Got friends? Win $1,000!

Refer a friend to win $1,000 in Airtasker credit!

Got friends? Win $1,000!

We’re giving the top referrer on Airtasker $1,000 to help them get their to-do list done.

How to win? It’s easy

  1. Get your referral link from airtasker.com/account/refer/ 
  2. Share your link with your friends
  3. Get all your mates posting tasks and the person with the most referred friends wins!

 

When your friends sign up, they’ll receive $25 off Airtasker, and you’ll receive $10 credit.

 

Whoever refers the most friends, wins an extra $1,000  to use towards getting the house cleaned, gardening taken care of or some help with the odd-jobs around the home.

 

Terms and conditions

Competition period starts Thursday 30/11/2017 9am AEDT and ends on Wednesday 31/1/2018 6pm AEDT. The winner is selected on most completed referrals during competition period as stated above (i.e. the referred user has had their first task completed) and will be announced on 1/2/2018. All tasks and members must comply with the Community Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

Airtasker x Coles partnership

Let’s revolutionise online grocery shopping!

Airtasker x Coles partnership

We’re hugely proud to announce a new partnership with Coles designed to offer you a brand new, revolutionary way to get your groceries delivered where and when you need them!

If you are in NSW Metro, you can now have your Coles groceries shopped & delivered on the same day by Airtaskers.

To get your shopping delivered visit https://www.airtasker.com/coles/

How do I post a Coles Shop and Deliver task?

  1. Visit airtasker.com/coles, enter your suburb and click “Get it delivered”.
  2. Post your task. Specify what Coles grocery items you need and your preferred delivery location and time.
  3. Review offers and select an Airtasker.

Once you’ve accepted an offer, you can pay securely via Airtasker Pay. You can talk with the Airtasker and make on-the-fly changes you need at any time directly through the app.

We’ve also ensured that all Coles Badged Airtaskers have a 4.5+ star review rating, 80% Completion Rate and an excellent track record.

Why should I use Airtasker for my grocery shopping?

Airtasker goes hand-in-hand with the existing Coles Online delivery service by helping customers have their shopping delivered on the same day or even in a few hours. We also give customers the ability to change any items on their list while the Airtasker is at the store.

How do I pay for the groceries and for delivery?

When posting your task you’ll need to give a budget for the delivery. Airtaskers can then make you an offer to pick and deliver the items on your shopping list. If an item on the list isn’t at the store, they’ll get in touch with you so you can figure out what you’d like to replace it with. Once the shopping is complete you will receive a notification to approve the shopping cost.

Coles Badges

To get the Coles Badge, you must:

  • Have completed 2 or more tasks through Airtasker
  • Have a minimum Star Rating of 4.5 stars
  • Have a minimum Completion Rate of 80%

If you’ve got all these and would like a Coles Badge, you’ll need to go through an online launch programme info session (takes about 20 minutes).

Apply now 

House painting hacks

Painting your house can be made easier and quicker with a few ideas, tips and tricks.

House painting hacks

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can give it an instant facelift.
But let’s face it, it’s not exactly an easy task. With prep, painting and cleaning up – not to mention time-consuming, some extra tips and tricks can make it less painful. Here are our house painting hacks to help you refresh your home.

Plan

As much as we wish it was as easy to pick a weekend, go to Bunnings, pick up some paint and it’s all done by the Sunday night… it’s often not as easy as that. But if you properly plan, you can get pretty close to it.

You need to plan:

  • What and how to cover furniture
  • When are you going to paint –  a long weekend will give you an extra day
  • What tools you need e.g. spray gun, brushes, rollers, sandpaper
  • Who’s going to help you? If you need an extra hand, get there are plenty of painting experts who can help.

Paint

What colour you choose is a big decision to make so it’s important to do your research, talk to your local paint shop and also get as many samples as you can.

Paint the samples on the wall in big swatches and also some closer to the carpet line, if you need it to match. Then leave it for a few days and see which one works for you.

Rollers

If you’re using a roller that you already have, make sure you wash it thoroughly. If it’s brand-new roll a lint roller over it before you start to get rid of all the fluff, which you don’t want in your paint.

Primers

If you are painting over previously painted walls, run a swab with some rubbing alcohol over your old-painted walls. If paint comes off, the surface is latex-based paint and if it doesn’t, it’s oil-based paint. This is important as oil-based paint needs a primer.

Speaking of primer, use one. It will make your paintwork look cleaner and last a lot longer.

Prepare

Hate cleaning up after painting? Then don’t. Line your paint tray with a glad wrap so you don’t have to wash it up after the painting is done.

You can buy drop sheets but save your money and use some old bed sheets that are taking up cupboard space.

Painting furniture

If you are painting chairs, lightly tap some nails into the legs of the chairs. Voila, you can now paint all over without leaving paint marks on the floor.

Same goes with bigger items; prop them up on blocks of wood to get optimum access with your paint brush.

Painting tips

When painting, run your roller in a ‘w’ shape like a zig-zag. This will give the best finish when dry. It will also help you to space out the paint by using long lines so that you don’t get any bubbles or dripping.

If you are painting on concrete, all you have to do it coat it with white vinegar and let that dry before painting over the top. This will prevent the paint from cracking.

External painting

If you are painting outside, consider hiring a spray-painting system. It will save you a lot of time and will give you an excellent finish. All you need to do is cross your fingers for great weather.

Painting hacks

Put Vaseline over screws, hinges, and windows so that paint won’t stick to it if you go over with your paintbrush.

Are the paint fumes a bit too much? Apparently, you can cut up some onions and leave them around the room to neutralise the smell. For a more pleasant smell, add an extract to your paint, such as peppermint or vanilla, and mix in as much as possible. This counteracts fumes and will leave your house smelling beautiful.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other painting tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Airtasker x eBay partnership

Need help selling your eBay items or getting things delivered - an Airtasker can help!

Airtasker x eBay partnership

Looking to declutter but don’t want the hassle of managing your eBay listings? We’re working together with eBay to get the help you need.

Who is Airtasker?

Airtasker is an online marketplace for individuals and businesses to outsource tasks, from decluttering to gardening, pet minding to graphic design tasks.

Community members post tasks and receive offers from available Airtasker Workers to complete their task. When an offer is accepted, payment is added via Airtasker Pay.

Payment methods include both credit and debit cards. Payment is held until the task is completed and then you will need to release the task payment to the Airtasker Worker.

eBay selling tasks

What are eBay selling help tasks?

eBay selling tasks are a great way for those who have unwanted items that they want to sell (but don’t have the time or skills), to sell them quickly and easily.

Post details of your items for sale on Airtasker and get someone to help you out decluttering and selling your items.

How can I take part?

Just sign up to Airtasker and post your task up for people to make offers on here: https://www.airtasker.com/ebay/sell-my-stuff/

 

eBay delivery tasks

When buying items on eBay, you often have the option to go pick it up in person – but sometimes that’s just not possible!

That’s why we are introducing eBay delivery tasks on Airtasker – they’re a great way of getting someone to go pick up that item on your behalf and deliver it straight to your door simply and easily.

How can I take part?

Just sign up to Airtasker and post your task up for people to make offers on here: https://www.airtasker.com/ebay/delivery/

 

More about eBay

With 11 million Aussie buyers, powerful selling tools from listing to postage, eBay is the marketplace where your items are more likely to be sold at the best price.

Earn money doing eBay selling & delivery tasks

Are you an eBay expert? You can earn more with eBay tasks on Airtasker!

Earn money doing eBay selling & delivery tasks

There are hundreds of tasks posted every month on Airtasker by people looking for help with eBay selling and delivery. Starting in September, we’ll be working together with eBay to bring you, even more, selling and delivery help tasks to do.

It’s the perfect opportunity to put your skills to excellent use and earn extra money. Get a head start by creating your Airtasker profile and don’t forget to mention your eBay experience!

To find eBay tasks that you can do, simply sign up to Airtasker and start browsing tasks.

More about eBay

With 11 million Aussie buyers, powerful selling tools from listing to postage, eBay is the marketplace where your items are more likely to be sold at the best price.

New Feature: Increasing the task price

Need more done? Now you can increase the task price once the task is assigned.

New Feature: Increasing the task price

Is the task bigger than it first seemed or extra items need picking up? Once an offer has been accepted, either the Job Poster or Airtasker Worker can increase the task price.

How does this help you?

This will help with changing the task price without the hassle of contacting support, handling cash or cancelling tasks.

The task price might need to increase because:

  • There’s more work that needs to be done than initially thought
  • The Airtasker needs to pick up some extra things which weren’t included in the original price.

How can you increase the task price?

As a Job Poster:

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  1. On the task, select increase price above the green private message button.
  2. Enter how much you’d like to add and mention why you’re increasing the price.
  3. Once payment is made with Airtasker Pay the task price is automatically updated.
  1. On the task, select increase price above the green private message button.

  2. Enter how much you’d like to add and mention why you’re increasing the price.
  3. Once payment is made with Airtasker Pay the task price is automatically updated.
  1. On the task, select increase price above the green private message button.

  2. Enter how much you’d like to add and mention why you’re increasing the price.
  3. Once payment is made with Airtasker Pay the task price is automatically updated.

As an Airtasker Worker:

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  1. First, chat about the price increase with the Job Poster through private messaging – let them know you’re going to do it and why. This will help them understand your reasoning.
  2. Then go to the task and select increase price above the green request payment button.
  3. Enter how much you’d like to add and mention why you want to increase the price.
  4. Select continue.
  5. Wait for the Job Poster to accept the price change.
  6. Once accepted, the payment will be added and task price automatically updated.
  1. First, chat about the price increase with the Job Poster through private messaging – let them know you’re going to do it and why. This will help them understand your reasoning.
  2. Then go to the task and select increase price above the green request payment button.

  3. Enter how much you’d like to add and mention why you want to increase the price.
  4. Select continue.
  5. Wait for the Job Poster to accept the price change.
  6. Once accepted, the payment will be added and task price automatically updated.
  1. First, chat about the price increase with the Job Poster through private messaging – let them know you’re going to do it and why. This will help them understand your reasoning.
  2. Then go to the task and select increase price above the green request payment button.

  3. Enter how much you’d like to add and mention why you want to increase the price.
  4. Select continue.
  5. Wait for the Job Poster to accept the price change.
  6. Once accepted, the payment will be added and task price automatically updated.

What else do you need to know?

The price can only be increased 3 times (to a maximum of $500 overall). Also, at the moment you can only increase the price, not decrease it.

Just so you know, the 15% service fee is applicable on all price increases.

Sharing Economy And Tax: A Guide For Airtasker Members

Here's what you need to know about tax when earning money with Airtasker.

Sharing Economy And Tax: A Guide For Airtasker Members

We’ve worked alongside H&R Block to provide you, our Airtasker members, with the most up to date information about tax and how it will affect you.

A few years ago the Australian Tax Office (ATO) made an announcement outlining tax laws which apply to ‘regular’ income streams, also apply to peer-to-peer and collaborative consumption facilitators. Meaning that both income tax and GST could apply to Airtaskers.

Here at Airtasker, we think it’s great that the sharing economy is being validated however we also understand that there can be some confusion. Here’s what you need to know about tax when earning money with Airtasker.

How does this affect the Airtasker Community?

Income Tax

It’s great to see that you’re earning more on Airtasker but it’s important not to forget about tax on assessable income. The good news here is that you can claim any expenses which you incur in generating your Airtasker income are deductible.

To find our what deductions you can claim, read the Airtasker Workers Guide to Income Tax

Record-keeping

Keeping a record of the tasks you’ve completed and also the deductions is really important in case the ATO has any questions for you. H&R Block has put together exactly what you need to keep track of in this guide to Record-keeping for Airtasker Workers.

GST

Airtaskers who earn money via Airtasker will have to register for GST if they earn over $75,000 a year. We’ve got an in-depth dedicated article about GST for Airtasker Workers put together by H&R Block on our Help Centre.

Here’s a quick summary:

The Breakdown: Do you need to register for GST?

  • If your annual turnover is under $75,000? No
  • If your annual turnover is $75,000 or more? Yes
  • If you have another enterprise with under $75,000, but a combined turnover over $75,000? Yes

If you are required to apply for GST and are an enterprise* you’ll have to:

  • Charge GST when you make a taxable supply
  • Claim any input tax credits you’re entitled to
  • Lodge an activity statement and remit any net GST from your activities.

If you receive money for a task whereby you’re required to make something, you can check with the ATO as to whether you need to register for GST.

Already registered for GST? Your Airtasker income should be included.

In Summary

If you earn less than $75,000 a year you will not need to register for GST. However as the money earned via Airtasker is an income, it needs to be included on your tax return. You can also claim a deduction for the fees that Airtasker has charged you.

*If you’re regularly completing tasks and earning money, this is an enterprise – even if it’s not a business. There’s plenty information on the ATO website for businesses and enterprises.

 

Give Mum The Year Off with Airtasker

What’s better than a sparkling clean kitchen? Watching someone else clean it.

Win Mum a year’s worth of help this Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

There’s always an endless to-do list, which seems to get longer by the day.

What if this Mother’s Day you could get your Mum (or you), someone to help out with tasks all year round? Best. Gift. Ever.

This is your chance! Win your Mum $2,400 worth of Airtasker credit for a whole year simply by signing up using the form above.

Think of what you could save your Mum from every month with Airtasker:

May Get on top of the ironing with a basket or two done every week.
June Enjoy Saturday sports with the kids while an Airtasker tackles the weekly grocery shopping.
July  How’s the oven looking? Post a task for oven cleaning (perhaps the fridge & pantry too!)
August Get an Airtasker to thoroughly dust the house then follow up with a vacuum.
September Cleaning windows inside and out is a great way to kick off the spring cleaning. Don’t forget the screens too!
October Give the garden a prune, sweep and a mow to get it ready for summer.
November Take a break from vacuuming and mopping this month.
December Get the house party season ready with some weekly cleaning or even help putting up those Christmas decorations!
January The grass grows like crazy in summer, so if you get someone midweek to mow it then it’s perfect for use on the weekends.
February If the kitchen cupboards have become a bit of a mess, post a task and get someone to tidy them for you.
March Get ready for the seasonal shift and get someone to do a post-Christmas de-clutter.
April With so many long weekends, now’s the time for some home decorating. Get a headstart on the task ahead with your Airtasker this month.


Win Mum Airtasker for a year. Sign up today!

Airtasker x IKEA Australia trial launched

Airtasker has partnered with IKEA Australia to make furnishing your home or office even easier.

Airtasker x IKEA Australia trial launched

When you shop at the IKEA Tempe store, you can now organise your assembly right there and then.

Who is Airtasker?

Airtasker is an online marketplace for individuals and businesses to outsource tasks, from furniture assembly to house cleaning, pet minding to graphic design tasks. Community members post tasks and receive offers from available Airtasker Workers to complete their task. When an offer is accepted, payment is added via Airtasker Pay. Payment methods include both credit and debit cards. Payment is held until the task is completed and then you will need to release the task payment to the Airtasker Worker.

How can I get my IKEA furniture assembled?

To have your IKEA furniture assembled, visit the IKEA Tempe store. Once you have selected your furniture, you can post your assembly task via an Airtasker kiosk. There are two dedicated Airtasker kiosks located in-store. One is located in the showroom beside the wardrobe section and the other is located in the warehouse section of the store.

When your task has been posted, Airtaskers with an IKEA Badge will make offers to undertake the work.

When you accept an offer, you can add task payment  via credit or debit card, which is securely held until the task has been completed. Once the Airtasker Worker has assembled your furniture you need to release the task payment.

Who will assemble my furniture?

All IKEA furniture assembly tasks posted through an Airtasker kiosk at the IKEA Tempe store will be carried out by an IKEA badged Airtasker Worker who has extensive experience with IKEA furniture assembly and has successfully completed a police check.

What items can I have assembled?

The Airtasker x IKEA Australia assembly trial currently covers Beds, Tables, Chairs, Desks and Wardrobes, Sofas, Sofa Beds and Storage furniture. Additional furniture categories will be progressively added.

 

How much does it cost to have my furniture assembled?

When you post an IKEA furniture assembly task via an Airtasker kiosk at the Tempe store, it will calculate an estimated budget for the task. Airtasker Workers will be able to make offers on your task, which means the agreed price depends on the offer you choose.

Estimated Assembly Prices

Beds from $50
Chairs from $25
Tables from $45
Wardrobes from $89
Sofas from $65
Storage units from $40

Assembly of multiple furniture items will attract a discount.

What’s the difference between an IKEA task and a general furniture assembly task on Airtasker?

IKEA assembly tasks posted via an Airtasker kiosk within IKEA store(s) can only be completed by an Airtasker who has an IKEA Badge. This badge means that they’ve successfully met the criteria set by IKEA Australia. Regular furniture assembly tasks can receive an offer from any Airtasker Worker.

How can I do IKEA assembly tasks as an Airtasker Worker?

To learn more about applying for an IKEA Badge to undertake IKEA assembly tasks visit www.airtasker.com/help/ikea

Airtasker outage incident report

On April 2nd 2017 we experienced a 4 hour outage, which affected all members.

We recently experienced a major outage, which affected all members. This incident report outlines what caused the outage, the steps we took to get Airtasker back up and the actions we’re taking to help prevent a similar outage recurring.

We apologise to everyone affected by this outage.

Summary

On 2nd April 2017, we experienced a 4-hour outage starting at 07:30 UTC. It took 28min to identify the cause within our cloud formation templates, 5 minutes to make the change we thought was required. It then took a further 180 minutes to identify the cause of the error stopping our earlier fix from being applied. 10 minutes to apply the correct fix and 15 minutes to deploy the fix allowing Airtasker to come back online again. The direct cause was a package install began failing when a new server was being initialised into our load balancer. Specifically, the `apt-get install

The direct cause was a package install that began failing when a new server was being initialised into our load balancer. Specifically, the apt-get install new relic-infra -y call was failing. This halted each new server being created. As our load balancer attempted to rotate instances it was unable spin up new ones. This eventually led to a situation where there were no instances left. At this point (07:30 UTC) we went down. It also stopped us from simply creating and adding the instances manually as they were unable to complete the create.

Timeline

  • 04:48UTC: A New Relic synthetic test failed
  • 04:50UTC: The New Relic synthetic test passed
  • 06:30UTC: Error reports via social media
  • 07:18UTC: Tim notified the developer channel of errors
  • 07:20UTC: DevOps team began investigation
  • 07:36UTC: Airtasker completely offline as final server dropped off load and no new servers could be added
  • 07:47UTC: Attempt was made to rollback to a known good AMI
  • 08:01UTC: The new AMI was also failing
  • 08:22UTC: Root cause was identified as the NewRelic Infra package install somewhere in the server initialisation
  • 08:25UTC: DevOps engineer on phone with Rackspace support engineers
  • 08:38UTC: Airtasker and Rackspace DevOps identified the root cause as being a Cloud Formation template. Changes were made and a new deployment was made
  • 08:56UTC: New deploy failed again
  • 09:22UTC: Plan B of creating a mirror version of the Newrelic Infra package on our S3 boxes was initiated by 2 additional Airtasker engineers
  • 09:26UTC: Same core issue identified. Revealed that the change made to the Cloud Formation template was not being picked up somewhere
  • 09:55UTC: New AMI from scratch was created to see if that would pull the updated Cloud Formation template (stored within Airtasker S3)
  • 10:26UTC: Plan B is shown to not be possible as we could not get the package independently (deb file) to load to S3
  • 10:40UTC: Discussion around how the templates are generated from within the base, through to the Utility, Worker, API and Front End templates.
  • 10:48UTC: Airtasker engineer again on the phone with Rackspace support
  • 11:00UTC: Root cause identified. The order of the Cloud Formation templates was understood, the correct template was updated.
  • 11:04UTC: Servers started to come back online as the load balancer spun up new boxes to match the load
  • 11:06UTC: RDS DB Connections began to match standard levels
  • 11:08UTC: Airtasker was back online

Technical details

Each time our load balancer adds either a new EC2 instance to the stack or replaces an Ec2 instance, it uses Cloud Formation templates. One of the templates called for the NewRelic Infrastructure package to be installed. This install started failing sometime after 04:00UTC. This commenced a chain reaction where all of our instances disappeared (for various standard operational reasons) over the course of a few hours and were unable to be replaced.

When our Engineers identified the issue, then attempted to remove the offending call from within the Cloud Formation Template. Unfortunately our naming conventions led to confusion as to exactly which template needed to be updated. This confusion was the primary reason for the length of the outage.

Outcomes

Our AMI needs to be both immutable and not have external dependencies. Each time a new instance is stood up, there should be no external requirements that can fail (as happened).

We also need to rename and better document the exact nature of our Cloud Formation templates. Had they reflected the naming conventions, we would have resolved in approximately 1.5 hours rather than 4 hours.

A dedicated DevOps task group will plan an approach to hardening our deployment and operational activities to root out any additional external dependencies. This same group will also refactor our templates to ensure their simplicity and robustness moving forward.

Conclusion

We had wrongly assumed that our instances were immutable once the AMI built them in our Continuous Integration stage. This was not the case. We also had assumption about which Cloud Formation template did what. Both of these facts led to an outage. Neither the outage nor the length of time is acceptable.

We are committed to improving our technology and operational processes to prevent future outages. We appreciate your patience and we apologise for any inconvenience. Thank you for your continued support.

Airtasker Community Summit: Airtasker Awards

To finish an amazing day, we made special acknowledgement to our top Airtasker Workers who stood out and embraced entrepreneurship via "Airtasker Community Summit: Airtasker Awards"

Airtasker Community Summit: Airtasker Awards

2017 AIRTASKER Community Summit

To finish an amazing day, we made special acknowledgement to our top Airtasker Workers who stood out and embraced entrepreneurship via the Airtasker marketplace.

There are many different types of tasks that are on the platform, however, we selected the five most popular categories. And, also, the big one – Airtasker of the Year!

