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.

Task of the Week: Deliver a Valentine’s Day Singing Telegram!

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We love seeing all of the ways our TaskPosters utilize our service to make the most out of holidays. We’re always impressed with how creative our community is and love sharing the stories with you. Valentine’s Day always brings a ton of awesome tasks and here’s our favorite so far:

San Francisco TaskPoster Natalie C works in a co-working space. This means that, along with her colleagues, she works in a large room with a ton of people from varying backgrounds and industries. So, in a way, a co-working space is like an audience. Natalie saw this as an opportunity to pull off something pretty awesome.

She hired TaskRabbit Bendu Tonma J to come to her co-working space and sing a love song to her co-worker, in front of everyone else in the room (the audience, if you will). She isn’t picky – the song is totally up to Bendu and Natalie doesn’t even have a preference if it sounds good or not. As long as the song is sung in front of everyone, Natalie will be happy.

How creative can you get for Valentine’s Day? 

Meet the Elite: Dmitry Solominsky

Every month, we feature an outstanding member of the TaskRabbit Elite community. This month we sat down with Dmitry Solominksy, a military veteran, and one of our most active and highest rated TaskRabbits in New York City.

We sat down with Dmitry to learn a little bit more about him — including what being part of the Elite means to him and how he uses his military background to bring stellar customer service to every task. Read the full interview below:

What was your background before TaskRabbit?

I spent 6.5 years working at the corporate law firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, where I oversaw half a million square feet of space and a staff of 7. Dealing with attorneys and outside vendors on a daily basis taught me to be able to think on my feet, making me pretty creative in how I approach time management.

How long have you been a TaskRabbit?

My one year TaskRabbit anniversary is this month!

What brought you to TaskRabbit?

After the law firm I worked for went bankrupt, I sat around at home and did nothing professionally for about two months. I applied to some jobs but got nowhere. While listening to TED talks I came across Leah Busque’s talk and thought to myself “I could do this” and the rest is history.

Coolest client you’ve met through TaskRabbit?

I’ve met a ton of amazing people in their own right, but working for Foursquare several times has been pretty amazing. To be able to work for a company that has an international following and is so prominent in social media is nothing short of awesome.

Most memorable task you’ve completed on TaskRabbit?

I biked to Manhattan for a job to build 10 Ikea rolling desks and some chairs for a startup. After hours of work, I wound up being fed very well and receiving a 115% tip for the services I provided! Made my bike ride home at 1am on Monday a lot more tolerable.

We know you have a military background. What does being former military mean to you and how has it shaped how you view customer service?

I am extremely proud of my military background. My pride can be seen in every task, from the moment I get assigned. I pride myself on my professionalism, from making first contact right after assignment to asking questions to ALWAYS showing up 10 minutes early for a task. To me, there is no such thing as a difficult customer. I always try to find common ground with people; whether it be through comedy or being serious. Having dealt with very strict timelines and no room for error while I was in the military, I bring that to my clients everyday.

What do you do to ensure a 5-star rating every time?

Preparation – knowing what you need to accomplish a task is half the battle. I go out of my way to compliment people on their design choices, kids’ art, and even pets. I’m also a stickler for detail. If I am not happy with something, I will re do it completely. I carry a 40-pound backpack on each task, stocked to the brim full of supplies and hardware. This puts customers at ease knowing that I have the tools to complete the job. I am also very flexible about timing and scheduling, and my clients appreciate the flexibility.

What’s your secret to getting hired on TaskRabbit?

My reviews speak volumes about my work. As a result of my Elite status on the platform, I’ve been able to increase my working rates because clients are willing to pay for quality. I know what most things I bid on entail and will often include questions in my bid that the person themselves had not thought of. That attention to detail often gets me the job.

What does being part of the Elite mean to you?

Being part of the Elite means I am doing something right, it’s nice to be recognized for your accomplishments.

What are three fun facts about you?

Before TaskRabbit, I thought calendars/planners were silly. I now swear by Google calendar.

I am a voracious eater, often finishing off my own food and the food of others around me at restaurants. This earned me the nickname of Food, which some friends still call me to the day.

I have completed four Tough Mudders, registered for a 5th this year and plan to run an Ironman by age 35.

Your favorite quotation?

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” –Albert Einstein

If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be and why?

Me. Everything I have been through has made me as awesome as I am. I would not want to trade that for anything in the world. Often times, people dream of being someone else, when they are not even the best version of themselves.

Favorite place you have travelled to?

As crazy as it sounds, Iraq, the birthplace of civilization. Something about seeing the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates and thinking about all of the history that has happened there was magical. It is incredibly beautiful there and the sunsets are mind-blowing.