Many people live busy lives. Between working full time, going to gym and taking care of children, they don’t have time for cleaning, laundry and other household chores. While many hire private house cleaners, many look for help on sites such as TaskRabbit and Handy.
These sites allow users to book experienced professionals to help them with mundane tasks such as house cleaning, laundry, furniture assembly, installing appliances, shopping and making deliveries. You can sign up to book one of these professionals or you can sign up and make money on the side performing tasks that others don’t want to do.
Sites such as TaskRabbit and Handy serve as middlemen. They help connect people with professionals to help them with household chores. It’s a safer alternative to sites such as Craigslist, who are filled with scammers and criminals. By using TaskRabbit or Handy as a consumer, you get peace of mind knowing that the person you hire has had a background check. As a contractor, you know that you will get paid for your work.
These two platforms work in a similar fashion but have some differences that may make one site better the other. Read on to learn more TaskRabbit and Handy.
What is Handy?
Handy was formed in 2012. Formerly known as Handybook the website allows consumers to book handymen, house cleaners and other professionals at a moment’s notice. Whether you need help with cleaning, assembly, wall hanging, TV mounting, painting, moving, plumbing, electrical or smart home setup, Handy has people who can help. Every week, the site matches thousands of people with professionals across the country.
Handy doesn’t just hire anyone to perform their services. The site uses an extensive screening process to ensure that the professionals they use are safe and have no criminal background. The three-step process includes pre-screenings, credential verification and background checks to ensure that applicants have the knowledge and credentials they say they have. This is to protect clients to the highest degree.
Handy has had 3 million booking in 30 cities in three countries. The site focuses on happiness. According to the Handy Happiness Guarantee, the goal is for you to be satisfied no matter what. If you’re not, let Handy know. Handy’s customer service team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.
How Does Handy Work?
Handy has a convenient booking system that allows you to easily make an appointment by choosing the date and time. In most instances, you can book an appointment for the next day, but if there are no openings, you may need to wait a few days. The booking process is very easy and literally takes just one minute. Customers see the price they will pay for the service when book the service. There is a two-hour minimum to book a service.
All professionals who work with Handy are experienced and have gone through a background check. They are also insured and bring their own tools and supplies to the job. The site also handles all the payments, so customers with issues can file a complaint and seek a refund.
If you’re interested in working as a professional for Handy, you can start the process here. You can work as a cleaner or handyman. You must, however, have paid experience performing these tasks in a previous position, must have excellent customer service skills and must be legally authorized to work in your country.
Handy sets the rates for you. Handymen make $45 an hour, while cleaners make $22 an hour. Many people make $1,000 a week or more using Handy. Those who work with Handy like that the site finds jobs for them and takes care of the payment. It’s convenient and eliminates a lot of the headaches associated with being an independent contractor.
With Handy, you can work a flexible schedule. You can work a full-time schedule, work part-time or just take on a couple jobs here and there as time allows. It’s up to you. Getting paid is easy. Once the job is completed, your earnings are automatically deposited into your bank account. You don’t have to hunt down payment from customers.
It seems like people either love or hate Handy. Many people love the platform and are pleased with the level of service they receive. Others, however, have claimed that they were charged for services never performed. Some claim that they could not cancel plans in time. Other allege that they were robbed by contractors.
What is TaskRabbit?
TaskRabbit claims to be a fast and convenient way to get tasks done around the house. It advertises same-day service for customers. TaskRabbit is currently found in 40 markets in two countries: the United States and United Kingdom. The site has 50,000 professionals who have had their backgrounds checked. You can choose from tasks such as home improvement, moving, packing, general handyman, furniture assembly, mounting and installation, and yard work. If you’ve been putting off tasks around the house for various reasons, TaskRabbit is a valuable resource.
At TaskRabbit, trust and safety are of the utmost importance. All professionals must have their identities checked and have $1 million in property damage coverage.
TaskRabbit is now available in app form, so you can use your computer or download the app on Android or Apple devices.
How Does TaskRabbit Work?
TaskRabbit works in a similar fashion to Handy. You describe the job you need done. Choose from various categories and give as many details as possible. Select the date and time you’d like someone to work on your task and TaskRabbit will match you with qualified individuals who can perform your task. Each person has a set hourly rate, so choose the one that fits your needs. You can chat with the person of your choice right in the app.
The tasker will arrive at your home and perform the task at the time and day you choose. Once the task is complete, use the app to pay securely.
TaskRabbit promotes the best of the best through its program called TaskRabbit Elite. These taskers have a rating of 98 percent or higher and are very active, completing numerus tasks per month. They also have not violated any of TaskRabbit’s guidelines. If you’re a consumer in need of a task completed, you can find these taskers by clicking the TaskRabbit Elite label.
Is TaskRabbit in your area? If so, TaskRabbit allows you to take on jobs you’re interested in and charge your own rates while working on your schedule. Roughly 10-15 percent of TaskRabbit taskers earn $7,000 a month, while many people earn as much as $2,000 a week performing tasks through Task Rabbit. If you’re looking to make some extra cash and want to become a tasker, click here to create an account. This will start the registration process.
You’ll receive an email with information about attending an orientation in your city. After you complete the orientation, you can download the app and start taking on jobs.
The app will notify you of jobs nearby. You can select the ones you want to do and confirm the details with the clients. You then complete the work at the time and date the client requests. Submit your invoice once the work is completed and you’ll get paid. TaskRabbit collects a 20 percent service fee for every task performed.
Both Handy and TaskRabbit are great options for consumers and professionals alike. They make sure that their professionals are fully vetted and insured, which brings more peace of mind to all involved. When you use either of these sites, chances are you’ll get your job done in a quick and efficient manner.
Handy has gotten many poor reviews over the years. Contractors complain that Handy gets a large percentage of the cost. For example, for a $120 job, the contractor gets only $70. If you use the site to book professional help, you can’t choose who you want. You never know who will be coming until they arrive at your house, and many of the contractors are subpar. If you’re not happy with the work, you can complain. You may be given a free cleaning at a later date, but you won’t get a refund.
More people seem to be pleased with TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit allows you to choose your pricing, so you can charge $100 an hour or more. Handy does not have this option. You are stuck with its set pricing, which doesn’t allow you to earn as much.
TaskRabbit does take a 20 percent cut of your earnings, but many contractors make $7,000 a month performing various tasks through the platform. Many are able to make a very good living working on the site full time, so if you’re looking to make some extra cash or hire a professional for your next odd job around the house, check out TaskRabbit.
No matter which site you choose, though, it beats working a 9-5 job. You can get to choose your own paycheck while getting the flexibility you desire.