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How TaskRabbit Can Help You Earn More Than A Few Extra Bucks

Look, in this day and age, we could all use a little extra cash in our pockets. That’s where TaskRabbit can come in handy, as it’s a mobile marketplace that helps people find odd jobs that pay well in exchange for freelance labor.

For example, are you good at staining a deck? Give TaskRabbit a try! The app allows users a chance to put their hobbies and odd skills to good use, while helping others at the same time. Not to mention you get paid for it.

Who needs driving for Uber or taking on some part-time work that includes odd hours when you can do something you already like to make spare cash? Oh, right, not you! And, because we care about your time and talents, we’re breaking down exactly how the service works.

How Much Can You Make On TaskRabbit?

Depending on what type of work you want to do, how much time you have and how much work is available, you can make hundreds or thousands per month. Typical hourly rates for work start at around $15, but some taskers charge $50, $100 and even $150 per hour for semi-skilled work.

A San Francisco tasker earned $70 per hour folding event t-shirts for a local business. A New York City tasker charges $65 per hour moving heavy furniture in homes. Another West Coast tasker charges $25 per hour for personal assistant work and $45 for furniture assembly and minor home repairs.

The people who use TaskRabbit can be, to put it politely, lazy. Some are just busy. Others just don’t know how to handle basic tasks. Some are business owners who temporarily can’t find labor. One thing they all have in common is that they have the money to hire people to do their chores for them, with the people who do the work being known as “taskers.” Some taskers are full-timers who earn $2,000 per week, while a more realistic expectation for part-timers is $1,000-to-$2,000 per month.

How Does TaskRabbit Work?

TaskRabbit allows people who need help with some type of chore or work to find other people who can do a one-time, short-notice or long-term task. To become a tasker, just visit the TaskRabbit website and register, paying a $20 signup fee. Registering doesn’t guarantee you’ll be accepted, however. To prevent a market from becoming oversaturated with taskers fighting over the same gigs and driving down rates, TaskRabbit approves people in each market on a rolling basis based on their needs for those types of taskers.

TaskRabbit currently operates in approximately 50 metro areas across the U.S. and in a few cities overseas. Some of the responsibilities of taskers include:

  • Cleaning
  • Data Entry
  • Decoration
  • Delivery
  • Errands
  • Event Planning
  • Event Staffing
  • Personal Assistant
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Graphic Design
  • Moving Help
  • IKEA Assembly
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Minor Home Repairs
  • Mounting
  • Office Administration
  • Organization
  • Packing & Shipping
  • Research
  • Shopping
  • Waiting In Line
  • Carpentry & Construction
  • Deep Clean
  • Electrician
  • Plumbing
  • Yard Work & Removal

Set Your Own Hours And Rates

TaskRabbit lets you pick and choose the gigs you want, meaning you’re a contractor for your clients. You can negotiate the pay and times you perform your tasks with each client. The service also lets you set your hourly rates for different tasks so that clients know what to expect upfront. The TaskRabbit template lets you know the average hourly rate people are getting for common task categories in your area, too, which is helpful to find the right rate. When a job is complete, payments can arrive to your bank account within three-to-five days, so, while not immediate, it’s still pretty seamless.

Is it Too Good to Be True?

If you’re wondering if TaskRabbit is legit, do a Google search and check the reviews of taskers to see how they’ve fared. Based on how fast the company has expanded, and the 50,000+ taskers signed up, the experience for many people is positive. Sure, you’ll find a jerk client once in a while, but as you get good reviews, become more in demand and learn the game, you might find that TaskRabbit is the answer you’ve been looking for to earn that extra cash you’re looking for.

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Steve Milano

Steve Milano is a journalist and business executive/consultant. He has helped dozens of for-profit companies and nonprofits with their marketing and operations. Steve has written more than 8,000 articles during his career, focusing on small business, careers, personal finance and health and fitness. Steve also turned his tennis hobby into a career, coaching, writing, running nonprofits and conducting workshops around the globe.

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