Surprise Mum this Mother’s Day

With how much mums do on a daily basis, they really are the ultimate bosses.

Surprise Mum this Mother’s Day

From chefs, to taxi drivers, nurses to financial advisors, mums need to wear a number of different hats.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the amazing job mums do every day by organising something special.  Fancy restaurants are nice and another pair of pyjamas come in handy, but nothing beats a present that comes from the heart.

Spend some quality time with Mum and give her the perfect gift by bringing Mother’s Day to her.

P.s. We’re currently giving one lucky mum a year’s worth of Airtasker credit to help her around the home. Valued at $2,400 you just need to sign up to enter.  Enter here.

Here are a few ways to surprise Mum with a unique Mother’s Day she won’t ever forget:

A VIP dinner

If you’re not sure about what to serve up to mum this year, leave it to the professionals. Skip the stress of trying to book a restaurant and get a personal chef to come to you.

It’s easy to find a talented Airtasker with the right skills and technique to cook your mum a five-star meal. They’ll even take care of the dishes while you enjoy some family time.

A pleasant surprise

If you’d really like to up the ante, talented musicians are easily found on Airtasker. Whether it’s a bit of Michael Buble or a few Adele tracks, some in-house live music is a treat Mum will love.

Skip the chores

If Mum is the primary housekeeper, you can bet she’d love a break from the chores. Give Mum the gift of time and surprise her by taking care of the housework before she even has a chance to get started.

Airtasker has a huge community of house cleaners who can do vacuuming to ironing, dusting to mopping without Mum having to lift a finger.

You could even organise a green-thumbed local to help with the gardening.

The perfect personalised gift

If your mum is hard to buy for it can be tricky. You could easily find yourself buying the same thing year in and out, or forgetting which books she’s already read. Try something different and plan a memorable experience she’ll love.

Have a crafty Airtasker create a beautiful collage of your favourite photos or go one step further and have a brand new portrait taken.

You could even create a video to include your favourite family moments.

Or if you’re stuck for ideas or don’t have the time to pop into the shops, an Airtasker can easily pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers and card or a lovely dessert and deliver it right to your doorstep.

We wish all mums a very happy Mother’s Day ❤️

How to: Prepare for Special Events with Airtasker

There’s always an event coming up in your calendar and if it so happens to be a glitzy and glamorous "How to: Prepare for Special Events with Airtasker"

How to: Prepare for Special Events with Airtasker

There’s always an event coming up in your calendar and if it so happens to be a glitzy and glamorous occasion, there are lots of things that you need to organise such as; hair, makeup and transport, just name a few!

The Sydney Mardi Gras is most definitely one of these glitz and glamour times where everything needs to look fabulous. With makeup to be done and glitter galore, many attendees have posted a task on Airtasker to get a bit of extra help getting organised.

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Meet Shaun…

Shaun jumped onto Airtasker to find a makeup artist for a bit of sparkle ahead of marching with the Qantas float. His task attracted the attention of Michelle and Bianca who were able to give Shaun and Anthony a glittery makeover.

We were looking for someone to do our makeup for Mardi Gras-nothing too excessive, just a bit of fun and colour- so we decided to try Airtasker. Using the platform for the first time was an easy process and we were able to arrange for Michelle and Bianca to do the job quite quickly. From booking to payment, the whole experience was very positive.

Both ladies were easy to deal with and went above and beyond for us. Anthony and I were very happy with our Mardi Gras makeup and enjoyed sharing a few champagnes with them too. I would definitely use Airtasker again and recommend it to others.

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Like Shaun and Anthony, many Australians can use Airtasker to find some extra help for their next special event:

1. Makeup

It’s easy for you to get some help if you, like most of us, can put eyeliner perfectly on one eye but the other never looks quite the same. Whether it’s a birthday party or something a little more extravagant for Halloween, there are plenty of skilled artists on Airtasker who are happy to make you look amazing!

