TaskRabbit Hops Into Nashville Market

Posted at 7:45 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 08:49:20-04

If you're looking for extra income, a part-time job, or maybe a way to give back to your community, TaskRabbit has bounced into Nashville.

The San Francisco-based tech company is up and running in about 30 other cities and it just launched here. 

You may have heard about the app. It was even featured on this season of  "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix.

The premise is simple: you choose a type of service, like handyman, house-cleaner or mover. Submit some details about the job and TaskRabbit will give you three-taskers to choose from, along with their hourly rate.

Kim Robertson is a mom, a small business owner and now, a task rabbit.

"Given that it's completely new in Nashville. I don't know anyone who knows about it," she said. 

Robertson saw the ad on Facebook and said it seemed like a perfect fit for her busy schedule.

"My husband and I own a screen-printing business, a Christian one. We have to respond to the needs of our business as well as homeschooling our kids," she said, "Finding something flexible like TaskRabbit, where I can set my own schedule and it doesn't have to be regular at all. I can respond to the needs of our business really easily. And if I'm not available I just turn it off and say 'I'm unavailable.'"

The app is a lot like Uber or Lyft. Just download the app. Put in a request for help with a small job. Select a tasker, like Robertson, and just like that the job gets done.

"Moving or yard work of furniture assembly," she said. 

So what about safety? The company said they vet their taskers using background and identity checks. On average, the cost for the services is $35 an hour. In case anything goes wrong, taskers are covered by the company for up to $1 million in property damage. 

"We are happy to have the opportunity to bring in a bit more money," she said.