The team at TaskRabbit was nice enough to let us try out their service and we couldn’t resist the opportunity! We came up with two tasks that we thought our clients might find useful. If you missed part 1 of our review you can view it here. Here is what we tested:
Task #1 – Online Research ($15 for completed task)
We had a list of fifteen people we did not have contact information for and did not have time to spend finding online. It only took five minutes to post the task on the TaskRabbit website. Within an hour, we received a spreadsheet with all of the contact information we asked for. Our TaskRabbit, a college student in California, went above and beyond what we asked for and also included hyperlinks to LinkedIn pages.
Time Saved: 30 minutes
Task #2 – Errands & Delivery ($34 for completed task)
Our Office Manager had been thinking about picking up a bookshelf from IKEA for quite some time, but didn’t have the time to spend half a day wandering the maze of furniture at IKEA. We posted her errand on TaskRabbit and offered $25 for the completed task.
Here’s where the negotiating part started and TaskRabbit made it really, really simple! There were not any ‘Rabbits’ that were willing to complete the task for $25; so a few hours after we posted the task we received an email that contained four counter-offers as well as links to profiles of the ‘Rabbits’. We simply had to click on the offer we wanted to accept! A few minutes later our local ‘Rabbit’ contacted us to discuss the delivery details.
At the designated time, our TaskRabbit showed up at our Office Manager’s house with the bookshelf. TaskRabbits can assemble your furniture, but for our Office Manager who grew up playing with Lincoln Logs that’s half the fun.
Time Saved: 2 hours (or half a day when you get distracted at IKEA)