The shortlisting process for each category took into consideration reviews received, ratings, tasks completed, Completion Rate and how each member embraced the Airtasker Community Guidelines.

Mentioned below under each category are the shortlisted members and the winner.

Tradesperson of the Year

  • Sam F.
  • Alex G.
  • Vic F.

The Tradesperson Airtasker of the Year is… SAM F.

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Professional Services of the Year

  • Sarit K.
  • Sneha C.
  • Sammy R.

The Professional Services Airtasker of the Year is… SNEHA C.

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Homes Services of the Year

  • Camila R.
  • Alvin R.
  • Bruce R.

The Home Services Airtasker of the Year is… CAMILA R.

Delivery & Removals of the Year

  • Richard C.
  • Damien W.
  • Durarnd Y.

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The Delivery & Removals Airtasker of the Year is…DAMIEN W.

Creative Services of the Year

  • Myra G.
  • Ashleigh N.
  • Jerry J.

The Creative Services Airtasker of the Year is… ASHLEIGH N.

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Airtasker of the Year

  • James C.
  • Jesse M.
  • Joe C.

The Airtasker of the Year is… JESSE M.

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Airtasker Community Summit: Wrap-Up

On Thursday 8th February 2017 we held the inaugural Airtasker Community Summit to celebrate our top Airtasker Workers. Led by Airtasker CEO "Airtasker Community Summit: Wrap-Up"

Airtasker Community Summit: Wrap-Up

2017 AIRTASKER Community Summit

On Thursday 8th February 2017 we held the inaugural Airtasker Community Summit to celebrate our top Airtasker Workers. Led by Airtasker CEO Tim Fung, the day was filled with inspirational speakers, community panels and Airtasker updates and leader Q&As, giving guests tips and tricks to help them get the most out of Airtasker in 2017.

About the day Tim Fung said,

The Airtasker Community Summit was such an amazing day. We really enjoyed bringing everyone together under one roof and sharing their stories as well as what’s happening next at Airtasker. The Q&A with the top Airtasker Workers sharing how they get ahead and the Future of Work discussion led by Brad Howarth were the real highlights for me.

2017 AIRTASKER Community Summit

Aside from hearing from the Airtasker team and community panels, additional inspirational speakers included:

Emma Sharley (General Assembly) spoke about the importance of personal branding and enhancing your Airtasker profile
Brad Howarth talked about the exciting and forever changing future of work and how Airtaskers are entrepreneurs
Sebastian Terry inspiring us all about his movement, ‘100 Things’

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Finding the sessions extremely informative, Airtasker Workers said that they learnt about;

Being open to change

Following their dreams, that persistence pays off & how the workplace is continually evolving

Members said;

[It] was very informative and the questions to the Airtasker leader panel was an integral part

I found the entire day amazing and very motivational; great schedule 🙂

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Airtasker Community Summit: Q&A Session

At the Airtasker Community Summit one of the most popular sessions of the day was the Q&A with the Airtasker "Airtasker Community Summit: Q&A Session"

Airtasker Community Summit: Q&A Session

At the Airtasker Community Summit one of the most popular sessions of the day was the Q&A with the Airtasker team. We had so many questions submitted that we ran out of time to go through them all, however, we had so many questions submitted that we ran out of time to go through them all.  However, we want to make sure that your questions are answered.

1. The Service Fee is high, will it be reduced?
When a task is completed on Airtasker there is a 15% Service Fee applied to cover variable insurance and transactional costs, and also ongoing maintenance costs to continuously improve and develop the Airtasker platform, to maximise the opportunity to earn more.

2. What are you doing to improve Airtasker Support?
As the Airtasker marketplace continues to grow we are continuously hiring and training new staff members. We have a great team in Sydney, complemented by an international team to help get back to members faster.

3. What is Completion Rate and how does it work when cancelling tasks due to the Job Poster providing inadequate information?
Completion Rates measure how reliable and committed members are to the tasks. For an Airtasker Worker, it is the percentage of completed tasks out of the total you had your offer accepted on. For Job Posters, it is the percentage of completed tasks out of the total you’ve accepted an offer on. Only if you cause the task cancellation is your Completion Rate affected.on.

4. What does Airtasker Insurance cover and not cover?
Airtasker Insurance covers many task activities however there is an in-depth list of inclusions and exclusions that all members should be aware of, read more about insurance.

5. How is Airtasker going to combat the rising number of personal details on tasks and trying to take tasks off the platform?
As the marketplace grows in terms of tasks and members, there’s an increasing amount of resources put behind looking out for this content. However, as we are a community, it’s important that the members also flag this type of content so that it can be removed effectively and efficiently. We are also placing more emphasis on new member education with programs via Airtasker Academy and educational onboarding.

6. When photos are viewed, instead of individual loading can there be a swipe to view function on the Apps?
This is really great feedback and although it’s not in the product roadmap at the moment, we will definitely add it to our feature requests.

7. For Task Alerts can the radius be increased above 50km? For remote locations, it’s not large enough.
Yes, this is something we’ll add to the feature request list.

8. Sometimes it takes weeks to receive payment, why is this and why can’t payment be received quicker.
If the Job Poster does not release payment after the task has been completed, we encourage you to contact them via private message to request payment. If after 48 hours there’s no response from the Job Poster, please contact support@airtasker.com and they will be able to help you.

9. Why are Airtasker Workers restricted for 24hrs when a task is cancelled?
As we try to improve the quality of the Airtasker marketplace, so that all members have an enjoyable experience, temporary restrictions are placed on Airtasker Workers if they are the reason behind the cancellation. It’s important to make sure that you check the reason that the Job Poster has put and either agree or disagree with it.

10. Why are there differences between the iOS and Android Apps?
There are slight changes when it comes to user design for different operating systems, however, we’re focusing on making sure that the same features are available on all systems.

11. How can Airtasker Workers keep payment records similar to records?
It’s important to remember that Airtasker provides the platform to help you earn more and provides a tax receipt for the 15% Service Fee deducted. However, as Airtasker Workers are entrepreneurs they will need to make sure that they follow the proper processes when it comes to record keeping and declaring income – especially if earning via Airtasker full time. It’s important to check with a qualified accountant and/or financial advisor, who will be able to help you set up your business.

12. Can there be a function to show when you’re logged in and logged out?
We’ll add this to the feature request list and look into a bit further.

13. How can we warn other members about unreliable Job Posters?
Leaving an accurate review of a Job Poster is the best way to communicate to other members what it was like to work with someone.

14. Can the mobile Apps have GPS when browsing tasks so that they only show you certain tasks as you move locations?
This is a really great idea that we’ll add the feature request list to research a bit more.

15. The 500 character limit is difficult, can this be increased?
We can look into this, we will just have to check to see that it won’t be a problem and schedule it with the product and development team.

16. What is Airtasker doing to make sure that Job Posters provide a more accurate task description, instead of basic “move furniture”?
We’ll be building more customised task templates that make it easier and clearer to Job Posters the type of information that needs to be included.

17. Can there be better task browsing capabilities e.g. negative keywords?
Yes, we are looking at improving this function, however, in the meantime try to use the keyword search function to narrow down your search.

18. Shortlisting would be a great function to keep an eye on tasks that you’re semi-interested in but haven’t made an offer on yet. Can we have this?
Great idea and we’ve had a quick initial look into a similar function and there might be more news on this later in the year.

19. Can there be ‘power members’ who can help moderate?
All members can already help moderate by flagging inappropriate content. The more members that help, the quicker the content is removed.

Airtasker Badges

Building trust in the Airtasker community

Airtasker Badges

Badges help to build trust in the Airtasker community and gives Job Posters more information when deciding who to work with on a task. When specific requirements are met, a badge is shown on a member’s profile.

There are three different types of badges on Airtasker:

  • ID Badges
  • Licence Badges
  • Partner Badges

ID Badges

ID badges are our way of showing that members are who they say they are. Everyone who holds one (or more) of these has verified their identity with us in some way, with different kinds of badges showing what’s been proven.

Here are the ID badges available right now:

CommBank Identified Stand out & let other members know CommBank has confirmed your identity.
Police Check Badge Provide peace of mind to other members by successfully completing a Police Check.
Australia Post Digital iD Give members a greater level of comfort and trust in choosing you for key tasks and verify your identity with Australia Post’s Digital iD.
Working with Children Provide peace of mind to other members by verifying your Working with Children credentials
Payment Method Make and receive payments with ease by having your payment method verified.
Mobile Verified when you join Airtasker, this allows you to receive instant task notifications and to make free calls via Airtasker.
Facebook Connect your Facebook profile to build your online social reputation.
LinkedIn Connect your professional Linkedin profile to build your online social reputation.
Twitter Connect your Twitter profile to build your online social reputation.

Commbank Identified

We’ve joined forces with CommBank to offer you the CommBank Identified Badge.

It’s available to any member who is a CommBank customer, and will be displayed once a member’s full name and date of birth on Airtasker are verified against their CommBank details.

To ensure verifications remain current, the CommBank Identified Badge will be re-verified from time to time.

Apply for the CommBank Identified Badge

 

Important notes:

CommBank has no knowledge of and makes no representation of any member’s ability to perform the tasks they bid for and takes no responsibility for services not delivered or completed to the desired standard.

Police Check Badge

A Police Check Badge is only added to a member’s profile if they do not have a Disclosable Court Outcome (i.e. the Airtasker Member has a clean police history check) as notified to Airtasker by our verifications provider, and their name and date of birth details on Airtasker match those provided for the police check.

Apply for the Police Check Badge

Learn more about how to add the badge.

For more information about our verifications provider, RISQ, visit this page.

Australia Post’s Digital iD Badge

Give members a greater level of comfort and trust in choosing you for key tasks and verify your identity with Australia Post’s Digital iD.

To get the badge on your profile, simply complete the application process and if successful the Digital iD Badge will be added. That way, a Job Poster can be reassured that you’ll be the one to do their task.

Apply for the Digital iD Badge

Working with Children Badge

Peace of mind when they have an Airtasker completing their task – Working with kids or in their home.

Get the badge on your profile, fill out the application for your state or territory.  Once verified with the relevant registry, we’ll add the badge to your profile.

Apply for the Working with Children Badge

Important note for Job Posters:

Please note that the Badge is granted based on a point in time check which means results only reflect relevant records on the date that the check was completed. If you engage a Working with Children Badge holder for tasks involving children, you should verify their current credentials prior to the task being carried out.

Once you’ve accepted an offer you can request the following details from a Working with Children Badge Airtasker:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Check no.

Learn more about the Working with Children Badge

Licence Badges

When you’re looking at getting someone in to do a serious bit of work, like electrical work, for example, you want to know the person that’s doing it has the ability to do what they say they can do. While Airtasker has built-in functions to help you check out the quality of a Worker’s skills (Reviews and Completion Rate), it can be helpful to know they also have the training and legal approval to do it!

That’s where Licence and Qualification Badges come in. Each represents a trade that the owner is qualified and/or licensed to do in a certain state. Make sure you see the paper version in person when they come to the job though, just to be sure.

Here are the Licence  Badges available right now:

Electrical Badge

Let members know you’ve got the paperwork to properly do electrical work in Australia.

Apply for the Electrical Badge 

Plumbing Badge

Let members know you’ve got the paperwork to properly do plumbing work in Australia.

Apply for the Plumbing Badge 

Gasfitting Badge

Let members know you’ve got the paperwork to properly do gasfitting work in Australia.

Apply for the Gasfitting Badge 

Partner Badges

As time goes on, more and more companies are realising just how useful Airtasker can be! Apply for these badges and fulfil their criteria so you can offer on and complete tasks for with that requirement.

Coles Badge

We’re partnering with Coles to help customers post Coles ‘Shop & Deliver’ tasks on Airtasker and have their grocery shopping done by Airtasker Workers. This trial is set to last for 12 months and will be available to customers and Airtasker members in parts of New South Wales.

These tasks are exclusive to Coles badged Airtaskers. Get your badge:

Apply for the Coles Badge

IKEA Badge

Handy with an Allen key? Let members know and start assembling Swedish furniture. You’ll get exclusive access to hundreds of IKEA jobs in your area.

Apply for the IKEA Badge

 

 Follow these steps to add a Badge to your profile:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Verifications
  • Select Add next to the badge

 

My next chapter: Jonathan Lui

Growing a startup is one of the most amazing experiences a person can have in their life. Those who have "My next chapter: Jonathan Lui"

My next chapter: Jonathan Lui

Growing a startup is one of the most amazing experiences a person can have in their life. Those who have been fortunate enough to be involved in seeing a business go from being nothing more than an idea to a thriving company will understand how exciting it can be.

However, with business success comes sacrifice, and there may come a time where the personal trade-off for building a company is simply too much. Up until this point, I’ve been very fortunate in that growing Airtasker hasn’t challenged my work-life balance – even as the company rapidly grew from a small startup to the successful business it is today.

In recent months, that steady balance was impacted by unfortunate news – my wife’s father has been diagnosed with a severe illness. At the same time, Airtasker requires more attention than ever before. We’re adding more and more users every day and reaching new heights. We’ve taken on new investors and started an enterprise arm that’s generating significant interest – both of which are driving Airtasker to unprecedented levels.

I’ve always been a family oriented person. Managing operations at the business and being fully present in my personal life has become too big of a challenge. So, in December, I will leave my day-to-day role with the company and relocate to Singapore with my wife to be closer to my family.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe only a couple of years ago Tim and I came up with the idea of Airtasker after I helped him move house – scoring an old couch out of it for my troubles. It seemed like a normal weekend at the time, but it would become the catalyst for the creation of Airtasker.

Even with great support from our mentors, early investors and the invaluable experience gained as part of the founding team at amaysim, starting our own startup still wasn’t going to be easy!

In the early days of founding Airtasker, Tim and I had to wear a lot of hats. Heading up the product, technology and operational arms of the business meant I made decisions on the design, development and delivery of everything that a user would touch or feel. As you can no doubt imagine, this was a huge challenge and a massive responsibility. However, with just a handful of people in the team, we managed to design and build an amazing marketplace that created the foundation of what Airtasker is today.

As users on the platform grew and the business expanded as did our team, I could no longer be across development of the platform down to the detail that I had grown used to. This was something I always knew would happen, and fortunately we’ve been able to find some really awesome people to join the company and continue to drive things forward. I am so grateful to have worked with a team who have the same passion to change the way Australians work.

I am still in awe every time I look at Airtasker and see jobs being done every minute of the day. I am very proud and thankful to our team, our investors, our families and every single one of our users, all contributing to make the marketplace what it is today. Whilst I’m sad that I can no longer steer the business from an operational perspective, having built and worked alongside our team for so many years, I am super excited and confident that the team will continue to push the envelope.

As for myself, I have not yet decided on what my next career move will be. I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement with Airtasker as a non-executive director and advisor. I am also excited to be based in Singapore – one of the world’s most prominent tech hubs – for the foreseeable future. I’ll be immersing myself in the local startup scene and supporting my wife and family through this difficult period. It will be uncharted territory for me, but as with founding a startup, it is the challenge that drives me forward.

Cheers,

Jono

Introducing: Dogtasker?

At Airtasker, we’re always looking for innovative ways for people to get their everyday tasks done. We saw a huge opportunity "Introducing: Dogtasker?"

Introducing: Dogtasker?

At Airtasker, we’re always looking for innovative ways for people to get their everyday tasks done. We saw a huge opportunity to utilise an untapped labour market that makes getting tasks done easier, and more accessible. That’s why we’re enabling dogs to help their neighbours like never before.

In Australia, dogs are the most common pet with 39% of households owning a dog. There are estimated to be 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia; that’s 19 dogs for every 100 people.

The Animal Health Alliance estimates Australians spend $8bn on pets annually. However, here at Airtasker we estimate that the average dog spends 14 hours a day lying down or sleeping.

Isn’t it time you asked yourself, not “what can I do for my dog”, but “what can my dog do for me”?

And then, there was Dogtasker.

We’ve got something BIG to share with you…

Posted by Airtasker on Thursday, March 31, 2016

There’s a huge underutilisation of dog labour in Australia, some of the highest in the world.

We estimate over 40 million dog hours per day could be spent performing useful tasks.

You could earn over $500 a week by getting your dog to perform tasks. You could turn man’s best friend, into your bank account’s best friend!

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Things you can get done with Dogtasker:

  • Food Delivery
  • Cleaning
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Gardening
  • Dog Walking
  • Web Design

 

handyman

 

dogwalking

 

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Hire a Dogtasker

 

Ok, now let’s be serious for a minute, dogs are great companions and can seriously perform tasks for people who are disabled. We’d like to place a spotlight on the fantastic dogs who work tirelessly to enhance the independence and safe mobility of disabled people.

Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.

In 2016 the charity celebrates its 20th birthday, having placed over 200 Assistance Dogs across Australia. Dogs are placed free of charge to a wide range of clients, including families with autism, people living with post-traumatic stress, schools, people with dementia and people with physical disabilities. It costs, in excess of, $27,000 to train and place a dog, and Assistance Dogs Australia receives no government funding.

Airtasker will be making a $1 donation for every task that gets completed today. But we urge all of you to please make the time to place a donation to go towards this amazing cause using the donate button below.

Donate Now

For more info, visit assistancedogs.org.au or call 1800 688 364.

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Please note: No dogs were harmed in the making of this video – all of the beautiful dogs were with their training handlers throughout the entire duration

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Perth

Have you and your mates got a hankering for a beautiful, big, juicy beef patty, pressed on the grill, covered "Top Midnight Food Delivery in Perth"

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Perth

Have you and your mates got a hankering for a beautiful, big, juicy beef patty, pressed on the grill, covered in melted cheese, beetroot and onions and sauce at 1am? Uh oh… you’ve all had a little too much to drink and can’t get anywhere *sad face*. Perth, don’t worry; you can get an Airtasker to do a midnight food delivery for you! In case you’re not sure what you’re craving, here are a few great places open late for Perth food delivery via Airtasker.

Alfred’s Kitchen, Guildford

That burger craving you’ve got… Alfred’s kitchen is still awake, serving up just the very thing! They started out as a hamburger stand being run from a caravan decades ago, and now serve close to 40 different types of burgers, not to mention chips, soups and homemade ice-cream. If your appetite is up for it, try the CRAM burger… beef, steak, bacon, egg, cheese, the lot, and get a side of their famous hot pea soup (be prepared to nap afterwards)!

Location: Corner of Meadow and James St, Guildford
Opening hours: Sun – Wed until midnight, Thurs until 1am and Fri – Sat until 3am
Web: www.alfredskitchen.com.au
Phone: (08) 9377 1378
How to order and pay: You’ll need to get your Airtasker to order and pay upon pick-up, so make sure your post quote takes your order value into consideration.

Perth Food Delivery Alfreds Kitchen
Source: Alfred’s Kitchen

Anytime Deli, Burswood

The Anytime Deli on the Great Eastern Highway near the casino (known to locals as ‘the 24 hour deli’) is seriously one of the best ideas anyone ever had! You can get anything here, from chicken curry and rice, to toasted sandwiches and vegetarian burritos! Whatever your heart (and taste buds) desire you can get it from here.

Location: 277 Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days
Web: N/A
Phone: (08) 9361 6062
How to order and pay: You’ll need to get your Airtasker to order and pay upon pick-up, so make sure your post quote takes your order value into consideration.

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Source:Flickr

Fast Eddy’s Perth, Perth

Another incredible 24 hour option (Perth must be the city that never sleeps!) midnight Perth food delivery. Fast Eddy’s is a magnificent café, steakhouse, burger restaurant offering all of the above and more. They do kiddies meals too so if you’ve got little ones who just won’t sleep you can feed them in the middle of the night too (although I heard you’re not meant to feed gremlins after midnight). The American style pork spare ribs are a sure winner, best washed down with a malted milkshake and banana split.

Perth food delivery Fast Eddys
Source: Fast Eddy’s Instagram

Location: 454 Murray St, Perth
Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days
Web: www.fasteddysperth.com.au
Phone: (08) 9321 2552
How to order and pay: You can call in advance to place your order, but you’ll need to get your Airtasker to pay upon pick-up, so make sure your posted price takes your order value into consideration.

How to hire an Airtasker for food delivery

The going rate for most food delivery tasks on Airtasker is about $20 (Airtasker), but you need to take a few other things into consideration:

• How far is the food pick-up location to the delivery location? 10 minutes is a big difference to 45…
• How much might it cost an Airtasker to get your food to you? Consider fuel expenses.
• Will you be able to pre-order and pay in advance, or does your payment to the Airtasker need to cover this cost?

To make it easier for everyone involved, make sure that your task includes the:

• Delivery suburb in the task title
• Pick-up location and delivery suburb details in the task description
• Pick-up and delivery date/time
• Details on how the food is being ordered and paid for

For more hot tips on how to hire an Airtasker for Perth food delivery, check out Food Delivery via Airtasker.

Written by: Airtasker Rhiannon Wordsworth

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Brisbane

Have you ever found yourself sitting in bed at 11 o’clock at night and realised that you desperately need that "Top Midnight Food Delivery in Brisbane"

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Brisbane

Have you ever found yourself sitting in bed at 11 o’clock at night and realised that you desperately need that Nutella pizza from that café on Park Road, but you can’t bear the thought of putting on your pyjamas and heading out at this time of night (it is a Tuesday after all…)? Sounds like you need a midnight food delivery.

Brisbane, why not get an Airtasker to do late night food delivery for you? You think that’s a great idea but you’re not sure what you want? Well here are some of the top eating quarters open late for Brisbane midnight food delivery via Airtasker.

Alfredos Pizzeria, Fortitude Valley

Alfredos will blow your damn mind! They have some of the most insane pizza combinations, but they just work! The Sweet Home Alabama is the traditional tasty, stretchy, Italian style pizza base, covered in popcorn chicken (yes, you read that right), Alfredo’s BBQ sauce, crispy pancetta and garlic mayo. I know it sounds too much, but trust me you won’t be sorry (or sick)! I’m kind of addicted to their porcini mushroom and cheese arancini balls too.

