Did a TaskRabbit Just Sing the Best Rendition of ‘Summertime’ Since American Idol’s Fantasia?

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.29.23 PMElla Fitzgerald sang it. So did American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. Now, a Southern California Tasker was caught on camera delivering a command performance of the jazz standard “Summertime” while helping a Los Angeles-area woman move into her new home.

The special moment happened while 30-year-old Tasker and aspiring Broadway star LaVance Colley was working with a fellow Tasker/aspiring composer to help their client move into her new apartment. When the client discovered her helpers were musically inclined, she gave the three a break from unpacking dishes and picture frames, leaving Colley with the living-room stage and his fellow Tasker with a piano to accompany his vocals.

“It’s been my lifelong dream to become a recording artist,” said Colley. “TaskRabbit has been a great way to make supplemental income and maintain a flexible schedule to support this dream. It makes me my own boss. I can work around my next audition.”

Colley recently moved back to the US after a decade of performing for Universal Studios in Japan and other venues across Europe and Asia. Before that, he made it through two rounds of auditions for American Idol, but just missed the televised rounds of competition.

Support LaVance leading up to his auditions this fall for the Broadway musicals “Beautiful” and “Book of Mormon” in NYC by hiring him to help you move into your new apartment, organize your office or sing at your next office party here.


TaskRabbit Leaps in London: Expands to Surrounding Towns, Eyes Greater UK in 2015

shutterstock_146829458It’s a sunnier day in Foggy London Town today after TaskRabbit announced that strong growth is driving an expansion to Greater London to help busy professionals stay on top of their home services and provide the opportunity for Taskers to earn money.

Just 12 months since launching in its first international city outside the US, TaskRabbit is moving beyond the Capital due to popular demand. Beginning today, TaskRabbit will be live in Greater London and the commuter hubs of St. Albans, Reading, Guildford and Brighton. The marketplace will also be available in Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester in the New Year as it accelerates its international expansion.

Jamie Viggiano, vice president of marketing at TaskRabbit commented, “London was our first international launch, and in just twelve months it’s become one of our top performing cities. Busy Londoners have embraced the service as a way to help eliminate their never ending to-do lists. We’ve seen growing demand from commuters and residents across Greater London and the South East, wanting to use the service both at work and home. Thanks to such high demand, our expansion to these regions was a natural next step for us.”

Viggiano continued: “Our launch into these commuter hubs is just the start for TaskRabbit, as we continue on our journey to come to the aid of busy Brits. We’re also excited to be launching in Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester in 2015 – some of the most tech-forward and busiest cities in Europe.”

TaskRabbit allows busy individuals to outsource tasks to skilled and fully vetted professionals in their neighbourhoods, whether they need help putting up flat pack furniture, getting a last-minute deep clean of the house or helping with the Christmas shopping. Ahead of the busy and sometimes stressful festive season, it’s never been easier for people in London and the surrounding towns and cities to get help with their to-do lists with dozens of  local Taskers already in place covering Reading, Brighton, Guildford and St Albans.

Pioneering “service marketplace,” TaskRabbit connects people who need an extra hand with a network of 200 fully vetted individuals in the UK, who have the time and skills needed to get the job done. A full-time Tasker can earn up to £3,200 per month.

TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that provides people and businesses with an easy, trusted, and safe way to get both every-day and skilled tasks done.

To become a member of the Tasker Community, please visit https://www.taskrabbit.co.uk/become-a-tasker.

For more information, visit TaskRabbit.co.uk or follow TaskRabbit on Twitter and Facebook.



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How to Brave the Cold and Crowd at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

TaskRabbit and The Warwick New York Hotel are giving out “front-of-the-line” passes so guests can score unobscured views of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next month.

The Warwick New York Hotel has partnered with TaskRabbit to provide Taskers to hold prime viewing spots on the parade route to any guest who books a VIP package. 

The VIP package – starting at $500/night – includes overnight accommodations, one Tasker per adult and daily, complimentary breakfast for two at Murals on 54, with reservations recommended 48 hours in advance.

