Wow. I just read the most recent financial samurai post about FS's wife losing her passport. She said it was full benefit, meaning she learned a lesson and turned it around. That was good there were benefits to what she did.
But I guess what stood out to me in the whole post and I read Financial Samurai all the time, that she used task rabbit to hire someone to stand in line for her. Yes she paid someone to stand in line for her $134 actually.
So why am i writing this? I guess because this post made it eminently clear the US for a 1st world country is quickly dividing into the haves and have nots. Where labor is becoming very cheap and people are working these jobs like uber, door dash, that make other people's lives convienent.
A friend said that people are working those jobs for second income, probably true. But when did the US have such a income discrepancy that it makes it so easy to pay others for these types of jobs? I've always toyed with the idea of doing task rabbit. I'm curious if it really is profitable.
I actually have a fedex driver client who tried uber but told me it wasn't worth his time. He made too much as a fedex driver and would do better working overtime for them. Totally true, I do his taxes. He also said most people don't make very much doing uber, but those "professional" uber drivers (drive a prius, and work set hours) are more like cab drivers and know how to do it profitably. But they've mastered where and how to drive.
So is this the same with task rabbit? Have we crossed into a more inequitable society where we can afford to pay for stuff because the income discrepancy is so high? I think it has and I've actually thought this for awhile now.