How to create a stylish and functional laundry

It's perhaps one of the most used rooms, but often the least thought of...

How to create a stylish and functional laundry

It’s often the ‘forgotten’ room of your house, after all, how much design (and money) do you have to sink into a space which is used to wash your clothes?

But if you’ve watched The Block or House Rules, you’ll understand how much you can do to turn it into the most loved room – perhaps the kids will even volunteer to help out! (Well, one can only wish!)

Tiles

They are all the rage at the moment. With different colours, shapes and textures – it’s a small tiled space that can make a huge impact. So have some fun with it and turn it into a space that you can enjoy.

A new sink

No one wants an ugly silver laundry sink. You know, the ones that are standalone with a cupboard in the front. These days you can add a beautiful sink that is still functional and pretty. Something like this…

Storage

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Are you a basket person or more about the cabinetry? It’s all about optimising for functionality and storage in a small laundry.

You’ll need to consider a space to store the following:

  • Iron & ironing board
  • Dirty clothes
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Towels
  •  Vacuums
  • Mops
  • Mobile drying racks

Drying systems

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Do you want an electric dryer or a drying rack? Think about what works for you and your home before you jump all in because you might love that french provincial look of a drying rack, but if you’re a family with small kids something that will dry the clothes fast is an absolute must!

Sorting efficiency

No one wants to end up putting a red sock in with the whites but those little items can be missed easily. So take an important step to think about a sorting area for your dirty clothes in your laundry with a dedicated space for lights, darks and delicates.

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Have any more laundry inspiration to share? Leave a comment below!

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The ultimate cheat sheet to hanging washing

Say no to an increasing electricity bill with these nifty hacks when hanging washing

The ultimate cheat sheet to hanging washing

It’s easy to use the dryer but did you know it’s also the second biggest drain on electricity in your home? So, to save money off your next electricity bill buy a clothing horse or start using the washing line – pronto.

It might seem like a lot more effort but it really isn’t if you use these 7 tips next time you hang your washing.

Use hangers

Use coat hangers to hang your shirts to not only keep them in shape, but also half your ironing time. If you’re still inclined to use the dryer, do so, but after you’ve hung them out and they are almost dry. That way you’ll only need to put the shirts in for less than 20 minutes.

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Maximise space

When you are putting on one, two, three or even four loads of washing a weekend (or day), you can find yourself playing the waiting game until the last load is dry. By overlapping the edges of clothes, it will allow for a bit more space and also use up less pegs – which have you noticed, always seem to go missing…

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Another brilliant idea is to hang items across the lines rather than on the line, see how that works below.

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Use the sun

Can’t remove those stubborn stains? The sun is more powerful than you realise as it will actually make your white clothes look more whiter and brighter.

Turn clothes inside out

As much as the sun is good for white clothes, for coloured and darker clothes it’s another story. Over time colours can fade and it’s important to protect them as much as possible, by either taking them out of direct sunlight and/or turning them inside out.

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5. Go upside down

Ever had that moment when you take a top off to wear that day and you have peg marks that you can seem to get rid of? Well to avoid ugly marks on your favourite blouse hang it upside down.

6. Remove excess water

Your clothes will dry a lot faster if you can squeeze as much water as you can out of them. The best way to do this is to use a clean dry towel and roll up the piece of clothing inside the towel (like a roulade) as tightly as you can, then unroll and hang on the line.

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7. Flat drying

For clothes that stretch, such as jumpers and dresses, make sure you lay them to flat dry so that the shape reminds intact. This can be on a table, the ground (make sure you use a towel underneath), or these days you can actually buy flat dryers for this purpose.

Have you got any other laundry hacks for hanging out washing? Let us know in the comments below.

Keep your home warm this winter

There's no avoiding it, winter is here and it's a chilly one.

Keep your home warm this winter

We can rug up in beanies and scarves to face the cold winds outdoors but when we’re in our homes, we don’t really want to wear layers of jumpers just to sit comfortably when binge watching our favourite TV shows.

Keeping warm can be expensive if you’re relying on gas or electric heating – but there are plenty of easy fixes that you can do around the home to save you from the cold draught and the expensive bills. Let’s take a look!

Insulation

It’s probably the most obvious solution but good insulation will keep the home warm without relying as much on electronic heating. So it’s better for the environment and also your hip pocket long term. Just make sure you get some advice from a professional to check what you’ll need for your home.

Install ceiling insulation Approx 40sq mtr

We have terracotta tiled roof and one area of the roof is missing ceiling insulation.
This Task involves
1. Identifying right type and quantity of insulation required in ceiling.
2. Installing insulation in roof approx 40sq mtr.

