Airtasker Stories: Matt bee-lieves in the sharing economy

Matt, 55, runs a Warre natural beehive and a medicinal food garden in his Redfern backyard. He says Airtasker was "Airtasker Stories: Matt bee-lieves in the sharing economy"

Airtasker Stories: Matt bee-lieves in the sharing economy

Matt, 55, runs a Warre natural beehive and a medicinal food garden in his Redfern backyard. He says Airtasker was vital getting his business – Gather By – off the ground.

“The sharing economy just fits in with the way I work,” he says.

One of the first steps for Matt’s business was moving to into a new home-office, with his partner Jules, so he posted a list of jobs on Airtasker.   

“I think I had six or seven jobs on the go that January long weekend – by Monday it was all completed,” he says.

“I couldn’t have done that with anything else other than Airtasker.”

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Matt’s food-share garden relies on permaculture: an agricultural system which mimics the patterns of nature. So it’s only natural the collaborative nature of the sharing economy appeals to him.

“To be able to say ‘pick up two tonnes of soil here and deliver it to the garden’ is just fantastic – I love it and would continue to use it,” he says.

“For me it’s the convenience – somebody turns up on time and does the job.”

Matt’s used Airtasker for rubbish disposal, sunroofs, gardening, plumbing, cooking and everything in between.

He’s hired Airtaskers to inventory and photograph his storage items for sale on Gumtree. These tasks free up Matt’s time, so he can focus on his business.

“It just clears so much space in my life, so I can focus on that,” he said.

“Money I invest in Airtasker is my time back for me, my family, friends and business.”

His business produces medicinal honey, which has natural anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties.  This unique honey is sourced sustainably from experienced beekeepers in pristine Australian bushland.

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Matt said bee populations are dying around the world, due to use of pesticides, climate change and intensive farming. To him their importance in regenerative agriculture building healthy bee populations can not be over-stated.

“One in three mouthfuls of the food you eat can be attributed to bees,” he says.

Airtasker Stories: Airtasker lifts the bar at baby shower

How many parties or get-togethers have you hosted where you’re constantly running around to get food out, top up drinks, "Airtasker Stories: Airtasker lifts the bar at baby shower"

Airtasker Stories: Airtasker lifts the bar at baby shower

How many parties or get-togethers have you hosted where you’re constantly running around to get food out, top up drinks, and make sure everyone is having a fab time (whilst trying not to make it look like you’re running around)? Many times!

Well Angelique M. wasn’t going to sweat the small things at her first baby shower and wanted to make it one to remember by getting a little extra help via Airtasker.

Angelique M. enjoys her gifts at her first baby shower.

She decided to hire a bartender to take care of the beverages for the afternoon however didn’t want a private-function company, which would have minimum spend amounts and a few more headaches. So she turned to Airtasker’s ready workforce, hiring Collaroy Beach landscaper, Byron M.

The “super-friendly and willing” Byron helped the afternoon run without a hitch, and even stayed back to help clean up.

“He completely understood what was needed and didn’t stop,” Angelique says.

“After everyone had left he did an incredible tidy up. He washed all the wine glasses, put everything away, cleaned the floor and even took the rubbish out!”

Thanks to Byron’s help, the then heavily pregnant Angelique was able to sit back enjoy “a sea of presents” and the loving company of her family and friends.

Byron says he was more than happy to do a little extra for such lovely people.

“I just sort of helped out – like a friend would do,” he says.

With more than a decade serving drinks, Byron was a natural behind the bar, blending in seamlessly with the guests.

“So many friends and guests at our party said Byron was fantastic,” Angelique says.

Byron started bartending at a London pub in 1999, while backpacking, spending most of his two years there managing the bar. Next, he travelled to Canada, bartending for another two years, before returning to Sydney. Byron now works as a landscaper, but bartends a few nights a week to keep his social life buzzing.

“Landscaping can be a pretty lonely job,” he says.

Angelique – whose firstborn is two – had another baby five months ago and is returning to uni.

She wishes could relive the baby shower, just to see all the different people who turned up again.

“So many friends and guests at our party said how wonderful Byron was,” she says.

“We had an amazing time.”

