Okay, I’m cheating a little bit because this happened before baby girl came along, but once upon a time, I was a Tasker. That’s what they call people who complete TaskRabbit tasks.
Payment varies. The low end is about $18 per hour, while high end can be $50/$60 per hour depending on your skill set. TaskRabbit takes a 30% cut of whatever you make, which is pretty hefty. (The company used to take less if you had a repeat customer, but that perk was recently discontinued.)
There are some hoops to jump through before you start. You have to go to an orientation in person, which in my case meant an hour away in San Francisco. Driving and parking in the city stinks. Worse yet, the whole orientation could have been completed just as easily through an explainer video.
After the orientation, TaskRabbit activated my account. You can set your schedule ahead of time and book jobs in advance, but I was never sure enough about my family life, work life, etc. to book in advance. Snagging jobs on the fly is tough, you’re competing with other Taskers and the Taskers that do the most tasks get first shot at the new ones.
I did about five tasks before my account expired. That’s right if you don’t complete a task within a certain time frame (I think it was 60 days) your account is frozen and you can’t start working again until you go to another orientation. Finding tasks in my area was tough. There were a lot fewer in my area and they were gobbled up quickly.
I made good cash, but nothing life-changing.
- The money goes directly into your account.
- You’re paid within a week or two of completing tasks.
- If you’re trying to build a business, it could be used to find clients.
- You can receive tips.
- Sometimes you get free stuff.
- The 30% fee is killer.
- If you’re a skilled laborer, like a handyman, you’d make better money on your own.
- The hoops you have to jump through to become a Tasker are insane, especially if you’re just doing it occasionally.
- The number and types of tasks available depend on where you live.
- Many of the tasks I did were far away. 15 to 20 miles is a lot when you have to drive in San Francisco Bay Area traffic.