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Source: Alfredo’s Instagram

Alfredos does have a delivery service to the CBD for $5, but we’re talking a very small delivery zone, so unless you live in the city or valley, you probably can’t use it. But never fear… an Airtasker midnight food delivery can come to the rescue!

Location: 39 Alfred St, Fortitude Valley
Opening hours: Full menu until midnight, 7 days
Web: www.alfredos.com.au
Phone: (07) 3251 6555
How to order and pay: Order online via menulog and pay with a credit card, voucher, PayPal, or cash on pickup. Or alternatively, ask your Airtasker to place your order and pay in person. Tip: if paying with a credit card, you must present it when you pick up your order, so don’t use this payment method when hiring an Airtasker.

La Dolce Vita, Milton

That Pizza alla Nutella! You’re talking about that soft, warm dough, covered in gooey Nutella with fresh strawberries all over it, aren’t you? Well you’re in luck! La Dolce Vita is an Italian restaurant café open late seven days a week serving meals, desserts and awesome coffee. So jump on Airtasker and get that sweet pizza delivered to your doorstep quick smart!

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Source: La Dolce Vita Instagram

Location: 20 Park Rd, Milton
Opening hours: 7:00am – late, 7 days
Web: www.ladolcevita.com.au
Phone: (07) 3368 1191
How to order and pay: Order online via menulog and pay with a credit card, voucher, PayPal, or cash on pickup. Or alternatively, ask your Airtasker to place your order and pay in person.

The Pancake Manor, Brisbane City

It’s typical of Pancake Manor to offer pancakes, but that’s not all they serve! Have you got a craving for a 300 gram grain fed rib eye steak at 3am? Pancake Manor + Airtasker = steak love in the middle of the night. You can get pancakes, crepes, steaks, salads, nachos, wedges and more, delivered to your door via Airtasker, at whatever time of the night you wish.

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Source: Pancake Manor

Location: 18 Charlotte St, Brisbane City
Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days
Web: www.pancakemanor.com.au
Phone: (07) 3221 6433
How to order and pay: You can call in advance to place your order, but you’ll need to get your Airtasker to pay upon pick-up, so make sure your posted price takes your order value into consideration.

Fat Noodle, Brisbane City

Another late night offering, hallelujah! Fat Noodle is located in the Treasury Casino at the top of Queen St, and offers an Asian fusion menu thanks to the talented celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen. I’d highly recommend the laksa.

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Source: Treasury Casino

Location: Treasury Casino building (top of the Queen St mall), Brisbane City
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs until 11pm, Fri – Sat until midnight
Web: www.treasurybrisbane.com.au/restaurants/fat-noodle
Phone: (07) 3306 8888
How to order and pay: You’ll need to get your Airtasker to order and pay upon pick-up, so make sure your post quote takes your order value into consideration.

How to hire an Airtasker for food delivery

The going rate for most food delivery tasks on Airtasker is about $20 (Airtasker), but you need to take a few other things into consideration:

• How far is the food pick-up location to the delivery location? 10 minutes is a big difference to 45…
• How much might it cost an Airtasker to get your food to you? Consider fuel expenses.
• Will you be able to pre-order and pay in advance, or does your payment to the Airtasker need to cover this cost?

To make it easier for everyone involved, make sure that your task includes the:

• Delivery suburb in the task title
• Pick-up location and delivery suburb details in the task description
• Pick-up and delivery date/time
• Details on how the food is being ordered and paid for

For more hot tips on how to hire an Airtasker for food delivery, check out Food Delivery via Airtasker.

Written by: Airtasker Rhiannon Wordsworth

How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party

The most important day of any patriotic Aussie’s calendar year is upon us… Australia Day! If you’re looking for Australia "How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party"

How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party

The most important day of any patriotic Aussie’s calendar year is upon us… Australia Day! If you’re looking for Australia Day party ideas or Australia Day food ideas, look no further. Here is your guide to throwing the ultimate Australia Day party. You’re welcome.

House Prep

The impeccable lawn
First things first… If you’re having the party at home, you must have a nice tidy lawn for all of your friends to admire. If mowing the backyard in 35 degree January heat is not your idea of fun, why not hire someone else to take care of it via Airtasker?

The flag
No Australia Day party is complete without an enormous patriotic, plastic Aussie flag (made in China, of course). Check out your local cheap shop for a bargain.

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Source: Foter.com

The pool toys
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a pool or the beach on Australia Day, inflatable pool toys are a must! Just remember that at the beach the current can easily sweep you away, so don’t paddle too far out on your inflatable crocodile.

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Source: The Third Row

The kangaroo
No pool for inflatable toys? Never fear, you can still have an awesome time with a giant kangaroo as your mascot for the day! Go for a green and gold specimen for extra Aussie brownie points.

The ‘look’ (decorate yourself)

Staples for Aussie Day attire are:
• Aussie flag face tattoos (or go the extra mile and paint your entire face).
• Thongs, a.k.a. pluggers (a double plugger style is best). Guests without appropriate footwear should be refused entry.
• A chesty Bonds singlet and stubbies combo with a wide brimmed hat will put you in the running for the best dressed award. Acceptable substitutes are bikinis, boardies, or anything that is official Wallabies merchandise.
• Green and gold zinc (slip, slop, slap!).

Australia Day fun and games

The Triple J Hottest 100
You are simply not Australian if you do not celebrate Australia Day by listening to the Triple J Hottest 100. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t listen to the radio all year; you just need to on this day. So make sure you register your party with Triple J online and have big speakers ready to pump tunes all day, or your friends may boycott your party.

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Source: Triple J

Backyard cricket

Backyard, beach or even balcony cricket (mind the windows)… who doesn’t play cricket on Australia Day? This game is all about the zinc.

Thong toss
Thong toss, a.k.a. plugger toss or thong throwing is a very important game that probably began way back in 1994 when Australia Day was first celebrated as a public holiday. The rules are simple; each player takes a thong off their foot and throws it as far as they can. The winner is the person who throws their thong the furthest.

Tip: Thong toss does need a reasonably large space; so if your backyard doesn’t cut it, take this one to the park.

Slip ‘n’ Slide
If you grew up in Australia, you know that the only way to fully appreciate slip ‘n’ slide is by way of the homemade version: a tarp, detergent, a hose and a run up!

Essential Australia Day food and drinks

No one ever remembered an Australia Day party that didn’t serve traditional Aussie fare and ice cold beers; so don’t get slack on the catering part.

For drinks, you can’t go wrong by supplying some of Australia’s finest cold ales in an esky full of ice, such as VB, XXXX or Toohey’s Extra Dry. Alternatively for some alcohol-free Aussie drinks opt for Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Passiona or Cottee’s Cordial.

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Source: The Food Insta

According to a very reliable poll on Facebook, Australia Day food should always involve:

Sausage rolls

Homemade is the best and it’s the easiest thing to make. All you need is puff pastry, sausage mince and melted butter.

Meat pies
This is a no brainer guys! Four’N Twenty is your standard frozen go-to but for a mass party siutation good old party pies are a winner.

Lamingtons
You can buy these off the shelf, but for those of you who’d like to show off your enviable cooking skills, try this recipe for in-bloody-credible Lamingtons with white chocolate cream (*drool*).

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Source: Foodwise

Pavlova
This is one that I recommend you either get your mum involved in, or make yourself. Store bought pavs are okay, but really… they just don’t taste the same. Go on… give it a shot.

Snags on the barbie
If for no other reason than the fact that Australians are the only ones who seem to call them ‘snags’. Just add some tomato sauce and a slice of bread = heaven.

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Photo credit: Christopher Craig via Foter.com

Lamb of some description
No one really knows why, but check this epic video out and you’ll want to serve lamb anyway!


YouTube video: Australia Day Lamb 2016

If you need with the food prep or cleaning up there are plenty of Airtasker’s to help you this Australia Day

Okay, you are all set to host the most epic Australia Day party! If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, add it to the comments below. Happy Australia Day people!

Written by: Airtasker Rhiannon Wordsworth

How To Declutter And Organise Your Home

So you may have wound up declaring after a few glasses of bubbles on NYE that 2016 is going to "How To Declutter And Organise Your Home"

How To Declutter And Organise Your Home

So you may have wound up declaring after a few glasses of bubbles on NYE that 2016 is going to be different. This year you’ll be career focused, watch the sunrise, eat healthy and loose weight.

The problem with New Year resolutions is that they are hard to stick to and most people fail to keep them. However having a clear mind and having your life in order allows you to have a better chance at achieving those goals.

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Getting organised in your life and career is a great way to start a new year and de-cluttering your home is the perfect starting point.

After Christmas it’s easy to accumulate more than we need, making your home untidy. Although the good news is that it’s not hard to do and once you’ve got a rhythm it’s easy to maintain.

Let’s de-clutter!

Set 15 minutes aside every day

If a big home clean out feels like too daunting a task – and fair enough too, if it’s been awhile – break it up into chunks. Pick a day or a time every day to do something small to improve your home e.g. clean out the fridge or re-organise your wardrobe. Only fifteen minutes.

That’s less painful, right?

Dump, sell/donate, keep

You get three categories, three categories only. Stuff you’ll throw away, stuff that’s still got legs in it – just not for you, and stuff you want to keep. Be ruthless.

Remember the silver lining – there are things in there that you can make money from. And if not make money, make somebody’s life much better.

Use the Twelve Months Rule

If in doubt as to whether you should keep something, ask the question, “Have I used this in the last twelve months?”

If the answer is no, and there’s no sentimental value, seriously consider curb-siding it.

The same, cruel truth applies to clothes, especially if you no longer fit into them. On the plus side, this makes room for more clothes.

Which leads us to…

The Pod Wardrobe

A little more on the extreme end of de-cluttering, but on the upside, it’s de-cluttering with the end-goal of shopping.

The pod wardrobe is a minimalist approach to fashion. A woman, for example, depending on her situation may get by each season with a black dress, black pants, blue jeans, white shirt, denim jacket and so forth. There are variations on this, dependent on lifestyle, but it limits the amount of clothes one may possess at any given time.

It also saves time getting dressed. Minimalistic and lazy.

Treat Yourself – Fun Ways To Store Your Stuff

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De-cluttering isn’t just about throwing things away – it’s about clearing room. Part of this involves finding a new spot for the things you’re keeping. Storage can be decorative, not just functional – if you listen to Pinterest, all your things belong in Mason jars.

Well, you needn’t go that crazy, but have fun scouring op shops for decorative bowls to store jewellery or stationery in. Utilise jars with home-printed labels in your kitchen.

At the very least, allocate a drawer for socks and undies – and stick to it.

All of these tips to de-clutter your home will help you achieve more this year and hopefully tick off those resolutions.

5 Essential Tips For a NYE Party

Once the excitement of Christmas is done, the next big occasion looms – the largest one of the year, as "5 Essential Tips For a NYE Party"

5 Essential Tips For a NYE Party

Once the excitement of Christmas is done, the next big occasion looms – the largest one of the year, as well as, the first and last – New Years Eve.

This year, why not take the plunge and plan a party all on your own? With these DIY ideas for anything from ice-breaking activities to décor, you’ll have no dramas throwing a memorable – champagne notwithstanding – event.

1. Ice-breaking Ideas

Especially important if your guests don’t know each other well, ice-breaking activities are an often overlooked aspect of NYE party planning. While the term “ice-breaking activity” evokes images of networking events, these can be quirky and fun without the cheese factor.

Consider a “resolution wall”; a large sheet of butcher’s paper and some pens, have guests write their resolutions for the following year (and if you have a follow up party the next year, see if any of them are kept!)

2. Food

Planning ahead is the best way to get out of the hosting nightmare of being stuck in the kitchen – bite-sized finger food can be left on platters, with accompanying serviettes, and replenished as required.

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Alternatively get everyone to bring a plate to share on small bites, this way it’s not all down to you plus you won’t have the financial burden. Then to relieve yourself of making sure platters up topped up and serving, you could hire and Airtasker to help you with this and also the dreaded cleaning up.

A BBQ or buffet is also a great solution for a more informal celebration. Everyone can help themselves when they feel like. There are catering services that you could get for this, or again get people to BYO.

3. Drinks

Tricky – and dependent on your budget, and the drinking habits of your guests! It goes without saying that all should have a glass of bubbles in their hand for the clock-strike.

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Beyond that, some ideas include having guests bring a bottle – not unreasonable, especially if you’re on a budget and already organizing food. Alternatively ask everyone to put money in to buy the drinks.

Alternatively, consider a fruit punch – packed with as much or little alcohol as your wallet allows. Communal so guests can help themselves, and refreshing in the warm weather!

It goes without saying – provide plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages for the drivers and non-drinkers amongst your friends.

And don’t forget the ice.

4. Decor

Even if your party is in your lounge or back yard, it can be transformed easily using some fairly basic do-it-yourself décor ideas. Balloons, streamers, themed napkins are all easy enough to do; just pick a colour theme that suits your personality and house and go for broke.

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Alternatively, pick a date theme – Great Gatsby, or 50’s Tiki Party, these can influence your food, drinks and décor. Also great as an icebreaker and starting point for conversations!

Don’t forget:
– A clock in a central location is important
– A screen to watch the fireworks and sparklers to hand out to your guests.

5. Enjoy yourself!

As host of a NYE party, it’s easy to get so caught up with making sure everybody is enjoying themselves that the night flies by in a harried rush of re-filling glasses and replacing canapés.

If you plan ahead, there’s no reason to stress the minor details – at the end of the day, or year, it’s the company that people will remember, not the sprigs of basil on your Crostini. So pour yourself a champagne, make a resolution you’ll forget, and have fun.

6 Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Ideas

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6 Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Ideas

The traditional Christmas tree has all the trimmings with tinsel, baubles and lights. However, more and more we’re seeing all different types of decorated trees.

So let’s think outside the box for this year (and the next) with coloured trees, wall inspired trees and much more.

The Coloured Tree

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Don’t be held back by the traditional red-and-green with your Christmas tree decorating – be creative with your colour.

A cheap, plastic Christmas tree can be easily spray-painted using a couple of tins of plastic-friendly spray paint from your local hardware store. Cream or white is a safe, goes-with-almost-every-house option. But for the more adventurous Christmas tree, go for brights – pinks, turquoise blue, even metallic.

The Apartment-friendly Tree

As more and more people live in apartments space, or lack there of, could mean you can’t even fit in a traditional Christmas tree.

You can still keep up the Christmas spirit though; all you need is a free wall.

Then you could use anything; paper, tape, twigs etc to make a Christmas tree on the wall and then put your presents on the floor or table below. Here is some inspiration.

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The Easy Tree

Florists and hardware shops have trees in all sizes, even little potted plants that are great because you can keep them an place on your balcony or use for greenery decoration after Christmas.

You could even get twigs and put them in a vase. Just add some fairy lights and a bauble or two.

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Place in middle of a table as a concession to the Christmas spirit. If anyone asks, say it’s rustic and minimalistic.

The Creative Tree

Using a poster why not get the kids involved with creating an original Christmas tree that you can stick to a wall.

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The Book Tree

If you have an extensive library, instead of letting the books gather dust, you can use them to build-your-own Christmas tree.

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The Ladder Tree

Most households have a ladder for all those odd jobs, so why not recycle it to make a Christmas tree. You can put presents in the middle underneath and use lights to bring the festive style to an otherwise boring ladder.

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Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas

Let’s be honest – 90% of the fun of Christmas is presents, and a good portion of that is the "Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas"

Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas

Let’s be honest – 90% of the fun of Christmas is presents, and a good portion of that is the wrapping (or un-wrapping). Regardless of what’s inside, there’s nothing quite as appealing as an attractive tree brimming with beautifully wrapped presents.

For some of us though, it seems we’re born with two left thumbs when it comes to gift-wrapping. From paper ripping to tape sticking everywhere, and let’s not even get started on how to curl ribbon, gift-wrapping is not as easy as it looks. For a quick how-to video watch how to gift wrap presents.

Fortunately, with a bit of imagination you can still make your presents look amazing on the outside too.

Word Search Wrapping

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For small gifts, use your home printer to create a word-find; have each gift recipient find their name on their present. For slightly larger gifts, your local Officeworks or Internet café should print in larger sizes.

Finish with a ribbon – just a bow will do, and you have a fun way to start the present demolishing on Christmas morning!

Chalkboard Inspired

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Just like with your clothes, black is always in-style with gift-wrapping. Keep it fun, with cute hand-written notes written in place of gift cards on the actual wrapping paper. Just buy a large sheet of matte-finish black gift-wrapping, or even large sheets of black paper.

Paint markers can be found at any art/office supply shop; go with white for a faux chalkboard look, or silver or gold for a more elegant look. Draw snowflakes, banners, personalize your message – cute and stylish.

Gift Inside a Gift

This one is great for kids who are not known for their patience in waiting to open their Christmas day loot – and is super easy.

Go to your local two dollar shop or supermarket and buy a small set of crayons or colored pencils. Wrap your gift in plain white paper. Sticky tape crayons to gift, with instructions “Colour Me” on the gift – while the little ones wait, they can create a masterpiece.

Just Add A Photo

Instead of decorating with ribbons or gift cards, simply print a photo of the gift recipient or a picture of the both of you and attach to the wrapped gift.

Use a block colour of paper – any colour you like – and image editing software to add a filter of the same colour to the photo before printing onto photo paper.

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Just wrap the gift in newspaper. Simple.

Maybe just add some twine though or ribbon off-cuts – less hobo, more rustic.

Stamp It

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Wrapping-paper can be expensive however a cheap alternative is to pick up a big roll of brown paper and using some paint – you can create some lovely bespoke designed paper. This is something that you can share with the kids for that extra special touch for the grandparents.

Washi Tape All The Things!

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For those uninitiated, Washi Tape is basically sticky tape that looks mega-cool with a seemingly endless array of printed designs.

This stuff is perfect for those whose idea of gift wrapping is hastily throwing tissue paper around the object and roping enough sticky tape around that, on opening, somebody gently needs to suggest the use of scissors.

Sure, they might still need scissors, but with Washi Tape it looks so much prettier first!

Ultimate Guide to BBQ Cleaning

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Ultimate Guide to BBQ Cleaning

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Having friends over for a BBQ or just cooking grilled weeknight food is an Australian ritual. It’s a show of Australian culinary excellence and the best way to cook for a crowd.

It’s often debated whether webers, hotplates or even ground barbecues are the best method. However, something else that’s also talked about is the best way to clean a BBQ.

Barbecue cleaning is a task that no one really wants to do, however it’s vital to take care of your BBQ for the next round of grilling mastery.

There are a few things to do to make this process less painful, so read on to prepare yourself, and your grill, for the next get-together!

1. Strike While The Hotplate is Hot
Yes, yes, it’s the last thing you feel like doing just when the food is done and ready to tuck into. Good news is that you should take the time to sit down and enjoy the food, but afterwards an initial clean off while the hotplate is still warm will save you hard work later on.

Just excuse yourself quickly and give the BBQ a quick brush (you can buy special BBQ bruses) to remove larger bits of residual BBQ. Your future self will thank you for it.

2. Use The Dishwasher
Wait, what?! Yes, that’s right, if you have a dishwasher and your grill plates aren’t too large you can chuck them in the dishwasher. Just make sure they’ve cooled off completely and set it to the most intense mode (e.g. pot scrubbing) and let it do the hard work for you.

3. The Deep Clean
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If you come back to your BBQ with dread, knowing the caked on debris awaiting you, worry not.

Take some detergent and warm water and a BBQ scrubbing brush. Liberally using elbow grease, remove and clean plates. Do likewise with the interior of your BBQ unit.

Rinse with clean water then rub dry. To prepare the BBQ for next time, lightly spray with vegetable oil.

Now the most important bit – the cleaning inferno. Reposition grill plates and any extra bits you’ve removed during the cleaning, turn all the grills to high and get rid of any residual grime or germs with heat. You don’t need to do this for too long, just wait until the plates start to smoke, then switch off. Clean as a whistle.

It’s a little more time consuming, but at least you’ll know for next time.

It’s amazing, heat kills germs, incinerates debris, which means the household BBQ is one of the greatest inventions ever – a self-cleaning cooking appliance. Genius.

4. Tin Foil
This one is unverified, but the Internet says it’s true – ball some aluminum foil up, scrub as you would with a scourer. Why, not too sure, but it’s bound to be cheaper than buying a dedicated scourer!

Alternatively you could team it with some vinegar. Just add two cups of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, shake to mix. Spray on the grills and leave for 10 minutes. Refill the bottle with vinegar only and spray onto tin foil that is folded up and it should remove all the grime.

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5. Onion

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Onions are very versatile, case in point – the BBQ. Using an onion cut in half (cut side down) just heat the BBQ on high to burn off any crud then turn off and rub the onion. This will loosen anything baked on the grills.

6. Beer
It’s a popular BBQ cleaning method and we guess we know why… But incase you’re unsure whether to beer up before or after cooking the food, it’s before. Simply heat up the BBQ and then pour half of the bottle on the grills and scrub.

7. Lemon and Salt
Is there anything you can’t clean with lemon? It’s the wonder fruit. To clean the BBQ heat up the grills to high, put the cut side of the lemon on a plate of salt and use like a scrub to clean.

8. Buy A New BBQ
As a very last resort sometimes the BBQ gets to a point of no return and you have to buy a new BBQ. However, this is an expensive route, so a much better option for the very lazy is hiring somebody local to clean your BBQ; less hassle, and you’re helping your local economy!

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Melbourne

There’s nothing worse than after working late or catching up with friends, not having anything to eat when you get "Top Midnight Food Delivery in Melbourne"

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Melbourne

There’s nothing worse than after working late or catching up with friends, not having anything to eat when you get home. You might think it’s late and your only option is drive-through Hungry Jacks or Maccas, but rejoice it’s not. In Melbourne there are plenty of late night spots to get a feed and better yet, get your late-night meal delivered to you via Airtasker food delivery.

