Before TaskRabbit, it was difficult to efficiently outsource tasks that required physical presence, but that does not diminish the value of virtual assistance. The world is increasingly online — including your grandmother now that Facebook hit 500 million users — and so is your to-do list. You don’t have to reside in the Boston or San Francisco areas to live smarter by shifting some of the burden to a computer-savvy Rabbit.
The Lost Art of Thank You Notes
Perfectionism, combined with the fast-paced modern lifestyle, can make it easy to forget your manners. Now that everyone you know can see how much fun you’ve been having via your Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare activity, it’s more awkward than ever when you realize that a month or two has passed since a family member or business associate did something really awesome for you and the gracious thank you note you had planned fell by the wayside. Maybe you got married and invited an overwhelming number of guests. If you’re embarrassed that all the time you’ve spent typing has diminished your penmanship, try Paperless Post. If you simply can’t find the words or time, enlist help.
Throwing a party
One of the best ways to get the word out and determine head count for a party is through online invitations. There’s a plethora of potential services to use: evite, Socializr, Facebook, and our favorite, Pingg. Bounce party theme ideas off a Rabbit and have them wade through the hundreds of templates in each service to assemble the best invitation to impress your friends. If you want to go the old school route or have a particularly formal event, we can sift through paper invitation options as well. How about hiring a party planner Rabbit? You’ll be able to relax and enjoy your party as much as your guests when you leave the work of tracking down temporary furniture like folding tables and chairs or researching venues and caterers to the pros.
Effectively organizing text and photos on a web page can make a big difference when you’re trying to launch a business, rent out a property, or display a menu. Not everyone knows how to put together a quick web page, but our techy Rabbits do. Even those who are creating their own sites can benefit from usability testing. If you want to clean up some images for your existing web site or to improve your confidence on social networks but aren’t ready to shell out for your own copy of Photoshop, lean on a Rabbit who already has it. Maybe your business needs a blog to keep your customers engaged but you’re feeling bogged down by all the work it takes to keep generating new content. Let a Rabbit do your research or create a few stock posts to use when there isn’t anything particularly newsworthy to share.
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek and champion automator, was once challenged to outsource his online dating, and you know what? It worked. Maybe you’re shy or aren’t sure how to convey yourself in a way that is most appealing to the opposite sex. This is exactly the type of situation that calls for a third party proxy. A Rabbit who is detached from your personal embarrassment will have no problem getting you out there. Leave it to your matchmaker Rabbit to create your first profile, manage and maintain profiles on multiple sites, pre-screen other profiles according to your criteria, or even schedule dates at designated times. All you have to do is show up and be your charming, delightful self.