task of the week: test drive a couch for me (across the country)

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Ever have anxiety about buying something online without testing it out in person? Of course you have. But, some things have to be ordered remotely. New York-based TaskPoster Jouyie C. found himself in such a situation.

You see, Jouyie is quite fond of a furniture designer based in Long Beach, Calif. He wanted to order one of the designer’s couches, but wanted to test it out in person. Since the designer’s showroom is in Long Beach and Jouyie is based in New York City, he found himself in quite a pickle. Testing out a couch isn’t really a justifiable reason for a cross-country flight, so what did Jouyie do? 

He turned to TaskRabbit, of course. He hired Long Beach-based TaskRabbit Megan G. to go to the showroom, sit on the couches he liked, take photographs of them and report back on the quality of each. Now Jouyie has the inside information he needs to make an educated purchase decision. Pretty great, right? 

Have your eye on something that isn’t in your city, but is in a TaskRabbit city? Let us know

Introducing Hoppy (Half) Hour

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To help get you in the Easter spirit, we’re bringing you snuggle time with a real bunny. That’s right – we show up with a live, hopping, bunny rabbit for you to pet and chase around the room for half an hour.

Download the most recent TaskRabbit mobile app to book your hoppy (half) hour today, Friday, April 18 starting at 10am. Bunny visiting hours are between 10am and 3pm*. Proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA.

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* One rabbit visit per person for a maximum of 30 minutes. $15 per visit. Your TaskRabbit will confirm exact timing of the visit after booking. 

 

 

TaskRabbit launches iPhone and Android apps in London to make outsourcing even easier

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Today, we’re thrilled to unveil two new apps for UK customers to post tasks on the go. Available on both iOS and Android, the new TaskRabbit apps let Clients hire vetted and approved Taskers in a couple of clicks, directly from their mobile device.

The app has been designed so users can browse tasks effortlessly. Tasks are conveniently organized into categories, such as cleaning, DIY, event help, gardening and assistance. For those looking for a little task inspiration, the app also highlights “trending’ tasks, letting users scope out the most popular outsourcing options in their neighborhood. Once a task has been selected, the Client can browse through skilled Taskers who are nearby and available to do the task.

Focused on delivering a streamlined and efficient way to outsource tasks, the app allows hired Taskers and Clients to communicate in real time via live chat, as well as provide push notifications to keep the user updated on the status of the task at hand.

TaskRabbit launched in the UK last November and has Taskers covering the breadth of London. From assembling flat-pack furniture to getting a last-minute, deep clean of the house, TaskRabbit connects people with little time with those who have the skills and expertise to complete the task at hand.

“Our aim is to provide a mobile experience that delivers the same quality as TaskRabbit.co.uk, coupled with the simplicity and flexibility that an app offers,” said our Founder and CEO, Leah Busque. “It’s perfect for busy parents and professionals who need valuable minutes back in their day. Wherever you are, a task can be set up within moments, meaning one less chore on your to-do list,” she said. 

Download our London iOS app here and Android app here.

Task of the week: Be my april fools’ day prank accomplice

April Fools’ Day is one of our favorite days of the year. We are always amazed at how creative our TaskPosters get in utilizing our service to pull off fun pranks. We’ve seen people hire TaskRabbits to cover their coworker’s office in Saran wrap, dress up as a dinosaur to scare a classroom full of kids and even place a fake eviction notice on an apartment door! 

This year, our favorite thus far comes from TaskPoster Ali L. Ali’s boyfriend is a big golf fan, so, naturally, she wanted to prank him into believing he had become a golf super star overnight. She hired TaskRabbit Mike T. to hide outside her boyfriend’s apartment building and as he left for work, run up to him and interrupt him on the street, excitedly claiming he saw a video of him on ESPN the night before. “You’re famous,” Mike proclaimed! To make things seem even more legit, Mike begged to take a picture with Ali’s boyfriend. Great prank? We think so! 

How creative can you get this week? 

Task of the week: Perform My Marriage

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We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: planning a wedding is extremely stressful. There are so many details to fine tune that even the smallest job can seem overwhelming. The bigger jobs, like picking a licensed wedding officiant, can seem nearly impossible. That’s what we’re here for.

NYC TaskPoster Steve S. needed an officiant for his wedding. He wasn’t picky, he just wanted the person to be licensed to officiate weddings in New York and have a good public speaking voice. Lucky for him, former farm boy turned New York performer, TaskRabbit Martin T had the license and experience.