Pepperoni’s

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Pizza and Pasta are the King and Queen of ultimate comfort food. Pepperoni’s in Camperwell can delivery 24hrs a day 365 days a year – yep that’s Christmas Day too. They have a huge variety of food including burgers, salads and also desserts to top it off.

Danny’s Burgers

If you still fancy a burger try Danny’s Burgers in Fitzroy North, the fish and chip burger is still one of the most popular bites.

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Massive Wieners

Perhaps a hot dog is more your thing late at night and you are in luck. This Prahan gem is open every night and even till 4:30am on Sundays. Massive Wieners is a classic hot dog stand plus a whole lot more.

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Kass Kass

If Asian tickles your fancy, look no further than Kass Kass in Flinders Street. They offer an extensive list such as Spring Rolls, Chow Mein and of course Gyoza.

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Stalactites

This Greek Melbourne institution has mouth-watering homemade moussaka and souvlaki. Open 24hrs on Melbourne’s Lonsdale St, Stalactites caters to the late night crowd and the early risers, if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast.

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The Pancake Parlour

If you have a sweet tooth (or savoury), The Pancake Parlour will fill that void. The Doncaster location is open 24hrs a day, every day of the year.

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Looking for some late night munchies in Sydney? Read our Top Midnight Food Delivery In Sydney

Airtasker Cards – The Gift Of Time

Update 16/11/2017: Airtasker Cards are currently unavailable in stores, check back to soon for updates on availability.       "Airtasker Cards – The Gift Of Time"

Airtasker Cards – The Gift Of Time

Update 16/11/2017: Airtasker Cards are currently unavailable in stores, check back to soon for updates on availability.

 

 

 

We’re happy to announce that you can now give the gift of time with an Airtasker Card.  You can now buy your family and friends the perfect gift.

Airtasker Cards will allow you to purchase gift credit for almost any task that you need done. From everyday chores like cleaning and handyman work to quirky tasks such as needing DIY gifts made and fancy dress costumes made.

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Airtasker CEO, Tim Fung said “The launch of Airtasker Cards is a huge step forward for us, as we’ve now made the platform more accessible to consumers than ever before.

“We’ve made significant headway in the past year, with Australian consumers realising they can get more done by working with people in their local neighbourhood. We believe that Airtasker Cards will push this sharing economy trend to the next level.”

“We’ve also seen huge demand for a product that can allow people to give the gift of free time or an extra weekend to their friends and family – and Airtasker Cards is the answer.”

So what could you get done if you receive an Airtasker Card? Here are some ideas for every budget:

Under $50

– Mow my Lawn
– Clean my 1 bedroom apartment
– Hang paintings in my house
– Do the weekly ironing
– Pick up a fridge and deliver

Under $100

– Clean my 2 bedroom apartment
– Assemble a trampoline / furniture item
– Mount my TV to the wall
– Reorganise the Garage
– Do my gardening and hedging

Under $150

– Clean my 3 bedroom house
– Man and Van to help me move
– Assemble 3 large items of IKEA furniture

To redeem your Airtasker Card, go to our Redeem page.

How to Save Money on Christmas Decorations

As Christmas decorations fill department stores and Christmas carols play in every shop, Christmas season is well and truly here. "How to Save Money on Christmas Decorations"

How to Save Money on Christmas Decorations

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As Christmas decorations fill department stores and Christmas carols play in every shop, Christmas season is well and truly here.

Right now you’re more money focused than ever as Christmas Day plans are made, present lists created and party invitations start to arrive. But just because tis’ the season to be jolly, it doesn’t mean you can’t be cash-savvy at the same time.

One of the easiest ways to save money is to cut back on the expense of Christmas decorations. Whether it’s DYI, smart shopping or recycling you can still make you’re home look amazing and it’s not as hard as you think.

Be One Step Ahead

Ever wondered what is the stock most reduced on Boxing Day? Christmas decorations. As with most themed holiday merchandise, decorations are drastically reduced the day after Christmas.

In fact you’ll now find decoration discounting slowly starts a few days before Christmas Day. So with a bit of planning and purchasing in advance you’ll get some serious bargains for the next year.

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Smart Shopping
Being prepared earlier means that you won’t need to buy for convenience as the season nears, rather you can source great bargains a number of ways:

– You’ll often find the same item online, and can price match between sites to make sure you’re getting the best price for the merchandise.
– Make sure you check out multiple stores when purchasing your decorations. For example, plain baubles are a Christmas staple, however you could be paying triple the price in a high-end department store compared to a discount department stores. Spending less on the standard decorations will allow you to splash out on some show stopper decorations.


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DIY Decorations
Let your inner crafter come out this year with “do it yourself” decorations. It’s an easy and creative alternative that will entertain you and the kids.

How to get started:

• Pinterest is your new best friend for inspiration. Create a decoration board and pin images you like
• There also many helpful tutorials via blogs and YouTube
• Involve the whole family and have a crafting night
• The DIY decorations also double as personalised gifts to give to friends and family – saving you even more.

Recycle – Reinvent What You Already Have

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You’ll be surprised by what you can achieve by just recycling and reinventing the decoration wheel. Using decorations that are a little broken or for a different purpose is a great way to not only save money but also storage space.

All you need is a bit of glitter and some metallic paint and you can come up with some holiday themed decorations, an idea for a remake being to create wreath or garlands with left over material or old clothes.

Christmas is certainly not going anywhere, it’s guaranteed to come back the same time next yeah and make a dent in your bank account. By being creatively practical, even a year in advance, you can reduce the cost of decorating for the holiday season and leave you with money to spend on your love ones instead.

Home and Office Christmas Party Tips

Ended up with the responsibility of organising the family or office Christmas party? Well we understand how much pressure you’re "Home and Office Christmas Party Tips"

Home and Office Christmas Party Tips

Ended up with the responsibility of organising the family or office Christmas party? Well we understand how much pressure you’re under to pull off the end of year celebrations, which is why we put together some of our favourite Christmas party tips.

Start Early

It’s never too soon to start planning for your Christmas part. Firstly secure your venue, which could be in high demand, and also send out save the dates so everyone puts you in their calendar. Being organised allows you to map out your key dates, ensuring that you don’t get any pesky last minute surprises.


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Budget

Find out the budget for the event before you start planning. If it’s for work, is the company footing the bill? How much can you budget for the family get together? If others are contributing, you’ll need to give plenty of notice and be mindful that people may not have deep pockets.

Don’t forget to keep a little money leftover as a backup for emergencies.

Set the Date

As soon as possible, set the party date and send a save the date. The holiday season is such a busy time full of social celebrations that will quickly fill up calendars. Follow up the save the date with an official invitation with more information and also ask people to RSVP for catering requirements.

Venue

For family and friends you might have it in your home or backyard, however for your work Christmas party it’s key to get out the office.

Depending on your workplace culture the office Christmas party could be a formal long lunch or casual after work drinks. Most places will have packages and set menus, so take the time to shop around and find the right fit for your work.

Theme

Why not get people really excited about your Christmas party with a great theme this year. Regardless of whether it’s winter wonderland, wearing Christmas colours or perhaps a hiring costumes – it’s an instant mood lifter. Once you’ve decided on a theme you can centre your entire function around it, including decorations, music, costumes and the menu. Even think about holding a “best dressed” competition in line with the theme of the day to get everyone talking.

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Menu & Drinks

Your menu will depend on your venue and the type of party you’re hosting, canapés for a cocktail party or a sit down meal. Food doesn’t need to be expensive; you can always make it work with your budget. If it’s a little tight, opt for food buffets or food platters.
For drinks make sure the bar staff are aware of which drinks are on the bar tab.

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Delegate

Instead of relying on friends and family to help your event to run smoothly, let an Airtasker take care of it. This way you get to enjoy the party too.

Have Fun!

This is often a thankless task so don’t forget to enjoy yourself, after all it’s your Christmas holiday too.

19 Things You Can Do to Stress Less This Christmas

Christmas is a joyful time with family and friends coming together to celebrate. However, for some it can also be "19 Things You Can Do to Stress Less This Christmas"

19 Things You Can Do to Stress Less This Christmas

Christmas is a joyful time with family and friends coming together to celebrate. However, for some it can also be a stressful time trying to manage social events, coordinating with your family and let’s not forget working full-time.

To help prevent getting burnt out this holiday season we have a few practical suggestions that you can do now to help you stress-less this Christmas.

Budgeting For Your Christmas

Budget for everything
Set your budgets for social events, gift purchases and Christmas feasts now. This way you can manage your income with the expected costs this December.

Emergency Funds
Keep a bit of extra money on the side for those hidden expenses that you haven’t thought of.

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Christmas savings
Perhaps too late for this year but after this Christmas, set up a savings account for birthdays and Christmas time that you can add funds too every payday. That way you’ll always have that cushioning for the expensive times of year.

Shopping

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Start buying the non-perishables now, that way you can start to stock the items you’ll need to lighten the load in the coming weeks.

Shopping Days
It’s obvious but go on weekdays in your lunch break rather than on weekends with everyone in the neighbourhood.

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Shopping Times
At Christmas time all the major retailers have longer opening hours so wait till late at night or first thing in the morning to get what you need. Plus you should get a great car park as well.

Shop Online
Stay inside and hit the Internet, you can often find great bargains and most online stores gift-wrap for you as well.

Presents

Gifts List
Compile a master gift list for all your nearest and dearest.

Gift Delivery
Organise gifts to be delivered straight to the recipient. You can easily do this with the help of a friendly Airtasker.

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Wrapping Paper
Purchase all gifting needs such as wrapping paper, ribbons and don’t forget the extra sticky tape. Try discount stores of Officeworks for more cost effective options.

Extra Gifts
Buy extra presents for those people that you forget or if you need stocking fillers. Think chocolates, funky condiments, wine, hand lotion etc. That way you’ll never have that awkward moment where you don’t have a gift for someone.

Christmas Lunch (Breakfast or Dinner)

Meal Plans
Make a meal plan early and list down all your ingredients, buy as many of the on-perishables in advance as you can now.

Delegate
We love the idea of wanting to do it all, but just delegate to other parties even if it’s just picking up ice and drinks. Just let them know now so they aren’t surprised.

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Timelines
As Christmas Day draws nearer write a detailed timeline of everything that you need to do and at what time. For example what time to put the turkey in the oven and basting the ham.

Order In Advance
Get your meats ordered now to get the best quality meat. Most local butchers allow you to do this and if you’re having a big family get together try to do the same at the bakery and seafood shop.

The Home

Cleaning
Even if you’re not hosting the festivities this year, you’ll still be running around a lot. Get your home in tiptop shape by outsourcing your home cleaning.

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Polish The Silver
If you’re hosting Christmas meals you can already start to get the home ready by polishing the silverware, dusting the expensive china and ironing the tablecloths and napkins.

Decorate
You can decorate as early as you want, so why not get the boxes out now and go room by room so it’s not a big task.

Don’t Forget About You

Last but certainly not least don’t forget about yourself! These are your holidays too so don’t forget to sit back and take some time out for yourself. Learn the power of “No” and don’t stretch yourself too thin with obligations and planning this silly season.

Get plenty of sleep, try to moderate on the food and alcohol, and keep up with your regular exercise patters to focus on your general health and wellbeing.

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5 Top Flooring Trends for Home Design

The right flooring will set the tone for any space that why you should always favour quality and designer options. "5 Top Flooring Trends for Home Design"

The right flooring will set the tone for any space that why you should always favour quality and designer options. Carpet Court has the top flooring and home design trends and tips to help you decide which style is best for your space. It’s about general styling with the addition of new colours and textures.

Trend One – Neutral Tones with interesting texture

Neutral tones have been in season for a while now and it is not going anywhere. This style is now mixing with textures for a modern improvement. The texture adds a contemporary feel with timeless patterning. Incorporate this trend into your home with textured carpets and provide further comfort to your space.

Try Carpet Court’s Charming range that has 100% wool additions in GREY SMOKE.

Trend Two – Greys

Grey is that new neutral colour and the perfect base of a room as it is not overpowering. This popular hue should be matched with a trending colour palette with timber accents.
It is an alternative to warmer hardwood stains providing cooler tones to surface floors.

Try recommend Carpet Court’s Stained Oak Timber in Coconut.

Trend Three – Blinds

Enhance your space with contemporary blinds for simply shading. The trend aims to still let light come through to create a welcoming ambiance and results in your room looking larger. Sunscreen Blinds from Carpet Court reduce glare and UV light and this approach is the perfect complement to a bold room. This product also adds another element as fabric of the blind is textured.

Trend Four – Rugs

“Exceptional spaces start with flooring and end with the right rug,” could not think of truer words to explain how important it is to get the right rug for your space. Rugs are the ultimate versatile option for bringing a room to life, effortlessly.
The latest trend in for rugs is the dip dyed rug movement with a two-toned gradient. It is original and enhances colour and interest and can be the statement piece in your space.

This style will work complementary with the grey flooring stated above.

Try recommend Carpet Court’s Hyam in Blue for grey floors.

Trend Five – Large Tiles

Bigger is better – tiles has had an explosion of sizes. The movement towards larger tiles works well for those wanted to make there space feel larger and save time laying them down. Bigger tiles also mean there is less grout to clean. The style looks sharp, when adding them to your home understand that they are heavier and harder to work with so it is worth it to hire a professional.

The large tiles with work well with the Sunscreen Blinds as it will continue the light and welcoming atmosphere.

Clever Storage Tips Ahead Of Your Spring Clean

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Clever Storage Tips Ahead Of Your Spring Clean

Are you planning a big spring clean, but have no idea where to store all of your winter and autumn stuff? You are not alone! A recent poll conducted by online homewares retailer TheHome.com.au shows that 68 percent of Australians don’t think they have enough storage in their homes.

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“Lack of storage is very common, so it is important to declutter and organise at least once a year and spring is the perfect time for that,” explains Melinda Woodford, interior stylist at TheHome.com.au.

“Also, make sure to make the most of your space. There are creative solutions to be discovered and made in most homes,” she adds.

Here, Melinda lists simple tips to create more storage space in your home!

No storage? Go vertical!

The sky is the limit when it comes to clever storage, so make sure to utilise the space between the ceiling and the tops of your furniture. Take bookcases and cabinets all the way up, and use a decorative ladder to hang everyday items such as blankets and towels.

Hide what you rarely use

You probably won’t need winter blankets, woollen rugs and heaters for another ten months, so store them in a space you rarely use, such as under the bed. For a sleek look, invest in a drawer unit on castors that easily slides under your bed.

Get creative with your wardrobe

Make the most of your closet by investing in a clever storage system – think clever shoe racks, closet runners, wire wardrobe shelving and more!

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Hang it right

Speaking of your wardrobe, remember to use the floor space. Group your hanging in lengths; short at one end, long at the other end. This will open up open your floor space for shoes and can even allow a small dresser to fit below your hanging.

Customise

Customise your furniture by tailoring to your specific needs so you can utilise all the space you have. Modify storage nooks, bench seating and shelves so your items will fit perfectly.

Declutter and organise

It is easy to get into the habit of storing items you don’t need in a space such as your guest bedroom – out of sight, out of mind – but that means those spaces fast become cluttered. Be tough and ask yourself if you really need all the items you are storing. If not, chuck or donate to charity.

To shop clever storage solutions at affordable prices, head to TheHome.com.au.

New Improvement: Airtasker Pay

Airtasker Pay ensures payment protection for Airtasker Workers and a seamless, secure way to get tasks completed.

New Improvement: Airtasker Pay

How Airtasker Pay Works

1. A task is posted by the Job Poster.

2. The Job Poster receives offers from Airtasker Workers who are willing to complete the task.

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3. When the Job Poster accepts an offer from their preferred Airtasker Worker, the task funds are securely held within an Airtasker Trust Account until the task is complete.

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4. The Airtasker Worker completes the task and requests payment on completion.

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5. The Job Poster releases the funds and the Airtasker Worker receives payment into their verified bank.

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Make sure your details are up to date for a seamless transition in your Payment Settings.

Airtasker Pay for Job Posters

Getting a task completed on Airtasker will be much simpler with Airtasker Pay. You’ll no longer need to worry about having the correct cash on you with the funds for the task being held securely in an Airtasker Trust Account.

The task funds are secured until you are satisfied with the task completed. You’re in control and will need to release the funds on task completion.

The Benefits:

– Streamlined Payment – Getting a task completed will be a smooth experience for personal and business use.

– Don’t worry about having cash – The Job Poster can pay with any VISA or Mastercard credit/debit card, which can be held securely to be used for future tasks.

– You’re in control – Only release the funds when 100% happy with the work completed.

– Dispute Resolution – If there is ever any issues with a task our friendly Customer Support Team are happy to help at any stage of a task.

How to Add/Release Funds:

When you post your task, you will negotiate with Airtasker Workers the final price for the task.

Once you’ve accepted the Airtasker Workers offer, the agreed upon amount will be securely held in an Airtasker Trust Account while the task is in the process of being completed.

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Upon task completion, the Airtasker Worker will request payment and you will be asked to confirm the task is completed and release the funds.

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Once funds have been released an invoice will be generated for your records and you can view in Payment History.

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If for any reason, both parties agree to cancel the task, the Airtasker Worker can cancel the task and the money will return to your account.

If there are any disputes over a project, you can contact our Customer Support Team who will look into the issue raised.

Fund methods

At the stage of accepting an offer, you’ll be required to Add Funds if your details aren’t saved within Airtasker. You will need either a credit or debit VISA or Mastercard. All your details are secure within Airtasker.

Ensure a seamless transition to Airtasker Pay and update your Payment Settings today!

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When a task is completed and funds are released to the Airtasker Worker, a 15% Service Fee will be charged to the Airtasker covering all Insurance, Handling and Transaction costs. This Service Fee is only deducted when the Airtasker Worker receives funds for the task.

Airtasker Pay for Airtasker Workers

With Airtasker Pay you can now get started on completing a task as soon as your offer is accepted knowing that the Job Poster has placed the funds for the task in an Airtasker Trust Account.

You’ll receive payment when you have completed the task and you request payment from the Job Poster.

– Payment once task is completed – Airtasker Workers can start work straight away knowing that Airtasker has secured the funds for the task

– Easy management – of task funds & invoices all in one spot.

– Secure payment methods – Receive funds straight to the registered bank account (EFT) or via Paypal.

How to Request Payment

If your offer is accepted on a task, the Job Poster’s funds for the task are securely held within an Airtasker Trust Account until the task is completed.

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When you complete the task, go to the task and select Request Payment. The Job Poster will then be notified to Release Funds.

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The funds will take 1-3 business days to reach your verified bank or PayPal account.

Make sure your details are up to date for a seamless transition in your Payment Settings.

Once funds have been released an invoice will be generated for your records, which you can access in your Payment History.

If for any reason, both parties agree to cancel the task, please make a cancellation request to the Customer Support Team and the Job Poster’s funds will be returned to them.

For any disputes over a task, you can contact our Customer Support Team to look into the issue raised.

Receiving Payment Methods

To receive funds for completing a task, you will need to add a bank account. However after you’re verified, you can also add a PayPal account which you can use as your preferred method.

When you receive task payment a 15% Service Fee will be charged to cover all Insurance, Handling and Transaction costs. This Service Fee is only deducted when the Airtasker Worker receives funds for the task.

To make sure you start to receive payments as quickly as possible update your Payment Settings today!

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Getting set up for Airtasker Payments

Please ensure that your details are up to date for a seamless transition. In order to receive payment you will need to add to your account:

  • A bank account
  • Your PayPal email
  • Your billing address
  • Your mobile number
  • Your date of birth

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We use these details to validate your account so that we can ensure that funds are going to the correct bank account.

Need more information? Please read our FAQs, terms and conditions or contact us if you have any questions.

Future Of Work: Airtasker Research

This year nearly half of Australian workers will look for a new job, citing inflexibility and salary as the main "Future Of Work: Airtasker Research"

Future Of Work: Airtasker Research

This year nearly half of Australian workers will look for a new job, citing inflexibility and salary as the main contributors towards the desire for a career move.

However, instead of the agonising search via traditional methods, more than two thirds of Australians are finding that they can earn more through sharing economy platforms such as UberX, 99designs and Airtasker.

More people are turning to these platforms to supplement their income, or sometimes even quitting their jobs to freelance full-time such as Stuart Orth and Dee Papworth who share their stories below.

Why freelance?

1) You Can Earn More
As cost of living continues to rise, it’s not surprising that 92% of Australians are looking for a new way to make a bit of extra money in 2015.

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Stuart Orth, a full-time Airtasker, earns up to $3,000 a week which is more than $100,000 per year. Completing handyman and gardening tasks via Airtasker is very different to his previous career as a trained chef – but he loves it.

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You could earn thousands a week like Stuart by joining Airtasker and browsing available tasks straight away.

2) Increase Your Flexibility
Would you like to choose your work hours to fit around kids and other life commitments? Of course you would, so it’s understandable that it’s the second most important aspect when looking for a job.

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However individuals, depending on their age, feel that increased job flexibility would impact their work-life in different ways. Younger workers felt that their enjoyment would increase in a more flexible environment, compared to older Australians who felt that their motivation and productivity would increase.

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85% of the Australians believe that the traditional employment model of 9-5 office hours is inflexible for workers in 2015 and into the future.

Dee Papworth is another happy Airtasker who quit her stressful job in insurance to complete cleaning jobs and dog walking. Dee took a pay cut however with her stress levels decreased and the more time she has been able to spend with friends and family has been priceless.

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3) Reduce The Unpredictability Of Work
With an additional source of income, individuals young and old, male and female, all agree that freelancing or working for yourself would make up for a lack of predicability in the work environment.

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76% of Australians agree that the flexibility of freelancing would make up for the lack of predictability or certainty of this working style.

So what about the sharing economy?

Online platforms continue to replace traditional means of earning, for example, Airtasker is processing about $10 million worth of jobs per annum. In fact, almost 10% of Australians aged between 25-34 have already used on-demand platforms to earn money and a further 81.9% are considering using these platforms to earn some extra money in 2015.

