I've never had a home office. Nothing closely resembling a home office. Living in a 200 square feet San Francisco apartment, the desk is the first thing to go. I'm also not a "work from home" kind of guy; I like to work at work. So there's never been a pressing need for anything beyond a coffee table, until now. After moving into a janky new (and thankfully temporary) office, I find myself wanting to work from home more. It was time for a home work space.
All I truly needed was a small table (already have an awesome ergonomic chair from a previous job). This sounds simple, but it's actually not. One, my car can't transport even the smallest of tables. Two, since my hernia surgery last year I avoid lifting. Three, I'm lazy. Between the trip to IKEA, assembly, cleanup, it's an entire day's project.
Enter TaskRabbit. I've used TaskRabbit once before, for a postoffice errand; this would be a more involved task. At $15/hour for 6 hours, I figure the task is worth around $90. Somebody accepted it for $64. $64, that's a steal--just the gas to IKEA is probably $10. Actually, I found out the TaskRabbit person accepted the task at 40 something dollars. TaskRabbit tacked on a pretty hefty commission of almost 33%. Don't blame them, market forces. I was billing to pay $90, she was willing to do it for $40, why not rake in the commission.
Things went pretty smoothly. My TaskRabbit girl came by around noon with the table I told her to buy and her husband/boyfriend. Sounds like the beginning of a porno but alas nothing exciting happened. They were able to assemble the cheapo IKEA table and remove my old storage unit in probably 20-30 minutes. Best $64 I've spent in a long time. No driving to Palo Alto, no crazy weekend checkout lines, no lifting.
The result, my new home work area,
I'm not trying to show off all my golf equipment (well, maybe a little) but sad truth is that's pretty much my all the room I have in my apartment. There's a little 2 seat couch to the right, the kitchen to the left. The money tree in the back is barely surviving, need to re-soil it. The guitar is just a conversation starter. I tried learning to play but never got pass the 1st lesson. I think some people call it poseur. I have way too many golf clubs but don't have to heart to throw them away, that's why I have 3 bags. The putting green is actually great, except I'm too lazy to practice putting.