Here’s some other baby shower ideas that you can get help with:

  • Invitations: Set the tone for the event with a beautiful baby shower invite
  • High tea hostess: Ensure all the yummy snacks are filled up and placed about the room
  • Photography: Capture all the precious moments at the baby shower
  • Decorations: Whether it’s pink, blue or a gender neutral theme; make the room look amazing
  • Organising games: Designing Onesies, melting the ice cube or revealing the baby gender activities

Airtasker Stories: How to sell your house with Airtasker

In a volatile housing market, timely renovations can be the difference between selling under market value, and getting the top "Airtasker Stories: How to sell your house with Airtasker"

Airtasker Stories: How to sell your house with Airtasker

In a volatile housing market, timely renovations can be the difference between selling under market value, and getting the top price.

It’s something Sydney advertising exec and mother of two Jen P. knows only too well. Jen reckons Airtasker saved her thousands of dollars and hours getting her North Bondi house ready to sell. But, more importantly, the timely renovations helped her sell for the best price.

Jen had “a million and one jobs” to do get the house in sellable condition, so she turned to Airtasker for the first time.

“I had the idea it would be cheaper and easier than using the yellow pages,” she says.

Airtasker saved Jen hours of searching through directories for tradies. Instead, she could post a job on Airtasker, get on with her busy life, and wait for the offers to come in.

“I saved a quarter of the time and I think that’s being conservative,” she says.

On Airtasker she was able to find multi-talented Airtaskers Workers, who could take on extra jobs on site, rather than her searching for a tradie for each task.

She hired a handyman to remove old security bars from a window, who just happened to be a qualified electrician. So he was able to change all her light fillings as well.

She hired two men to tend to her garden, which was an “overgrown mess”. Not only did they get her backyard looking fantastic, they did some additional labour and waste removal, again saving Jen the trouble of hiring extra people.

She hired another man, to build her a deck and fix her back fence, and he ended up fixing one of her doors.

“There are thousands of people on Airtasker who have great life skills and you’re paying them to use them,” she says.

Last job for Jen, was moving to her new place in Manly.

She’s used heaps of removalists over the years, and says they always go “massively” over their original quote.

But she found superb value with Airtasker “powerhouse” Tavake Naa, who along with his German workmate, just didn’t stop working. “He had a great sense of humour and the stamina of an ox!” she says.

But more than saving time and money, Jen believes her Airtasker renovations actually helped her make a profit.The timely renovations got the property into the pristine condition, just as house clearance rates were plummeting  in Sydney, which allowed her to sell for a healthy $2,035,000.

“It was the difference between getting market value and getting 10 to 15 percent extra on the market,” she says.

“Airtasker was great for getting things done promptly. In a volatile housing market it’s important to get things done quickly so you can sell for the optimum price.”

Looking to sell your home? Here’s plenty of home staging tips to help your house look its best.

Airtasker stories: Harvey the Techbloke

It’s not uncommon for Airtaskers to find full time work or regular clients after a few tasks, especially if they "Airtasker stories: Harvey the Techbloke"

It’s not uncommon for Airtaskers to find full time work or regular clients after a few tasks, especially if they impress on the job. But for new Australian resident Harvey L. his Airtasker experience to led something grander: it evolved into a business.

Harvey sold his house in the Philippines to move to Australia on a skilled migrant visa last year, with wife and four-year-old daughter.

It cost him $15,000 to migrate, after a year of planning. Harvey and his family stayed with a friend for the first few weeks before moving to apartment in Melbourne CBD.

Aside from the friend and his family, Harvey knew no-one in Australia, so he joined Airtasker to get some work and meet people. Without a car, he used public transport to get around Melbourne for all sorts of tasks.

“The strangest job I did was cleaning a fish pond – the lady had owned the fish for about two years and she wanted the pond cleaned,” he says. “In high school, in the Philippines, one of my hobbies was tropical fish, so I knew a lot about maintaining fish ponds.”

He started of with “simple” tasks but soon started to pick up some IT work – his area of expertise..

Airtasker helped build up his network, and it wasn’t long until he started to impress clients with his 13 years of IT experience.

“After about 30 tasks I had met some business owners,” he says. “They encouraged me to get my own ABN and that opened some doors for me.”

Once Harvey built up his contacts he started to make serious money. One week in January he was number one on Airtasker and I made about $1,500. On average, when he was using it regularly, he was making $500 to $1,000 a week.

By January this year the 31-year-old was running his own IT business and working for several different companies.