Martin didn’t just earn some money doing something he’s good at, he got to play a part in what is surely the most memorable day in Steve and his partner’s lives to date. Pretty cool, huh?

What can we help you with this week?

Introducing: The TaskRabbit Elite

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We are excited to announce our new TaskRabbit Elite program! The TaskRabbit Elite showcases the TaskRabbits who consistently provide the highest level of service and professionalism. You’ll recognize them by the special badge on their profile and offers.

What qualifies someone for the TaskRabbit Elite?

  • People rave about their service, earning them a 4.9 star rating or above.
  • Customers trust them, since they’ve had no violations of TaskRabbit’s strict guidelines in the last 90 days.
  • They’re highly active, quickly tackling tasks, and are in the top 5 percent of earners.

While all of our TaskRabbits are background checked and highly qualified, the TaskRabbit Elite have a proven track record of providing outstanding customer service. When deciding between offers on a task, feel confident you’ll receive service above and beyond your expectations when working with a TaskRabbit Elite.

Give them a try with your next task.

Task of the week: help my sister and me meet Lea Michele

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We all have our celebrity obsessions. And once in a blue moon, we might even get a chance to meet him or her. But, it generally takes some, or a lot, of work to make it happen. That’s why when New York TaskPoster Christina P found out that her sister’s idol, Lea Michele, was doing a signing at the Sony Music Store in Manhattan, she turned to TaskRabbit.

The task? Get to the Sony store at 10am sharp and obtain two copies of Lea Michele’s newest album, Louder, and the two wristbands that come with each copy to meet Lea later in the day. Timelines was critical here, as Sony announced they only had a couple wristbands left! Then, come back to the Sony store at 3pm and get in line to meet Lea at 7pm and text Christina to meet up once the front of the line was in sight.

Luckily for Christina, line-waiting is one of our specialties. She hired TaskRabbit George F, who arrived at the store to obtain the CDs and wristbands right on time and camped out to make sure Christina and her sister got to meet Lea. Christina even provided snacks; what a doll!

TaskRabbit… making the impossible happen since 2008. How can we make your day? 

Task Of The Week: Hand Address My Wedding Invitations!

While according to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re even farther away from summertime and wedding season than some of us were hoping, you know what we’re in the middle of? Wedding invitation season, of course!

Picking your wedding invitations is not easy. There are so many designs, colors, layouts and overall options that picking one can be an anxiety-inducing experience. You know what always works? Something traditional. And what is more traditional than something hand written?

That’s why TaskPoster Kiffany H hired TaskRabbit Jenny B to hand write the invitations, accommodation cards and the RSVP cards for her big day.  Luckily, Jenny happens to be an expert in custom hand lettering! How did they turn out? We think her work speaks for itself:

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Whatever you need help with, whether it’s your wedding or just a simple trip to IKEA, that’s what we’re here for. Let us help you maintain your sanity today. 

TaskRabbit Signs on as Newest Perk for AnyPerk Members

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We’re excited to announce today that members of AnyPerk, the platform that provides employee perks and discounts to companies of all sizes, will now be able to use TaskRabbit at a discounted rate.

At ten percent off, AnyPerk members will now be able outsource the things they can and focus on what they love. Members simply click “redeem perk” on the TaskRabbit perk page and select your desired credit amount to apply to your account.

Because, who doesn’t need a little more time in their day? You deserve it.

Task of the Week: Dig Out My Snow-Covered Car So I Can Get To Work!

Unless you’ve been hibernating with your local sleuth of bears, you’ve likely heard about the insane weather that’s been crippling the South, North and East. People are trapped indoors, with temperatures plummeting below freezing and wind chills making the outdoors feel like something out of the Ice Age. But, except for the occasional snow day, people still have to get to work.

That’s how Boston TaskPoster Philip P found himself in quite the predicament. He had to get to work, but his trusted steed, a Toyota Rav 4, was absolutely buried under snow. Philip didn’t have the time or energy to dig his car out himself, so what did he do? He turned to TaskRabbit, of course.

Philip hired veteran TaskRabbit Marc H to come to his house and dig his car out of the snow so it would be ready to drive. How much snow are we talking? Here is the pile of snow Marc removed from the car:

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Luckily for Philip, tasks of this nature are no sweat for a TaskRabbit of Marc’s caliber. Marc worked quickly and efficiently to free Philip’s car up so he could make it to work on time. Here’s Philip’s Rav 4, not quite snow-free but safely drivable:

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Do you live in a place that’s being impacted by the weather? Can we help you stay safe, warm and dry? Let us know how today.