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Uber's New Gig: From Rides to Rakes

November 15, 2023

1 min 34 sec read
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In a plot twist that sounds straight out of a sitcom, Uber is stepping into the land of household chores. Yes, you heard it right – Uber isn't just your go-to for a ride to the airport or a meal delivered to your doorstep; now, it's your ticket to getting that IKEA furniture assembled without losing your sanity.

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According to an Uber spokesperson, the ride-hailing giant is testing a pilot program that lets users advertise various chores like furniture assembly, snow removal, at-home laundry, packing/unpacking, holiday decorating, yard cleanup, garden maintenance, and even lawn mowing. Move over, ride-hailing – it's time for rake-hailing!

In this quirky expansion beyond the world of rides and restaurant deliveries, Uber couriers and drivers can channel their inner handyman or woman and browse a menu of unclaimed tasks. The tasks come with estimated earnings displayed upfront, making it an unusual twist on the traditional chore chart. Because who wouldn't want to know how much they're earning before diving into the exciting world of holiday decorating or lawn mowing?

Conor Ferguson, Uber's spokesperson, emphasized that the pilot is a small step in the company's ongoing quest to provide more earning opportunities. In his own words, "We're always thinking about how to bring people more ways to earn with Uber. This small pilot is the newest way for drivers and couriers to put their skills to work and earn on their own schedule." It seems Uber is not only changing how we move and dine but also how we tackle the never-ending list of household tasks.

Imagine that you request an Uber, and instead of a car, a driver arrives armed with a snow shovel or a toolkit ready to tackle your to-do list. Need your lawn mowed or your furniture assembled? Uber's got you covered. It's the convenience of a ride-hailing service paired with the satisfaction of a job well done – all at the tap of a button.

As Uber ventures into the world of household tasks, it leaves us wondering – what's next? Will we soon be summoning Uber for a personal chef experience or a dog-walking service? Only time will tell, but for now, let's embrace the possibility of an Uber that's not just about getting from point A to point B but making every pit stop along the way a little more interesting and convenient.

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