TaskRabbit Review: Is It a Good Way To Make Money?

GOBankingRates Score

4.6
Our take: TaskRabbit is a platform that provides a place to start a flexible and scalable business. The site connects service providers, also known as Taskers, with people who are willing to pay. You set your own rates and schedule, so it is easy to work around an existing job or other responsibilities. Taskers are paid almost immediately through Stripe. TaskRabbit can be picked up or set down as it's needed.
  • Flexible Schedule
    4.9
  • Earning Potential
    4.8
  • Mobile App
    4.5
  • Task Options
    4.2
How did we calculate this?

Pros

  • Flexible schedule
  • Set your own rates
  • Some virtual services available
  • Many of the services can be contactless
  • TaskRabbit provides limited insurance for certain damages
  • Consistent payment

Cons

  • There's an upfront fee to get on the platform
  • There's a screening process
  • The service fee is 15% of the Tasker's rate
  • TaskRabbit is not available everywhere
  • Work availability can be inconsistent
  • The company can be hard to contact

What Is TaskRabbit?

TaskRabbit was established in 2008 by Leah Busque as RunMyErrand when she had a problem getting to the store to buy food for her dog. It was intended to be a neighbors-helping-neighbors type of service and still tries to have that vibe. In 2010, it adopted the current name, TaskRabbit, and in 2017 TaskRabbit was acquired by Ikea. The main change that came from that acquisition was the added furniture assembly service.

TaskRabbit is a platform that links up people who are willing to do jobs, or tasks, with people who are willing to pay to get these things done. Usually, these tasks are advertised as odd jobs, but they can be anything as small as hanging a picture to much larger projects, such as landscaping. There are even people willing to pay you to wait in line.

How To Become a Tasker

There are six steps to becoming a Tasker:

1. Sign Up

To sign up for TaskRabbit, you have to create an account online and then download the Tasker app. It’s available on the App Store and Google Play.

2. Build a Profile

Choose the services you want to offer and add a little information about your experience in that field. Make sure you add a photo. Taskers with good photos earn up to almost twice as much as those without photos, according to TaskRabbit. It doesn’t have to be a professional headshot. You just need a clear photo of your face against a plain background, so your clients know who to expect.

3. Verify Your Eligibility

TaskRabbit verifies a Tasker’s eligibility on several levels. A Tasker must have a Social Security number and be over the age of 18. They must also pass a background check and be able to provide licenses or certifications for work that requires it, such as that of an electrician or plumber. In some states, Taskers may need to have a business license.

4. Pay the Registration Fee

The registration fee is a one-time payment of $25. While this may contribute to keeping out people who just want to check out the platform, it also puts up an obstacle if you’re hurting for cash. There’s no guarantee that you’ll make your money back.

5. Set Your Work Schedule and Your Area

You will receive notifications when people are looking for Taskers that fit your profile. Some tasks may need to be done right then, so you’re more or less on call. Be realistic about your schedule and the distance you are willing to drive.

6. Start Working

Accept requests sent to your phone and get paid.

How Does TaskRabbit Work?

Once you’re approved as a Tasker, you can set up your profile for as many services as you’d like. You can set a different rate for each service, too.

Once someone in your area posts a task that matches a service you’re set up to do, you’ll receive a notification. You’ll only receive these notifications if you set your profile to “available.” All communications and exchange of money can be done through the TaskRabbit website or app. As with most services, after the task is completed, the requester can leave a review.

Taskers are paid through Stripe. Payment is typically approved within 24 hours of finishing a task, but it can take Stripe three to five days to deposit the money in your bank account.

TaskRabbit generates its revenue through a 15% service fee that’s taken out of the Tasker’s rates. Since Taskers set their own rates, you can lump this fee into your hourly calculation, but only if the market can handle it. There’s no service fee taken out of any reimbursements that a Tasker may get, such as for paying for something while running errands.

    How Much Do Taskers Make?

    Taskers set their own rates, but if you want to get any tasks, then you’ll have to look at the going rate for that service. If you charge $200 an hour but don’t have any reviews, it’s unlikely you’ll get any takers.

    Average rates usually depend on the service and the location. Near Denver, for example, the average hourly rate for assembling furniture is $35.29 and the average for helping people move is $64.70. For standing in line, the average hourly rate is $20.58. In Los Angeles, the average rate for waiting in line is $47.05.

    In short, how much Taskers make can vary wildly, but TaskRabbit isn’t a race to the bottom like some other platforms. While only having the option to charge hourly does lower the potential ceiling, TaskRabbit rates are still higher than the starting hourly wage of a pizza delivery driver.

