As the world of work continues to change, so too does the means of getting work.  A “distributed workforce” model is becoming more popular.  This is demonstrated by many of the innovative new companies such as TaskRabbit.

If you have something you need done, you can place a bid on taskrabbit.com.  Tasks can be almost anything such as cleaning a room, picking up groceries, a data-entry project, setting up a computer, yard work, repairing a broken pipe, painting a fence, organizing an office, or taking a dog to the vet.  A pool of available, screened, qualified local workers will see that bid via their smartphones.  Any number of those persons may choose to make you an offer, and you automatically receive the one with the lowest price.

Founded in 2008 by Leah Busque, TaskRabbit is growing rapidly.  Busque earned a BS degree in mathematics and computer science, graduating magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College.  Prior to starting TaskRabbit she was a software engineer with IBM.

TaskRabbit is up and running in major metropolitan areas such as Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle, and San Fran Cisco.  Expansion into many additional cities is ongoing.

Security is always a concern.  Nevertheless, I am impressed with the screening and background-check process TaskRabbit requires of every worker.  It is very rigorous.

TaskRabbit seems to be a marvelous mechanism to match idle workers to gigs in real time.  Although some folks claim to make it a fulltime occupation, I suspect that only happens after working the system for a long time to build up your contacts and reputation.  Nevertheless, for anyone who likes variety, short notice, and the opportunity to be paid, TaskRabbit is a terrific way to do that.


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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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