If you're as busy as I am this time of year, you might want to check out a nifty little Web site called DoMyStuff.com. This site reminds me of an science experiment, where someone decided to crossbreed Craigslist and eBay — we could even get with the times and call it a hybrid Web site.
DoMyStuff.com not only contains tasks or chores that people post in specific demographic locations, but people (let's call them "assistants") in that same area can bid on the work that's posted. Need someone to rake your lawn? Clean the leaves out of your gutters? Cook your Thanksgiving Day meal? Do the crazy Friday-after-Thanksgiving super sales shopping for Christmas presents? [Added: For all you IT folks, tasks could include updating your server, backing up your database, troubleshooting system errors, or answering those help desk tickets.] All you have to do is create a free account and then post your errands on the site. People will bid on your post during the specified time and location. You'll select an assistant, put the money in DoMyStuff's online escrow account (where it will stay until after the job is completed, at which time your assistant will be paid), and communicate with your assistant via DoMyStuff's message board system.
Ok, so I haven't actually used DoMyStuff.com, but I think the idea behind it is brilliant. To hear a little more about the company, listen to the podcast. David Davin of DoMyStuff.com fields my questions about the company, including the search feature, filtering mechanisms, and the most bizarre request that he's seen on the site thus far.
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.