I will pay for all material; please quote reasonable labour charges around proximity to indicated budget.

Price: $190

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Clean your fireplace

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If you’re one of the lucky ones to have a working fireplace in your home, it’s important to get it checked before you light the first fire of the season.

As it’s a bit of a dirty job, look at getting your fireplace professionally cleaned and don’t forget to get your firewood delivered and chopped up too!

Check for cracks

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If you have any cracks or gaps in the flooring, walls or roof it’s an open invitation for the cool breeze to come in. Luckily, there are a few solutions which a handyman could easily help you out with:

  • Floorboards gaps can be filled with silicone fillers
  • Doors draughts can be stopped with a sand-filled snake stopper
  • Mini draughts from holes, letter box openings and keyholes can have special covers or wool insulation
  • Window cracks can be thwarted by putting up heavy duty curtains that are either thermal or have fleece.

Put on heating timers

If you have a reverse cycle or ducted heating, use the timer features so that when you wake up in the morning your home is all toasty for you. Also, make sure you don’t put up the heating too high, you only need it to take away the chill in the air not create a sauna.

Window double-glazing

If you’re a homeowner, it’s worth investigating double-glazing for your windows to maintain heat but it’s expensive. However, even the budget conscious people and renters can rejoice because you can now get a special film to layer on windows to help with your heat retention. This can be almost a quarter of the price of double glazing your home.

Add a rug

If you’ve got timber or concrete flooring in your home, it’s worth investing in some rugs that can help retain the heat.

Set your fans backwards

There could be a switch or cord which allows you to make the fan goes backwards, but don’t worry this won’t cool your room – just push down the warm air which rises.

Close your doors

If you’ve got doors to separate different areas of your home, make sure you shut them – especially when you have the heating on! This means you’ll only heat the spaces you actively use.

Change your sheets

Swap your cotton sheets for flannelette, it will make all the difference when you hop into the bed and the icy chill isn’t there. Also add a wool blanket and duvet to stay snuggly all night.

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Enjoy outside

You can enjoy the beautiful outdoors now with heaters and fire pits. You can get moveable heaters or have them permanently installed in your outdoor door entertaining area. Likewise, with a fire pit, you can buy one that can be used anywhere or get one built into your garden. Now all you need is someone to deliver the marshmallows!

Winter cooking

Cooking a yummy homemade casserole, roast dinner and of course hot chocolate can warm you instantly from the inside out. Plus it will make your home smell amazing!

Moving house? Don’t forget the power!

It's more than just moving from A to B. Don't forget to look after your electricity & gas too!

Moving house? Don’t forget the power!

Moving home can be stressful to say the least. And it’s not just the shifting of prized possessions that can cause headaches – the internet, phone and of course electricity / gas need to be hooked up too!

That’s why we’ve teamed up with EnergyAustralia, one of Australia’s largest energy companies to help take some of the stress out of moving.

Now you’ll get a $100 Airtasker coupon when you sign up your electricity and/or gas to EnergyAustralia’s best-in-market offer, the Anytime Saver plan. Please note, this is a limited time offer – so jump on it quickly…

This coupon is a great way to help sort out any of the items on your moving to-do list. Need some heavy lifting, furniture assembly or end-of-lease clean? Get a Tasker to help out!

If you’d like to know more about the offer, please visit EnergyAustralia.

Home and garden pests in autumn

Do uninvited guests (bugs, not people) seem to be taking over your home? Then this is for you!

Home and garden pests in autumn

With the heat starting to lose its sizzle and the days starting to feel a little bit cooler, autumn is the prime time for all of those household nasties and garden pests to take over. So let’s take a look at what you need to keep an eye out for to avoid any surprises in your home. It can be a bit of a shock to find a spider, cockroach or do we dare say – a rat!

If you do stumble across an uninvited guest, don’t forget you can always post a task for a spider removal (you’re not alone here, see below) or even complete household pest control inspection.

Spider Removal

Need to remove a spider (possibly) huntsmen from my bathroom. It might be dead, but too scared to look. Will still pay if nothing is there for the inconvenience. Not sure how much to charge, but can negotiate.

Price: $50

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Mice and rats

Let’s get the worst one over and done with. Rodents are the biggest pests of all because not many of us would put up our hand to catch one ourselves, not to mention how hard they actually are to catch. But let’s take a look at why they come into your home in the first place.

Just like us, rodents love the warmth and dryness of our homes and they’ll look for safe areas where they can set up their own little homes, such as your ceiling and floors. As they tend to come out for food at night it can take some time for you to realise that they are even there.