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2. Hair

Who has time to spend 1-2 hrs at the hair salon these days? If you’re busy running errands, wrangling kids or just prefer to be in the comfort of your own home, a professional hairdresser can be found in just a few minutes on Airtasker. For a solo hairdo to a group beauty session, a qualified hairdresser can work wonders on your locks, without the swanky price tag.

3. Costumes

Hands up if you leave organising a fancy dress party to the last minute? We’ve all made a frantic call to all of the local costume shops desparately trying to find something. On Airtasker, you can get almost anything made – even a Barbie costume!

And if traditional costumes aren’t what you’re looking for, members have found body painting artists on Airtasker to create unusual eye-catching costumes.

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4. Photography

Now you have everything sorted in the looks department, what about capturing it all? Selfies are fun but getting great photos throughout the event can be a little harder. Make it a night to remember with the help of a photographer via Airtasker.

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5. Transport

If you’re planning to have a few drinks or would just like to arrive in style, hire a private driver through Airtasker for the night and live like a celeb for a few hours.

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Celebrating Seniors Week

The Airtasker marketplace is truly a diverse community with over 1 Million people of various ages who are looking to "Celebrating Seniors Week"

Celebrating Seniors Week

The Airtasker marketplace is truly a diverse community with over 1 Million people of various ages who are looking to get more done and earn more. We learned that it was recently NSW Seniors Week, which is the perfect opportunity to recognise some of our outstanding Airtaskers.

There’s a large community of Airtasker members and approximately 8.5% are seniors (55+ years) who are earning money by completing tasks and it’s growing! Some are joining Airtasker to keep busy during retirement (or they’re not ready to retire), use their skills, find new hobbies and of course increase their earnings. More importantly, it’s a way for people to continue doing the things that they enjoy, meet people in their community and be a valued part of the larger and ever-growing Airtasker community.

Let’s hear from some of our lovely Airtasker members

Betty (56)
After resigning from traditional employment and moving to a remote area, she uses Airtasker to find tasks she can complete.

It’s an excellent website. It gives a lot of people who can’t work a chance to work, especially because I’ve been out in the bush for the last few decades and I don’t have any formal qualifications. I worked in data entry 35 years ago but the company I worked for is long gone, so it’s difficult to get a reference. I found Airtasker by accident and thought I’d give it a go. I’ve had a great experience and it’s actually helped me to build my confidence.

John (61)
He also uses Airtasker to pick up extra tasks that work within his schedule.

I’m semi-retired and I think Airtasker is a very flexible way to get the work I want. It’s great to pick up little jobs. I’ve done renovations, electrical work, handyman jobs and more. You don’t have to quote silly prices; you do it what you think is a fair price.

At one stage I was doing one or two jobs a day. So basically half days. I would normally travel no more than five or ten kilometres for a job and make around $400 a week. There’s a lot of flexibility and it’s very transparent. I see some people on the website going hammer and tongs and doing heaps of stuff.

Robyne (60)
Airtasker is a way to do the things she loves and contribute to society, despite not feeling her best.

I’m on a disability pension and I’m not able to work properly. I am a retired IT consultant with degrees in business, ethics and history (including two MAs). I feel like I need to make a contribution to the world – to do something useful every now and again. I haven’t been able to work for years and I suffer severe bouts of depression which are triggered by not feeling useful. Airtasker has helped me in that way. When I am well, I can use skills I haven’t been able to use for a long time.

I helped a girl with some sewing, which is something I haven’t done for a while. Another local task I enjoyed was helping a woman with some boxes of costume jewellery she wanted me to sort through. My parents owned a jewellery shop – so it was something that reminded me of when I was a teenager working in the store.

How can Seniors start earning more?

Earning via Airtasker allows people to choose not only when they want to work but also who they want to work with – they’re in control. For recent retirees, it can be a difficult transition period especially if they’re used to a fast-paced environment. So it’s a great way for them to keep busy and also earn some extra money.

What kind of tasks can they do? Almost anything! There are tasks around the home such as gardening, baking and handyman jobs and also services like accounting, copywriting and IT help. Seniors on Airtasker are able to make money by pursuing the things that they love and continue using valuable skills they’ve built during their lifetime.

