TaskRabbit (errand-help referral)
Need someone to run an errand for you? Willing to pay for it? TaskRabbit lets you hire people in your area to carry out everyday tasks such as delivering or picking up goods, doing your grocery shopping, fixing a pipe, helping you move, assembling Ikea furniture or conducting research. The service is currently available in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County (California), Portland, San Antonio, San Francisco and Seattle. TaskRabbit says it performs background checks on all of its task assistants.