It’s definitely worth calling in the professionals for this one but also make sure that you check around your home for any gaps that need to be plugged.

Cockroaches

These seem to be more of a year-round pest and you’ll usually find them in your kitchen, unfortunately. The reason that they become more of a problem in autumn and winter is that as the weather cools it’s prime breeding time and also as we move inside to eat/ live, they go also go inside to where their food supply is.

Minimising their access to food is really important, so make sure that you’re not leaving food out, clean up your crumbs, use airtight containers, ensure your bin is tightly sealed and that you’re not keeping food near the floor.

You can use sprays and insecticides but that will only get the ones that you can see. A trained pest controller will be able to look for where the eggs are hatching and try to nip the problem in the bud.

White ants

White ants (termites) are extremely destructive and are still active during the cooler months. They absolutely love timber and will chew on your fences, interior walls, floors etc and have a costly and devastating impact.

Getting an inspection yearly can mean that even if they are present hopefully the damage is kept to a minimum.

You can also source materials that are termite resistant (e.g. stainless steel) for fencing, sheds etc. But if you still want wood, look for varieties such as redwood, juniper and cedar as they aren’t as attractive to white ants.

Slugs & snails

We spend a lot of time in our gardens both in terms of upkeep and also enjoying the great outdoors.  So when you spend countless hours at the nursery, preparing flower beds, planting and waiting for your garden to take shape, it can be crushing when snails and slugs attack your beautiful garden.

Autumn and winter is when they are at they’re in full-flight and so it’s important to protect your plants with water-resistant and pet safe bait and spray.

 Tip: You can buy snail traps and fill them with beer.

 

Need some help in your garden in autumn? Take a look at these autumn gardening tips.

Got any other autumn pest control tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

Your home to-do checklist for April

The days are starting to get shorter and the leaves falling from the trees - Autumn is definitely here.

Your home to-do checklist for April

With slightly cooler days in April, it’s the perfect time to take a look at those jobs on your to-do list that you couldn’t face in the summer heat and also start prepping your home for winter.

And just remember, if you keep chipping away at your list month by month your home will always stay in tip-top condition.

Clean bedding

After being packed away for 6 months, your blankets and duvets will need to be refreshed by giving them a clean. Also, think about flipping over the mattress if you find it is starting to sink in the middle.

Every few weeks on a sunny day, place your pillows in a bright sunny spot so all the moisture is removed – you’ll find they fluff up nicely too.

Refresh your winter clothes

With the middle of the day still quite warm, it’s the perfect time to go through your winter wardrobe and give your jumpers and longer sleeved clothes a wash. This way they’ll be all fresh and clean when that temperature really drops.

Fireplace check

If you’re lucky to have a fireplace in your home before you start the first fire of the season, make sure that the chimney flute is inspected and cleaned. Once it’s safe, you’re able to light a lovely warm fire on those cooler days.

Firewood

Rain can be quite unpredictable at this time of year so while it’s still relatively dry, start to collect or buy firewood and place it in a well protected dry place. And remember to collect kindling wood.

Daylight savings

If you’re in NSW, SA, VIC, TAS and ACT you’ll need to turn back the clock, otherwise you’re going to be early to a lot of things.

Fire alarm check

It’s always encouraged that your fire alarms are checked and batteries are replaced on the daylight savings weekend. With the increased home fire threat in winter due to heaters and fireplaces, this is crucial to do in April.

Home painting

While the days are still warm enough, get any house painting done now so that the paint can dry quickly. When winter hits there will be more moisture inside and it can affect your paintwork.

If you’re not sure where to get started, see our tips for painting interior walls.

Clean out the fridge

Tis the season for slow cooking, pies and roast dinners (YUM!). But before you get stuck into your winter cooking, think about cleaning out the fridge of anything that is out of date and give it a general top to bottom clean.

Dusting

With allergies at an all-time high over winter, dusting regularly throughout the house is important to keep allergens at bay. Dust all surfaces with a proper duster that will pick it up, rather than a cloth that just moves it around. And don’t forget to vacuum and mop after as well to ensure it’s all removed.

Mould Prep

Yep – it’s that time of year again where mould can take over your bathroom, living areas or even worse, your wardrobe. Protect yourself, and your clothes, by giving the house a thorough clean now to remove any mould already presenting itself before it gets cold outside and warm inside.

For your wardrobe, fit with moisture beads that help to soak up any moisture and make sure that you allow for plenty of airflow. If you would like more information about how to keep a mould free home here’s how to rid mould for good.

Got any other tips for April? Let us know in the comments below.

