TaskRabbits, a sort of eBay for errands, is taking off in leaps and bounds and giving the unemployed or underemployed a way to earn some much needed money. TaskRabbit started out in the San Francisco area, but it has since branched out to New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Orange County, according to Yahoo News on Oct. 2.
The simple concept entails someone who has an errand to run or wants some sort of a job done, like cooking dinner for a party. They simply post what they need on TaskRabbit. Then the folks who are registered with TaskRabbit bid on the job. These folks are called the “runners,” and they are the ones who will bid and then do the work.
According to ABC News, the job usually goes to the lowest bidder. Jobs like delivering cupcakes to an office or cooking dinner for a bunch of college kids are easy enough to do and they are both jobs that were posted on the TaskRabbit website.
The folks who sign up as TaskRabbit workers, or runners, are from every walk of life. Housewives, laid off construction workers, out of work lawyers and laid off advertising execs have all worked on TaskRabbit jobs. The folks who are delivering the services are put through a strict employment review before being hired, for the customer’s safety.
The company TaskRabbit gets a cut of the cash, but it is one way to earn during an economy where jobs aren’t plentiful. The company reports that about 70 percent of their runners are unemployed.
TaskRabbit started out in 2008 and the company estimates the 2,000 runners have made $10.5 million together. That's no small change!