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It’s not just about earning more money though, it allows people to try new things and gain more skills in different areas while also bringing back a bit of spontaneity in everyday life. Australians are willing to try something new if they can continue to earn well and if it makes them happy. Want to earn thousands per week? Get started on Airtasker today!

Want to read more about the future of work? Check out News.com.au and Business First Magazine.

Revealed: 8 Interior Turnoffs That Scare Off Your Date

According to new stats from relationship site eHarmony.com.au, a messy or tackily decorated home is a deal breaker for many "Revealed: 8 Interior Turnoffs That Scare Off Your Date"

Revealed: 8 Interior Turnoffs That Scare Off Your Date

According to new stats from relationship site eHarmony.com.au, a messy or tackily decorated home is a deal breaker for many singles.

“If you invite a love interest into your outdated and dirty home, they will undoubtedly question your taste and hygiene – or more specifically, lack thereof,” explains homewares retailer TheHome.com.au’s interior stylist Emma Blomfield.

“Your home says a lot about you, so you should make sure it’s sending your love interest all the right messages,” she adds.
Next time you invite a date over, make sure you’re not committing any of these decorating sins!

Dirty habits

A dirty home will make your question your hygiene and your lack of effort, so do the right thing and clean if you’re expecting guests. Pay extra attention to the kitchen and bathroom – that means empty loo rolls go in the bin. Too lazy? Get an affordable home cleaning service from Airtasker and get the dirty work done for you!

Empty booze bottles

There’s nothing attractive about empty booze bottles scattered around the home, and it might even make your love interest question if you’ve got a drinking problem. If you insist on displaying your booze collection, a cabinet dedicated to this is perfect, or place a tray under a small grouping of the bottles.

Old photos

Photos of exes are the quickest way to kill the vibe in the bedroom. Get rid of them, there’s no point hanging onto these photos because as long as they will be present in your everyday life, you will struggle to move on. If you’re still pining over your ex, pop the photos in a drawer well away!

Bedlam bed

An unmade bed with dirty sheets is uninviting and a no-no if you’re hoping to take your relationship to the next level. Freshly washed sheets with all pillows and sheets accounted for are much more inviting.

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Makeshift furniture

If you are using a makeshift table in place of purchasing real furniture, it’s time to go shopping. Splashing out on a new dining table doesn’t need to cost the earth but propping up shipping crates to create a dining effect is frowned upon by romantic interests.

Extreme hobbies

It’s fine to have your hobbies, just make sure you don’t go overboard displaying your trophies, fishing gear and framed jerseys on every surface of your home – you’re no longer a proud ten-year-old soccer player, so hinting at your hobbies with tasteful elements is much more sophisticated.

Stuffed toys or dolls

It’s time to grow up and accept that no one finds adults displaying their love of soft toys endearing.

Overflowing dirty laundry

There’s no need to air your dirty laundry on a date – both figuratively and literally speaking. Ain’t nobody got time for dirty slobs. You know where the laundry is, get cleaning!

Home Renovation Ideas Under $150

We all know home renovations are rarely cheap, so when the time comes to refreshing your home we’re all guilty "Home Renovation Ideas Under $150"

Home Renovation Ideas Under $150

We all know home renovations are rarely cheap, so when the time comes to refreshing your home we’re all guilty of trying to cut corners, or just putting off the inconvenience of it all for as long as possible.

However, affordable home renovations can be easily done if have a bit of inspiration and not too afraid to put in a little elbow grease yourself.

With these home improvement ideas your home renovation costs can be kept well under budget. Here’s some inspiration for DIY home renovations for under $150 – what a bargain!

The Power of Paint

If your renovation plans are drastic before you start just take a step back and really look at your interiors for a moment. If the only thing wrong with your walls is a few scuffmarks, aging or colour, put a fresh coat of paint on your walls yourself before anything else.

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This will drastically alter the lighting, space perception and the general atmosphere of the house and it might be just the cheap cure you’re looking for.

Paint tins retail for around $50 -$100 but make sure you use the brand’s online paint calculators to see how much is needed.

Try colours Wattyl White by Wattyl or Pollinate Quarter by Dulux for a refreshing colour but no matter what colour you choose, ask for a test of the colour so that you can paint some in the desired room and see what it looks like over the course of a day.

If you need a bit of extra help with the painting there are plenty of Airtaskers who can help you, or if you’re going alone make sure you look at these house painting hacks.

Divide it Up

Create a half-wall instead of putting in a full one with some cube bookshelves. The great advantage here is that if you want a wide-open space again it can be removed.

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The flat top serves for somewhere to throw your house keys or a fruit bowl, and the shelves can be used to display and/or store items.

To secure it you can screw the base to the floor and voila, you’ve divided your room. This IKEA KALLAX shelf is only $64.99.

Outside Light

If a window looks out onto a brick wall or fence that is a dark colour, not only is the view boring but the window lets in less light, and the room can seem smaller.

However, by painting these walls/fences outside with a bright white colour they can reflect the lighter colour inward and add more natural light inside without installing a skylight.

Think about decor

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Use a statement piece such as a light fixture in your room to create a focus point. IKEA has a beautiful pendant light called the BÓJA for $129.

Creative Walls

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Paint an entire wall in chalkboard paint. You might do this in a kids room, a wall outside, or even in the living room. This creates a feature wall that can be personalised, making your space truly unique without breaking the bank. This Dulux Design Chalkboard paint is under $50, just don’t forget the chalk 😉

Save space

Using the space under your bed as extra storage is another good idea. You can buy beds with storage inbuilt but in keeping with the $150 budget you could use the same cube bookcases mentioned before. Just give them a coat of paint and place a mattress on top. Now you have a bed frame with lots of storage for books, shoes, winter clothes etc.

Read this article for more cheap home renovation ideas.

The Most Important Thing

Don’t try and move power outlets or plumbing.

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This is dangerous to do yourself (unless you are qualified of course) and will cost you a small fortune to hire a professional.Instead, make do with the layout you have, and consider investing in a new modular lounge for the living room or similar to make the best use of the space you have without calling in extra help for a hefty price.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other cheap home renovation tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Removing Wallpaper Tips and Tricks

Wallpaper removal is definitely not a fun task at all, but sometimes it has just got to go. There’s no "Removing Wallpaper Tips and Tricks"

Removing Wallpaper Tips and Tricks

Wallpaper removal is definitely not a fun task at all, but sometimes it has just got to go. There’s no need to stress about how it’s going to come off because we’ve looked at all the removing wallpaper tips and tricks for you.

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Now you just need to put aside a weekend to get it all done…

Get a feel for the project ahead

Try and rip off a small section of paper in an inconspicuous place to get a feel for how difficult the process will be and how long it will take.

Ask for Help

If you’re a newbie or a bit worried, go to your local hardware store and ask for advice. And if you’re looking for a helping hand or someone to do it for you, there are plenty of friendly Airtaskers in your local neighbourhood ready to help.

Prepare the room

• Remove as much furniture as you can.
• Place drop sheets over the entire floor.
• Use masking tape to stick to the skirting boards if you can.
• Take the plastic covers off electricity outlets, or simply cover those in masking tape.
Make sure you disconnect the electricity before you start as an extra safety measure.

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Start slow

Rip off what you can first. There are many different types of wallpaper and wallpaper adhesive, so it will depend on this to know how easily it will be removed just by ripping. Use a putty knife to help you along the way if you need it.

Score wisely

For the wallpaper adhesive to be softened with a solution, the wallpaper needs to be scored.

There are a few ways to do this. You can use a knife such as a Stanley knife to do light horizontal lines, or, you can purchase a scoring device and make lots of tiny holes in all of the wallpaper for maximum solution penetration.

Be extra careful to not cut into your drywall, as this will need to be filled in later.

Make some Solutions

Solutions for softening wallpaper glue can be bought, but a much more economic recipe is fabric softener and hot water (as hot as you can get it) in the ratio 1:1. Vinegar and hot water in the same ratio can also be used.

Decant into a spray bottle and spray over the scored wall in as much as you can rip off in 10-15 minute sections (so the water does not get too cool) and leave soak for around one minute.

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Then, take to the wall with your putty knife and start ripping from the bottom up or top down, making sure you pull against the wall as that will reduce the chances of the paper tearing.

Steaming

If you own a clothes steamer, or you’ve hired a steamer, using this over the scored wallpaper is another way to soften the glue.

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Be careful not to hold the steam in one place for too long, as it will damage the dry wall behind.

Scraping by

It is very important to get every bit of adhesive off the walls. Make sure you soak and scrape off any resistant glue.

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Washing the walls

With hot water, dishwashing liquid and a cloth, wash down the walls. Try and do this twice, before finally wiping down with just hot water.

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Sand down the walls after they are dry, for a perfect base.

The last step

You may want to reapply wallpaper, in which case speak to a professional for wallpaper ideas in terms of materials, etc. Otherwise, get ready for house painting! Apply a primer and then coats of your chosen paint.

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This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other wallpaper removal tips? Let us know in the comments below!

DIY Home Renovation Hacks

Home renovations don’t have to be costly or require handyman help because making the smallest of changes can make all "DIY Home Renovation Hacks"

DIY Home Renovation Hacks

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Home renovations don’t have to be costly or require handyman help because making the smallest of changes can make all the difference. You can also go at your own pace with DIY home renovation projects by tackling one room at a time – not to mention the costs it will save you.

However there are a few DIY home renovation hacks that you need to know before you get started.

General Tips

• Be realistic – your budget will probably blow out because let’s face it, no renovation goes according to plan. It saves a lot of stress if you account for a buffer the minute you start planning.

• Check with your council to ask if any special permission is required for your renovations.

• Do your research, there are plenty of home improvement blogs on the internet with plenty of DIY tips, just make sure you verify with various sources before you get stuck in.

• Consider giving your house a fresh coat of paint; it will make a huge difference in ambience and also will make rearranging furniture easier as it will have to be taken out of the room before painting begins.

• Got old carpet? Rip it up. It’s all about polished floorboards (or concrete) these days, so hop on the wagon and toss that old carpet.

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Bathroom

• Measure up the bathroom size and then everything in it. Sit down and draw up a floor plan of your current bathroom and use that figure out how to create more room.

• Use a pedestal sink or simply a sink with no vanity cupboards beneath it in a small bathroom for more floor space. This eliminates the home renovation costs of re-creating an entire plumbing system for your bathroom.

• But if you’re still worried about storage, create some open shelving for bath products, towels and magazines. This is an elegant-looking yet simple and easy solution for bathroom clutter that only takes a few painted planks of wood and brackets.

Living room

• Need more storage in your living room? DIY! Turn a big old wooden box into your coffee table, or simply add sides and a door to your existing coffee table. That way, you can store things in an easy to access place that is out of sight (e.g. Christmas decorations, linen, extra glassware, etc). This will also encourage you to keep your coffee table cleaner as you need to be able to access what’s underneath.

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• Another way to add more storage is with shelving. Consider attaching a flat-pack set of shelves to your wall and painting them the same colour; this will then allow the shelving to melt into the wall behind and not look as much like shelving. Using open shelves on a blank wall (or even a feature wall) is a great way to store candles, tissues, lamps, books, etc.

Bedroom

• Paint a feature wall in a calming blue or green to mix up the room and also help you sleep easier.

• Attach shelving without cupboard doors just above your bed (on top of your headboard) and use to store things that clutter up your bedside tables.

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• Go to home ware stores and let them help you design a new wardrobe system inside your pre-existing wardrobe. This way, your storage needs are suited without a knockdown/rebuild of your current wardrobe.

Kitchen

• Replace all the handles on your kitchen cupboards and paint the doors; great ways to use what you already have.

• Attach gliders into drawers and soft-shut systems into cupboards. This eliminated the slamming noise but also updates your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Take a look at some more Kitchen Home Improvement Ideas.

Laundry

• Is your laundry a washer and dryer stacked on each other in your kitchen or bathroom? Use the cupboard under the stairs or any other cupboard (with rails and shelves removed) to hide your laundry appliances from view. Compact solution for people with little room such as flat or apartment habitants.

• If it’s possible (and you don’t already have one), add a sink to your laundry area. Make it a big, stainless steel sink that you can use to soak, dye, and wash the dogs – anything. Instead of using the bath or kitchen sink, you are able to use this sink which is out of view.

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We have plenty of Cheap Home Renovation Ideas for a bit of extra inspiration and if you need a helping hand, there are plenty of Airtaskers that can help you get your DIY home renovation task done.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other home renovation hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

Kitchen Home Improvement Ideas

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Kitchen Home Improvement Ideas

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It’s said that the heart of the home is the kitchen. This couldn’t be truer with the kitchen being the place where people gather to eat, talk and socialise together.

As an important area of your home, you’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable using the space to cook up a feast and that guests can feel welcome too. We don’t mean that you have to completely re-model your home but by doing most of the work yourself, kitchen home improvements can really make a huge difference.

By making the DIY home improvement changes yourself you’ll be able to create your kitchen to how you like it and also get sense of accomplishment.

So let’s take a look at some home improvement ideas to help transform your kitchen:

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1. Think about storage

• Storage is the problem that is going to drive you bonkers later on. Get a head start by measuring up your kitchen and think about what storage units you will need.

• Don’t be afraid to buy flat pack cupboards and customise them later if you’re trying to save money.

• If you need a lot more storage, think about a floor-to-ceiling cabinet.

• Cabinets don’t just have to be practical; add a shelving unit without a door to display wine glasses for something extra.

• Too create the illusion of more space in a smaller kitchen, use open shelves. This D.I.Y project is a much more inexpensive home renovation as all you need is a wood plank and some brackets.

• Don’t forget to have a clean out of your kitchen utensils. Sell what you don’t need and receive a less-cluttered space and some extra cash for the revamp.

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2. What about decoration?

• Choose a design theme and stick to it. Go for a neutral base colour if you want something that will age well. For example, use a white or cream as dark colours will close you in and make the kitchen feel smaller than it is.

Paint the walls and cupboards in your base colour so that they blend into each other and make the room look more spacious.

• To add interest, don’t go immediately for colour. Perhaps choose a different tile layout for your splashback for some dimension.

Painting the kitchen yourself will save a lot of money – or get an Airtasker to help you out.

• To reuse your existing cupboards, simply paint them and add another handle. Easy and cheap to do.

• If you want a pop of colour, think about painting the ceiling and/or adding a statement light over your island bench.

3. Other points to consider

• Invest in statement pieces; i.e. a luxurious sink, a marble counter, appliances. Save your money by reusing cupboards.

• Think about your finishes. Do you have kids? If so, stainless steel may not be the best option as it’s unforgiving when it comes to showing up marks.

• Shop for floor/show items. You may get a discount if the product has been scratched or dinged.

• It is simple and inexpensive to install soft-close hinges and gliders on drawers yourself. This will make an enormous difference to your kitchen atmosphere when it isn’t constantly flooded by the sound of slamming cupboard doors.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other kitchen improvement ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

IKEA Furniture Assembly Tips

Shopping for furniture is great fun (well for some), but when it comes to furniture assembly people can generally fall "IKEA Furniture Assembly Tips"

IKEA Furniture Assembly Tips

Shopping for furniture is great fun (well for some), but when it comes to furniture assembly people can generally fall into four categories.

1. People that hate anything that comes in a flat pack.
2. People who enjoy trying to use the information-lacking instructions to successfully put furniture together.
3. People that know it has to be done sooner or later and dig in.
4. People who know better than to waste their time and outsource furniture assembly on Airtasker.

ikea furniture assembly help

Whether you attempt to tackle the flat pack or outsource it, here are 8 tips that are essential for successful furniture assembly.

Prepare
Ever heard ‘preparation is the key to success’? Well it’s absolutely true. Here’s how to start:

• Make sure you have enough space in the room and clear away things that can be easily knocked over
• If you’re working on a floor that might get damaged, put a towel or old bed sheets down to protect it
• Get something to put all the screws, bolts, dowel rods etc into
• Lay out all of the pieces according to size and shape

Follow the instructions

flat-pack-furniture-instructions
Source: Wartime Housewife

Many people would actually say to read the instructions rather than follow the instructions, but most people don’t read the instructions beginning to end before they start and that’s perfectly ok!

What is important though when following the steps is to not jump ahead nor take shortcuts, you will be kicking yourself later if you need to take it all apart and start again.

Tools

There are two types of tool that you will need – specialist tools that are supplied with the furniture (e.g. allen keys), and your own standard tools such as screwdrivers and hammers. With that being said, it’s important to remember:

• Don’t lose the specialist tools as they often can’t be replaced unless you go back to the supplier.
• Make sure you use proper standard tools, i.e. a bread knife is not a substitute for a screwdriver.

furniture assembly tools
Source: See the woods and the trees

Leave Enough Time

When estimating how long it will take you to build a piece of flat pack furniture, the golden rule is to remember that it will always take you longer than you think. Even for small items you should be realistic about how long it will take you. If you are building something large, leave yourself several hours.

Tightening

The key to successful furniture assembly often comes down to tightening. To make sure you’ve done in correctly, make sure you:

1. Put all of the screws in place before fully tightening
2. Do not over tighten. Flat pack furniture does not rely on the strength in your arms to give it stability. In fact you can often damage the boards if you over tighten too much.

Teamwork or Solo?

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you do or don’t have people to help you out. As the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’ but there’s also the other one whereby ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’.

If you go solo:
1. It will take you longer
2. Less likely to make mistakes
3. Less arguments

If you get some help:
1. Bigger pieces can be put together easier
2. Less physical input demanded
3. Safer

One at a Time

The first rule of furniture assembly is to never start a new piece of flat pack furniture until you fully completed the first piece you already started.

Why? Because more likely than not, you’ll mix up the pieces and parts will get lost if you try to do more than one at a time.

Revisit

The final IKEA furniture assembly tip is to go back to the item after three or four days of use to check all of the screws and fittings. Tighten any that are loose and make sure everything is working properly. If you do this you will have a solid item of furniture that will last.

How To Clean Pesky Carpet Stains

Pets, children, parties, or even our own clumsiness (let’s face it, we all have those moments) can be the reason "How To Clean Pesky Carpet Stains"

How To Clean Pesky Carpet Stains

Pets, children, parties, or even our own clumsiness (let’s face it, we all have those moments) can be the reason for an unsightly stain on the carpet.

But even the most stubborn carpet stains can be removed with a little care and the right method and ingredients. There’s no need to spend your hard earned money on expensive carpet shampoos or professional carpet cleaning; everything you need is more than likely already in your pantry or laundry cupboard.

carpet stain removal
Source: A+ Chemdry Carpet Cleaning

Before trying any of these carpet stain removal methods, the most important thing to remember is to – NEVER rub or scrub a stain, you’ll only push it deeper into the carpet. Instead, scoop as much of the spillage into a spoon as possible and then blot with a paper towel or clean cloth to remove moisture, working from the outside of the stain towards the centre so you don’t spread it around.

Once you’ve cleared up the spillage, here are a few methods for cleaning carpet stains:

Coffee & tea
Beer or soda water is an excellent choice for removing coffee and tea stains from carpet. Blot the excess moisture with a paper towel, and then pour some room temperature beer onto the stain. Use a clean cloth to repeatedly blot the area and repeat until the stain has completely disappeared. To finish, pour over a cup of water to flush out beer residue from the carpet. You can remove coffee stains with the same method using soda water.

Red wine

red wine stain carpet removal
Source: Consumer

Immediately after spilling the wine, pour on some soda water or white wine to dilute and lift the colour and then gently dab (not smear!) with a clean cloth to soak up moisture. Cover with salt and vacuum when dry.

Pet urine
Has Fido done a piddle on the carpet? Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are your best friends for both stain and odour removal. Pour on enough vinegar to soak the stain and then add a small amount of bicarb. Make sure you do it in this order or your carpet will turn into a kids volcanic science experiment! Place a bowl upside down over the mixture to keep the reaction contained – don’t worry if you hear it crackling, it’s just doing its job. Let it dry for a couple of days, then sweep and vacuum.

Grease & oil

shaving cream
Source: Lifehacker

It’s possible to remove greasy stains from carpet with, believe it or not, shaving cream. Just work some into the stain, let it dry and then rub off with a clean cloth.

Vomit
Bicarbonate of soda will clean and deodorise nasty vomit stains. Simply scoop up what you are able, then cover the area with bicarb and vacuum when completely dry.

And lastly, a simple all-round homemade carpet stain remover recipe that really works!

You will need:
A spray bottle
Bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp dishwashing liquid
2 cups of water

Method:
Sprinkle bicarb over the stain, leave for 10 minutes, then vacuum. If the stain is dry, spritz first with water to dampen.

Mix together 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid into the spray bottle, with 2 cups of water and spray the affected area. If you don’t have an empty spray bottle, sponge the stain with the solution and then blot with a white cloth until the liquid is absorbed.

If the stain is stubborn you may use a scrubbing brush on top of the solution.

Lastly, sponge the stain with cold water and blot again until the liquid is absorbed.

This article was written by Airtasker – Vanessa G.

Have you any more carpet stain removal tips? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Clean The Oven

Cleaning the oven, one of the easiest house cleaning chore… to ignore. Close that oven door, and BOOM you can "How To Clean The Oven"

How To Clean The Oven

Cleaning the oven, one of the easiest house cleaning chore… to ignore. Close that oven door, and BOOM you can pretend all is well for a couple of more months (at least)! “No one else sees the inside,” your inner procrastinator whispers, “It’s what comes out of the oven that counts”.

But this is one chore you really shouldn’t ignore for too long – ovens accumulate grease and spilt food which can result in excessive smokiness and even, run the risk of a grease fire.

Plus, the longer you wait to clean your oven, the harder it gets to do – so take a deep breath, buckle down and get cleaning!

Here’s an easy, non‐toxic solution for oven cleaning:

Clean your oven racks

1. Remove the racks from your oven.

2. Sprinkle baking soda over the racks, then spray with vinegar – watch out for the bubbling effect as the baking soda reacts to the vinegar.

