We see a wide variety of tasks on TaskRabbit — everything from painting a fence to pranking a co-worker. There are also different ways to get assigned to a task, and different ways to calculate payment. At the same time, you’re looking for tasks that match your skills, interests, schedule, and location. So how do you find the right task for you?
Here are some tips to get you looking in the right places:
Use the Filters on the “Open Tasks” Page
You have three very useful filters when you click the “See Open Tasks” button. First, along the right side of the page you’ll see the “Categories” filter, which allows you to check and uncheck boxes so that only your favorite types of tasks are displayed. Second, use the “Assignment Type” filter if you’re looking to pick up tasks with one click (Quick Assign), or if you prefer to name your own payment (Open for Bids). Third, try zooming in and out on the map in the upper right corner. The list of open tasks will automatically repopulate so you can easily find tasks in your neighborhood.
Quick Assign vs. Open for Bids
We offer TaskPosters two options for pricing and assigning their task: Quick Assign and Open for Bids. Quick Assign lets the TaskPosters name a price for the task and assigns the first TaskRabbit who clicks the “I’ll do it for $__” button. Open for Bids leaves the task open for offers, and the TaskPoster manually assigns the TaskRabbit of their choice.
As the name suggests, Quick Assign tasks are meant to be assigned quickly, so don’t be shy about grabbing the ones you like. When submitting an offer for an Open for Bids task, take an extra moment to write a thoughtful comment along with your bid. Let the TaskPoster know you’ve got the skills they need and that you’re excited to help with the task.
Two Ways to Get Paid
As you’re deciding how much to bid or whether a Quick Assign task is the right price for you, be mindful of hourly and flat-rate pricing. If a task is priced at an hourly rate, this will be very clear in the upper right corner — you’ll see the “$/hour” notation in big bold print. If you don’t see “$/hour” indicated, then the task is priced at a flat rate, meaning your bid should account for the completion of the whole task.
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