At a time of anxiety about jobs and living wages, TaskRabbit has emerged as a leading platform for people looking to earn extra cash—mainly because it is the rare sharing-economy arrangement that can yield significant income.
“We’re helping good, hardworking people find meaningful opportunities,” says CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot. Her company has enabled workers to earn an average of $35 per hour (nearly five times the federal minimum wage) by shifting away from a model that has “taskers” bidding to win jobs to one that lets them set fixed prices for services, which include minor home repairs and house cleaning.
In 2016, Brown-Philpot launched a mobile app that has sped the matching of taskers with tasks, and prioritized on-demand home services, a growing market. As a result, TaskRabbit has quadrupled annual revenue and is profitable in each of its 18 cities. Brown-Philpot is raising the company’s profile further by forging partnerships with major brands: TaskRabbit is now Ikea’s exclusive service provider for help assembling items purchased at its London flagship.
This article is part of our coverage of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.