How to rid mould from your home for good

Mould can ruin clothes, furniture and be terrible for your health. Here's some effective ways to get rid of mould from your home.

How to rid mould from your home for good

If you live in Sydney, you’ll know it’s been a very wet autumn and a cold start to winter. Along with the awful weather, mould and mildew may have also snuck into the home and taken up residence in your bathroom or wardrobe.

No matter how much house cleaning you do, it can ruin furniture, your clothes and there is a real health risk. Mould can cause issues such as sinus, asthma, yeast infections, headaches, fatigue, depression, skin and respiratory infections and aching joints. It’s toxic and needs to be taken care of immediately.

Your first instinct will be to go to your local supermarket and stock up on mould killing products, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news – they won’t work. And I’m going to tell you why.

Mould vs. Mildew – what is it?

Mould is a type of fungi (yep, gross) and mildew is a type of mould. Mildew is what can show on surfaces like wood, wool, leather, silk, cotton and linen) and it’s pretty much everywhere and only needs water to get a colony started.

Mould and mildew love warm, moist, sometimes dark spaces – that’s why it’s important to air areas like garages and cellars regularly (especially after rain).

How to get rid of mould

Feel like throwing everything out?  Unfortunately, it’s the mildews food source, which means you’ll have to get rid of the water source. To do this requires you to dry out your home and eliminate any moisture and dampness.

Are you renting?

You should tell your landlord (in writing) as they have a duty to maintain the rental in reasonable repair, which includes mould. For more information head to tenants.org to find out what your rights and responsibilities are.

Here’s a quick list of things you can do:

  • Make sure you have ventilation leaving doors and windows open on dry days.
  • Insulate your ceilings to keep them warmer so it’s less prone to condensation – moulds water source.
  • Open up the curtains and windows to let the sun in (remember it likes dark spaces).
  • After a rainstorm check for leaks and water pooling on the roof.
  • Dry all wet areas.
  • Clean indoor plants of dust and extra water.
  • Wipe away condensation.
  • Use a dehumidifier – set it to less than 55% humidity.

What about bleach?

Bleach will only mask it and not get rid of the mould at all and if you are suffering any allergies from the mould, those symptoms will stick around too.

To clean mould, you’ll need…

  • Face mask
  • Goggles (especially for ceiling and walls)
  • Gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Micro-fibre cloth
  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Toothbrush
  • Old stockings
  • Oil of Cloves
  • Vinegar

Fixing Mouldy Things

Washable fabrics (curtains, cushions, bedding, towels, clothing)

  1.  Soak in 1 cup salt and vinegar in 10L of water with 3 drops Oil of Cloves – Leave overnight.
  2. Next morning, squeeze out as much as possible and hang in the sun until dry and leave out for an additional hour as a salt crust forms.
  3. Use a soft brush to remove salt crust over the newspaper and dispose of it after.
  4. Machine wash with warm water and hang to dry as normal.
  5. Spray with 3 drops Oil of Cloves and 1L of water and leave to dry.

Non-washable fabrics (suede, leather, silk)

  1. Lay down sheets of newspaper and put the items on top.
  2. Mix some coarse salt with a little vinegar and a drop of Oil of Cloves.
  3. Leave to sit for a day in the sunshine.
  4. Brush off mould as mentioned in washable fabrics and spray again with Oil of Cloves water mixture.

Leather goods

  1. Put 3 drops of Oil of Cloves with 1/2 cup baby or coconut oil.
  2. Wipe mouldy area in a circular motion.
  3. Leave to soak and store in a light airy location.

Non-portable/washable fabrics (carpets)

  1. Spray with a mixture of Oil of Cloves (3 drops), 1/2 cup vinegar, 5 cups of water and then sprinkle salt over the top in a thick layer.
  2. Leave overnight to dry and then vacuum.
  3. Repeat if necessary.

Mouldy grout

  1. Use a toothbrush or grout brush and dip into vinegar and then in a mixture of 3 drops Oil of Cloves and 1/2 cup bicarb soda.
  2. Brush while fizzing on grout.
  3. Repeat and afterwards spray with clove oil and water mixture and leave to dry out.

Cupboards

  1. Hang a stick of chalk tied together with ribbon to absorb moisture.
  2. When chalk become damp, hang outside to dry.
  3. Reuse chalk bundle.

Walls and ceilings

  1. Mix 3 drops Oil of Cloves, 1/2 vinegar and 5 cups water.
  2. Use a clean broom, and the leg portion of stocking over the head and dip into solution.
  3. Sweep over the mouldy area.
  4. Allow it to dry and repeat.
  5. Every month spray walls/ceiling with a solution of 3 drops Oil of Cloves to 1L of water and leave to dry completely.

