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TaskRabbit for Etsy Spotlight: Down East Attic

Since launching our dedicated portal for Etsy sellers in October, we’ve been thrilled to see the incredible creative entrepreneurs hiring TaskRabbits to help with their shops. TaskRabbits are helping these crafty business owners with everything from product photography to social media marketing, and it’s been an inspiration to witness this remarkable partnership between our two collaborative communities. It’s probably not surprising that our favorite thing about TaskRabbit for Etsy is how easy it’s become for us to identify amazing Etsy shops. To honor the artisans, curators, and entrepreneurs of Etsy (and to validate the countless hours we’ve been spending in the TR office browsing their shops), we decided to start a new series spotlighting TaskRabbit for Etsy sellers. This week we caught up with Adria Moynihan, owner of Down East Attic, to chat about why she decided to start an Etsy shop, the time-consuming aspects of running her shop, and how TaskRabbits are helping her get things done more efficiently. Why’d you decide to start an Etsy shop? “I have always loved antiques and anything …

Gallery of Awesome Halloween Costume Tasks

October is one of our favorite months for wacky and wonderful Tasks. Take, for example, this awesome Task that involves gutting dozens of pumpkins. Or this giant spider delivery Task. Last year, people even hired TaskRabbits to pass out Halloween candy for them. With all the unique holiday Tasks out there, we’re still partial to the ones that involve helping people whip up DIY Halloween costumes. Wondering what our favorite ones are so far this year? Glad you asked, because we can’t wait to share: Crafty TaskRabbits are busy building these costumes for members of our community. Need some help with your rad Halloween costume idea? There’s still time! Post your Halloween costume Task now.

Introducing TaskRabbit for Etsy Sellers

We have a soft spot for entrepreneurs here at TaskRabbit, so we’re thrilled to announce a new and innovative method of supporting some of the most creative entrepreneurs we know. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, TaskRabbit and Etsy are celebrating what it means to be part of a people-powered economy, making it easy and fast for Etsy sellers to find flexible short-term help from TaskRabbits to help run and manage their creative businesses. We worked with Etsy to identify the most pressing needs of their seller community. With that information, we designed TaskRabbit for Etsy, a portal that makes outsourcing these common Tasks a breeze for any Etsy entrepreneur. Getting help with everything from packing and shipping to photography and writing listings takes only a few minutes through TaskRabbit for Etsy. Etsy sellers simply visit the landing page, select the Task type they need, and customize according to their needs. By using TaskRabbit for Etsy, these creative entrepreneurs can focus on growing their business instead of finding temporary staffing help. Read more about TaskRabbit for Etsy on the Etsy News Blog.

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Task of the Week: Frame and Hang This!

Admit it, there’s something you’ve been waiting to hang. Maybe it’s those photos from your last vacation (the ones you swore you’d actually print out), that screen print your friend made, or that stack of concert posters that’s creeping into the double digits. You want to get these things framed and on the wall, but that involves way too many steps. Searching for a frame. Framing. Measuring. Hammering things. Enough already — make like smarty-pants TaskPoster David P. and hire a TaskRabbit to finally (finally!) get this thing off your To-Do list.

Task of the Week: Create a Garden

Think it’s too late to get those summer flowers and veggies in the ground? Think again. When Chicago TaskPoster Jennifer F. decided to convert an old kids’ sandbox into a raised bed garden, she knew it was a race against the clock. So she did it in the quickest, most efficient way possible — she hired TaskRabbit Alejandro M. to do the overhaul. No stranger to creating raised bed gardens in the Chicagoland area, Alejandro majorly rocked the Task by bringing along his expertise, creativity, and green thumb. “Alex was awesome!! Came to the house before expected (a good thing), created such a vision from noting, and was great at communicating before and during process.” Those words (and exclamation points) belong to Jennifer F., and so does a gorgeous new sandbox garden.

A TaskRabbit Engineer Does Laundry Day: TaskRabbit vs. DIY vs. Wash & Fold

Every two weeks for the last year and a half, I’ve hired my favorite TaskRabbit to pick up two loads of laundry from my house, wash, dry, and fold them at her place, then return them to mine. It cost $25 per Task, and I never had to think about laundry.  It was awesome. Regina A. would even remind me when laundry day was coming so I’d never run out of clothes. Recently, Regina decided to take a short break from Tasking to focus on her new day job with the Oakland A’s. I knew I’d be able to find another amazing TaskRabbit, but was curious about how other methods of laundry would fit into my life. I decided to conduct some tests. Since I don’t have a machine in the old San Francisco Victorian I live in, I headed to my sister’s place. The laundering part went smoothly, but it took forever. I felt tethered to her place for several hours waiting for everything to finish; really annoying. During the next laundry cycle, I thought …

Task of the Week: Make Bean Bags, Save World

We love it when our TaskRabbits get crafty. Lucky for us, creative TaskPosters keep coming up with more and more DIY projects to outsource. Take the case of Ben A., a San Francisco TaskPoster charged with planning a hip and fun charity event. Since Ben is brilliant, he decided to center his event around baggo (that lawn game that Midwesterners lovingly dub “cornhole”). The game requires dozens of bean bags (well, technically they’re corn bags), which Ben smartly hired TaskRabbit Lourdes J. to sew and fill. Nearly 20 Bay Area teams competed, with Atlassian‘s Baggo Ballers claiming the title. Proceeds from the event were donated to Camara, a charity that uses technology to deliver education to disadvantaged communities in Africa and Ireland, and Code for America. We love it when crafts meet causes. Way to be rad, Ben and Airbrake Team!

Task of the Week: Sew Me This

We’ve seen plenty of Tasks posted for basic clothing repair and alterations. There’ve also been many seamstress Tasks about curtains: making them, shortening them, splitting one panel into two. Yep, the TaskPoster community has long tapped into the sewing talent of their TaskRabbit neighbors, but lately we’re seeing an evolution of sorts. TaskPosters like Michelle F. are finding inspiration — like this gorgeous (but sold-out) tutu-esque skirt from Shabby Apple she spotted on Pinterest — and hiring crafty TaskRabbits to sew similar pieces with personal touches from scratch. Boston TaskRabbit Jennifer R. tackled Michelle’s tutu with style and grace (just like a ballerina). Likewise, TaskPoster Alfred M. was impressed by a jacket with LED turn signals sewn into the back for biking, so he hired Sarah W. to build a T-shirt that functioned in the same way. Knowing that so many TaskRabbits are masters of needles and thread gives way to endless possibilities: Imagine, every time we see some covetable piece of clothing on a blog, in a magazine, or gracing our favorite Pinboards we …

Task of the Week: Tie Lots of Little Knots

Geoffrey had knots. Chronic knots. Like most of us, his earbuds were constantly tangling up in his pocket, so when he stumbled upon the perfect solution via an Apartment Therapy blog post, he was thrilled. The only problem? The solution involved tying more knots. Lots of them. You see, that Apartment Therapy post told how Ada, a crafty Pinterest Pinner, whipped her own earbuds into shape by tying a Chinese Staircase friendship bracelet around them. The design, made out of embroidery floss, called to mind long afternoon bus rides and gave her buds enough heft to stay unknotted for life. Understandably, Geoffrey bemoaned the time commitment and irony of tying lots of little knots to solve his chronic knot problem. That’s where TaskRabbit Natalie came in. Geoffrey posted a Task, provided the headphones and a link to the Apartment Therapy post, and Natalie took the “Y” out of DIY for him. Image via Pinterest user Ada