3. Place the oven racks in a large bucket large enough to soak your racks (you can use your bathtub too! Note: If using the tub, lay down some towels at the bottom of the tub first).

4. Fill the bucket or tub with enough hot water to cover the racks and let it sit overnight.

5. The next day, scrub the oven racks with the coarse end of a sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

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Source: Appliance Video

Make your own cleaning solution

Clean your oven with items that can be found in most household pantries: vinegar, coarse salt and baking soda.

1. In a spray bottle, combine 1/3 cup of vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.

vinegar baking soda oven cleaning
Source: Dailymail

2. Spray the inside of your oven including the inside of the door with the vinegar and water solution.

3. Sprinkle baking soda all over the oven – put more on any stubborn caked on areas.

4. Sprinkle a thick layer of coarse salt over the baking soda.

5. Spray the oven again with your vinegar and water solution.

6. Leave to sit overnight.

Use some elbow grease

Now I didn’t say you can get away with zero scrubbing. But the good news is, with your pre-clean and your homemade solution, the rest of the oven cleaning shouldn’t take much time at all!

oven-cleaning
Source: Slightly Steady

1. With the coarse side of a sponge, scrub the oven. Prepare to be amazed at how easy all that muck comes off!

2. Spray again with the vinegar and water solution to remove the last of your oven debris.

3. Wipe everything down with old towels or paper towels. Voila, all done!

Time spent cleaning: 2 -3 hours
Time spent getting other things done while the racks clean: 8 hours

Bonus tip:
Now that your oven is nice and clean, use it to make your whole house smell amazing:

Put two teaspoons of vanilla into an oven-proof coffee mug and place in a 150 degree Celsius oven for an hour.

This article was written by Airtasker – Larling P.

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Sydney

Home late or weren't hungry at dinner time? Here's where to get a late night meal in Sydney.

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Sydney

Got a feeling of emptiness in your stomach around the time the clock strikes 12 in the morning? Well, it sounds like you’ve got a case of the ‘midnight munchies’.

Although your local Dominos and Thai restaurant might be closed, there are still plenty of places busy cooking delicious food that an Airtasker can deliver right to your door. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the top midnight food delivery options in Sydney.

Chat Thai

If you’re hankering for a northern Thai feast in the middle of the night, then Chat Thai is your place. Its Thaitown Haymarket branch is open for supper serving an extensive menu till 2am. Whether its old favourites such as chicken satay skewers ($2 each), chicken chilli basil ($14) or pad thai ($9.90); a delivery of a delicious Chat Thai meal is always welcome.

Golden Century

Where do Sydney chefs head for dinner after they close their kitchens, rumour has it Golden Century is the spot. It’s popular for its salt and pepper squid and crisp-skinned chicken, but for $44 per person, the banquet will give you a taste of everything.

Open until 4am, it suits hungry late night revellers and busy Airtaskers delivering midnight munchies!

Yumcha at Golden Century

Wondering what other types of food delivery alternatives are popular on Airtasker? Check out our Top 5 Airtasker Foods Delivered list.

Mamak

It’s another inner city staple, which if you haven’t been to yet, is an absolute must. Mamak has introduced Sydney-siders to the wonders of Malaysian food with their moreish puffy roti bread along with their curries jam-packed with flavour.

With lines of hungry people often queued around the block, have an Airtasker wait in the line for you while you enjoy your night. Mamak is open till 2am on Friday and Saturdays.

Harry’s Café de Wheels

A Sydney institution, Harry’s Café de Wheels has over 70 years experience of supplying pies to the locals of Woolloomooloo.

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Source: Cookies and Tomatoes blog

These scrumptious pies are arguably the best pies in Sydney with a signature Harry’s Tiger beef pie topped with mushy peas, mash and gravy (image above). But if pies aren’t your cup of tea, they also have other favourites such as pasties, sausage rolls and hot dogs.

Pancakes on the Rocks

It’s open 24 hours a day, every day. Yes, that means if you ever have a pancake craving, you are in luck to tuck into a banana pancake stack regardless of the time at Pancakes on the Rocks.

A favourite amongst tourists and teenagers post school formal, Pancakes on the Rocks has both sweet and savoury menu options. For people with a serious sweet tooth, you can’t go past a Devils Delight ($14.95), which is a stack of chocolate pancakes topped with strawberries and ice cream – enough to satisfy any midnight craving!

pancakes on the rocks sydney airtasker delivery
Source: feedmygrumbles blog

We suggest that every member of your party choose something different so that you can swap and taste a variety of pancakes.

What’s your spot for a late night feed? Let us know in the comments below.

Work 2.0: A Time of Change

We are in a time of immense change when it comes to recruitment. The internet is transforming every sphere into "Work 2.0: A Time of Change"

Work 2.0: A Time of Change

We are in a time of immense change when it comes to recruitment. The internet is transforming every sphere into a digital marketplace, including work itself. We tend to think about ecommerce in terms of Amazon and eBay: fast, transparent, marketplaces and exchanges for goods. But now the same is happening for skills and labour.

There are three key pillars of change:

• First is the economy. It’s forcing individuals and businesses to really use assets, resources, money and time in different ways

• Secondly, we are seeing technology as an enabler of connecting people together

• Thirdly we have social, which amplifies those messages to a large audience at scale in a timely manner

Together, these are seeing traditional models crumble as they spur innovation. We’re ending up with a much more dynamic, transferable exchange between buyers and sellers of talent.

For example the smallest trade of talent would be a task, such as picking up a coffee or fetching dry cleaning. I could put together a series of unrelated tasks that has value to me as a hirer. Previously it wasn’t possible to connect with someone to do those tasks, but now we’re seeing just that in the US with Taskrabbit and Airtasker in Australia.

Technology is allowing us to work when we want, where we want. Skills that were traditionally used in a physical environment can now be traded in a digital environment.

The new CV

Through the internet we can learn so much more about an employer and an employee. Technology can now identify and track your social input into the digital world, such as engagement and thought leadership, and this is useful for both recruiters and prospective employees.

Critically, employees want to know more about the companies they may work for. Recent research from Deloitte found that Gen Yers want to work for organisations that foster innovative thinking, develop their skills and make a positive contribution to society.

This means that businesses need to be more innovative and do more for society if they want to attract top talent. Most importantly, they need to actually show that they’re doing it, and this is where virtual environments come in, to improve and democratise the access to talent and information.

Building an employee brand

To build more open and transparent communications with Australians, employers first need to think about what their brand is and how they are communicating it. Money has been poured into consumer and trade brands, but very little has been invested into employee brands.

An employee branding strategy is needed to showcase culture and development within a business: the creativity, the flexibility within the workforce. A company needs to say who they are, what they do, why they are special.

Once they’ve got that story right they can think about how to attract talent. There are different ways to do this: digital headhunting, a content strategy, marketing initiatives, social, video, virtual environments and Vfairs. It’s about developing different channels to market and identifying the right ones for the right individuals and roles.

Making the connection

Our business is here to connect companies and individuals to their chosen audiences for recruitment, brand and marketing messages. We are leading the way globally in how we enable the facilitation of information in the cloud, in real time, giving equal access to Australians in both metro and rural areas, as well as potential overseas hires. It’s about democratising the access to talent and really helping people to connect to their chosen careers.

We’re particularly passionate about connecting Australians to other Australians, building trust between strangers and growing our nation’s labour capital rather than transferring that wealth overseas as other skills marketplaces are doing.

If we’re going to build a strong country we need to be competitive, flexible and have the talent to do that within Australia. If we pay people in Australia for their labour and reward them for their networks they can then buy products and services that will actually drive the economy.

Top Flat Pack Furniture Stores

Did you know the flat pack furniture idea was born when a Swedish draughtsman needed to fit a table in "Top Flat Pack Furniture Stores"

Top Flat Pack Furniture Stores

Did you know the flat pack furniture idea was born when a Swedish draughtsman needed to fit a table in his car just a little over 60 years ago? Then he shared the idea with his IKEA employers, revolutionising how people bought and installed furniture.

IKEA might be the grandfather of flat pack but there are now many options available to you such as customised designs, no-tool-required joinery systems and even 100% recyclable cardboard furniture.

Here are a few of the top flat pack furniture stores:

NOMI

NOMI offers designer quality furniture products across an array of sizes, shapes, materials and colours in a simple to transport flat pack package.

NOMI flat pack furniture
Source: NOMI furniture

The furniture arrives flat packed to your home but the big difference is that you won’t need tools to put it together. Rather its nifty peg, lock and wedge joinery system makes flat pack furniture assembly quick and super simple.

Evolvex

Evolvex is also a customisable flat pack furniture company with a difference. Their flat pack products include interchangeable components. This way the style and shape of your furniture can evolve according to your lifestyle. Indeed, it is as simple as purchasing additional parts to increase the size of the furniture or maybe an entirely different piece to suit your needs.

evolvex furniture
Source: Wired.com

KARTON

Can cardboard be made into a stool? Yes. What about a chairman’s table or a double bed? Definitely. KARTON is a dynamic flat pack furniture company that encourages you to forget everything you thought you knew about the traditional packaging material. Indeed, KARTON allows you to open your mind to the possibilities of furnishing your entire home with cardboard.

KARTON cardboard flat pack furniture
Source: KARTON, THE PAPERPEDIC BED – $296AUD

Watch this video and be prepared to be amazed as everything you know about flat pack furniture installation is about the change.

IKEA

Well known for the endless options of affordable furniture, it’s the long-standing champion (and inventor) of flat pack furniture. While some enjoy putting together the puzzle-like furniture, others outsource to sites like Airtasker for their furniture assembly needs.

So has IKEA met its match with these new non-tool based assembly furniture companies? Let us know you’re thoughts in the comments below.

Need to get furniture delivered? Read our Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home.

IKEA Room Ideas

Want to shake things up in your living room, bedroom or your entire house but on a tight budget? Lucky "IKEA Room Ideas"

IKEA Room Ideas

Want to shake things up in your living room, bedroom or your entire house but on a tight budget? Lucky for you IKEA is the best place to turn to for cheap furniture and additional accessories to brighten up your home.

If you have a big empty room and you are looking to fill it without hurting your hip pocket, IKEA is a great place to find inspirational room and furniture ideas.

Looking for a bit of inspiration? We’ve put a couple of IKEA room ideas together for you below.

Bedroom

DUKEN bed frame - $220 AUD
Source: DUKEN bed frame – $220AUD

TRAVA bed frame - $119 AUD
Source: TRAVA bed frame – $119AUD

These two bedroom images show the versatility of a simple bed frame with quality interior design. Stylish and sleek, you can explore many more IKEA room and furniture ideas in their latest IKEA catalogue.

Not sure how to get your new bedroom suite home? Find out Katie’s IKEA Pick Up and Delivery solution.

Lounge room

STOCKHOLM chair $399AUD each
Source: STOCKHOLM chair – $399AUD each

A lounge room that you can update along with the changing seasons (and trends) is the way to go as you can see above.

However sometimes life is about breaking the rules, in which case the following bright sofa will bring the instant ‘wow factor’ to your living room. Plus the multi-colour gives you plenty of secondary colours to choose from – just don’t go overboard and end up with a fruit salad.

KLIPPAN two-seat sofa - $299AUD
Source: KLIPPAN two-seat sofa – $299AUD

Study

HEMNES study desk ikea
Source: HEMNES Buearu add-on – $499 AUD

You could be crammed for space or perhaps you’re a food blogger in your spare time. Either way, this is the perfect solution for you to get work and emails done in the heart and soul of the home – the kitchen.

Storage

Perhaps what IKEA is best known for is its storage solutions, from big cabinets to small boxes or pencil holders, IKEA has it all.

Here are a few of our top solutions:

LACK shelf storage ikea
Source: LACK wall shelf – $49.99AUD

BJÄRNUM folding hook - $19.99/3pack
Source: BJÄRNUM folding hook – $19.99/3pack

STOLMEN 3 sections - $947.50AUD
Source: STOLMEN 3 sections – $947.50AUD

Outdoor

Not forgetting the beautiful outdoors, by using bright fairy lights and some cushions you won’t mind if there’s some cloud about or a lovely sunny day. This is our favourite look below.

KARLSÖ gazebo with curtains - $169AUD
Source: KARLSÖ gazebo with curtains – $169AUD

We hope this helped you get a little bit of inspiration for your next room makeover. Happy shopping 🙂

Don’t forget to use an Airtasker to help you with your IKEA Assembly next time you make some purchases!

 

eBay Pick Up and Delivery

It’s one of the ‘greats’ born in the dot-com bubble era, and these days eBay is still going strong in "eBay Pick Up and Delivery"

eBay Pick Up and Delivery

Airtasker delivering ebay furniture

It’s one of the ‘greats’ born in the dot-com bubble era, and these days eBay is still going strong in the shopping and online auction space.

Personally, I haven’t used eBay before, yes shocking I know, but I’ve just always been a little bit apprehensive about buying used (or new) items off strangers online.

To get some insight and real life experience about eBay I approached a friend, Tom, who had just bought a new fridge on eBay. Tom not only required furniture delivery but a moving service to help remove his old fridge.

In the past, Tom has been able to borrow a friend’s truck for larger items, but couldn’t get access to it this time around. Struggling to find a solution to his problem, I suggested using an Furniture Delivery Airtasker to help him with the moving and delivery of the fridge.

Using Airtasker’s free Android mobile app, Tom was able to post a task and carefully explain to potential Airtaskers that they would need to have their own transport and have all the necessary equipment e.g. ropes and trolleys.

Within a few minutes, an Airtasker named Derek responded to the job. Derek was a bricklayer by trade and had a ute as well as the required ropes. After Tom checked out his profile, he happily assigned Derek to the task for $60p/h. Tom then liaised between the eBay seller and Derek and work out a suitable time for the following weekend.

On the morning of the following Saturday, Derek was ready to help. He maintained open communication throughout the whole process by letting Tom know when he was close by, so that someone could be home to meet him. He even helped Tom move the fridge into the right spot into the kitchen, giving him a full delivery service.

Tom later told me that he was surprised at how easy it was to manage buy a fridge on eBay and then arrange transportation through Airtasker. He said he would definitely be using both services again.

Indeed, a couple of days later, Tom sold his old fridge on eBay and the buyer arranged an Airtasker to come and pick it up. Guess who it was? Derek!

Moving soon? Check out our Top 5 Moving Tips and download your Moving House Checklist here.

Price Guide: Airtasker Tasks

Not sure what to price an Airtasker task? We’ve put together a clever cheat sheet so you know exactly what "Price Guide: Airtasker Tasks"

Price Guide: Airtasker Tasks

Not sure what to price an Airtasker task?

We’ve put together a clever cheat sheet so you know exactly what to budget for and set the price of your next task. This makes it simpler and quicker to post a task.

Please note: The amounts below are just a rough guide to get you started and from there Airtaskers will make you an offer and you will be able to negotiate a fair price.

Handyman & Tradesmen tasks

Basic: from $30/hr Skilled: from $50/hr Professional: from $90/hr
No specialist skills required

Basic tools e.g. hammer and screwdriver

Some skill required e.g. basic certification

Power tools e.g. sander and drill

Qualified skills e.g. current certificate in discipline required for task

Specific tools e.g. Drop saw and nail guns

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Delivery & removals

Small item: from $28/hr Larger item: from $60/hr Moving: from $100/hr
Easy to carry e.g. flowers and chocolates

Suitable for foot/ public transportation

Car may be required and price per km should be considered

In a large box or package e.g. IKEA furniture

Car required and price per km should be considered

Furniture and heavy items e.g. Fridge or lounge

Truck or van required

Cleaning

Routine clean: from $28/hr Deeper clean: from $30/hr Spring clean: from $50/hr
Weekly clean e.g. vacuum house and wipe surfaces
Supplies provided
Thorough clean e.g. skirting boards and windows
Most supplied provided
 Major clean e.g. sorting wardrobes and pantries
Specialist tools required

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Gardening

General maintenance: from $29/hr  Weeding and mowing: from $40/hr Specialist gardening & landscaping: from $60/hr
Light gardening e.g. watering plants
Tools provided
 Moderate amount of labour e.g. planting and pruning
Some equipment required
 Heavy labour e.g. mulching and removing trees
Specialist tools required

Design & photography

Basic design: from $35/hr Photography and graphics: from $50/hr Design projects: from $70/hr
Simple tweaks e.g. photoshop
Basic design knowledge
Photoshoot or branding design
Some equipment required
 Multiple day project
Specialist skills/ equipment

Office admin tasks

Basic tasks: from $30/hr Semi-skilled: from $40/hr Specialist tasks: from $55/hr
Simple research and data entry
No specialist skills
Spreadsheet and call centre work
Basic admin skills/ experience
 Accounting and marketing work
Specialist skills/ experience required

Computer & website

Basic tasks: from $30/hr Technical task: from $55/hr Specialist: from $80/hr
Simple tech issue or website tweak e.g. software installation,
Basic skills required
Tech help e.g. software and website assistance
Computer skills needed
 Programing and development
Professional skills needed

Research

Basic data collection: from $28/hr ield research: from $30/hr Research participants: from $40/hr
Email, online, phone, in-store
No skill required
Interviewing and mystery shopping
Basic skills
 Focus groups and product testing
Special candidate requirements

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Promotional staff

Leaflet handouts: from $28/hr Event and sales staff: from $40/hr Specialist staff: from $60/hr
Letterbox drops and flyer handouts
Friendly and well presented
Promotional and event help e.g. welcoming and service
Catering and sales skills
 Models, cocktail mixologist and baristas
Previous and professional experience and certificates

Furniture Assembly

Simple: from $27/hr Small item: from $50/hr Medium item: from $75/hr Large item: from $100/hr
Office chairs
Coat or hat rack
Simple table
Bookcases
TV bench
Bedside tables
 Sofa bed
Single bed assembly
Chest of drawers
 Bunk bed assembly
Wardrobe system assembly

 

Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home

It’s nearly the end of financial year, which means it’s a great time to buy big household items for an "Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home"

It’s nearly the end of financial year, which means it’s a great time to buy big household items for an absolute bargain. Shopping is the easy (and fun) part but it can be a real headache trying to work out how to fit a bedroom suite into your tiny VW Polo.

Furniture moving and delivery done by Airtasker

Getting furniture delivered to your home is great but many places will charge a premium cost to have it dropped off. Some even offer an assembly service as well so that you don’t have to lift a finger.

To help you make the best decision we’re comparing the top 5 furniture stores in terms of costs, hidden charges and timing. However before we get started, did you know that Airtasker could also help you out?

With people loving the flexibility, low-cost and full-service approach, it’s no surprise that furniture pick-up, delivery and assembly all feature in the Top 5 tasks on Airtasker.

To give you an idea, here are some estimates on Airtasker costs:
Furniture assembly
– Most frequent amount $50
– Average amount $78

Furniture Delivery
– Most frequent amount $50
– Average amount $83

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IKEA
With thousands of home accessories at a low cost, this Swedish megastore is like the Willy Wonka Factory, only for adults. The maze inspired store structure means you’re guaranteed to arrive at the checkout with items you didn’t intend on purchasing. So how do you get it all home?

IKEA has the most extensive service offerings but for getting things from A to B here’s a round up of what they can do for you:

Book a van
In a partnership with GoGet you can hire a van by the hour, however there are some catches e.g. a $500 security deposit.

Cost depends on membership type but as a starter it’s around $13.90 per hour plus $0.40 per kilometre. In other words, from Ikea Tempe and to Sydney CBD it’s approximately $27.80 + $ $3.72 = $31.52 to drive your items home within 2 hours.

Home Delivery
A delivery via Ikea is a next-day service, available seven days a week. However costs depend on your location. For example from Ikea Tempe to Bondi it’s a minimum $89, with larger deliveries (over 5m2) attracting an additional charge.

Assembly
To have your furniture assembled Ikea has partnered with Install2u. They have a number of different fees as specified below:

– Call out fee: $35 (regardless of how many items)

– Packaging removal/ disposal: $15

– Cost for putting together items falls into four groups:
Group 1: $20 (e.g. coffee table, office chair, mirror)
Group 2: $45 (e.g. bedside table, bookcase, desk)
Group 3: $70 (e.g. sofa-bed, cot, 6+ drawers)
Group 4: $95 (e.g. bed with storage, bunk beds, L-shaped sofa)

Alternatively, you can check out the Airtasker blog post on How To Move IKEA Furniture

Shopping and delivering
IKEA can buy your products and deliver to your home or business. This service starts at $99.

Domayne
Domayne has a passion for design and offers both delivery and assembly services. The good news here is that you’re not likely to need anything assembled as most items sold at Domayne arrive completed.

Delivery
It’s a flat fee of $79 Monday- Saturday.

Assembly
It’s important to note that the assembly service is only on Monday to Friday at $85 but as mentioned you’re not likely to need it. For example a 4-piece bedroom package only needs the bed to be put together as the drawers and bedside tables are all ready to go.

Freedom
This national home and garden store has little information on their website, so you will need to call your local Freedom store for more details.

Delivery
Freedom can deliver to your home, however they charge more on weekends. As a rough idea, a three-piece bedroom ensemble is a minimum $90 Mon-Fri and $109 on weekends.

Assembly
Assembly will cost you around $80. This means you’re looking at $170 to get it to your home and set up.

Fantastic Furniture
This market-stall turned mega supplier with up to 70 stores nationally, offers a competitive delivery rate but no assembly service.

Delivery
They stay true to their brand name, fantastic, in terms of a low delivery cost at just $65. Items can be dropped off Monday to Saturday.

Nick Scali
Nick Scali, one of Australia’s largest importers of lounges, offers both delivery and assembly in metro areas within two days.

Delivery
The biggest downfall is that pricing is ‘per item’, which can add up. For example, a bedroom ensemble will cost $90 but if you want to add accessories it will cost an additional $35.

