IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR THAT SUMMER VACATION

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We’re halfway through July, so that still leaves August for your summer getaway.

If you’re trying to figure out how to squeeze in a vacation while the weather is still warm and beach-friendly, never fear! TaskRabbit is here!

  • Not sure where to go? How to nab the cheapest flights or a hotel closest to the best attractions? And what the best places to eat are? Hire a Tasker to help do your research for you. You can give them a set of parameters to search within, and let the Tasker do the rest. They can even arrange your travel bookings for you.
  • Dreaming of getting away but have a pet who needs to stay home and be taken care of? Don’t worry — there’s a Tasker for that! Taskers are available who can make sure your pet gets fed, played with, and walked daily while you’re away.
  • No matter how often you travel, every trip seems to require a shopping list of vacation accessories like sunscreen, a couple new shirts, medication, and those little tubes of toothpaste. Send a Tasker to run all your pre-travel errands so you can focus on all the myriad of other things you have to get done before leaving.
  • Okay, you’ve got everything in order; now it’s time to pack! Avoid baggage weight fees or forgetting your favorite jacket by hiring a Tasker to act as a personal assistant who can help you decide what to bring and what to leave behind.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget your future self. No matter how fun vacation is, it’s always nice to get home. And what makes coming home even nicer? Returning to a nice, neat, clean space. Depend on a Tasker to tidy up your home, and thank your past self when you get home.

Anything else we can help you with? Just let us know?

SEND “GET WELL SOON” WISHES FROM FAR AWAY

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We don’t blame you if you’re feeling a little exhausted and rundown. This time of year, it seems like everyone is succumbing to colds and stress and general exhaustion. It’s painful when someone you care about isn’t feeling well — even more painful when that loved one is far away and you can’t be there to deliver a care package of herbal tea and tissues.

We’ve seen how people have used TaskRabbit to care for people even when they’re hundreds of miles apart.

So if you know someone who’s feeling under the weather and you can’t be there to help, here are some ways TaskRabbit can overcome some of those physical limitations:

  • Hire a Tasker to help clean your ill friend’s apartment. When you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is vacuum the carpet or tidy up the kitchen. A Tasker can help keep your home or someone else’s home in order.
  • Schedule a Tasker to assemble and deliver a care package. Chicken soup, throat lozenges, aspirin — a Tasker can make a run to the drug store, pick up everything a sick person would want, and then deliver it to their front door.
  • Make a delicious meal with a Tasker’s help. Getting around to actually cooking something nourishing can be challenging when you’re not feeling well. Fortunately, there are plenty of skilled Taskers available who can come over and make a meal.

We don’t yet have the technology to teleport you across the country, but we can drop off some groceries in your name, which is good enough in our book.

TASK OF THE WEEK: FIX ALL THE THINGS

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We know there are a million things around the house that you keep telling yourself you’re going to get to some day — some day.

Well, today is the day. For this edition of Task of the Week, we’re highlighting not just one task, but a few of those minor home repairs that seem to elude us while forever inconveniencing us. These Clients are the savvy ones who finally checked these tasks off their lists — demonstrating that we, too, can liberate ourselves from broken closets and those ugly holes in the wall that stare like baleful eyes from across the room.

A Client in Boston decided that she’d finally had enough of her broken vanity drawer and drain stopper. You know the drill: an overstuffed a drawer that something got caught in, and now it doesn’t roll properly in its tracks, either jamming or derailing completely. It’s a nuisance you can live with, but every time you struggle with it, you say between gritted teeth, “Wow, I should really get this fixed.” With the help of Tasker Rick, one proactive Client finally did.

For a Client in San Francisco, it was finally time to properly patch a gnarly hole in one of the walls of her apartment. We’re not going to ask how the hole got there, we’re just happy we could connect her with Tasker Jaime. Jaime brought his own tools and patched the wall right up. Thanks to Jaime’s help, our Bay Area Client should be able to get her deposit back when she moves out.

And about that giant flatscreen television you’ve been meaning to mount — what are you waiting for?! Take some inspiration from another Client, who, after several failed attempts to get a flatscreen mounted in his office, finally hired Tasker Gabe to get the job done. Gabe arrived ready to face this particularly challenging TV installation, prepared with extra tools just in case the job entailed more than he expected. Thanks to Gabe, the Client finally got his TV off the ground.

If these folks can use TaskRabbit to finally getting around to fixing all those minor home repairs, you can do it, too! We’re more than halfway through the year — don’t let 2016 arrive with little nuisances attached. Liberate yourself from all those inconveniences!

THIS WEEKEND LET TASKRABBIT BABY PROOF YOUR HOUSE

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According to our extensive Internet research (i.e. a quick Google search), the most popular month for babies to be born is — drum roll please — July! We don’t know what y’all were doing in October, but we guess it was a good time.

