Business & Real Estate

Need chores done around the house? Another on-demand services provider is here

San Francisco-based TaskRabbit, the online and smartphone home services platform that connects homeowners and renters with local workers for a variety of “handyman” and home-related chores, launched in the Sacramento area on Thursday.

Prior to Thursday’s launch, the 9-year-old, privately held company said it provided work for approximately 60,000 “taskers” in cities in the United States and United Kingdom. The firm said its taskers typically earn $35 an hour.

Tasks run the gamut, including moving, hauling, yard work, cleaning and materials removal. Costs vary depending on the scope and time of the work.

TaskRabbit can be accessed at or via the TaskRabbit smartphone app.

TaskRabbit is the second “handyman” on-demand service to launch in the Sacramento area in the past couple of months.

In April, Nashville, Tenn.-based Takl Inc. launched an app-based mobile platform that connects home services/chore providers with consumers in the greater Sacramento area. The app covers a wide range of small jobs, from basic housekeeping to appliance repairs to gardening chores.


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  • MAC Cosmetics, 330 Palladio Parkway in the Palladio at Broadstone shopping complex in Folsom: The New York City-based cosmetics chain, with a client list that includes internationally known celebrities, opened its Folsom store on May 12.
  • Central Valley Community Bank, 2999 Douglas Blvd., Suite 160, Roseville: The Fresno-based banking firm opened a new full-service branch May 15 in Roseville, moving operations from its former Gold River branch.
  • UberEats, headquartered in San Francisco: The online meal ordering and delivery platform launched May 18 in the Sacramento area. Officials said more than 150 area restaurants have signed up. More details can be found at
  • Social Bicycles, headquartered in New York City: The company began overseeing a bike-sharing rental program in Sacramento and West Sacramento on May 18. Bikes rent for $4 an hour and can be found via a smartphone app, accessed at
  • Old Soul Co., 555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento: After a soft opening on May 18, the downtown cafe celebrated a more-formal public opening on May 20.
  • Raley’s Supermarket, 4300 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo: The West Sacramento-based grocer has announced that it will close the supermarket, opened in 1987, on June 24. Sixty-five layoffs are planned, but Raley’s said it is working to transfer affected workers to available positions in nearby locations.

Open & Shuttered, a rundown of recently opened and closed businesses in the Sacramento area, will appear periodically in The Bee's Sunday Business section.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover