Simple tasks can sometimes take too much time or there may be reasons why they are difficult. TaskRabbit.com is a concept that takes the “difficult” out of tasks because people can hire people like you to do them. If you want to make extra money, you can do things such as:
- Hang shelves
- Pack for a move
- Clean houses
- Run errands
- Assemble furniture
- Move furniture around
If you decide that you want to do this, you are called a “Tasker.”
To become a Tasker, all you have to do is fill out your basic information to start the registration process. Once you register, you receive an email that connects you with an orientation session in your city.
You can attend the orientation and then it's time to start completing jobs for people who need tasks done.
When you turn to TaskRabbit.com, you choose tasks that are right for you. You don't have to do anything where you don't have the skill.
You also choose your schedule and your rates. You have to confirm the details with the client so you can start the job. You also don't get paid until the task is complete. When you complete the task, you send an invoice for the work and the client pays that invoice.
The TaskRabbit Elite
If you work hard enough, you can become a part of the TaskRabbit Elite. These are Taskers that consistently provide a high level of professionalism and service.
Some customers tend to seek out the TaskRabbit Elite because they are reliable and trustworthy. The elite only qualifies as such when they don't violate any of the strict Marketplace Guidelines.
TaskRabbit Marketplace Guidelines
The Marketplace guidelines outline everything that a tasker needs to know. There are some best practices that are specified, such as:
- Being professional
- Always exercising caution to stay safe
- Communicate clearly and often
- Be reliable
- Be prepared and punctual
- Perform high-quality work by knowing your skill set and setting realistic expectations
- Contact customer support when in doubt
- And keep it cash with no negotiations (a great way to cheat oneself out of money)
The “keep it cash” part is very important because you don't want to accept payment outside of the TaskRabbit platform. You also don't want to invoice incorrect hours or even give a client personal information for the purpose of obtaining payment off of the platform.
TaskRabbit has a number of safety tips available to taskers. There is also a certificate of insurance (COI) document that is provided. Many customers want to see that a Tasker is insured before hiring them. All taskers through TaskRabbit are offered this certificate to use.
Each task is guaranteed to up to $1 million. However, the insurance offered is secondary to any insurance coverage that you have already established. These include renter's insurance, homeowner's insurance, medical insurance, or any umbrella policies that cover you while completing tasks for clients. Complaints must also be submitted within 14 days of the action that has caused the claim.
The losses that are covered include:
- Property damage due to negligence of a Tasker
- Bodily injury sustained by a client because of the Tasker's negligence
- Up to $10,000 per occurrence if theft occurred during the Tasker's performance of a task
There are restrictions, so it is important to be knowledgeable of those restrictions.
It is actually difficult to find the service fee on TaskRabbit's website. They don't make it that evident if you are just surfing around to see if becoming a Tasker is what you want to do. However, some searching of the small print will reveal that their service fee is 30% of the total that a client pays for the task.
This means the Tasker receives the remaining 70%. There is a reduced service fee available to the taskers, which decreases their fee from 30% to 15%.
This reduced fee occurs when a client hires a tasker they have worked with before.
Is TaskRabbit Right for You?
If you can handle doing a $100 job and getting $70 for it, TaskRabbit may be for you. If you are willing to take the risk, then you may be a great fit.
This is ideal for people with multiple skill sets that they can use to make extra money in their area. Just keep in mind that those living in small towns may need to expand their services to neighboring cities in order to obtain enough work to create an income.