TaskRabbit, a San Francisco-based service, began in 2008 in Boston as a sort of eBay for chores, where neighbors connected with neighbors to help one another, bidding on jobs. Now the app instantly matches customers with available workers, eliminating guesswork.
Yet the self-proclaimed “trusted and local handyman” app seems to be off to a slow start in its effort to disrupt Pittsburgh’s entrenched economy of neighborhood handymen and trusted general contractors.
Several TaskRabbit users have reported an inability to find local gigs or have been taken aback at the nature of the jobs completed. The work so far has been less about home repair, and more about chores or moving, Mr. Bizon said.
Nationally, there are 60,000 TaskRabbit workers, colloquially referred to as “Taskers,” who want to snatch up local repair work, though a spokesperson would not disclose how many were in Pittsburgh. About 15,000 regular users, who need a job completed, sign up each month across the U.S. and UK.The Taskers are among […]