They also have a minimum delivery fee of $75 with only cash and bank cheque accepted on delivery. Credit cards are accepted 48 hours before but only in store not over the phone.

Assembly
While Nick Scali charges a premium on delivery, there is a silver lining – they will unpack and put the new furniture together for you for free.

However all packaging is left that the premises i.e. you have to clean it up!

With Airtasker you don’t need to worry what (or not) aftersales services are offered by your preferred store. An Airtasker can be there at the right time to make it a stress free experience without the added cost.

If you’re not convinced check out this article on Weekend Notes about a lady who had been to IKEA, see something she liked but wasn’t sure how to get it home and didn’t want to waste a day of her weekend putting it together.

If you are moving or have just finished your renovations, check out Airtasker’s Top 5 Moving Tips.

Top Gardening Tips

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Gardening tips

Gardens are the first thing someone sees when visiting your home and one of the most important things to have looking superb when buying or selling. Keeping a well-maintained garden isn’t has hard as you may think and we want to help you with some simple gardening secrets.

Whether you’re a well-seasoned pro or a newbie to the world of soil, plants and pruning; we’ve got a tip or two here for you.

Get your gardening shears ready, here are our top gardening tips:

1. Know your dirt
Identifying your soil type is important if you want anything to grow – even grass. Generally the standard types are sand, salt or clay but to save you time ask a neighbor or local nursery.

2. Keep mulching
This isn’t something that should just be done in spring, but year round to make your gardening easier. Mulching keeps the soil temperature stable and nasty weeds at bay. There are plenty of varieties available so it’s down to personal choice.

3. Pruning
Just like delaying getting your car serviced, putting off pruning is not a wise idea. When plants are young they are easier to prune before the branches become too thick. All plants are different so double check at the nursery when you’re buying them.

4. Plants
Pick pants that are adaptable to the climate, soil and can survive on how much (or little) sun your garden gets. That way you won’t have to take too much care of and are easily manageable – you’re future free weekends will be thanking us.

5. Watering
If you’re starting from scratch with seeds, watering often is very important. They should never dry out however as they grow a few decent watering sessions over the week should be sufficient. The best time of day to water is early in the mornings before the sun gets too hot.

6. Fertilising
It’s crucial to read the label and not to put too much fertilizer down at once. It’s also crucial to remember that fertilizer and water go hand in hand, don’t fertilise dry soil and once you put some fertilizer down make sure you water a little regularly.

7. Dirty nails no more!
Scrubbing your fingernails after a day in the garden working hard can be frustrating, especially if you can’t get all of the dirt removed and you’re off to a fancy dinner. So, before you start draw your fingernails across a bar of soap to ‘seal’ them underneath. You’ll still need to use a nailbrush but it should be ten times easier to remove the soil.

End Of Lease Cleaning Guide and Checklist

Moving out can come with a headache, but by giving your apartment or house a thorough end of lease clean, "End Of Lease Cleaning Guide and Checklist"

End Of Lease Cleaning Guide and Checklist

Moving out can come with a headache, but by giving your apartment or house a thorough end of lease clean, it could mean all the difference in getting your bond 100% back. End of lease cleaning professional services can start from about $200 and go up from there. Why not use some elbow grease, get a couple of friends around and pocket the money instead.

What exactly is an end of lease clean?
It’s a detailed and intensive clean of your home that is done just before your lease runs out. There’s more involved than your typical weekly clean e.g. cleaning cupboards and vents, but it’s not undoable if you want to save some money and have some spare time.

If you need an extra hand, there’s an End of Lease Cleaning Airtasker not too far away!

Where do you start?
It’s best when you have all your stuff already moved out so there is no clutter to manoeuvre around.

It’s easy to get stuck on a simple task, just as easy it is to get distracted. The key is to have a plan of attack and move room-to-room, setting a time limit on each room so that you’re working against the clock.

Should you go professional?
It depends on your circumstances and how bad of shape your home is in. If you need an urgent clean, have no time and it’s not looking pretty; then yes you should get a professional just be mindful of the costs and look around. If it’s not too bad it could be manageable for you to do it in a day. Organisation is key.

Print out our in-depth checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything: Downloadable End of Lease Cleaning Guide.

End of Lease Cleaning Checklist

End of Lease Cleaning Guide

Here are a few handy articles to help you with your move:

Top 5 Moving Tips
How To Move IKEA Furniture

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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Alternative cleaning products

Bathroom cleaning is a chore that no one wants to do, but unfortunately it must be done and regularly. There’s a lot of advice and tips available however there are a few alternative solutions that caught our eye. Some are chemical-free cleaning solutions and others pure genius with a pinch of wacky.

We’ve complied the best for you to consider when you do your bathroom in your next home clean:

Vinegar
It’s something you’ll find in every household kitchen and also one of the most popular alternatives as a chemical-free based cleaning product. It can be used by itself or mixed with other products, meaning less products you need to buy for your home to sparkle. To create a simple multi-purpose cleaner, in a spray bottle mix some white vinegar and a nice eucalyptus oil (to make it smell amazing) and voila you have a cheap product that can use on most surfaces throughout the house.

In the bathroom other than cleaning the surfaces, you can also clean your shower curtains with vinegar and no scrubbing or spraying of water involved. Just put the curtains in the washing machine, along with a bath towel and add a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle.

Let’s get fruity
Fruit is not just for eating; you’ll regularly see it in homemade beauty regimes but we didn’t realise you can clean a bathroom too. It turns out citrus fruit can be used for a whole bunch of things.

Grapefruit: Along with some salt, cut a grapefruit in half and you have the perfect acidic bath tub scrub.
Lemon: Using the lemon juice it can get rid of difficult water stains on glass, tiles and taps.

And finally….

Coke toilet cleaner
Yes you read that correctly, you can use cocoa-cola to clean the toilet. Just pour it around the rim, let it sit for a good hour (or overnight), then brush and flush. Seems pretty simple, but be wary you could be left with a sugary sticky toilet so maybe just stick to the regular run-of-the-mill cleaning products instead.

So what did you think? Which one are you going to try next time?

Better yet, got another tip? Comment below and we’ll add it to the list.

Want some more cleaning tips? Check out our Top 5 Cleaning Tips or if you have a pesky stain, find out the myths and facts behind stain removal.

The Ultimate April Fools Day Pranks

Want to pull the greatest April Fools Day prank of all time but struggling for a little bit of inspiration? "The Ultimate April Fools Day Pranks"

The Ultimate April Fools Day Pranks

Want to pull the greatest April Fools Day prank of all time but struggling for a little bit of inspiration? Don’t worry we’ve pulled together some of the best pranks to give you some great ideas for April 1st; making it a prank to remember for many years to come. From balloons to post-it notes and forks there’s some absolute crackers out there that you should definitely try. Here’s our list of favourite pranks:

1. Cover anything in Post-it Notes
You can just about cover anything in post-it notes. Whether it’s just one room or an entire house go as extreme as you like (time permitting) however we think that the car is a happy medium.

Post-it car prank

2. Selfie overload
Is your Instagram (or worse Facebook) full of selfies of a particular someone? Why not show them what you have to put up with. Print out the photos and cover their office, home, letter box or their car in their own selfies. Now that deserves a #selfie!

Selfie prank

3. Office revenge
There are so many options from funny to just plain cruel. We decided to stick with the funny and clean pranks- because it’s never smart to put the stakes up too high.

Back to the dark ages – turning everything to cardboard or paper.

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Make sure they’re caught up with the latest in world news.

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Did someone say… balloon fight!

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4. Landscaping help
Toilet papering someones house is so 90’s. These days it’s all about putting forks into someone front yard; it’s funnier and doesn’t look too bad but just as annoying to remove.

Forks in front yard

5. Competitions, lost and found, enquiry signs
Putting up signs in the prankees local area advertising for just about anything and providing their number can be the ultimate prank – especially if there is a great incentive for someone to get in contact with them. You could also post a ebay ad for something going cheap – no doubt their day will be spent mostly on the phone.

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Don’t want to get caught or blamed for the prank why not get an Airtasker to do your ‘dirty’ work? Post your April Fools Day prank here

**Disclaimer: Airtasker does not take responsibility for any pranks associated with this post or tasks posted and doesn’t endorse the harm to other individuals and/ or their property. This is just purely for fun and a couple of laughs – enjoy!

An Airtasker Story – A documentary

At the beginning of the year journalist Su-Lin Tan filmed a documentary on Airtasker. Talking to a couple of our "An Airtasker Story – A documentary"

An Airtasker Story – A documentary

At the beginning of the year journalist Su-Lin Tan filmed a documentary on Airtasker. Talking to a couple of our top Airtaskers, she gives you a look into why these individuals are using Airtasker to earn money, and how businesses are also benefitting from the platform.

Our top Airtasker, Alexa, has been completing tasks on Airtasker for well over a year after being made redundant. A typical day could see her complete multiple tasks from cleaning to travelling overseas depending on how many tasks she has been assigned to. Although Alexa points out that it’s not enough to live off, she does point out every little bit helps and if the tasks she completes can pay for a night out, then she’s happy.

Watch the video below to see a day in the life of an Airtasker and find out how it fits into their lives:

How To: Prepare For An Airbnb Guest

Airbnb is a great way to earn some extra money when you’re not using your place or if you have "How To: Prepare For An Airbnb Guest"

How To: Prepare For An Airbnb Guest

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Airbnb is a great way to earn some extra money when you’re not using your place or if you have a spare room available. It can be stressful letting someone to have free rein of your apartment or house and although it’s likely to be smooth sailing nor you or the guest want any surprises.

Whether it’s the handover of keys or cleaning before and after, we’ve put together our guide how to prepare for your next Airbnb guest.

Welcome note
Providing a little note and maybe a gift could make all the difference to someones stay. You should also consider letting them know where things are e.g. plates and extra towels, and even how to use the entertainment system.If there are any alarms and other must-knows, you should leave all this information together in the one spot so it’s easy for them to find on their arrival.

Local guide
Got a favourite take-away shop nearby or know of a reliable dry-cleaner? Sharing this information with your guest could increase their impressions of their stay. For a few local tips consider providing them with transport timetables or a taxi number, and letting them know where the nearest supermarket or post office is.

The little things
Think of when you go on a holiday, staying in a hotel; what are the items you use and rely on during your stay? Your guests might be arriving late from the other side of the world and need a couple of things to get them through the next 12 hrs.

Here’s a few ideas:
– Towels
– Sheets
– Bathroom items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toilet paper)
– Hairdryer and iron
– Power adapters

Cleaning
Our biggest tip is to leave your place in the same state which you would be happy to return to. Make sure you tick these bits off your list:
– Clean linen and towels
– Dust and wipe surfaces
– General tidy and take out rubbish

You can always charge a cleaning fee and hire a cleaner for a AirBnB clean service up on Airtasker. If you’re really clever the Airbnb guest could handover to the Airtasker, who could clean up your home so that you don’t even need to lift a finger!

Talk
Communication is key from start to finish on Airbnb. Getting to know your guests plans helps you get organised so that they can have the best time in your city.
If something goes wrong or you just want to get an update of how they’re going, make sure you can be contacted. It’s also worth a letting a friend or neighbour know you’ve got a guest so if anything happens you have someone close-by to help you out.

Got any more tips from your Airbnb experience? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out our top 5 cleaning tips

Top 5 Cleaning Tips

There’s no better feeling than sitting back on the couch and admiring a clean and spotless house – but you "Top 5 Cleaning Tips"

Top cleaning tips

There’s no better feeling than sitting back on the couch and admiring a clean and spotless house – but you can admit that it was a bit of a pain to get there. You might be lucky enough to have a cleaner or a flawless roster for your family or housemates so that cleaning is not such tedious task. However it’s always handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve, not only will these tips save you time but also make cleaning a lot easier.

Tip 1: Organisation
Being prepared is key to tidying the house quickly with having a plan of attack will mean your not distracted and get the task done. You should:
– Plan (try to approach room by room)
– Multi-task
– Set a time-limit so you are constantly moving
– Have all your products out and ready
– Clear the clutter because it’s hard to clean when the house is a mess

Tip 2: Mopping
Mopping can bring it’s own challenges, but there are there are some things you need to keep in mind before and during the cleaning process.

Before you even fill the bucket with water make sure you sweep/ vacuum the floors, not only is it pointless to mop it but it can also damage your floors. Also check that you’ve got the right clean mop head. Here is a little helpful table:

Types of mops

Remember to not use too much detergent (just a little squirt) as it will make the floors slippery, change the water frequently as it’s pointless to mop the house with dirty water and don’t forget mops can be used on walls and ceilings as well e.g. bathroom tiles.

Tip 3: Dusting
This is often overlooked and even if you do get around to getting rid of that dust, there are spots you might miss so it’s always good to have a bit of a check-list for each room. So don’t forget to dust the:

– Celling fans and light fixtures
– Corners and door frames
– Walls (could use that flat head mop)
– Vents
– Picture frames and delicate items but be careful and maybe use a smaller duster

Handy tip – dust from top to bottom then vacuum

Tip 4: Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home where yummy treats are baked and where stories are shared over a cuppa or dinner parties.

So that it always looks fresh use brown vinegar on oven glass then wipe away after an hour. Rid dishwasher smells with a cup of white vinegar in an empty dishwasher and put on a normal wash or if it’s your chopping boards cut a lemon and rub the surface with the fruit.

Tip 5: Tools for the job
Making sure you have the right cleaning products means you’ll get the job completed quicker with better results. Don’t also forget to check supply levels before you start – no point in starting only to realize you’re out of spray n’ wipe by the time you reach the bathroom.

If you use Airtasker to find a local cleaner, make sure you confirm who is supplying the products. Here’s a quick essential check list you can use
– All-purpose surface cleaning spray
– Glass, shower and floor cleaners
– Duster, vacuum, dustpans, mop, bucket, sponges, toilet brush, scrubbing brush
– Gloves

Got a tip to share? Leave it in the comments below!

Five Minutes with Craig Morris – Co-Founder & CEO, LetterboxPush

1. What tasks have you outsourced via Airtasker? I use Airtasker for letterbox distribution in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 2. "Five Minutes with Craig Morris – Co-Founder & CEO, LetterboxPush"

1. What tasks have you outsourced via Airtasker?
I use Airtasker for letterbox distribution in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

2. Why was Airtasker the right solution for your tasks?
We have teams of Posties contracting directly with us and when we have excess demand we use Airtasker.

3. What other tasks are you considering outsourcing to Airtasker?
Courier, delivery of boxes to and from your warehouse and Airtasker Runners.

4. How has Airtasker benefitted your business?
In most cases we have found a Runner that is keen to do the task, is reliable and who appreciates immediate payment upon review of their completed task.

5. How did you hear about Airtasker?
Word of Mouth

6. Why would you recommend Airtasker to other businesses
The founders and GM are very passionate about the business. The team in HQ are a pleasure to deal with and the software supporting the site is simple to use and reliable.

7. What similarities do you see between Airtasker and LetterboxPush?
Our business is of similar age and both have passionate people working within them. We offer opportunities for honest & reliable people and technology/ internet is an important vehicle in helping create a professional service.

7. Is there anything you’d like to add?
The new site with the dashboard etc is a great improvement and we look forward to the continual growth of both of our businesses.

Check out our chat with Mitch Harper (CEO) from Big Commerce and how he uses Airtasker here.

Collaborative Consumption (#collcons): A simple explanation

Despite it’s association with high tech companies like Airbnb, Lyft, Getaround, eBay and Airtasker, collaborative consumption as a concept is "Collaborative Consumption (#collcons): A simple explanation"

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Despite it’s association with high tech companies like Airbnb, Lyft, Getaround, eBay and Airtasker, collaborative consumption as a concept is nothing new.

In her amazingly pre-emptive 2009 publication What’s Mine is Yours, Rachel Botsman defines collaborative consumption as “a class of economic, arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership” and although the thought of “sharing products and services directly with another so-called stranger” is quite a groundbreaking concept in the modern world, it really is just a hark back to the way everything use to be done.

During the industrial revolution which started in England in the 1820s, handcrafted products and services started to be replaced by machine-driven production.  Energy efficiency radically improved and as economies started to grow rapidly, a huge number of corporations, companies and brands were formed, replacing many of the “mom and dad” corner stores – and at the same time, making the buying and selling of products/services something that was done between two “strangers” rather than between a “local citizen” and a “trusted shopkeeper”.

According to Quora, there are now somewhere between 115 – 189 million companies in the world, which represents something like 1 company for every 37 people – in other words a ridiculously huge number of corporations/companies exist. Amongst other reasons, these corporations were formed to sell stuff to the masses of individual “strangers” by creating a brand (that is: a well known name, logo, stated values etc) that the masses could learn to trust over time with good marketing.

Until just a few years ago, only companies could afford to pull together the resources required to create a truly significant brand because communicating with potential customers meant buying expensive ads on television, splashing a huge billboard ad in Times Square or sponsoring a big time sports team. It was virtually impossible for individuals to connect directly with each other because there simply wasn’t a way for each person to communicate or create trust between each other. Essentially, there was no network or social fabric that bought all the individuals together.

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Now here’s the high tech revolutionary bit: The internet has changed the way we communicate by creating a way for each of us humans to connect with each other directly and to build trust amongst each other, rather than just in big brands. In just the same way that dating was transformed by the internet’s ability to create a trusted real-world reputation, social networking, online commerce and now services are all being completely revolutionised because individuals can now create their own trusted “online brand” (i.e. the brand of John Citizen) and don’t need to fall under the umbrella of a big corporation that was previously responsible for creating such trust with big marketing budgets. Each individual human can now easily create his or her own brand by developing an online profile and then verifying it by connecting it with trusted systems like Facebook, LinkedIn, mobile phone numbers or credit card information.

On Airtasker, we consider individual brand trust and reputation as one of the most critical components of creating a strong marketplace. From the perspective of our Task Posters, the fact that our Airtaskers have such good (and accurate) reputation is equivalent to having a storefront with the best quality products which is why we’re working hard to develop features that allow for even better communication of reputation – things that will bring a digital marketplace to life and make it function just like (or better than) a physical meeting between people. Stay tuned.

So although the concept of connecting two people together to get one task completed is nothing that new, the concept of bringing together millions of people to get millions of tasks completed each day truly is.  Such “collaborative consumption” will become a reality once online reputation (and of course awareness) reaches complete liquidity, which is simply a matter of time. Until then, we’re excited to be a part of this new-way-of-doing-old-things industry.

How To Disassemble & Move IKEA Furniture

IKEA furniture is affordable and easy to assemble... Apparently. So what happens to it when you move house?

How To Disassemble & Move IKEA Furniture

With such a the huge number of furniture assembly tasks, it’s obvious that putting together IKEA furniture isn’t something we enjoy. However when we move home, what do you do with the IKEA furniture? Keen, toss or is there another way?

First, you need to ask yourself:
1. Do you take the IKEA furniture apart (disassemble)?
2. Do you move it as is?
3. Do you just leave it behind?

Option 1: Take apart

If you decide to take it apart it will fit into your truck a lot easier and you won’t have to manoeuvre around tight corners trying not to scratch the walls.

That was the positive, now for the negatives… You will need to find those instructions that you probably threw out as a sign of IKEA victory because you’ll need to work backwards. But not to worry the website IKEAFANS could be the answer to your prayers with a bunch of PDF copies of the instructions you need.

Also, do you remember the pain of putting it together and the fights had with your partner or mate about who could put it together faster? Well, you’re about to go through that again. Twice.

If you do take it apart here are a few tips:
– Remember it’s cheap furniture and can get damaged easily. Use sheets etc to protect it during the move.
– Label the pieces and the screws if possible.
– Don’t tighten the screws – remember you may need to take it apart again.

Option 2: Don’t disassemble, just move it

You will save time, perhaps energy but maybe not money depending on your agreement with removalists.

It is the easiest way to move the furniture if the layout of the old and new house allows it, however it could take up a bit of space in the truck which means possibly more trips back and forth.

You might want to also check if you have the same flimsy tools that you were given originally because we’ve heard that you will need that unique tool to fit those specific screws.

Option 3: Leave it behind

This is by far the easiest option if you decide to leave it, throw it out or even better donate it to a friend or charity.

Just remember IKEA furniture is cheap so you can buy brand new furniture that will fit and suit your new place. Think of it as a fresh start. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what option you go with, just pick the best option for you and make it work.

Don’t forget to check out our top 5 tips for moving or post a task to help move IKEA furniture to your new home.

Top 5 Moving Tips

So you’re thinking about moving house or just about to? Well first up, congrats that’s awesome news! We’re guessing you’re "Top 5 Moving Tips"

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So you’re thinking about moving house or just about to? Well first up, congrats that’s awesome news! We’re guessing you’re excited, extremely happy and maybe even slightly stressed at the thought of finances, moving logistics and possibly pre-move renovations.

It’s important to remember that almost everyone has been through this, so don’t worry you’re not alone with moving-day blues. The good news is that everyone will have moving day advice for you; you just need to decide what works for you.

Here are 5 main moving tips to make your life a tad bit easier:

Tip 1: Get the essentials
It’s not only boxes and tape that you’ll need to start the pack up, there are a couple of other things we bet you’ve forgotten…

– Packing paper
– Good textas
– Bubble wrap
– Scissors
– Labels (Have a box number system, put your new address and contact name/ number)
– Wardrobe boxes

Also get extra supplies, we bet you’ll run out quicker than you think.

Tip 2: Pack smart
Planning for the end game (un-packing) is a must, as you’ll save plenty of time, energy and it will make all the more enjoyable.

Here’s a quick round up:
1. Make a list of box and it’s contents
2. Be specific on box labels (not just room names)
3. Keep similar items together in the one box
4. Pack ahead – a little packing everyday will save you time on moving day

Tip 3: Helpers
Whether you’ve enlisted friends, family, removalists or a friendly removalist on Airtasker to help you move it doesn’t matter who exactly but don’t try to do it on your own. It’s often a bigger task than you think and besides you’ll be in your new place a lot quicker.

