A new app called TaskRabbit is taking off in Austin. The San Francisco-based website and mobile app is helping people get things done, whether it's hiring someone to pick up groceries or bring an umbrella when it starts to rain.
For most people there are just not enough hours in a day to get everything done. That's where TaskRabbit
"[It's] for folks that are busy in their professional lives and need their laundry done or need Ikea furniture built, their groceries picked up, or their dogs watched," said Hudson Baird, who has been a TaskRabbit in Austin for about two months.
TaskRabbit is quickly gaining popularity in Austin during SXSW. It works by simply logging online in and posting a task. Task Rabbits then set a price, and the customer chooses which person to hire.
On Thursday, the task for Hudson Baird was to pick up tacos for someone in town for SXSW, he tells me he makes a couple hundred dollars a month thanks to the website.
"This one, I'll get paid $20 plus the cost of the tacos," said Baird.
During SXSW, TaskRabbits have done everything from delivering umbrellas in the rain to getting coffee for people. And for frequent user Cullen Wilson, he says it's worked perfectly every time.
"Today we needed food this morning and didn't want to go anywhere so we got TaskRabbit to bring food back," said Wilson.
TaskRabbits like Baird undergo numerous background checks and interviews before being able to perform a task, something that users like Wilson says makes the service reliable.
"It's not some anonymous person that shows up, and I feel like they've done a good job with a rating system on their site to have some level of trust," he said.
TaskRabbit isn't just for people attending SXSW, either. The website is in Austin to stay. Users say it can be helpful to anyone who needs a task done quickly and are looking for a little help in getting that to-do list all checked off.
"I think it's great for anybody, anyone in a pinch anyone that's in a situation where they can't get somewhere but need something brought to them," said Wilson.