users who prefer to register with their existing Facebook account. The third step allows the user to review their information before submitting it to TaskRabbit.
The cost of TaskRabbit varies depending on how much a user spends on the site. There are no subscription fees or other required charges. However if the user hires someone through TaskRabbit, they will be asked to pay the agreed upon price. This is determined beforehand so there are no surprises. Task rabbit also notes that they add a small fee, however there are no specifics as far as how much that fee is.
TaskRabbit is a valuable resource for anyone who has a task or errand that needs completed but no time to do it. The site is also helpful for anyone who is willing to be a runner and complete tasks. For the time being, TaskRabbit is only available for users in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas (however this is intended to expand in the coming months).