And what about the people who need some extra help…

Debra (58)
Airtasker was a way to source some help while her husband recovered from an injury and wasn’t able to help move.

I used Airtasker to help us move house. My husband broke his leg so he was able to do it. Since then, I haven’t had an issue with the people I’ve hired. They’ve been great.

Jeremy (72)
Needed a reliable person to paint his roof, which was too difficult for him to do himself.

I don’t think we would have been able to get the task completed if there hadn’t been a service like Airtasker. It’s just a job that wouldn’t have been done- we would have been flying by the seat of our pants!
Airtasker was a good way to save time and money. Painting the roof probably would have cost $1,000 more for a conventional painter. I posted the job on Friday and afternoon and we had the results by Monday.

How to get more done via Airtasker

Airtasker isn’t just a place to earn more, for many, it’s a great way to outsource tasks and make life easier. A lot of time is spent keeping on top of everything that needs to be done around the home. However, most of us would enjoy more spare time to spend with friends and family.

Tasks that Seniors tend to post more of is the grocery shopping, cleaning the house and helping out with the gardening. Airtasker makes it easy to get help with the smaller everyday things and much bigger complicated tasks.

Stress less these school holidays with Airtasker

For most Aussie kids, school holidays are just around the corner. If you’re a parent, you may already be racking "Stress less these school holidays with Airtasker"

Stress less these school holidays with Airtasker

For most Aussie kids, school holidays are just around the corner. If you’re a parent, you may already be racking your brains about how to keep your children occupied with some fun activities over the next few weeks, particularly if you’re working or have a busy schedule.

School holidays are a good opportunity for kids to refine their cognitive and motor skills. From learning a new hobby, playing a sport, getting crafty or doing a bit of extra study, there are plenty of ways to spend the holidays besides watching TV and playing video games.

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For parents, it’s also a chance to spend some extra time with the kids, make fun memories without having to worry about menial tasks.

What you may not know is that there are a few ways Airtasker can help you make the most of the upcoming school holidays.

Learn a new hobby:

Do your kids love playing outside and having soon good quality fun? Now’s a great time to learn how to ride a bike, scooter or rollerblades. If your skills aren’t as good as they were at 15 years old or you’re not well coordinated, Airtasker is full of people who can teach your kids how to perfect a mono. You might even learn a thing or two yourself!

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Get crafty:

Arts and crafts are a great way to stimulate a child’s creativity as well as buy a couple of hours to yourself. From painting, paper crafting and clay work to seasonal things like colouring Easter eggs and making egg hunt baskets are easy afternoon activities kids are bound to love.

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Get a head start on Term 2:

The school holidays are a clever way to get a head start on learning for the term ahead. Airtasker can help you find a smart tutor to get kids prepped and ahead of the class before you can say ABC. For students studying VCE/HSC a tutor can also help set the foundations for the run-up to final exams.

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An extra set of hands:

Having a bit of extra help on hand is something all parents would love at one time or another. Perhaps it’s taking care of chores like doing the ironing while you take care of the morning school run or mowing the lawn while you watch your kids at Saturday sport. An at-home helper can make life a lot easier and give you more time to spend doing the things you love.

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When posting a task, it’s important to view a member’s profile to check their verifications, reviews and previous tasks they’ve completed. You should also consider posting an initial task to meet with an Airtasker to view their qualifications and also see if they’re the right fit.

How to get in the good books this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here again and while love is in the air for some, February 14 is a day others "How to get in the good books this Valentine’s Day"

How to get in the good books this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here again and while love is in the air for some, February 14 is a day others fear, especially the pressure that comes with planning something special. If romantic gestures aren’t quite your forte, or if you’re just after an extra set of hands to plan a memorable date, Airtasker is the best way to take care of Valentine’s Day this year.

From getting some flowers delivered or preparing the perfect romantic dinner, to organising a night in or planning a special surprise, a little help never goes astray.

