Taskrabbit connects freelancers with a wide array of physical jobs, from electrical and plumbing to personal shopping
Expected pay: You set it
Commissions & fees: $25 set-up fee; all other fees paid by the client
Requirements: 18 or older; submit to an identity check; have a bank account; smart phone; valid Social Security number. In California, you also need a business license
Taskrabbit was one of the early entrants into the gig economy. And, in the early days, it generated plenty of criticism for terms that strong-armed workers into taking jobs and for charging freelancers high fees. The site has since completely revamped and is now one of the more attractive places to find physical work.
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How it works
Freelancers who sign up here, create a profile that tells about them and what they’re qualified to do. Freelancers also set their own rates. Taskrabbit will add a fee onto your rate to pay the site’s marketing and collection fees. But, the rate you set is not cut or subject to a site commission.
If you offer multiple services on Taskrabbit, such as personal shopping and handyman services, for instance, you can set different fees for different services.
Outside of a $25 registration fee, freelancers pay nothing to use the site.
When a customer decides to book you, you get a message and can schedule a convenient time to provide the service. Once a job is booked, you’re able to communicate with your clients. So, there are fewer misunderstandings than on sites where it’s tougher to communicate directly.
When the job is complete, you and the client rate each other. Freelancers are paid within a couple of days by direct deposit.
The main complaint we see now is that there aren’t always enough jobs available. Unfortunately, this is true with most online job platforms. Our best advice is to sign up with many sites to boost the chance of getting regular work.
The site says it’s also trying to address this by working with its algorithms to better mix and match assignments.
If you are handy with tools, other sites we recommend include JiffyOnDemand and ToolBelt. And GreenPal for landscapers and gardeners. If you do personal shopping, also consider Dumpling, an app that helps you go into business for yourself.
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What their users say: (From Indeed)
Working with Taskrabbit gave me the ability to work when I have the time and still make decent money.
Out of dozen companies I’ve worked for, is first that allowed me work in a few fields at once. I happen to be fortunate to have different skills. The management is basically yourself, so you can self destruct at anytime. Perfect place to develop self discipline. Beware of 1 hr jobs with 4 hr travel. Set work area wisely…
Generally not great. Some good days some days feel like your being exploited and underpaid. Other days are easy and can make good money in good time. But it averages out to be overall ok but not good. Issue is the work availability is patchy. Good as a side job.
(From Apple App store)
You pick your availability, you pick your jobs. If you can lift things, move things, paint, landscape anything, you can get paid top dollar for it. The hirer pays the fees. And as long as you can garner good reviews (or even just complete Tasks) you can only make more. And if you live near any affluent urban or suburban areas and are fully available…you WILL be busy. I’m only a handful of Tasks in but it already seems like if you become a reliable Tasker you can earn an hourly rate well beyond what any ‘unskilled’ laborer would make elsewhere. Highly recommend even if you have a job, in fact especially if you do, because the more resources you can provide yourself the more you can charge for your services.
This is hands down one of the best ways to make money. I’ve been with TaskRabbit for just a little over 4 months and I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m waiting until it becomes very popular or more popular in my area. You choose your hours and pay. Being an entrepreneur, I HATE working for someone, have always liked the idea of working for myself. This app is a moving step for sure, you can make really good money if you are good at what you do and have good customer service. 100% recommend for anyone.
I joined the rabbit over two years ago in my market is pretty slow especially in the beginning but it started to pick up any other good thing is you know you can do it wherever you are it’s not restricted to one location. I have done every app out there as far as self-employment goes and by far the most supportive as far as help the best paying because you can make your own hourly rate.
*Updated with lower-case R in Taskrabbit 8/28/2023