    Ways To Earn Money on TaskRabbit

    There are more than 200 different tasks for you to choose from. Most of the tasks are in person, so location is important, but some are virtual. In-person tasks can be almost any service you can think of. People need someone to assemble furniture, perform handyman tasks, deliver or pick up items, and clean.

    The most popular of the virtual tasks are things related to virtual assistant duties, but there is also research, writing and office administration work.

    Pro Tips To Maximize Your Earnings

    Once you’re set up and comfortable on TaskRabbit, you might reach a point where you want to take it to the next level. Instead of waiting, consider implementing these tips as soon as possible to maximize your earnings.

    • Add all of the services you’re comfortable doing. The more services you have available, the bigger your reach.
    • Make yourself available for same-day tasks. You may even be able to fetch higher rates if you’re the only person available at that time.
    • Expand your availability. You won’t show up in client searches during times that you schedule unavailable.
    • Double-check that your rates are right for the service. Never be the one with the lowest rate for a service, and don’t charge the most unless you have reviews to back it up.
    • Make sure your short pitches are on point. These little descriptions of your experience can take weeks to perfect and will need tweaking over time — they’re not the set-it-and-forget-it kind.

    How TaskRabbit Compares to Other Side Gigs

    TaskRabbit is great if you want variety in your side gig. Since you can pick your tasks, you get to decide what you’re doing with your time. That means it already has an advantage when comparing it to other side gig platforms. While all of the other options featured below allow for flexible schedules, TaskRabbit is the only one that allows you to set your own rates.

    TaskRabbit vs. Rideshares

    Most people who are interested and able to drive for rideshare platforms such as Uber or Lyft are already doing it. For some people, driving for these services requires too much face-to-face interaction with others. Depending on the task, TaskRabbit services are usually much lower in human contact.

    TaskRabbit does not have any requirement for a vehicle beyond one that works. That is only for services that would logically require a vehicle. Many services don’t require a vehicle at all.

    TaskRabbit vs. Grocery or Food Delivery

    TaskRabbit recommends that Taskers keep their acceptance rating above 75%, but this goal is lower than other gig platforms, such as Instacart. Most services on TaskRabbit don’t have surge or busy hours like grocery or food delivery does.

    The tasks can be scheduled at times that are convenient for the Tasker and the client, rather than ASAP per the client’s request. ASAP tasks are available, but there can be a surcharge for them, which means more money to you for the inconvenience.

    TaskRabbit vs. Charging Scooters

    If you’d rather not talk to people at all, then charging Bird or Lime scooters might be a better fit, but if you’d like a little human contact or want to help people, then TaskRabbit is a much better choice. Most tasks are usually performed during waking hours, but some can be done at night. Charging scooters almost always requires staying up late to pick up the scooters and getting up early to return them.

    Is TaskRabbit Worth It?

    There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding if TaskRabbit is worth your time. Due to the flexibility that TaskRabbit offers when it comes to setting your schedule and rates and choosing the services you want to offer, this TaskRabbit review gives it 4.6 out of 5 stars.

    Key Takeaway

    If you already have an idea or hobby that you want to turn into a side gig, then TaskRabbit is the best option for you. You can pick services that most closely resemble what you already enjoy, and use the platform to network. Because TaskRabbit has a built-in user base, it can take less time for a service startup to start getting clients than if you tried to market your services on your own.

    TaskRabbit FAQ

    Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about TaskRabbit.
    • Is TaskRabbit legitimate?
      • Yes. TaskRabbit is a legitimate platform to connect people who are willing to pay for chores and errands to be done and the people willing to do them.
    • How much money can you make on TaskRabbit?
      • Many factors determine how much you make on TaskRabbit. Since you set your own rates and schedule, you can make as much or more than a part-time job. The market for some services may support even higher earnings.
    • Is becoming a Tasker worth it?
      • If you are willing to look for a second or part-time job, then becoming a Tasker is worth it. You have to put a little more effort into it than some part-time jobs, but in exchange, you'll have a flexible, scalable microbusiness.
    • Is TaskRabbit a good way to make money?
      • The answer to this depends more on you than on TaskRabbit. If you only need a couple of dollars here and there, TaskRabbit may not be right for you. Also, if you want a job where you just have to show up and be paid for your time, TaskRabbit won't work. If you are the kind of person who likes to have a lot of control over the decisions made around your time, then TaskRabbit can be a good way to make money.

    About the Author

    Diane Fogle is the owner and sole freelance writer at The Little Green Bird. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.  The research skills gained through that program, combined with a love of learning and intellectual freedom, have led her to a passion for helping businesses communicate with their customers. She lives in Colorado where she hikes with her husband, two young daughters and an old greyhound.

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