All posts tagged: small business

Have You Tried One of the Top 6 Types of Business Tasks?

1. Office Errands Sometimes you just need a company-wide breakfast of bagels and bacon to get going on Monday. That’s why office managers and small business owners use TaskRabbit for food errands or any other errands your office needs. Post This Task 2. Deliveries  Bakeries, sandwich shops, and coffee companies in all our active markets use TaskRabbits as an on-demand delivery force. And no wonder — they’re fast, reliable, and you only hire them when you need them. Post This Task 3. Admin Support Professional TaskRabbits can handle all kinds of admin duties — virtually or in-house. More and more companies are trading the hefty temp agency fees and frustrations of freelance hiring in for the easy and secure experience of working with TaskRabbits. Data entry, travel planning, comparative research, filing — TaskRabbits are experts at it all. Post This Task 4. Event Staff Smart companies don’t take chances on event staffing. They hire TaskRabbits because they’re polished, friendly, and ready to work as bartenders, caterers, event planners, photographers, DJs, and more. Post This Task …

How to Hire Extraordinary People

The more than 50 people on our team have totally different interests, hobbies, tastes, backgrounds, and skills, but we also have an awful lot in common. For example, it’s no secret that we’re all culture junkies here at TaskRabbit. We’re also obsessed with sharing, learning, and food. Oh, and we’re all totally product and data-driven. What is this, a cult? Nope, it’s just the results of some really fantastic people sourcing. Our founder knows a thing or two about hiring amazing people (if we do say so ourselves), and she decided to share this wisdom in her latest Huffington Post column, “How to Hire Extraordinary People.” Here’s a peek: Hiring’s tough. It’s not just filtering through hundreds of applications and blocking out big chunks of your day for interviews — those are the simple parts. The difficult thing is the nagging feeling that, despite your best efforts, the perfect candidate will somehow fall through the cracks. This feeling is deepened by screening processes designed for efficiently identifying suitable candidates, rather than isolating the absolute best …

How the Sharing Economy is Helping Small Businesses Thrive

Businesses within the sharing economy help busy people live more efficiently while supporting micro-entrepreneurs. But did you know they can also help small business owners set up shop, struggle through the lean times, scale their companies, and even improve their product offerings? Leah’s latest column in The Huffington Post is about just that. Here’s a look: When a person decides to open up a brick-and-mortar business, push “go” on a startup concept, or venture in any other way into full-fledged business ownership, a lot of questions pop up. Questions about money, product viability, staffing, working space, equipment costs, and about whether their company will be welcomed into the market. One question in particular overshadows the excitement of having a great business idea: Is it worth the risk? I’ve witnessed case study after case study of the sharing economy taking this risk off the table for small business founders, and let me tell you: I’m inspired. There used to be only a few inconvenient answers to the question, “How will I finance this?” A founder could …

Task of the Week: Make Tax Day Go Away

Albert Einstein famously said, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” Now, this was a guy who definitely knew a thing or two about understanding things. Maybe it’s because we share this sentiment that so many of us habitually put off doing our taxes until the very last minute. But, now that we’re swiftly approaching that “very last minute,” it’s time for a tax day battle plan. Unlike Einstein, we have access to the best possible line of defense against the IRS: the talented and friendly TaskRabbit. TaskRabbits are already busy sorting through papers, scanning receipts, and mastering Excel spreadsheets for TaskPosters around the country. Take the case of Carrie S., an Austin TaskPoster and college student who was a little lost about how to file her out-of-state Kansas income taxes. Susan K., a TaskRabbit neighbor with accounting experience, swooped in to solve her problem. San Francisco freelancer Adia M. didn’t need to stress about filing her taxes either, she simply posted a Task to Sarah T., a TaskRabbit with …

Rabbit Road Trip to SF!

Yes the rumors are true, as Scott Kirsner reported this morning, Kevin and I have decided to move west for the launch of TaskRabbit.com in San Francisco. It was a tough decision to head west, and I’ve appreciated all the support from family and friends as we make this journey. I realize there is some rivalry between the two coasts, especially when we are talking about a certain city, but our reason for moving is simple. TaskRabbit has a somewhat unique model, in that we are hyper-local, we scale city by city. It is only natural at this early stage, as the Founder, I would want to ensure that everything goes perfectly in the second market. So in order to absolutely nail our launch in San Francisco, I want to be out there, learning the landscape, the neighborhoods, and the idiosyncrasies. After this second city, we will have learned enough about scaling of the model to go quickly after that. Our Boston-based operations team will remain in place the Cambridge office to support our East …