For reservations and more information on the Warwick New York, please visit www.warwickhotelny.com or call 212-247-2700. For more information on TaskRabbit, please visit www.taskrabbit.com.


REPORT: Elves to Take Over American Offices Weeks Before Christmas

It may sound straight out of a Tim Allen movie or children’s Christmas e-book, but elves are actually moving in to help small businesses prepare for the busy holiday season — the only difference is, they’ll be ditching Santa’s signature color of crimson and trading it for TaskRabbit green.

Beginning October 27, Office Depot and OfficeMax are launching the Elf Who Helps Small Business contest to give select small businesses the assistance they need as they juggle daily tasks and prepare for growing business activity and office parities.

Powered by TaskRabbit, a peer-to-peer marketplace that helps Clients get things done like home and office services and skilled tasks, Elf Who Helps will give the winning small businesses the boost they need to close out the year feeling organized and ready to tackle 2015.

Now through November 12, small business owners and employees can participate by visiting the Elf Who Helps website and submitting, in 150 words or less, what task they need assistance with and how it will help them. Fourteen small businesses will be selected to receive a variety of products and a $1,000 gift card supplied by Office Depot and OfficeMax to organize their businesses, as well as up to two days of on-site services from TaskRabbit.

The Elf Who Helps Small Business is part of the overall ‘Office Depot and OfficeMax Your Holiday Workshop’ campaign to ensure businesses and individuals are prepared to give the right gifts to everyone on their list and satisfy their everyday office needs, all at a one-stop shop and at a great value. From gifts under $20 to personalized items such as designer holiday and photo cards, photo canvases and calendars, and convenient in-store mailing and shipping via UPS, FedEx and USPS, Office Depot and OfficeMax have some of the seasons most sought after gifts and services at great values. A go-to gift-giving headquarters, Office Depot and OfficeMax will also have extended shipping hours.

To enter the Elf Who Helps Small Business contest, please visit www.elfwhohelps.com. Contest ends November 22 and winners will be announced on December 8. Official contest rules are as follows: No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Contest is open to legal US/DC residents (18) years of age or older and who either own or is an employee of a small business are eligible to enter the Contest on behalf of an eligible Small Business. Entry begins on 10/22/14 at 12:00:01 a.m. EDT and ends on 11/12/14 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. All eligible entries will be judged to determine up to (14) winning entries. Winners announced 12/8/14. Sponsor: Office Depot, Inc., 6600 North Military Trail, C513B,Boca Raton, FL 33496. For important terms, conditions and Official Rules visit www.elfwhohelps.com.



Finding an apartment in San Francisco is challenging, to say the least. So, when Scott found a room that he loved (“14 foot ceilings! Sweet back patio!”), he wanted to put himself ahead of the other applicants and turned to TaskRabbit for help. Tasker Rick purchased a box of cookies from a local bakery and delivered them to Scott’s potential roommates, along with a note proclaiming Scott to be an “exceptional third slice of the roommate pie.” No word on whether he got the room, but we wish him luck!


Halloween can be a nightmare if you don’t have time to take care of all the odds and ends. One enterprising Client in Atlanta enlisted TaskRabbit’s help in setting up a large Halloween display in his yard, having a Tasker haul boxes and props from his basement and assembling the spooky scene. And we’ll be on hand after the holiday to help disassemble and put the decorations back into storage.

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Treat yourself to a stress-free holiday with our help. Our Taskers can:

  • Make hand-made costumes to your specifications
  • Load up your candy bowls for the onslaught of trick-or-treaters
  • Pick up and deliver the costume you ordered from the local shop
  • Schedule your next dental appointment to address any post-holiday cavities

What can we help you with this Halloween?


The practice of giving a specific gift for a specific wedding anniversary is centuries old. For the 1st anniversary, you give paper, for the 25th anniversary something silver, for the 50th anniversary – gold! In this spirit, Emily decided to surprise her husband on their first anniversary by having the Sunday New York Times delivered to their porch. Tasker Gloria fought her way through the bustling streets of Brooklyn to her “one house paper route” in time for the couple to spend hours reading the paper and reminiscing about their first year of marriage. Congratulations to you and your husband, Emily!