TaskRabbit is an online, mobile marketplace for services. The platform allows buyers and sellers of services, which are mostly real-world tasks, to connect and negotiate the parameters of a job, the price and the time frame. TaskRabbit then takes a percentage of the hourly rate charged. Users of the service and those who do the work (aka "Taskers") each review one another.
Types of Work-at-Home Opportunities at TaskRabbit:
While TaskRabbit is an opportunity to establish a home-based business, most of the work will not be done at home. There are “virtual only” tasks available (to approved Taskers who live in one of its service areas), but the basic premise of the organization is to help its clients with real-world tasks.
The types of work people do at TaskRabbit are cleaning, laundry, deliveries, errands, shopping, packing and shipping, waiting in line, event planning and staffing, office administrative work, personal assistance, pet sitting, cooking, organization, entertainment, arts and crafts, sewing, decorating, furniture assembly, minor home repairs, yard work, window washing, moving help (including heavy lifting), automotive work, carpentry, construction, painting, plumbing, electrical work, accounting, data entry, web design, computer help, usability testing, marketing, selling online, graphic design, writing, editing, research, photography, videography.
Requirements for Taskers:
TaskRabbit’s service are only available in about 50 U.S. cities. Taskers must be 21 years old, have a Social Security number, pass a background check, have a Facebook or LinkedIn page and have a bank checking account. They also need to have skills in the type of tasks that are required.
Owning or having access to a car is not an actual requirement of the job, but in many cities it may be necessary in order to have access to a wide range of tasks unless you live in a densely populated metro area like New York where excellent public transit is available.
How TaskRabbit Works:
Once approved as a Taskers, you will use a map to identify a work area and then set hourly rates. These rates can be different for different types of tasks. Taskers also set hours and availability. As buyers of services (clients) outline their needed jobs, these tasks become available for Taskers to accept. Clients can also directly assign you a task based on your profile. Reviews by clients and your acceptance and completion of tasks build the profile that clients see.
Compensation at TaskRabbit:
How much you can make at TaskRabbit is dependent on a lot of variables—skills, availability and time worked. Taskers set their own hourly rate but, of course, they need to be competitive. The company touts its “Elite Taskers” who make thousands of dollars per month. These are the people who have excellent reviews and accept and complete a majority of tasks.
TaskRabbit takes a 30 percent cut of the hourly fees charged.
Those hiring Taskers are also charged an additional 5 percent “trust and safety fee” but that does not come out of the Taskers’ pocket. When customers specifically hire a repeat tasker, the fee TaskRabbit takes is 15 percent.
Applying to TaskRabbit:
Taskers apply online at the TaskRabbit website where they input information about their skills and information needed to confirm their identity and to undergo a criminal background check. After approval as a Tasker, a two-hour orientation session is required before taking on tasks.