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TaskRabbit Is About to Change Dramatically

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TaskRabbit, the website that lets people pay others to run errands for them, is getting a big overhaul next month. The service will shift away from the auction system it currently uses, in which contractors seek out and bid on tasks they’d like to complete. Instead, it will move to a system that matches people assigning tasks and workers seeking to complete odd jobs through an algorithm.

The revamped site will boast a transparent pricing system as well as the ability to choose a contractor with a single click.

The new approach is aimed at boosting the efficiency of TaskRabbit’s task-assigning process and boosting the company’s stagnant growth rate. The number of completed tasks on the site began to decline last year even though the number of users was rising. The company added 1.25 million new users in 2013 and expects to double that figure this year.

More than 25,000 people currently earn income by completing jobs through TaskRabbit.

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