PayPal's "Do Stuff for Money" puts some cash behind your begging

PayPal's Do Stuff for Money lets you coax your friends into doing tasks in exchange for a cash reward.

PayPal just rolled out a fun little mini-site called Do Stuff for Money. The basic premise is that you can send one of your friends an offer, either through Facebook (using Facebook Connect) or e-mail, to do something of your choosing for some sum of money. For example, a recent offer reads, "Laura offered Adam $10.00 to 'Write all the thank-you cards from our wedding.'" If your friend accepts and does what you have asked, you can instantly pay them via PayPal, without having to mess with cash.

Somehow I don't think Steve Jobs is going to take me up on this offer. Screenshot by Harrison Hoffman/CNET

Do Stuff for Money is more of a novelty promotion than anything else, but PayPal has really been trying to push these sorts of smaller transactions between friends. Since the service is mostly used for purchasing things online, PayPal would love for people to get used to pulling out their phones and sending a friend money when they say, "Hey, you owe me five bucks." PayPal needs to break into some of these other markets if they want to continue to expand. They are already a dominant player in e-commerce transactions, so expanding their presence in everyday life and the real world is a good route to explore.

About the author

    Harrison Hoffman is a tech enthusiast and co-founder of LiveSide.net, a blog about Windows Live. The Web services report covers news, opinions, and analysis on Web-based software from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and countless other companies in this rapidly expanding space. Hoffman currently attends the University of Miami, where he studies business and computer science. Disclosure.

     

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