If you’re one of the many families welcoming a baby into your life this month: First of all, congratulations! And second of all: It’s time to baby proof your home. But don’t worry — you don’t have to cover up those electrical outlets or install those baby gates on your own because TaskRabbit is here to help.

  • Research: If this is your first kiddo, it can be difficult to think of everything you need to do to make sure your home is safe for your baby. You’ve probably never even considered how the sharp edges of your coffee table could be disastrous or how hanging tablecloths are an invitation to pull everything down. A Tasker can help you research everything and make sure you cover your baby-proofing bases.
  • Shopping and Delivery: Make a list, check it twice, and then send a Tasker out to purchase all the tools and accessories you’ll need to make sure your home is a safe as possible. After all, you’ve got a new baby and wouldn’t you rather focus more on spending time with your child? Prioritize bonding time and let a Tasker take care of the rest.
  • Assembly and Installation: The last thing you want to be doing is trying to make that baby gate fit in a doorway or figure out how exactly it’s assembled. Leave deciphering unclear instructions, sizing, and installation to an experienced Tasker. Talented Taskers can also help you paint the baby’s room and help put together new furniture, allowing you to spend more time with your little one.

How else can we help you?

FOR VIDEO GAME DAY, TASKRABBIT MADE A GAMER’S DREAM COME TRUE

Photo courtesy of Diana

Photo courtesy of Diana

Today is National Video Game Day! And to celebrate, we’re featuring a “super nerdy” task that involves waiting in line for a midnight amiibo release from the Nintendo World Store in New York.

For those of you not in the know, amiibo are Nintendo character figurines that are can also interact with certain games on the Wii U and 3DS. Some of them are extremely rare and people will wait in line overnight just to score one of these interactive toys. Diana, a Client in New York, desperately wanted to get her hands on one of these limited edition amiino, but she knew she wouldn’t be able to leave work in time to secure a good spot in line.

That’s when Diana turned to TaskRabbit. Tasker Alexandria wasn’t put off by the self-proclaimed nerdy-ness of the task, or by the thought of hanging out for hours with a bunch of Nintendo super fans. Together, Diana and Alexandria deciphered the event’s wristband system, and Alexandria tackled the line for eight hours. Diana claimed her spot and waited another another eight hours before the dizzying triumph of finally acquiring her amiibo.

It was 4 a.m. when Diana finally got home, but thanks to Alexandria, it was worth it.

Need someone to help you hold a place in line? Check out what TaskRabbit has to offer.

Happy Video Game Day!

TASK OF THE WEEK: DELIVER A GOLDEN BICYCLE

Photo courtesy of Victoria

Photo courtesy of Victoria

Remember when you were a kid and summer heralded warm, golden days riding around on your bicycle with your friends until your shadows grew long and the sky turned purple? Your bicycle was your trusty steed, conveying you on missions of fun and freedom. You probably still remember your first one.

Victoria at Second Home in London decided it was finally time for her first bicycle in the UK. She also decided she would use TaskRabbit for the first time.

It all started with a foray into Gumtree. (For those of you who don’t know, Gumtree is a free online classified ads service similar to Craigslist that’s popular in the UK.) It’s very easy to decide that one must have a bicycle — the potentially difficult part is acquiring said two-wheeled transportation. However, Victoria was not to be deterred and within twenty minutes, Victoria’s eyes fell upon a bicycle that must have been posted just for her. Victoria is obsessed with all things gold, and what was on the computer screen before her but a golden bicycle with dainty step-through frame, fenders, basket, and skirt guard. She fell in love.

The next problem was actually getting her hands on the bike, which was available on a first come, first served basis. Knowing she didn’t have time to cross the city to fetch it, Victoria turned to someone who could — Tasker Hasan. Hasan was able to go check out the bike, confirm its golden wonderfulness, and then ride it to Victoria at the office — all within two hours of Victoria posting her task request. According to Victoria, it “literally made her day.”

Hey, that’s what we’re here for! Need a delivery? Don’t hesitate to call!

Photo courtesy of Victoria

Photo courtesy of Victoria

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR YARD “BBQ READY”

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Yes you can have that all-American backyard barbecue!

We know, we know — you’re looking at your yard and withering in despair like that rush bush you forgot to water and is now just an angry tangle of thorny branches. Your deck hasn’t seen a finish in years, your raised planters are either overgrown or barren, and you don’t even want to think about the dismal state of your grill.

And to imagine … you’d once had such big dreams. Such honey-colored fantasies of afternoons laughing with friends, flipping burgers, and sipping beer, while the kids played on the lawn with the dog.

TaskRabbit wants you to stop dreaming:

There’s so much more you can count on TaskRabbit to help with — check out some of our featured tasks.