It has never been easier to pick up a side hustle. In many cities, all you need is a smartphone and a TaskRabbit profile.
The task-based service operates in nearly 40 cities and is open to those age 21 or older. Users, dubbed Taskers, select and rate their skills, set hourly fees and complete a background check — a $20 startup expense. Pass and you can be connected instantly with all manner of gigs.
Here are just a few ways to make money on TaskRabbit. (Note: Some task types may be available only in certain cities.)
1. Run errands
Pick up dry cleaning. Drop off packages at the post office. Get prescriptions filled. These errands are a logistical pain for most people. Ease their burden at a rate of $30 per hour, depending on your city and the errands required. Bonus points, and dollars, if you have a reliable vehicle, as some errands may require a car or truck.
2. Make deliveries
Delivery tasks are among the most in demand on TaskRabbit. Assignments can include delivery of such things as groceries to a busy mom, donuts to an office meeting and beer to a party. Beginner Taskers typically are hired at $22 per hour, according to TaskRabbit’s website. You need access to transportation to complete delivery tasks, in most cases. Also, you won’t get reimbursed for expenses like gas or feeding the parking meter.
Yes, you can get paid to wait — in line, on a field, for a delivery, you name it. In Washington, D.C., for example, Taskers can earn $35 per hour or more to snag someone a spot at a hot new restaurant or hold a field for a recreational sports team. All you need is a good book, a blanket or chair and a few hours of free time.
Turn your creative talents into a side gig. You can help decorate for an event such as a wedding or house party or simply help clients hang pictures on their wall or Christmas lights from the eaves of their home. Rates for decoration typically start at $18 per hour.
5. Assemble furniture
Putting together Ikea furniture is a skill that can earn you big money. Taskers in Chicago, for example, often command more than $40 per hour to assemble furniture, and some charge as much as $70 per hour. Unless otherwise specified, you’re expected to bring your own tools to complete assembly.
6. Help at a party
Pick up gigs as a bartender, server or caterer for events. Taskers might also be called on to greet guests and help with setup and cleanup. Some requests for party staff may be more unconventional, especially around Halloween, when Taskers can often get gigs that simply require them to dress in costume and mingle with guests.
7. Do yard work
Enjoy getting your hands dirty in the yard? Help someone who doesn’t, or doesn’t have the time to do so. Taskers can pick up gigs mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow, trimming trees and planting flowers. TaskRabbit suggests setting your rate at $25 per hour to start, though you can increase it based on your experience level and if you have your own equipment, such as a lawn mower or weed trimmer.
8. Clean house
Few people like to clean. That’s probably why so many people are willing to pay $27 an hour or more to have someone else do it. You can be that someone else by purchasing a mop and other cleaning supplies. You can land a one-time cleaning gig or a recurring stint, depending on the request.
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