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While still in the early stages, the new business would likely not directly compete with more consumer-facing services like TaskRabbit. It’s also one of “several initiatives” that Uber’s “new modalities” division is exploring alongside things like electric scooters, and it might not turn into a full business, according to the report. A spokesman for Uber did not respond to comment.

Uber Works could become another potential source of income for the millions of drivers who are contracted by Uber; they can already supplement or replace their driving by taking jobs with Uber Eats, the company’s on-demand food-delivery service. It could also provide a fresh angle for critics who claim the company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors, denying them benefits like health insurance and minimum wage.

Wherever the idea goes, Uber Works is the latest result of the company’s push to diversify its business ahead of its plan to go public next year.

Just this week, Uber announced a new division of Uber Freight, its trucking division, called Powerloop. Where Uber Freight helps match truckers to companies that have goods that need to be moved, Powerloop is a service that will rent physical equipment — in this case, tractor trailers — to drivers in need for a daily fee.

Uber has also been diversifying its core on-demand transportation offerings beyond car rides, too. The company added electric scooters and bikes to its ride-hailing app this year, and it’s eyeing more futuristic options like all-electric short-range aircraft, too. It also continues to work on self-driving technology, though its efforts there have slowed after one of the company’s test cars killed a pedestrian in Arizona earlier this year.