Innovation That Matters

Online marketplace for help with errands

Work & Lifestyle

It’s been a couple of years since we wrote about California-based, but now the emergence of a like-minded contender in Boston suggests the concept is continuing to gain ground. RunMyErrand is a web and mobile marketplace that gives individuals and businesses an easy way to get everyday tasks done. Members in need of help with errands begin by prepaying into an account of credits that will be used to pay the people who run them; 10 credits cost USD 13, and most errands range from 7 to 10 credits—equivalent to the same number of dollars—paid to the “runner.” They then post an errand they need to get done—picking up dry cleaning, for example, or dropping off a donation to Goodwill—along with the number of credits they’re willing to pay; additional amounts for tabs that need to be paid during the errand can also be included. RunMyErrand’s network of pre-qualified “runners” is then alerted immediately via email and text message. Generally within 10 minutes a runner accepts the errand, proceeding from there to coordinate with the “sender” and complete the errand within the specified timeframe. When the errand is complete, the sender confirms online; RunMyErrand then transfers payment into the runner’s account. To ensure quality, ratings, reviews, profiles and background checks for selected runners are all available. In addition to serving individuals, RunMyErrand also acts as an outsourcing delivery partner for locally owned retail businesses. Besides simply helping busy people get things done, RunMyErrand promises environmental benefits by aggregating errands more efficiently and also offers sellsumers a flexible way to earn a little extra money as runners. Founded in early 2008, RunMyErrand was recently named by Facebook as a winner in its fbFund REV incubation program. It currently serves only the Boston area, however; one to help bring to a city near you…? (Related: PAs for the rest of usJob marketplace for quick online tasks.) Spotted by: Ozgur Alaz



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