August 5, 2010 by Post Team · Comments Off 

TaskrabbitTaskrabbit, I met TaskRabbit which coincides with people who can run errands for you, or you engage with the people they need to do paperwork, read this excellent article in the Wall Street Journal working in home runs. With TaskRabbit, you put a task, price, and a “corridor” (second message, rabbit, person doing errands) picks it up, usually within 30 minutes. After completing the task, and the rate you pay your broker.

There are about 300 runners, most of whom earn about 15 on order, according to the WSJ. Most brokers are self-employed, unemployed, or work at home parents. TaskRabbit currently operates in Boston and San Francisco, but is looking to expand.

Recent work on the website:

And 10 – give me + a couple of things for a walk
And 25 – Pick up jacket left on Fillmore Theatre
And 15 – to collect rent check in downtown SF, left on Piedmont Avenue. Oakland

I understand that a service like TaskRabbit is helping to create jobs and everything, but let me rant for a moment. In many less developed countries, it is very easy to find someone nearby to do something for you, what you need, really. When I lived in Ghana, which had a lady come to our door and sold us bread, we had our clothes every time I wanted to do for a man close, if we wanted something fixed in our rooms, just had to put a man voice and come with a hammer and toolbox and take care of it. We would like to pay cash in return. It was convenient and effective.

But here’s the clincher: “developing countries.” Are things really so bad here in the States that the rich are using the masses of unemployed in the command, to run errands for a small change? Worse, all those transactions in the register so they can be taxed? As a clean and efficient as TaskRabbit, I can not see it as a symbol of economic decay of our own society. There are enough jobs for everyone, so those of us who are better off being used as aid through the Internet.

Someone please give me one good reason that we are not in another depression.