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Etsy and TaskRabbit Team Up

Oct 4, 2012

by Dana Mauriello

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Along with the excitement of growing a business or a surge in sales can come the challenge of finding more hours in the day. When an Etsy seller is eager to focus on creating and curating items for her shop,  tasks like buying supplies, taking photos, tagging listings, packing boxes, and trips to the post office can become costly disruptions. An effective solution in these cases is finding another person who can help cross off the to-do’s that go along with running and growing an independent business.

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the “peer” or “sharing economy,” where collaboration creates personal and communal benefits and earnings. We are thrilled to join with TaskRabbit to announce that we’re bringing that big idea a little closer to home for both of our communities. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Etsy and TaskRabbit 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 run their creative businesses.

Often, what sellers need most on the path to meeting their unique goals isn’t more money — it’s more time. Today, TaskRabbit launched a new portal with templates that will help Etsy sellers create more time, by hiring the best people for the daily or one-time tasks they need to complete. TaskRabbit for Etsy connects sellers with qualified, expert help in their neighborhood, or virtually from around the world.

Etsy has surfaced the most common tasks that shop owners need help fulfilling as they run their businesses and pre-populated them with information about the task, including descriptions and skills needed. Sellers fill in the specific details about the job and how many hours of work are anticipated, or they can create their own. Hiring a TaskRabbit happens on a project-basis, not a long-term commitment, allowing sellers to scale up and down depending on demand. This partnership offers our sellers more freedom and flexibility to focus on growth, go on vacation, or accommodate unexpected life changes.

Etsy is always looking for opportunities to provide new services that help independent, creative businesses grow and succeed however and wherever they want. While sellers may not be traditional employers, they create work and economic value, and they are participants in the people-powered economy. Sellers can connect with TaskRabbits today at taskrabbit.com/etsy.