Too Lazy To Wait In Line For An iPhone? There's, Literally, An App For That


When Apple CEO Tim Cook stood atop of the company's main stage at its Cupertino, California, headquarters last week, the man in charge wasn't just announcing the release dates of the 5C and 5S, he was creating an opportunity for another company that was eagerly waiting to profit.

Brackett is the spokesman for the website and mobile app known as TaskRabbit, which allows users to outsource small jobs to people in their neighborhood who sign up to work with the company. Last year, one person used TaskRabbit to make $1500 for standing in line for 100 hours outside of an Apple store ahead of the iPhone 5 release.

This year, TaskRabbit advertised its service to Apple loyalists again with hopes that it could replicate the success it experienced last year.

TaskRabbit was founded in 2008 as by Leah Busque, a then software engineer whose path to entrepreneurship started on a night  she thought of how nice it would be to have people already on their way to the supermarket to pick up food for her yellow Labrador.

Five years later, the former IBM employee is at the head of a company that lists grocery shopping as one of the top three most popular tasks, for an average price of $35.

The way it works is simple.

Users post the jobs that they want done and the amount of cash they're willing to pay. From there, any one of the many background checked "TaskRabbits" can sign up to do those jobs for that price or make a counteroffer. The job-poster is then free to choose any offer and is responsible for paying the TaskRabbits for their labor, any costs that come along with completing the tasks (like the price of the dog food) and a 20% service fee to the company that hopes to make bigger and bigger waves in the job market as time goes on.

You can find out more about TaskRabbit here