What do you do when your bank screws up and you can’t get an actual person on the line? If you’re like TaskPoster Mina R., you keep trying (and trying… and trying) until you finally reach a living, breathing person who tells you there’s nothing they can do. Did Mina suck it up and take a loss of $2,000? She sure didn’t. She hired TaskRabbit Karryn N. to write a letter to her bank. Karryn and Mina collaborated on the letter’s content in a GoogleDoc, then Karryn polished it up, printed it out, and sent it off to the bank. Ten days later, Mina received a check for $2,000 from her bank. “To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting anything back,” she told us, “but I felt so much better that I had at least dealt with it in the best way I could.” We’ve gotta admit — we’re pretty impressed with this one. We’ve witnessed people outsourcing all kinds of things on TaskRabbit, but hiring someone to patiently deal with the customer service blackhole …
You know that old cliche about college students surviving on ramen noodles? It doesn’t have to be that way. If someone you love is heading off to campus this fall, don’t send a tired old care package. Make like Theresa C. and send a delivery of healthy groceries instead. As a Level 20 TaskRabbit, Theresa knows a thing or two about how to make people’s lives easier. So when her sister started school in Chicago this week, Theresa (who lives in San Francisco) hired Chicago TaskRabbit Tanitah T. to pick up groceries from Whole Foods and personally deliver them. We love this Task for so many reasons: 1. It’s a great way to send some comfort to college students far from home. 2. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder to eat healthy foods (hey, it could even help stave off that freshman fifteen). 3. Many college students are on campuses without access to a car and this Task saves them a long trek. 4. This simple gift saves busy and broke students time and money. 5. We …
Sometimes you just have a bad week. And sometimes you have a really, really bad week. That’s the kind of week a friend of Seattle TaskPoster Gayle M. was having, so Gayle decided to do something about it. She hired a TaskRabbit to cheer up her friend by delivering a surprise bottle of wine. Trish C. picked out a great bottle, dressed it up with a gift bag and card, and delivered it to Gayle’s buddy. Do you have a pal that’s going through a rough spot? Post a Task now to send that person a little cheer. We suggest cupcakes, chocolate, wine, or your friend’s favorite comfort food. Hey, that’s what friends are for.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal chef? If someone else was chopping the kale and searing the salmon and toasting the quinoa, eating well would be so easy. Hey, it worked for Oprah. For an affordable alternative to having a full-time chef on your payroll, make like Olivia M. and hire a TaskRabbit to prepare your meals. Olivia wanted to commit to healthy eating but knew she’d never have enough time to make the meals herself. That’s why she hired TaskRabbit Nicholas P., a chef who’s worked in multiple Michelin-starred kitchens. Nicholas designed a menu just for Olivia including seven tasty meals with high protein, no carbs, and plenty of veggies. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, gain a little more energy, or justify eating a giant cheesesteak for lunch, try posting a cooking Task today.
Many people in the TaskRabbit community are also wild about other companies in the sharing space. Companies like Airbnb, our buddies with the spiffy new website, make it easy to rent out a couch, spare room, or entire apartment while you’re away. Only one problem: how do you let your guests into your home while you’re out of town? Clever TaskPosters like Drew B. have already figured out the solution: hire a TaskRabbit for your key exchange. New York TaskRabbit TJ Y. met Drew’s guests and handed off the key. It was almost too easy. TaskPoster Thomas T. travels frequently and often rents out his studio to Airbnb guests. That’s why he works with TaskRabbit Nyna N. to make the space sparkle between guests. Thinking about using Airbnb during your vacation? Take a cue from these seasoned hosts and hire a TaskRabbit to handle the logistics.
Did you know the summer solstice doesn’t refer to the day, but to the exact instant in time the axial tilt of the semi-axis of one of Earth’s hemispheres is most inclined toward the Sun? True story, Wikipedia told us. June 20th is not only the summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year, it’s also going to be really, really hot. Not that it’s the first blistering day this month — TaskPosters in cities around the country have already been feeling the heat. So much so that they’ve hired TaskRabbits to help keep cool. New York TaskRabbit Erik B. is providing some heat relief for Hannah B. by installing a window AC unit in her 6th floor New York City apartment. He’s also giving Douglas W. a hand with the front window unit of his Park Slope home. Chicago TaskPoster Ramki S. tapped TaskRabbit Davidson F. to lug four AC units up from the basement and install them on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Need to cool down? Post …
You know what’s getting out of control? Your CD collection. Seriously, shouldn’t you have converted to all digital by now? We know, we know, it takes time to burn all those albums onto your computer, but some TaskPosters have stumbled upon the easy solution. You guessed it — hire a TaskRabbit! New York TaskPoster Cheryl H. hired Racheal A. to tackle her stack of 525 CDs into digital submission, SF TaskPoster Julie C. had the same brilliant idea, but asked Jocelyn A. to also sync the music up with her iPhone. Meanwhile New York TaskRabbit Jesse M. helped TaskPoster Dylan S. out by tidying up his digital music library. For those of you with sky-high stacks of CDs teetering ominously nearby, take a hint from this Task of the Week and get digitized already.
TaskRabbits save the day on the regular — tackling your grocery shopping, rescuing you from the plight of assembling Ikea furniture, and delivering beer to your office for impromptu happy hours. Yep, your friendly neighborhood TaskRabbits are no strangers to being heroes, but last week New York TaskRabbit Shayna L. saved the day in an entirely new way. You see, TaskPoster Zev A. was in the maternity ward, ready to welcome the birth of a new baby when he realized he’d left his camera charger at home. No charger meant no photos of his brand new bundle of joy! Luckily, Zev knew exactly what to do — he posted an emergency Task for someone to swing by his apartment, grab the charger from his doorman, and rush it to the hospital. Shayna was on the case within 10 minutes and Zev had his charger as quickly as Midtown traffic would allow!
It’s no secret that we’re dog lovers here at TaskRabbit. Not only was a dog crucial to the founding of our company (that would be Kobe, a 100-pound yellow lab and our Chief Inspiration Officer), a TaskRabbit even helped one New York family find their perfect pup. But as much as we love canines, we also love kitties. That’s why a collective and audible “Awwwww” swept through the TaskRabbit offices when TaskPoster Caroline G. posted a cat delivery Task this week. To help a friend in San Francisco through a difficult time, Caroline decided to send a kitten — via a Virgin America flight from New York. TaskRabbit Edward D. met the kitten at San Francisco International Airport, picked up litter and cat food, and delivered her (with a bow, naturally) right to Caroline’s friend. What an incredible way to show you care from afar.
Stephanie K. had cake on the brain. Tiny, elegant, orb-shaped cakes, to be precise. As she researched dessert recipes for her husband’s surprise 40th birthday party, she caught wind of the “cake ball” trend. They were everywhere. On Pinterest, on her favorite blogs, and even in wedding magazines, She knew these tiny cake nibbles would be a unique and fun addition to the party, but she also knew she’d never have the time to make them. That’s why she needed Joan C., Boston TaskRabbit and pastry dominator. Joan baked the cake, crumbled it up (we suspect this part was the most fun), mixed in frosting, rolled the dough into tiny balls, and dipped them in chocolate bark. On a separate Task for the party, Joan also helped whip up some bacon-wrapped scallops. With the fancy apps and desserts all taken care of, Stephanie had time to focus on her guests. The result? An awesome 40th birthday for a man with a very wise wife (and plenty of cake).