Here are a few easy tips and tricks to help you get in the good books and impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Take the night off
Treat your Valentine to the ultimate romantic night and go that extra mile to make it a memorable experience that would impress Cupid himself. Particularly great for tired mums or those struggling to find baby sitters, a night in can be more special than venturing out.

Cut out all the hard work and skills required to prepare dinner for someone and make your Valentine feel like one in a million. Hire an Airtasker to wait on your every need and be your very own personal butler personal butler!

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Cook up a storm
Restaurants are great, but if you don’t plan ahead, securing a booking on Valentine’s Day might be out of the question. Save yourself the hassle of ringing around and opt for a private dining experience in the comfort of your own home with a personal chef.

If you have the ideas for the perfect dish but don’t have the culinary skills needed to back it up, get a master chef earn you a few extra brownie points to cook for you.

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Surprise them with a gift

Delivering gifts to a special someone is a small gesture that goes a long way. Surprise your Valentine with a heartfelt gift this Tuesday. This one will score you bonus points, especially if your Valentine gets to open their gift in front of their colleagues and create a bit of office envy.

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Play some smooth tunes

We all know the perfect date isn’t complete without the right music. Give your Valentine an intimate experience they will love. Set a romantic mood and serenade your date without needing to have a musical bone in your body. Hire an Airtasker to come to your house or nearby date spot to play some romantic music that will keep you in the good books for a long time coming.

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Win them over with cuddles
Sure, your date probably thinks you’re great, but chances are they’ll have an extra soft spot for small furry animals. Play the cute card and hire a puppy or kitten for some valuable cuddle time. It’s a fun way to put a smile on your date’s face and it might even score you some cuddles of your own.

 

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For more creative ways to show your love this Valentine’s Day check out these ideas.

Back to School with Airtasker

Next week, kids all around Australia will go back at school for the new year and this only means one "Back to School with Airtasker"

Back to School with Airtasker

Next week, kids all around Australia will go back at school for the new year and this only means one thing: preparing all the mundane school requirements for each child. It’s likely you’re a parent (or know of one!) with an extremely long to-do list to complete before next week so juggling everything over the next week is guaranteed to be a potential nightmare.

So, we’ve looked at some tasks for smart back-to-school hacks and come up with a few preparation ideas to help busy parents out!

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Sewing on name tags
Make sure you have all your kid’s uniforms labelled and ready to go. Children have a habit of misplacing their jumpers and bags and the costs add up at the end of the year!

Meagan M. from Queensland did exactly that, by getting an Airtasker to help her sew hems onto four school dresses and name tags ironed on, she was able to send her daughter to school stress-free. She had a great experience and said,

My daughter is changing school and going to high school and we have just brought her a series of new uniforms. I don’t have any sewing skills or equipment. We had this incredible lady who came and picked it up and she had it done by the afternoon, it was extraordinary. She dropped them off and they were ironed, she took up the hem and sewed some labels on it too. She was an interior designer, so she had lots of sewing experience and was a mum to ten.

Contacting Books
One of the biggest annoyances for parents is getting the small air bubbles out of contacted books – using a ruler or your thumb to slowly smooth out the pockets of air – and if you can’t do it perfectly, the kids complain! Why not outsource this task of applying contact to someone who is skilled at it?

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Trimming hair
Juggling life’s events and taking your kids to the local hairdressers can a demanding task but an essential one. Instead of shuffling the kids into the car or bus and taking them to the shopping mall, get a hairdresser to come to you with Airtasker, so you can focus your time on the other back-to-school tasks.

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With the extra time you now have on your hands this week, take a look at how to make an outdoor playground at home, which you’ve been promising your family for the last few months!

Throw a true blue Aussie BBQ with Airtasker

We all know there’s no better way to spend Australia Day than enjoying a cold beer and a snag with "Throw a true blue Aussie BBQ with Airtasker"

Throw a true blue Aussie BBQ with Airtasker

We all know there’s no better way to spend Australia Day than enjoying a cold beer and a snag with your mates while counting down the hits on Triple J’s Hottest 100.

