Nigeria’s Terry Nyikwagh says Taskit, an Abuja-based startup wants to be Africa’s TaskRabbit, to help users outsource small jobs to others in the neighborhood, and help solve unemployment in the country, which they say is over 50%.
The online marketplace simply connects busy people who have no sufficient time to carry out all their daily tasks, with verified and approved people with time and skills to run the tasks. Slightly different from TaskRabbit, the portal has TaskMasters ( Task Posters) and TaskMarshals (TaskRunners) and do not charge the poster anything neither do they subject them to pay online. They pay the taskrunner cash on Delivery and Task Runner on the other hand, pays us 20% as commission fee.
“We are starting with Abuja, The Nigerian capital city and expanding to Lagos, the commercial capital in few months from now,” Nyikwagh, the startups CEO told TechMoran. “We believe that this service will not only be of great help to millions of hardworking Nigerians whose lives are over-scheduled, but also to millions of unemployed and underemployed Nigerians who are languishing in poverty. It is a huge market and we are excited to be the first in this area.”
TASKIT, as a marketplace targets two groups of people: the busy working class;who don´t have time to accomplish all their daily tasks, and people who are free and wish to make some money with their unused time and skills. The marketplace helps users accomplish tasks that they don’t have the time, motivation, know-how or resources to do on their own and on the other hand, provide unengaged/independent people with a new means of earning.