Getting the Tasks You Really Want

Find the right tasks for you

We see a wide variety of tasks on TaskRabbit — everything from painting a fence to pranking a co-worker. There are also different ways to get assigned to a task, and different ways to calculate payment. At the same time, you’re looking for tasks that match your skills, interests, schedule, and location. So how do you find the right task for you?

Here are some tips to get you looking in the right places:

Use the Filters on the “Open Tasks” Page
You have three very useful filters when you click the “See Open Tasks” button. First, along the right side of the page you’ll see the “Categories” filter, which allows you to check and uncheck boxes so that only your favorite types of tasks are displayed. Second, use the “Assignment Type” filter if you’re looking to pick up tasks with one click (Quick Assign), or if you prefer to name your own payment (Open for Bids). Third, try zooming in and out on the map in the upper right corner. The list of open tasks will automatically repopulate so you can easily find tasks in your neighborhood.

Quick Assign vs. Open for Bids
We offer TaskPosters two options for pricing and assigning their task: Quick Assign and Open for Bids. Quick Assign lets the TaskPosters name a price for the task and assigns the first TaskRabbit who clicks the “I’ll do it for $__” button. Open for Bids leaves the task open for offers, and the TaskPoster manually assigns the TaskRabbit of their choice.

As the name suggests, Quick Assign tasks are meant to be assigned quickly, so don’t be shy about grabbing the ones you like. When submitting an offer for an Open for Bids task, take an extra moment to write a thoughtful comment along with your bid. Let the TaskPoster know you’ve got the skills they need and that you’re excited to help with the task.

Two Ways to Get Paid
As you’re deciding how much to bid or whether a Quick Assign task is the right price for you, be mindful of hourly and flat-rate pricing. If a task is priced at an hourly rate, this will be very clear in the upper right corner — you’ll see the “$/hour” notation in big bold print. If you don’t see “$/hour” indicated, then the task is priced at a flat rate, meaning your bid should account for the completion of the whole task.
 

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4 thoughts on “Getting the Tasks You Really Want

  1. I’m having a hard time finding a balance between getting the tasks I want and bidding lower than I want to be paid for for my time. It seems like I’m more frequently getting outbid for tasks I’m excited about, than I am getting them. So what’s the right thing to do? Stay true to my monetary worth, or do whatever I can to get the task but risk getting bitter about the low rate?

  2. Great question, Lisa! I’ve talked about this topic other TaskRabbits and have heard good arguments for both strategies. Some TaskRabbits said they started out bidding low to build up good reviews and experience, and then raised their rates as they became more successful– in other words, they saw their early bids as an investment toward future payments. Others advised sticking to a higher amount and looking for other ways to make your bid more appealing. For instance, one TaskRabbit here in San Francisco made a Facebook page to promote his task business, and he said that doubled the amount of bids that were accepted.

    I hope this is helpful, and feel free to email me at heybrian@taskrabbit.com if you’d like to continue the conversation. You too, Carmen!

    • Thanks Brian! Yes I agree it’s worth it for the long-term investment. Since posting this question I continued to just bid to get the work, and many of the bids I’ve won from going very low have gotten me repeat business. And once the customers were happy with my work and professionalism the first time, they’ve seemed more inclined to accept higher bids for the next projects. Also, I’ve been seeing a trend personally that when I bid very low for a job but still give it all my best efforts, the posters notice and show their appreciation with tips that actually end up bringing the total payment closer to what I feel my work is worth. So to all you Rabbits out there wondering the same thing as me, my advice is to bid low to establish the relationship with the customer while increasing your Rabbit level, and work like they’re paying you a million dollars to make sure you get those good reviews. Because you never know, you might end up with a really great tip to make it even sweeter.

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