All posts filed under: TaskRabbit for Business

Photographer

CameraLends Knows How to Outsource Tasks in a Flash

TaskRabbit superuser Adam Derewecki knows a thing or two about the sharing economy. He built his business on the idea that every photographer (whether they’re a professional or a hobbyist) should have access to the equipment they need to get the job done. He built CameraLends, a peer-to-peer camera sharing marketplace, as an alternative to purchasing expensive camera equipment. Adam relies on TaskRabbits to help with everything from promoting his business to pranking his coworkers. He took a few minutes to tell us about CameraLends and his love of all things TaskRabbit: What’s the mission of CameraLends? “CameraLends is a marketplace where photographers can post their gear for others to rent out locally, and where renters have access to a wide range of high-end and specialized camera equipment. You can think of us like a tool lending library, except the inventory is distributed among people in your neighborhood.” What made you decide to use TaskRabbit? “I’ve been in love with the service since I first heard about it. I can ask the Internet to do things …

self discipline

My Productivity Secret: Sticking to It

Guest blogger Ethan Austin is the co-founder of GiveForward, an online fundraising network that makes it possible to raise money for loved ones with medical expenses. Follow Ethan on Twitter @ethanaustin. Ninety-nine percent of the time the hard part isn’t knowing the right course of action. It’s having the discipline to stick to it. There are a million and one brilliant blog posts floating around the Interwebz that will tell you what you should be doing to be a more productive human being. This is not going to be one of them. And the reason why is simple: I totally suck at personal productivity so I’d be a total fraud if I gave you advice on how to be a more productive person. So instead of telling you what you should be doing, I’m going to let you in on a secret. You can read all the blog posts in the world with ingenius plans on how to be a more productive human being, but if you can’t stick to the plan, they don’t mean a whole …

Austin City SXSW

Five Things TaskRabbit Loves About SXSW

We’re pretty excited about heading down to Austin this week. Leah will be giving an exciting talk about the role of social reputation and trust mechanisms in our lives, and TaskRabbits will be on the ground helping companies, brands, and attendees. Since we still have to wait another day to pull on our cowboy boots, we put together this list of the five things we’re most excited about at this year’s festival: Panels, Talks, and Sessions This year’s lineup of speakers is overwhelmingly awesome. We wish we could clone ourselves and soak up all the knowledge that will be doled out around town during the week. The things we’re most looking forward to? Lyft / Zimride Co-Founder John Zimmer will chat about the role of UX in peer-to-peer marketplaces. RelayRides Founder Shelby Clark will speak alongside Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk and Etsy’s Juliet Gorman on the power of the sharing economy. Tumblr Founder David Karp will talk about building tools for the 85 million creators on the social content platform. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss will teach us …

Customer Service

Three ROI-Positive Strategies to Make Your Clients Feel Like a Million Bucks

As a savvy business owner, you likely have some understanding of what a customer is worth over the life of their relationship with you. Showing a little extra love now can pay off big time down the road — happy customers breed more happy customers. Here are three of the most effective (and ROI-positive) strategies to making your customers smile. Make it right. Understand that things will go wrong from time to time, but bending over backward to make it right inspires loyalty. Know what would resolve the customer’s issue, and then do a little more to wow them. If complaints aren’t common then the money you spend will preserve, and possibly boost, the lifetime value of that customer. Even in cases where you spend more than the customer is worth, you maintain a happy customer that doesn’t slam you on social networks or declare loudly to everyone in earshot that they shouldn’t bring business to you. Going above and beyond for customers can turn them into advocates for your business — leading to glowing …

HBO Girls SXSW Austin

TaskRabbits and the Urgent Content’s Activation for Girls SXSW 2012

The incredible companies that depended on TaskRabbits to fuel their 2012 South by Southwest experiences inspired us so much, we built a swanky dedicated tool in honor of them. The dedicated SXSW portal makes it easier than ever for brands to hire TaskRabbits for all their Austin needs. With all the talk of Austin in the air, we decided to check in with Staci Perkins — one of our favorite TaskPosters from last year’s festival. Staci was the Project Manager for “Urgent Content’s Activation for Girls SXSW,” a very cool social media initiative to raise awareness of the hit new HBO show, Girls. Could you tell me a bit about the Urgent Content Activation for Girls SXSW? “At SXSW 2012, we ran a social media scavenger hunt to promote Girls, a new show from HBO. People followed, tweeted, and retweeted for free food and drink, eventually earning the show nearly five thousand followers in less than a week. Within two weeks of its premiere, Girls was renewed for a second season.” [pullshow] What was the …

