(SAN FRANCISCO) -- They could be anybody: lawyers, doctors, police officers. What do they all have in common? They're all TaskRabbits.
TaskRabbit, based in San Francisco, is a sort of an eBay for odd jobs. Here's how it works: You have an errand you need to run but you don't have time to do it, so you go on TaskRabbit.com, post the task and post the amount you'd be willing to pay for it. Once it's up there, a band of carefully vetted TaskRabbits bid on the task.
Generally, the lowest bidder wins. TaskRabbit gets a cut of the transaction, but the bidder gets that extra bit of cash in his or her pocket.
In this economy, those little tasks can go a long way.
Since its inception in 2008, at the start of the recession, there have been more than 2,000 TaskRabbit "runners." Since then they have expanded to six different cities: New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Orange County in California.
At the height of the recession, 70 percent of the runners were mostly unemployed or underemployed. By the company's estimates, TaskRabbits have altogether earned $10.5 million in the past three years.
The company makes people undergo a rigorous process to become a TaskRabbit, including a video interview, federal background check, Social Security number trace and, lastly, a test to see if applicants have what it takes.
CEO Leah Busque said, "We have folks who are making this their full-time jobs, almost their second career. We have people that cash out up to almost $5,000 a month, just from doing TaskRabbit tasks."
No one company can rescue America from its economic woes, but TaskRabbit aims to help people take back their lives, be their own boss, help people out, make some money and just feel good again.
"I know how to make them happy, and I like making them happy," TaskRabbit Hohen said. "It's a win-win situation."
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