He still uses Airtasker occasionally to search for clients for his website. “For someone new to Australia, with skills and a lot to prove, Airtasker is a great website,” he says. “As a business owner it is really helpful to connect me with clients in the area.”

Harvey fondly remembers one of his best jobs. “There was a business in Sydney – They posted a task wanting to migrate their website, which had really high traffic,”he says. “I transferred the whole system in two days and they were very impressed.

Harvey said Airtasker is a great way to meet make new friends and business contacts for a new migrant to Australia. “I have some have some friends who are arriving here and in Sydney and I encourage them to use Airtasker,” he says.

“I want to say thank you to Airtasker – you opened doors for me where I least expected.”

Airtasker Stories: A task fit for a Queen

There are some weird and wonderful jobs on Airtasker, as produce assurance manager Joe C. discovered last month. The 46-year-old "Airtasker Stories: A task fit for a Queen"

Airtasker Stories: A task fit for a Queen

There are some weird and wonderful jobs on Airtasker, as produce assurance manager Joe C. discovered last month.

The 46-year-old from Sydney took on the task of modelling for a young makeup student – and ended up in drag (see proof below). The best part of Airtasker for Joe is helping people out and this job was no exception. He sat patiently for five hours while the student went about her work, despite the original job post saying it would only take three.

“She was a nice young woman and I was happy to help her out – it was more about the experience than the money,” he says. “I had a great time.”

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A couple of cheeky snaps (which Joe kept copies of as souvenirs) and the job was done.

Joe loves positive feedback from Airtaskers, like when he installed a TV for a woman in a caravan. While it was only a minor job for Joe, the woman’s gratitude amazed him. “She was just so thrilled at the service and that she could now watch TV,” he says.

Joe joined Airtasker after watching a segment about the online platform on Channel 10’s The Living Room while he was on leave from work. At the time he thought Airtasker was a great way to make some cash on the side and help others in the process. Now he can’t get enough of it.

“I’m on it every day – the wife’s complaining because you can’t get the phone away from me,” he says.

Joe recommends Airtasker highly and says many of his friends and family are on it. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people like me who want to make some cash on the side or even for people who want to make a full time job of it,” he says.

Airtasker Stories: Some flexibility for Jianitsa’s World

Sometimes, 54-year-old-former-receptionist-turned-Airtasker, Jianitsa D., wishes she had a webcam in her car. She meets all kinds of colourful people on "Airtasker Stories: Some flexibility for Jianitsa’s World"

Airtasker Stories: Some flexibility for Jianitsa’s World

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Sometimes, 54-year-old-former-receptionist-turned-Airtasker, Jianitsa D., wishes she had a webcam in her car.

She meets all kinds of colourful people on her Airtasker trips to airport. One of Jianitsa’s passengers was a down-on-his-luck hip hop artist from the US, who had been homeless in Bondi for six months.

“He was such a colourful character… he really appreciated all the friends he had made and and the hospitality he received Downunder,” she says.

He told Jianitsa he had flown to Australia to make a name for himself, but ran out of money and wound up on the street.

A woman from Glenmore Park took him in. A few months later, the same woman posted a task on Airtasker, for Jianitsa to take him to the airport, so he could get home to New York.

Jianitsa joined Airtasker after losing her job as a receptionist at a real estate agency. She needed some flexibility in her world, as she likes to be there for her grandchildren.

The Guildford grandmother loves how she can get a job in any place, at any time, and says Airtasker gives her that autonomy.Once, she was waiting to pick up a friend at Sydney Airport, when she had a quick scroll through the app.

Jianitsa found a task posted by a Queensland man who had left his suit jacket behind. She found the jacket in lost property and mailed it to Queensland for some quick, easy cash.

“I was able to get some money just by hanging around at the airport waiting for my friend,” she says.

Airtasker Stories: A barking good time on Airtasker

Fancy a drive across the countryside with cute dog in the backseat? Want to get paid for it? Airtasker could "Airtasker Stories: A barking good time on Airtasker"

Airtasker Stories: A barking good time on Airtasker
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Minnie the dog enjoyed a ride with Tori Kelly from Woolongong to Bondi.

Fancy a drive across the countryside with cute dog in the backseat? Want to get paid for it?

Airtasker could be for you!

