Where to find reliable people to perform small tasks?
February 11, 2014 6:56 PM Subscribe
A friend who had many contacts has passed away. Where can we find people willing to do work ranging from staining the deck to wrapping Christmas presents?
posted by 99percentfake to Work & Money (13 answers total)
Here's a sample list:
--clearing the brush out of a large yard
--"deep" housecleaning (windows, etc.)
--shredding papers (shredders provided, in a garage setting)
--local moves (UHaul truck provided)
--processing home-grown herbs/flowers by hand
--basic painting (like painting the outside of a building to cover graffiti)
Our friend was a deacon in a large non-denominational church, but I'm not sure if that's where he found people who wanted this extra work. I tried to call a couple of churches but got nowhere -- is there a specific denomination I could try?
TaskRabbit is not in our area. A Craigslist ad brought only the wrong kind of attention. College kids preferred inconvenient hours or would no-show. We tried to use a labor company but unfortunately there were theft problems and a fistfight.
Yes, I could break down every task and seek the best way to advertise each one but it gets time-consuming to vet/check people. Cash money is paid but this is not charity -- we need these projects completed on a reasonable budget. All of this work is intermittent and it doesn't make sense to hire an ongoing assistant. Our friend used to send a mix of people, and each time they seemed suited (more or less) for the task we had planned that day.
Any suggestions? Otherwise, my next move would be to solicit anyone loitering near a home improvement store.