Airtasker Diz earns $171,000

Let’s take a look back on last year & check out some of the findings from our 4th annual Future of Work Survey...

Airtasker Diz earns $171,000

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how much the Airtasker community has grown over the past 5 years. Time and again, we’re blown away by some of the wonderful stories we see and hear of hard-working Australians earning good money making the most of their unique, individual skills.

We’re incredibly proud to share with you that last year one of our top members, Diz J., earned over $171,000 on the platform in 2017! To put that in perspective, that’s nearly 3 times the average wage in Australia (which currently sits around $61,000). It just goes to show – it’s amazing what people can accomplish with a kick-ass work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit!

Around this time every year we release a bunch of data and facts about how people use the Airtasker platform in our Future of Work Survey. This helps give us some great insights into the “sharing economy” and the awesome opportunities that are possible for both earners and consumers.

Here’s some of the highlights:

  • Airtasker has grown to over 1.8 million members, doubling in size since January last year. We’re now creating over 1.4 million tasks every year — that’s over $240 million worth of work — up 140% from 2016!
  • Our highest earning Airtasker brought in $171,000 during 2017 from work completed through Airtasker. Another member earned over $34,500 in a single month last year. That’s some good hustle in action!
  • 2017 showed some our most popular tasks are removalist, cleaning, gardening, handywork and pickup/delivery work.
  • And coming in from left-field, some of our fastest growing categories were crafting (up 606%), community gardening (up 283%) and makeup & beauty (up 245%).
  • Airtaskers also seem to be on-point with all the latest consumer and tech trends. Bitcoin-related tasks surged an astounding 1066% in 2017, while drone-related tasks increased a solid 215%.

It’s our goal to help our member be able to fully realise and even maximise the value of their own skills – these numbers show we’re well on our way!

“Bitcoin-related tasks surged an astounding 1066% in 2017.”
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Our 4th annual Future of Work Survey also shows that more and more Australians are eagerly embracing the sharing economy in their everyday search for extra money and flexibility.

Key stats:

  • We’ve got a staggering 2.1 million Australians (11.2% of working Australians) using the sharing economy to boost their income – that’s almost double our 2016 survey.
  • 38% of Australians getting services through the sharing economy – a massive 10% lift from last year.
  • 9 out of every 10 working Australians are looking to earn some extra money to boost their income in 2018.
  • And 4 out of 5 Australians (79.8%) agree with the statement, “The traditional employment model of the 9-5 office job is inflexible for workers in 2018 and into the future”.

The real challenge for us here at Airtasker is to make sure our members have the support they need to seek and find that extra money and flexibility in their lives they’re looking for. On that front, we’re proud to say 2017 was a great year.

We also reached a landmark agreement with Unions NSW last year, aiming at increasing minimum rates of pay and improving conditions for gig economy workers. We’ll continue to keep talking with all our stakeholders so we make sure make that we’re constantly improving.

Airtasker also developed income protection insurance specifically tailored for gig economy workers – this is a world-first and yet one more thing that we are very proud of!

There’s plenty more work to be done. So let’s get on with making 2018 even more awesome!

Airtasker skill for Amazon Alexa

Use voice to post your cleaning and gardening tasks!

Airtasker skill for Amazon Alexa

Alexa can now help you get more done with Airtasker!
From the simple to the complex, we can help you tick off your to-do list.

Need help cleaning the home or with the gardening? You can post a task straight through Alexa.

You just need to link your Airtasker account to the Alexa skill via the Alexa Skill Store and then say “Alexa, Open Airtasker”. From there, you can simply ask Alexa to post a cleaning or gardening task by saying something like “Alexa, ask Airtasker to find me a cleaner”.

$25 coupon will be sent to the first 100 people who post a task via the Alexa skill. Terms and conditions apply.

Set up your Airtasker skill on Alexa today!
Terms and conditions
Minimum Task value to receive the benefit conferred by the Coupon is $50. Limit of one Coupon per User & valid only for the first Task Contract created by the first 100 Alexa voice tasks. Cannot be used with any other coupon or Airtasker promotion. Coupons are valid for at least 30 days from issue and Airtasker may change or cancel the terms of the Coupon at any time on 30 days’ notice.

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!