Airtasker user Tori K. did exactly that, acting as “Dog Taxi” for Minnie, the super-shy and lovable rescue dog.

“I’ve got a little Ford Fiesta and she took up the whole backseat!” Tori says.

“The dog was staying with a family friend while the owner redecorated.”

Minnie was well behaved the whole trip and enjoyed a pat or two when Tori stopped at lights.

“She seemed very happy when she saw her owner at Bondi,” she said.

If that’s not a enough Tori has been paid – actually paid – to go to the movies several times.

“And I got to watch a movie I wanted to see!” She says.

The only catches: she had to watch the movie at particular cinema and she had to write a list of the advertisements before it started.

For task poster and Proactive Media marketing specialist, David Krynauw, people like Tori are “hugely valuable”.

“It’s the only way we can see what’s screening and check that our client’s ad is screening,” David says.

“It’s also the only way to see what our competition is up to.”

It’s a win-win situation, where David gets marketing data and Tori gets paid to see a free movie, in this case made possible by Airtasker.

David says – not surprisingly- that there are plenty of people like Tori who are happy to get paid to watch a movie.

“I used Airtasker because it’s got people all over the country and it’s a quick and easy way to somebody to do a task, at a specific time and place,” David says.

“Tori did a great job and I would happily use her again if I needed her.”

Airtasker stories: Heather’s your ‘Handy Mam’

Heather says she’s somewhat of a rarity, “I think I’m the only handy woman in Sydney on Airtasker,” she said. "Airtasker stories: Heather’s your ‘Handy Mam’"

Heather says she’s somewhat of a rarity, “I think I’m the only handy woman in Sydney on Airtasker,” she said.

The UK-expat can do “anything a handyman would do” from curtains and woodwork to landscaping and renovations.

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Heather developed her knack for DIY working as an events florist in England. She made floral arrangements for high-society weddings and for Queen Elizabeth II herself during a refurb of the Royal Opera House in London.

But it wasn’t just arranging flowers. Sometimes her work involved building huge arrangements, some 20 feet high, others covering the walls and floors of hotel ballrooms.

Heather changed trades and now runs a gardening and property maintenance business in Sydney’s inner-west. If she’s got no work one day she can just hop on Airtasker and pick up a job. “It gives you clients you wouldn’t normally reach,” she says.

A lot of Heather’s clients are women who she says feel more comfortable with another woman in their home. “Some of them tell me ‘I’ve been waiting for my husband to do this for bloody months!’” she said.

For 50-year-old Heather what makes a great job is good company and the satisfaction of doing it well.

She recently made a wooden cover for an A/C unit for when the owner wasn’t using it that came up real nice. “It looked great and the owner was chuffed. Not only was she pleased with the job, she enjoyed my company” she says.

Heather said Airtasker helps her pick the right job and the right client. “I don’t make an offer for a task unless I know can do it,” she says.

Airtsaker Stories: Mouse in the House

Pest control is not most people’s idea of fun but on Airtasker help is just a click away. St Kilda lawyer and "Airtsaker Stories: Mouse in the House"

Pest control is not most people’s idea of fun but on Airtasker help is just a click away.

St Kilda lawyer and mother-of-two Christine F. turned to Airtasker when a rogue rodent terrorised her in her Victorian home. Christine was home on maternity leave, with her baby son asleep, when she saw a mouse run across the kitchen floor. She grew up in the Mallee and has lived through mouse plagues – so she’s terrified of the little creatures. “Normally I’d call my father but he was away so I instead posted a message of help on Airtasker,” Christine says.

Enter semi-retired handyman, John Van der Laan.

John was over in an hour, and quickly pulled Christine’s kitchen apart and plugged every hole with steel wool. And she’s had no mice since! John enjoyed the relatively simple job and says he was more than happy to help fill small wholes around Christine’s “beautiful” wooden cabinets. “She already had the steel wool, she just needed someone to put it into the holes!” he says.

John, worked a tradesman and as marine engineer, before 20 years in the corporate sector with BMW. He’s never lost touch with his old skills, having renovated several homes of his own. He says Airtasker is great for picking up little jobs like renovations, and electrical and handyman work, and loves the chance to put his expertise to work. “I think Airtasker is a very flexible way to get the work I want,” he says.“You don’t have to quote silly prices; you do it what you think is a fair price.”