At Airtasker, we’ve come up with a few ways to organise a stress-free Aussie Day BBQ that’s cooler than a slab of VBs in an esky.

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Prep the tools

First up, make sure you have the barbecue essentials set up and ready to go so you can fire up the Webber without any problems. Be sure to clean the barbecue and refill the gas bottle. If cleaning isn’t your forte or you have no idea how to connect a gas bottle, hire an Airtasker to take care of the set-up for you.

PRO TIP: Always apply soapy water to the connection point to check for gas leaks

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Sizzle the snags

There’s nothing worse than a burnt sausage and while tomato sauce might mask a bit of the charcoal, it won’t mask the shame of ruining the barbecue and leaving your mates feeling hungry. When it comes to serving the food and drinks, do your guests a favour and hire someone who has manned a BBQ or two in their time and can make a mean potato salad.

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PRO TIP: For an extra set of hands, hiring wait staff on Airtasker can make a world of difference.

Airtasker Zhana Y. from Sydney, had a great experience working at an Australia Day BBQ last year:

Waitressing for Jo and her lovely family was a breeze! Everything was organised and ready for us to go. The guests were lovely, and it was so easy to ask questions. Would be more than happy to work for Jo again! Plus, she has two gorgeous kids.

Ice ice baby

No Australia Day is complete without an esky full of ice and drinks. Hire an Airtasker to take care of the ice and drinks so that you’ve got more time to spend enjoying the day rather than driving to the servo.

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Don’t drink and drive

If you’re planning on enjoying a few drinks, think smart and organise transport to and from your party for yourself or your guests. A safe Australia Day is a good Australia Day.

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Don’t sweat the clean up!

This year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday. For most of us, this means a rough Friday at work and the headache of cleaning up after the fun. Rather than spending the night cleaning or leaving the mess for the weekend, look at hiring a helping hand on Airtasker. By the time you arrive home on Friday evening, your house will be spotless in time for the weekend and you won’t have to lift a finger.

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Now that you’ve gotten everything ready for your big Australia day BBQ, take a look at how to plan the ultimate Australia Day party with Airtasker.

From Accountant to Voiceover Artist – Making the ultimate change

Have you ever considered a change in your career? Who would have thought that it could be as easy as "From Accountant to Voiceover Artist – Making the ultimate change"

From Accountant to Voiceover Artist – Making the ultimate change

Have you ever considered a change in your career? Who would have thought that it could be as easy as clicking a button. This is a possibility on Airtasker, as 31-year-old Stephanie from Melbourne found out recently.

Starting her career in advertising and then working as an accountant, Stephanie explained that she joined Airtasker just over a year ago when she got married and was looking for a new challenge.

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I wanted to see how much money I could generate by going out on my own, it was just to work out if I could be self employed.

However, after being a member for just over a month she realised that Airtasker could break down barriers and change her life. By completing tasks that were different from her day job it allowed her to step away from the desk and have a go at other careers, one of which was being a voiceover artist.

These days, it’s extremely hard to become a voiceover artist with all the training involved and making sure you have the perfect demo for the job. But, Stephanie was able to do so within minutes on Airtasker. When she was chosen to complete a voiceover task for a utility company in Melbourne, she had no idea what it could lead to…

It was pretty cool, because there was three different scripts and it is going to be on their website as part of a movie! That was probably the funnest task that I’ve done, as it was a bit different.

But it hasn’t only been this task that has kept her occupied. She loves using Airtasker, and said;

I like that I can just do it in my spare time. Usually when you get a part time job in retail or something you have to work on a roster. I like being able to choose my own hours. I usually get up really early with the bookkeeping and stuff that I do on Airtasker, I get up at around 5 and do it before work. So it kind of suits me, because I can work full time [and] then I can just do it all the other times.

In the first month of being an Airtasker Worker, she completed approximately $1200 worth of tasks. Stephanie said;

I like to be able to pick and choose what I feel like doing. I get to pick out my own rate I don’t have to be reliant on someone else you know for a salary increase. It’s great being your own boss really.

Do you have an Airtasker story to share? Let us know in the comments below.