Do Less Be More Productivity

My Productivity Secret: Do Less

Guest blogger Sam Hodges is the co-founder of Endurance Lending Network, a web-based lending platform that connects small businesses looking for $50-500K of debt capital with non-traditional lending sources. Follow Sam on Twitter @HodgesSam. An irony of this blog entry is that I’m writing it a week later than I’d hoped — it’s been a busy week as we accelerate into the New Year at Endurance (a lender to small businesses in the U.S.). Endurance is the second company I’ve co-founded; my experience here (and in a variety of other managerial and investment-oriented roles over the past decade), has helped me define a set of productivity rules I try, not always faithfully, to live by: 1. Triage, triage, triage Some people call this the “80:20” principle — my experience is that ratio is misleading (and a bit trite), so I prefer to think of this as “triage” (what an admissions team at an ER does with incoming patients: they focus first on the ones where time is of the essence). For example, at Endurance our …

DogVacay

My Productivity Secret: Let the Dogs In

Guest blogger Aaron Hirschhorn, along with co-founder Karine Hirschhorn, converted his love for dogs into DogVacay, a community for dog owners who want an alternative to kennels and the hosts who are willing to bring them into their homes. Follow Aaron and DogVacay on Facebook and on Twitter @DogVacay. My life has gone to the dogs … literally. As CEO of DogVacay, the largest peer-to-peer community for pet services, my day is consistently full. And most of those activities are the same things that you see from CEOs on a regular basis: [pullshow] I meet with my top lieutenants for brief daily meeting so that we can be 100% aligned on our goals as a company. We re-evaluate our top priorities on a regular basis to avoid duplicating work and ensure that we’re focused on the highest value items. I regularly simplify the processes we use daily. This has helped me tackle the pile instead of doing the same things all of the time. I am religious about reading emails and listening to messages and physically …

Vayable Local Expierence

Vayable Makes Everyone a Local

We’re mighty proud to be part of the sharing economy, so you can imagine how excited we are to count so many collaborative consumption companies in the TaskRabbit for Business community. This week we decided to catch up with the co-founder and CEO of one of our favorite companies, Jamie Wong of Vayable. By providing an incredible marketplace that makes it easy to access local experts, Vayable is redefining the art of travel. Jamie was kind enough to chat with us about her vision for Vayable — and how TaskRabbits are helping her realize it. What’s the mission of Vayable? “To enable entrepreneurship, cultural exchange, and community worldwide by empowering people to share experiences with others.” How do TaskRabbits help out the Vayable team? “‘How doesn’t the Vayable team use TaskRabbit?’ might be a better question. TaskRabbits deliver us food, Apple equipment, and matzo ball soup for our friends when they get sick. They’ve helped us move (several times), and kept us healthy with juice cleanses and warm with firewood for our in-office fireplace.” What …

TaskRabbit SXSW Austin

TaskRabbit Kicks Off Dedicated Business Product With Exclusive South By Southwest Web Portal

Today, TaskRabbit is thrilled to launch a web portal that makes it possible for businesses of all sizes to fuel their SXSW experience with Austin-based TaskRabbits. The launch coincides with the new TaskRabbit For Business program, a business-facing product that’s more reliable than online classifieds, less costly than traditional temp agencies, and customizable to exactly what a business needs. [pullshow] SXSW 2012 saw dozens of the tech and entertainment world’s most innovative companies and brands, including Airbnb, Bravo, and HBOGirls, relying on TaskRabbit for marketing, event, and on-the-ground support in Austin. “It was awesome to see the organic yet massive growth from businesses last year when we’d just barely launched in Austin,” says TaskRabbit’s Head of Business Development, Victor Echevarria. [pullthis]“Now, with a dedicated TaskRabbit for Business offering and a first-of-its-kind SXSW tool, we’re excited for the opportunity to be the local, background-checked staffing force that powers SXSW Interactive in 2013.” [/pullthis] Building on the existing demand for reliable, trustworthy Austin-based assistance, TaskRabbit’s SXSW portal makes it easy for businesses from anywhere in the world …