Ours is a busy culture. So busy that we often don’t have time to do everyday things – no matter how big or small – ourselves. That’s where TaskRabbit comes in.
Launched in San Francisco, TaskRabbit is an on-demand errand service that helps people mark stuff off of their to-do list by providing them with their own personal assistant. Think of it as the modern way to get odd jobs.
TaskRabbit users sign in and create a job with a short description describing the task. The platform then gives them a choice between a few taskers that are qualified to complete that task.
The user picks one that’s available in their chosen time frame, and the task gets assigned to that Tasker who can either accept or reject the job.
On the Tasker side, workers have the opportunity to work a side-gig on their own terms and time. It’s easier, and probably more fun, to work a few tasks that are in your wheelhouse than get a boring second job that has set hours and tedious work.
Finally, a way to get someone else to pick up your dry-cleaning – or a way to make some extra money for picking up dry-cleaning!
The great thing for Taskers is that they get paid via the app when they complete the task. No waiting. It’s a far cry from unguaranteed work like you might find on Craigslist or other classifieds sites.
You might even meet the perfect connections to create your dream career.
If you are interested in dipping into the gig economy, TaskRabbit is a great choice. They allow you a platform by which you can be an independent contractor building a business for yourself and leveraging your customer service skills.
We’re going to show you how to make the most of this excellent service.
Let’s get started!
How to Get Started with TaskRabbit
To start completing tasks, you first need to create an account! It’s easy and only takes a couple of minutes.
Go to the TaskRabbit Tasker sign up page and follow these steps:
So what happens next? If you’re approved, you will get an email inviting you to an Info Session.
This is an onboarding session in your city that will teach you the ins and outs of being a Tasker.
Once you’ve finished the process, you can access the Tasker app and start completing tasks!
Who is Eligible to Become a Tasker?
You are eligible to become a Tasker if you are an adult with skills that are needed in your community and meet the Tasker requirements.
To get it straight from the rabbit’s mouth, here are the requirements to be a Tasker in the U.S. as summarized from the TaskRabbit website:
How Do I Make the Most of TaskRabbit?
Now that you’re all set up and ready to start, where do you go from here?
Below are a few helpful tips to make sure you get started on the right foot:
1. Create top-notch applications every time
This is especially important when you’re choosing your tasks. Write an excellent pitch for every task you are interested in.
Provide details, references, and examples of past work. Use a friendly but professional tone in your writing.
The more time you put into each application, the better. Bidding for a task is not a one-size-fits-all type of thing.
Each blurb you create for a task is what your potential clients will see. Spend the time to write blurbs that will win you jobs.
The video component in each application helps you showcase your personal brand. Again, be positive, be friendly, and be professional. The video is the first time your client sees you – make a good impression!
2. Be willing to take lower rates (at first)
Hear us out. We’re not suggesting you work for pennies, but don’t be discouraged if you aren’t making tons of cash right away. You’ve got a reputation to earn, too.
The key with TaskRabbit is to build up a strong profile as you complete tasks. Clients are hesitant to pay full price for a Tasker with no reputation over one that is tried and true.
However, many are willing to give a new Tasker a chance if they can get the job done for less money. So, don’t shy away from a task because of a low rate – it could lead to a door opening for you.
Use your best judgment in picking your tasks. Be wary of clients that want too much done in too short a period. You have to think about what your true capabilities are and be able to identify clients whose expectations are too high. If you don’t meet the standards of an overly demanding client, it could hurt your reputation.
Take the fast track to success with a compelling profile, a reliable track record, and a friendly and professional reputation.
3. Raise your hourly rates frequently
Don’t be afraid to raise your hourly rates as you complete more tasks and gain more experience. Every time you complete a task you are becoming better at that job. Your price should reflect that.
It might feel weird to price yourself, but if you don’t raise your rates as your experience level grows, you cheat yourself out of a fair wage. You might also cheat yourself out of jobs. Consumers are often wary of the lowest priced option.
They are drawn to mid-range prices because they consciously or subconsciously believe they’re getting a good deal on a reliable product or service.
Roll with their assumptions and work yourself up to at least mid-range on most of your tasks.
How do you raise your rates? Incrementally. Raise them frequently but not too often. More than once a month may scare off any regular clients you’ve gained.
A few dollars every few months, or a few dollars every time you learn a new skill related to that task should do the trick. However you do it, do it regularly.
If you want to snag higher-paying jobs on TaskRabbit, keep an eye on the market in your area. You might be great at window washing or dog walking, but you might find that other tasks that you can do pay higher rates.
This guy increased his income when he switched from administrative work to helping clients move. It happened when started paying attention to the local task market.
To make even more money, be open to unusual opportunities. Sign up for same day tasks when you have some free time. This girl made $40 an hour for literally doing nothing but sitting.
4. Respond to requests promptly
You have 30 minutes to confirm or decline a task after a client requests that you be assigned to it. Be prompt in your reply.
Unresponsive Taskers risk hurting their ratings when they keep clients waiting. You don’t want any roadblocks to being assigned future tasks.
Always mark yourself available when you are ready and able to work. But, make sure you are actually available. It doesn’t look good if you are continually rejecting tasks because you’re overbooked.
If you know you might not have time to dedicate to answering requests as they come in, consider marking your profile as unavailable.
5. Know your limits
While it’s tempting to load yourself up with to-dos, especially in the beginning, it’s a bad strategy that can come back to bite you. Know how much you can feasibly take on at any given time and stick to that.
Remember that when you take on more than you can handle, your work quality suffers. Assess how much is too much to keep yourself within reasonable limits.
Working harder or longer doesn’t mean you’re working better. Work smarter to work well.
If you take on fewer tasks, it doesn’t mean that you’re lazy or that you can’t do the job – it says you are conscious and considerate of your limits and that you want to maintain a high standard of work.
Knowing and keeping your limits makes you – and your future clients – happy and satisfied with your work.
As far as side-gig opportunities go, TaskRabbit is one of the best if you want to be in business for yourself entirely. If you think you have the discipline and courage to devote yourself to building up your business, you could make as much as $2,000 a week.
Of course, not all Taskers make that much, but those who have put the time and effort in have been able to quit their day jobs and make a decent living.
Here are three reasons that TaskRabbit is an excellent way to get in on the gig economy boom:
- It’s convenient.
- You control what tasks you do.
- It’s a great way to build connections that lead to other jobs.
If you build a reputation for being prompt, detail-oriented, and a provider of quality work, you will be successful with TaskRabbit.
Interested? Give some thought to what you’re good at and capable of, find a great profile picture, get ready for your video close up, and head to the signup page!
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