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Top TaskHacks to Save Time & Money $-)

From NYC to San Francisco and every Task market in between, Clients are hiring Taskers to not only save them time but also money. Check out some of these trending TaskHacks across the country. Clients are saving up to $65.

Share your own Task Hacks on Twitter using #TaskHack and we’ll reward the smartest with the chance to win some complimentary Tasker time!

1. IKEA Delivery + Assembly
Typical Cost: IKEA charges $99-$189 for delivery throughout the NYC metropolitan area. Delivery excludes certain larger items and doesn’t include assembly.
TaskHack: Hire a handyman Taskers with a truck (average rate: $50/hr) to do everything, including pick up your order, deliver it and assemble it.
Savings: About 3.5 hours of Tasker time before you reach the typical cost of IKEA delivery services.
2. Flowers and Card for Mom, from Afar
Typical Cost: A large bouquet from 1800Flowers.com can cost $125 (not including $30 service fee and taxes) to deliver in Los Angeles.
TaskHack: When you aren’t in town to hand-deliver Mom flowers yourself, hire a Tasker at an average of $20/hr in her neighborhood to pick up two $15 bouquets from your local Whole Foods or florist and deliver a “super bouquet” of flowers. For a special touch, the Tasker can pick up a special card and transcribe a note. Some creative Taskers even sing!
Savings: $65, or less than half the cost of online delivery, assuming the Tasker flower delivery takes less than 1 hour.
3. Beat the Line at Your Favorite Brunch Spot
Typical Cost: The wait-time for a 6-person table at Rose’s Luxury in Washington D.C. can be 2 hours or more.
TaskHack: Hire a Tasker for as low as $15/hr to put your party’s name on the list.
Savings: 2 hours of wait time and you can easily split the cost of the Tasker ($5/person) when you split the bill.
4. Shop for Anything on Craigslist without “Delivery Fear”
Typical cost: U-Haul Charges $20/day + $.89/mile and insurance fees for a pickup truck rental in Chicagoland
TaskHack: If you live without a vehicle, the world of Craigslist is now your oyster! With the help of a Tasker, you can purchase that beautiful antique nightstand or high-end use bike on fire sale without the worry of renting a vehicle. Hire a handyman Tasker with a truck (average $50/hour) so you can avoid the hassle of rental paperwork and insurance. Many Taskers will also help you haul heavier items upstairs and into your home or apartment.
Savings: Avoid a major hassle and liability of renting a truck, plus shop on Craigslist with convenience.

Sweet 16: Best Tasks Around the Country

We got swept up in bracket fever and have pitted 16 TaskRabbit cities against each other in a battle for best task. We picked our favorite 8, and now it’s up to you to determine the winner. Tweet @TaskRabbit and let us know your pick for the city with the best task, including #SweetTask.sweet16_hero

New York: Find the guy I met on a plane yesterday

San Francisco: Deliver cookies to my (hopefully!) future roommates

Los Angeles: Impersonate me at a birthday party

Boston: Cover my friend’s office in post-it notes

Washington, D.C.: Set up a Skype date for my long-distance romance

Dallas: Score tickets to the national football championships

Atlanta: Help me set up seasonal yard decorations

Chicago: Wait in line for rare case of beer


As you can see, we can help you with so much more than your home services. Whatever you need, we can help.

TASK OF THE WEEK: LOVE IS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SORRY (UNLESS WITH CANDY)

This is one of the sweetest apology notes we’ve ever seen. Amanda is a NYC-based Client who needed to apologize to her boyfriend, and she went over the top with sugar-coated words. She sent Tasker Nicole on a mission to make amends to her sweetheart by instructing her to buy candy with unique messages attached.

  1. Jack’s Links Beef Jerky with a note saying “I’ve been such a JERK”
  2. A bag of Hershey Kisses with note “A hundred kisses from me to you”
  3. A bag of SourPatch Kids with note  “I was only kidding around, didn’t mean for it to turn sour”
  4. A pack of Sweetarts with a note “You’re my only sweetheart”
  5. Baby Bell cheese wheels with note “I don’t care if this is a little cheesy”
  6. A pack of nerds “I know I’m a little nerdy”
  7. A Skor bar “I’ve skored with you as my bf”
  8. Now and laters “I love you now and will always love you later”
  9. A bottle of Mountain Dew “I’ll Dew whatever it takes”
  10. Swedish Fish “You’re the only Fish for me”
  11. Bag of lollipops- “My life would suck without you”

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The sweetest news of all is that the apology goody bag worked and Amanda is back in her boyfriend’s good graces. Let’s hope she also included a toothbrush in the bag. We love seeing all the creative ways you’re using TaskRabbit to get things done!

TASK OF THE WEEK: LONG DISTANCE ROMANCE

Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but long distance relationships are tough! Luckily, technology can help bridge the distance, and one of our Clients recently used TaskRabbit to let his lady know that he was thinking of her from afar. He hired a Tasker to deliver a bottle of wine, a rose, and a card that said, “Up for a Skype date Saturday at 8pm?” Such a thoughtful way to stay in touch — here’s hoping they can meet up IRL soon!

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White&Gold, Black&Blue, Couch/Sofa…

The color of a dress was last month’s big question. This month: is it a couch or is it a sofa?

That’s what we asked our data scientists to uncover in how clients ask Taskers for help with those big, comfy, cushiony things in your living rooms.

Answer: It depends where you live.

Of all US Tasks, clients are 2X more likely to use the word “couch” than sofa” when posting moving help Tasks. Londoners on the other hand were significantly more inclined to ask for help with their “sofa.” In fact, “sofa” was 10x more common than “couch” in moving help-related tasks.

Of course, there were a few exceptions to the US’ “couch rule.” Atlantans were less inclined to use couch.

Unfortunately, our data scientists couldn’t agree on the color of the dress.

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TaskRabbit Upgrades Your SXSW Networking Game with Moo Business Card Deliveries

SXSW is the holy grail of networking parties — but not if you left your business cards back at the office. Never fear…TaskRabbit is here!
 
In partnership with Moo, TaskRabbit is delivering your business cards so can rest assured your newfound friend will remember to schedule that career-defining business meeting after the bands pack up and your hangover wears off.
 
If you’re at SXSW, look out for Taskers in green shirts who will also be handing out MOO SXSW Survival kits, worth almost $170. Before you know it you could be whizzing from A to B with Zipcar and Uber, finding yourself inspired by Inc and Surface magazines and even getting your new Squarespace website up and running in the time it takes to queue for one of Austin’s famous breakfast tacos (almost). 
Happy Tasking, #SXSW!

TASK OF THE WEEK: COVER AN OFFICE WITH POST-IT NOTES

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The next time you leave the office for the weekend, you might want to think twice about the state of your workspace when you return. One of our Clients decided to prank a co-worker during his absence from the office, enlisting a Tasker to help him decorate the friend’s office in multi-colored post-it notes to announce his 40th birthday. We’re impressed —the artistry evident in the photos speaks for itself! Whether your to-do list is filled with errands or harmless pranks, we’re here to help.

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