Not only can they help you with the move but if you have kids they could babysit or if it’s your precious kitty or puppy a pet sitter could be the answer to your worries.

Whoever you get to help, don’t forget to treat them to a yummy pizza or drinks after; they did give up their time to help you out after all.

Tip 4: Go professional
There are many options when moving other than by yourself, most popular option being hiring removalists. If you go down this route do NOT select based on price but consider what you need. Do you need to clean before and after? Do you want to move in with everything unpacked? (you’re saying yes to this right?!), Do you need them to pack? Or do you just need them to get everything from A to B?

Step back, consider your all options, compare and don’t be afraid to go after what you want. It is some of your most valuable belongings they are handling.

Tip 5: Consider recycling
Recycling may not only save you money but it’s also highly waste intensive with a serious impact on the environment. Surely you don’t need everything from your old house… You could consider having a garage sale or put items up on eBay, Gumtree or Oddswop. If there’s not a huge value or no takers why not give it to friends and family or donate it to a local charity such as the Salvation Army.

There’s bound to be a friend of a friend moving sometime soon, so rather than creating more landfill, give your used boxes to them. Or better yet, rent your boxes.

So there you have it, some simple great moving tips. Let us know how you went and share any more tips in the comments below.

For more helpful tips check out our top Handyman and Painting hints

The Wedding Proposal

Traditional wedding proposals like finding a ring at the bottom of a champagne flute or getting down on one knee "The Wedding Proposal"

The Wedding Proposal

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Traditional wedding proposals like finding a ring at the bottom of a champagne flute or getting down on one knee after hosting a picnic under the stars are cute and some would say “old-school romantic” but as times change, creative guys (and girls) have started coming up with more and more unique and quirky proposals – sometimes involving family, friends and even hired help to make that big moment as special and memorable as possible.

Airtasker community member Roman Navarro was one such “progressive” suitor who wanted to make his marriage proposal a day that his better half, Leah, would never forget.

After concocting a grand plan with inspiration from a variety of aides (including his mother’s advice), Roman jumped on Airtasker and posted tasks to hire three awesome Airtaskers – Jules, Ria and Cristina to “randomly” walk past his girlfriend Leah as she made her way home after work to Circular Quay in the Sydney CBD. As per Roman’s specific task instructions, each Airtasker had to bump into Leah wearing a tee shirt printed with one word each:

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1. Will…
2. You…
3. Marry…

As Leah’s confusion increased with each “bump” along the way to Ferry Wharf 4 (the very place where Roman and Leah first met after meeting each other online), Roman was there waiting dressed in his own tee shirt simply saying:

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• Me?

Getting down on one knee, Roman pulled out the ring and had Leah beaming with excitement, surrounded by a crowd of excited onlookers, impressed with the effort, style and creativity of Roman’s proposal. And we’re pleased to report that Leah happily said “yes”.

Want some other task inspiration? Check out our Top 10 tasks of 2013 here.

Top 5 Painting Tips

Painting as a kid was fun however fast-forward to now and the excitement has worn off. Not only do you "Top 5 Painting Tips"

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Painting as a kid was fun however fast-forward to now and the excitement has worn off. Not only do you have to finish the job, but there’s no paint fights and even worse you discover any the imperfections in the coming weeks.

If you’ve experienced any of the following: paint foaming, cracking, wrinkling, splatter and roller marks – then you need some pointers before you embark on your next painting challenge. Not to worry we’ve seen plenty of painting tasks get completed to perfection and here’s some helpful tips.

Tip 1: Prep walls
Before that paintbrush goes anywhere near the bucket, make sure you are working with smooth surfaces. Sanding after painting won’t work, and not to mention look terrible. Use a fine grit sanding paper before you paint, it will remove the rough spots.

If you’ve filled in holes and cracks don’t paint directly over it as the moisture can be sucked out of the paint. To avoid fixed holes from standing out, use a primer, preferably not white (unless you are painting the wall white) but either a grey or colour similar to the finish colour.

Tip 2: Paint quality
This is something you shouldn’t skimp on, superior paints will mean better resistance over time to mildew, stains and cleaning. It will also last longer and not fade as fast or peel off the wall.

If you need to buy a few cans of mixed paint, remember no two buckets are the same. So that you don’t end up with a two-toned wall, mix the individuals tins in a big bucket to ensure the colour is even.

Tip 3: Must have tools
– Mess free paint pourer for easy tray refills
– Painting stick to make ceiling painting 100 times easier – just don’t forget to wear glasses
– Door hinge covers are possibly the best invention ever, or you could just use tape
– Paint roller will make it quicker and easier, just don’t forget to wash it before the first time to get rid of any loose fibers – or better yet use a lint roller

Tip 4: DIY Tricks
1. Cover paint tray with plastic bag or aluminium foil
2. If using a roller use the zig-zag method so paint goes on smoothly
3. Put Vaseline over areas you don’t want painted e.g. screws
4. Use a rubber band around the paint tin to wipe off excess paint
5. When finished cover left over paint in tin with cling wrap before you put the lid on to prevent sticking

Tip 5: Friends
Invite a couple of mates around to help, if you provide the pizza and beer you’ll hear no complaints and it will be finished in half the time (maybe check their painting credentials before roping them in). Plus you can totally have a paint fight.

Got some helpful tips? Share yours below!

Top Computer & IT tasks

Websites are now a must-have for every business no matter if you’re software company or the local pizza shop. However "Top Computer & IT tasks"

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Websites are now a must-have for every business no matter if you’re software company or the local pizza shop. However with technology rapidly changing so must your business and fast. It’s this quick pace of change which catches a lot of businesses out as they look for quick solutions for building and updating websites, design, IT systems and database solutions.

Resource options are usually either external consultants, which although knowledgeable can be extremely expensive, or brining it in-house which means employing individuals.

Finding the right type of skillset in one person is rare meaning you may need a small team for only a short period. There’s no shortage of skills via online outsourcing and due to the transparency of references and reviews, you can quickly work out who has the right skills for your project.

Here’s a sneak peak of the top 5 tasks Australian businesses are outsourcing:

1. Website development & support: The components to developing a new website or improving an existing one are huge and time is of the essence with looming deadlines. Not only the building of websites but also the bug fixing can extend timelines, which wasn’t originally anticipated. Needing local man-power quickly is now an issue of the past with outsourcing of IT skills booming where you can access people with the right skill set with great references. Continue reading “Top Computer & IT tasks”

Top Business Tasks

Small companies and entrepreneurs have a common problem trying to get the little day-to-day things done, distracting their focus from "Top Business Tasks"

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Small companies and entrepreneurs have a common problem trying to get the little day-to-day things done, distracting their focus from the bigger long-term gains. It’s not only budgets that are holding smaller companies back from employing the staff required but also not having enough work to justify a full-time or part-time role. This is when outsourcing small tasks to local individuals is the key to drive the company forward to achieve bigger and greater things.

Here are five tasks that are easily outsourced online:

1. Office admin: Although tempting at times, business owners, managers or specialists need to resist the urge to spend their time doing basic admin tasks that could be easily outsourced. As it doesn’t make sense for most businesses to send tasks to India or the Philippines (due to the time difference, security or local knowledge requirements), many of our business users hire workers to visit the office when required to complete tasks like envelope stuffing, data/receipt entry or transcription.

2. Data entry: As a company grows it’s imperative that information about customers and the business are kept regularly updated to save time as the company grows. It could take a day or of couple of hours for database entry which is why the appeal of outsourcing a for a limited amount of time is the perfect solution.

3. Receptionist for the day: If you’re a business that receives calls or makes appointments, you can’t afford to not have your reception attended. Whether it’s for a few hours, a day or a week, tons of businesses are using outsourcing platforms to find a great candidate to work, just when you require.

4. Accounting: For smaller companies accounting, book keeping and budgeting may not be a major focus however come tax return time, it could be a big mess that could take a while to process. By having a qualified individual who has some spare time on their hands to take a look and make sure everything is in check is well worth every dime.

5. Quick errands or deliveries: Every office has moments when someone is needed to run up the road to pick up a parcel, drop off a few documents or buy something for the office. For simple errands or deliveries, tap into your very own army of workers available in your local area on a flexible “can-do” basis.

Top Marketing Tasks

Successful marketing campaigns usually come down to great strategy and planning, however it doesn’t often require a huge team throughout "Top Marketing Tasks"

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Successful marketing campaigns usually come down to great strategy and planning, however it doesn’t often require a huge team throughout the entire process, but rather just the implementation towards the end. Businesses are able to achieve maximum exposure during the implementation period by a hiring marketing ‘army’ in a low-cost and efficient way via online outsourcing.

Here are 10 tasks that smart businesses are outsourcing: Continue reading “Top Marketing Tasks”

How To Wall-mount Your TV

You’ve purchased your new TV and bought the bracket but stuck wondering how to mount the TV on your wall. "How To Wall-mount Your TV"

How To Wall-mount Your TV

You’ve purchased your new TV and bought the bracket but stuck wondering how to mount the TV on your wall. Well here’s a handy guide of important steps not to skip when mounting it on your freshly painted wall.

Continue reading “How To Wall-mount Your TV”

Top 5 Handyman Tips

Some people are born with handyman skills, others have great mates to help out and if you’re like me I "Top 5 Handyman Tips"

Top 5 Handyman Tips

Some people are born with handyman skills, others have great mates to help out and if you’re like me I try to tackle things myself. But what seems like a simple fix often goes from bad to worse, sometimes much worse. Continue reading “Top 5 Handyman Tips”

Five minutes with Mitch Harper – Founder and CEO, Big Commerce

1. What tasks have you outsourced via Airtasker? (for business and for personal)? I use Airtasker primarily for data research "Five minutes with Mitch Harper – Founder and CEO, Big Commerce"

1. What tasks have you outsourced via Airtasker? (for business and for personal)?
I use Airtasker primarily for data research and admin tasks when I have multiple ideas or projects that I’m thinking about pursuing.

2. Why was Airtasker the right solution for your tasks?
I love that Airtasker feels like a social network for small jobs. Instant notifications and profiles on Airtaskers bidding to do the job reduce the risk. Heck, I love the business so much I’m now an advisor, so I think that speaks volumes.

3. What other tasks are you considering outsourcing to Airtasker?
At the moment I’m thinking about pick-ups and deliveries for a few things my wife has purchased in store (such as a canopy for our pool) as well as some more data collection and Continue reading “Five minutes with Mitch Harper – Founder and CEO, Big Commerce”

Top 10 tasks in 2013

Ever wondered what are the tasks that make us stop to chat about in Airtasker HQ? Well here they are "Top 10 tasks in 2013"

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Ever wondered what are the tasks that make us stop to chat about in Airtasker HQ? Well here they are in all their glory… from costume making (see awesome costume pic above), to picking up an engagement ring in Texas – we’ve seen it all! Here’s our list of top picks for 2013.
P.S. Got another awesome task in mind? Let us know!

And the top 10 tasks are {insert drum roll here}… Continue reading “Top 10 tasks in 2013”

We turned 1 – here’s a big hug.

Today Airtasker is turning 1 and although it sounds like a cheesy cliche, in this case it’s more than fair "We turned 1 – here’s a big hug."

Today Airtasker is turning 1 and although it sounds like a cheesy cliche, in this case it’s more than fair to say “it’s all thanks to you” – the folk who have discovered,  established and shaped the Airtasker community.  Now here’s a big (non-scary) hug from us!

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When we launched the Airtasker platform in early 2012, it was a pretty quiet place.  We started with around 50 available Airtaskers and the email addresses of our mates and since then, we’ve seen more and more people getting smart about how they share their time, skills and money to get their tasks completed.  Our little collaborative village is now populated with over 43,000 people who have outsourced more than $600,000 worth of tasks to awesome, helpful people.  We’ve seen smart people use Airtasker to get tasks done like we never thought possible and on the flip side, our community of Airtaskers has truly embraced the concept of micro-entrepreneurialism to earn good money and take control of their working lives.

We’ll never forget some of the epic tasks that were completed, like the guy who asked someone to pretend to be his girlfriend and to make him a sandwich, the folk who got someone to dress up in a bear suit and walk around the city or the company that used Airtasker to get the first iPhone 5 in the world (yes, the world!).

But amongst all of the quirky tasks we’ve seen posted, we’re really stoked to see real-world tasks being completed everyday – from (lots of) IKEA furniture assembly, housework, deliveries and computer help to smart businesses using Airtaskers to find awesome promotional staff, complete mystery shops or conduct field research.  Cheers to our super reliable team of Airtaskers (who managed a record response time of as little as 6.3 seconds!) – you guys rock, hard…

So from here, we can’t wait to see what happens in the next year of Airtasker collaborative consumption history.  Now, back to work!

Cheers from Tim, Jono, Farina, Leonard, Chris, Ed and all of the Airtasker Team

A trip down memory lane…(Airtasker January 2012)

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TaskBox is joining Airtasker!

Today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just acquired TaskBox, another Sydney-based startup that connects individuals and businesses seeking to "TaskBox is joining Airtasker!"

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Today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just acquired TaskBox, another Sydney-based startup that connects individuals and businesses seeking to outsource everyday tasks to reliable and trusted people who can complete those tasks. The founders of TaskBox James Mather and Nick Roberts are going to join Airtasker as Team Advisors and will be responsible for driving business development as we continue to expand our peer-based outsourcing smartphone apps and website.

The acquisition will help us to grow the size of our marketplace and as a team, we’re super excited to welcome aboard  Nick and James who bring great experience that will be relevant as we continue to grow our P2P platform whilst also expanding in to the business services market.

James Mather, CEO and co-founder of TaskBox says:

“While the TaskBox community was gaining traction in Sydney’s northern and eastern suburbs, we knew we had to grow the market quickly in order to make TaskBox a useful tool. Airtasker had a great team of founders, engineers and advisors, and it became apparent to us that the best way to see our vision come to life was to join forces with the Airtasker team.”

Tim Fung, CEO and co-founder of Airtasker says:

“The acquisition of TaskBox is a great step forward for us, bolstering our workforce to well over 40,000 users which is proving to be really timely as we’re seeing double-digit monthly growth in tasks completed through our platform.  We can’t wait to get to work with Nick and James to carry forward their plans in collaborative consumption through Airtasker.”

Providing a scalable workforce for the AirBNB Sydney launch party

We love when two good things work even better together! So when the crew from AirBnB rolled in to town "Providing a scalable workforce for the AirBNB Sydney launch party"


We love when two good things work even better together! So when the crew from AirBnB rolled in to town last week, it was great to see the world’s largest collaborative marketplace call us here at Airtasker to help them get their massive launch party on Cockatoo Island into shape for a special event, which included the founders of AirBnB – Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk as well as special guests Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

Most people know that event management is one of the most stressful jobs in the world so everything needs to happen on time and without a fuss! Check out some of the pics of Airtaskers helping AirBnB make sure their Sydney Office Launch event a huge success and a ton of fun:

WELCOME TO COCKATOO ISLAND:

AWESOME PARTY DECORATIONS:
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THE ALL IMPORTANT GUEST LIST:

THE OFFICE BEHIND THE PARTY:
Event staffs from Airtasker for Airbnb Sydney launch

BUMP IN & BUMP OUT:
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MAKING THE EVENT HAPPEN:
What’s best about having a workforce of awesome people is that whatever needs to be done, gets done without a fuss.

Thanks to Chris, Christian and Ayni at AirBnB – we had a ball helping to make your event happen!
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You can find out more about Airtasker Business here.

If you are a host on Airbnb and need some helps with Airbnb chores like cleaning, key handovers and guest greeting , runners on Airtasker are always willing to help you.

Creating jobs out of an iPhone queue

Today was a huge day for Airtasker, with community members using the power of a connected services marketplace to save "Creating jobs out of an iPhone queue"

Today was a huge day for Airtasker, with community members using the power of a connected services marketplace to save time and earn money amidst the buzz of Apple’s amazing new iPhone 5 launch.

As soon as the launch date was announced last week, eager Apple fans started posting tasks to line up and make sure that they got their iPhone as soon as possible. TaskPosters came in all shapes and sizes. From Finder.com.au‘s CEO, Fred Schebesta who assigned famous Airtasker Runner Steven Parkes to line up 4 days early to super eager Apple junkies who requested runners line up at 1.30am the night before and then the (slightly) more conservative Apple fans who wanted to make sure they didn’t miss out by having a runner get in line at 7am, community members were all smiles this morning.

To us, what was really amazing about this week of iPhone mania is that we were able to provide a service to people that they otherwise would have had great trouble finding, and at the same time were able to create more than 35 new (micro) jobs for Airtasker Runners. We saw people from all walks of life getting in on the action, from students (like Will C), to flexible workers (like Ana A) and professional queue specialists (like Steve P) it was great to see so many Airtasker community members get together in one spot. And now that the launch day hype of the iPhone 5 is finally over, we look forward to see what tasks Airtasker users will think of next!


Airtasker Runner Hanna B went the extra mile to bring a smile to the long queue!


Ana A arrived on the scene at the Sydney store at 7am and saved our CEO Tim Fung about 3 hours of his day.


TaskPoster Murray B rocked up past 10am and did an awesome tag out to get his iPhone within a record 10 or so minutes!


Infamous Airtasker Runner Steve P (who lined up first to get the iPad 3 in the world) was at it sgain, this time repping for Sydney startup, Finder.com.au and was pleasantly surprised when our community manager, Farina posted a task for Runner Teresa H to deliver hot breakfast!

UPDATE: Want an iPhone 6? Be the first to get an Airtasker to Line up for an iPhone 6!

Airtasker iPhone line up tasks: “We’ve done this before!”

Remember this guy? Back in March, our founder and CEO Tim Fung wanted to make sure that he got the "Airtasker iPhone line up tasks: “We’ve done this before!”"


Remember this guy? Back in March, our founder and CEO Tim Fung wanted to make sure that he got the first iPad from the Apple Store. He posted this iPad line up task which was swiftly picked up by Airtasker Stephen P who waited over 4 days to make sure that he completed the task!

UPDATE: Want an iPhone 6? Be the first to get an Airtasker to Line up for an iPhone!


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Airtasker Steve P. gets interviewed on prime time TV!


Airtasker Steve P. starts lining up…5 days early!


The guys from amaysim make sure Steve can stay connected!


Top Airtasker Runner, Teresa H visited Steve P to deliver his dinner!


Thanks to the Melanoma Institute, Steve P won’t get sunburnt this week 🙂


The lovely founders of CarParking.info dropped Steve by some early breakfast!


Up and coming Aussie musician, Andrew Drummond took to the streets to make sure Steve was entertained!


Joe Button founder, Modi Song poses for a happy snap with Steve P

Get an iPhone without waiting in line!

The new iPhone is here and we’re super excited! To make sure we don’t end up waiting for months to "Get an iPhone without waiting in line!"

The new iPhone is here and we’re super excited! To make sure we don’t end up waiting for months to get one, Airtaskers are lining up really early outside Apple Stores to be first in the queue. Want to get your iPhone early too?

For $50, we can hold your position in the queue outside your nearest Apple Store in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. The Airtasker you assign will arrive early, line up and then give you a buzz when they’re at the front of the queue so you can simply rock up and purchase your iPhone. Pure awesomeness!

You can post your iPhone line up task.

Hi and welcome to Airtasker!

Hello World. Awesome to have you here on our blog. It’s been almost a year since I sat down with "Hi and welcome to Airtasker!"

Hello World.

Awesome to have you here on our blog.

It’s been almost a year since I sat down with my roommates and chatted about how cool it would be to start a company like Airtasker.

I remember the day when I met with co-founder Jono Lui and we decided to get it off the ground. We were so damn excited that we put finger to keyboard (pen to paper in the old days) straight away – constructing wireframes, writing up specs and thinking about all the features that we could build to create an awesome local community of Airtasker service providers.

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Even before we launched, we must have spent hundreds of hours dreaming about the possibilities, arguing over which button would go where and of course, the name.  Oh gee, we came up with some pretty bad names that I cringe thinking about now!

So what’s happened since then?

We created a company, raised a round of seed funding, assembled a team of web developers, product guys and marketers launching Airtasker v1.0 in Sydney on 21 February this year

It’s always pretty nerve racking launching a new site and when we finally hit the shiny red GO button, we literally all sat around and waited for the first tasks to go up…
Bing. Wash my car.  Bing. Write me a love poem.  Bing. Clean my 2 bedroom apartment. (OK, so our computers don’t make that bing sound, but you get the picture!).

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After all those hours plugging away, seeing people begin to use Airtasker and knowing that a real task took place in the real world was one of the best feelings ever. I still smile every time a task is completed and a user has a positive experience.

But not everyday in start up land is easy, happy and joyous.

Don’t get me wrong, the highs are definitely worth the lows, but as I was told by one of my closest business mentors, “starting a company is easy, it’s running a company that’s the real challenge”.  There are literally dozens of new challenges every day, which really test your mettle and require you think on the move… and if you let all the tasks that you need to do pile up in your head, you would literally go mad!

You always feel like you can do more-be smarter and work faster- but if you don’t separate yourself from your work every now and then, you can’t step back and look at the bigger picture. I’ve learnt that only recently and know that I’m going to look back at these early days as one of the steepest learning curves ever.
I’ve lost hours of sleep and lent on so many shoulders to keep myself inspired.  I’d quickly like to say thanks to all those who’ve helped Jono and I so far – I won’t name you for the sake of embarrassment, but you know who you are.

So now we’re 15 weeks in, live in Sydney and Melbourne and we’ve recently launched our iPhone App (which is proving to be more popular than we hoped!

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But when it comes down to it, we still get a huge kick every time a task gets assigned. Every day our team comes in and we have the great privilege of being able to work on something really interesting which we believe will positively change the way people get things done.

The possibilities for the future of hyper local and online outsourcing are super exciting and we’re just getting started.

Happy Airtasking!

Tim

Founder and CEO, Airtasker