“You can do anything, but not everything” David Allen
Thumbtack will connect you with local professionals for any project you need to complete. It is in all 50 states, both in large cities and small towns. List your task and qualified professionals will respond with price estimates. You can read reviews for each responder and chat with them. The free app is available for iOS and Android.
Nextdoor is a free social networking platform for local communities and neighborhoods. Users can recommend local services and businesses and ask for recommendations for specific tasks. It is a secure network where all the users are verified. Word-of-mouth is a great resource. Nextdoor is in more than 180,000 neighborhoods across the globe.
Angie’s List offers reviewed service providers for almost anything you can think of. The site does not allow clients to leave anonymous reviews, so feedback is certified–no bots or hackers trying to mess things up for rival businesses. Join Angie’s List for free to access their reviews. Over 6 million households have used the reviews to find service providers. Angie’s List collects reviews for more than 720 types of services.
I have used Task Rabbit very successfully. I have found movers, my daughter has found picture hangers, and another friend found someone to put together her new sound system. Whatever the task is, Task Rabbit will connect you with an experienced person. They have over 140,000 ‘background checked’ taskers. Post your job and users will submit. You choose who you want to hire and pay only when the job is finished. You can also add what you want to pay and any requirements for the skill set involved in the original job posting. You can even hire someone to wait in lines for you!
Airtasker follows the standard formula – clients post their task, when and where it needs to be done. Clients may also suggest a fair budget for the task. The client will be sent profiles and reviews in order to choose the best person for the task. Accept an offer from a profile and the payment is held by Airtasker until the job is satisfactorily completed. When the task is complete, the client releases payment and may write a review.
Agent Anything is a web platform that allows individuals and companies to post small jobs, errands and tasks to a skilled student workforce. They only hire service providers with a valid university email address who want to earn extra money. Agent Anything matches the clients to the students’ schedules so the tasks can get completed on time.
HomeAdvisor has over 100,000 service providers in 500 categories and is similar to Angie’s List. Any service provider they have screened or approved gets their seal of approval.
Zaarly matches the best service provider with the best client job using an algorithm. For the pros to be accepted by Zaarly they must complete a 9-step screening process. Any pros who ‘no show’s must pay the client $100.00. Zaarly is a new company and is currently only in 5 cities but it is rapidly expanding.
Pro Referral used to be Red Beacon but in 2013 Home Depot bought Red Beacon and changed its name. Pro Referral helps clients find services to do home jobs. They will find plumbers, landscapers, housekeepers, junk haulers and much more for you. They also help small businesses get traction in a new community. As with Task Rabbit, clients pay when the job is done.
Takl is a free mobile app with 60,000 service providers in 130 cities in the U.S. Their task list offers 400 pre-priced small jobs that can be booked on-demand, both same day and recurring. Jobs range from pet care, assembling furniture, desk organization and lots more. Service providers bid on jobs and are chosen based on location, skills set and reviews. There is a quick-pay feature that allow the pros to process payments electronically and not have paperwork.