The new website TaskRabbit is a more
dignified-than-CraigsList-way to hire someone to do something you don’t
want to do.
You post the task you need done on their
message board with an amount you’re willing to pay. Then wait for offers
to come in from their background-checked “task rabbits.” Next, you hire
whoever makes the lowest bid. The nice thing is, you don’t have to pay
for the task until it’s completed.
For me, top of my “hate to do” list has to be shopping at IKEA. (Sorry, IKEA!) So when
given a chance to give the service a test drive, which has an IKEA -shopping specific option, I said yes faster than you can say kitchen
chairs (which happens to be exactly what I needed at Ikea).
My experience with the
service was completely seamless. I offered $30 for shopping there and delivery of the items to my doorstep. I got responses back
immediately from two different women in my area. I hired the first one. After a few back and forth emails about specifics, she showed at my door a few days later with my chairs. Instead
of paying her with cash, I like that I was able to pay for the service as well as
reimburse her for the purchases directly through Task Rabbit.
I did feel a little bad about her
shelling out the money, but she was very trusting and nice about the
whole thing. And I guess that’s how it works.
Back to the whole background-checking: TaskRabbit
does extensive interviews and uses social security numbers to make sure
their posters aren’t serial killers. Always a good thing.
I would totally use
TaskRabbit again. In fact the only complaint I had about the whole
experience is that one of the chairs was missing a part. Sadly, I
may have to hire another tasker to return the chair back to IKEA. -Melissa
TaskRabbit is now available in NYC, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, LA
area and Portland with more cities coming soon.