All of this cleaning can take a lot of energy and time, so if you need a helping hand there are plenty of Airtaskers in your local neighbourhood who can help.

Do you have any more mould killing tips? Share with us in the comments below.

Autumn Gardening Tips

It's never too early to get ready again for Spring!

Autumn Gardening Tips

How lush and amazing your garden will look next Spring relies a lot on what you can get done in Autumn to withstand the harsh winter weather. Planting bulbs, taking out all the weeds and conditioning the soil should be at the top of your list for your garden to flourish.

It can be a huge job but after setting aside a few weekends in March, April and May to tackle the garden it makes the task more manageable.

Weeding

Weeds can take over the garden in a flash, so it’s important to get rid of them as soon as they pop up.

While you’re at it, you should remove any plants that are past there summer best and any other green waste. This is especially important for old fruit, as the dreaded fruit fly is a pest you don’t want to attract.

Don’t have a green-thumb? You’re not alone on this and there are hundreds of people on Airtasker ready to tackle any gardening task – big or small!

Condition Soil

After you remove all the weeds and waste, it’s time to feed the soil and get it ready for new plants.

Using either compost or manure, generously spread all over the garden beds. Also, add a little lime or dolomite to sweeten the soil it. Next, grab your gardening fork and turn over the soil so that it looks light and fluffy with no hard bits. Once you’ve worked through all of the soil, leave it for a week at least before planting anything.

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Lawns

Your lawns will be loving the increased rainfall that’s just around the corner. To make sure they get a good enough drench use a garden fork to make holes for water and fertiliser to soak in. Your lawn loves to feed at this time so you should also give it some lime or dolomite to sweeten it up before it gets cold again.

Pruning

Now is the time to prune back any summer shrubs, hedges and plants that are looking a little tired. This way they’re in a healthy state to grow and flower when in season again.

Planting

With the soil still warm and rainfall increasing you should prepare clippings, plant bulbs and maintain your veggie garden. If you would like a bright and colourful garden in spring, you should plant spring flower bulbs such as daffodils.

Likewise, with your vegetable garden, it’s important to prep the bed before you plant seedlings by raking the soil. Your cool-season veggies to plant are spinach, silverbeet, beetroot, onions, beans, kale, lettuce and cauliflower.
It’s also a good time to add some flavour to your vegetable garden with some herbs such as coriander, rocket, parsley and chives. Read more about vegetable gardening in Autumn.

Mulching

To protect your garden over the harsh winter months you’ll need to mulch for some insulation and extra cover. Just make sure that you’ve removed all the weeds before you mulch and that it sits about 5-10mm thick to have adequate coverage.

Potted Plants

Bring your potted plants indoors before it gets too cold. This will not only protect them but also bring some lovely greenery into your living area.

Start Composting

With leaves falling and pruning in autumn, it’s the perfect time to start composting. It’s the best and most cost-effective way to add nutrients back into your garden. Mixing together leaves, fertiliser, fruit/veggie scraps, clippings and water you can make your own compost quite easily.

International Women’s Day 2018 – Airtasker

Celebrating women on March 8th both at Airtasker HQ and also in the Airtasker Community.

International Women’s Day 2018 – Airtasker

This year we wanted to make an extra special effort to celebrate women who have (and continue to) help to build the Airtasker platform – both those behind the scenes and out there in the real world. You are the heart of the Airtasker Community. Thank you!

Women who work at Airtasker

We love to see more and more women finding meaningful roles in the startup community. In Australia alone, there are Facebook groups, meetups and events dedicated to women both starting businesses and working in startups – this is awesome.

We’ve worked really hard to improve diversity both within the workplace and the Airtasker marketplace. Here at Airtasker HQ, we’re proud to have women in every team and department – from developers and product management, to marketing and customer support.

We’ve also grown a lot. This was us 12 months ago…

Airtasker Ladies in 2017

… And here we are now.

Airtasker Ladies in 2018

So we decided to ask Jennifer and Katherine about their experience both at Airtasker and in the startup community.

Jennifer Flynn – VP Product

How have you found working as a woman in the startup community?

Airtasker is my first experience of a startup.  One of the great things about Airtasker is the breadth of experience and cultural backgrounds.  I have colleagues with corporate backgrounds like me and others who are steeped in startup history.  We have representatives from every continent except Africa (it’s on the recruiters to do list!) and I think that diversity helps to ingrain openness into our culture and way of working.

The product management team is almost 50/50 male/ female split.  It wasn’t by design, I’d always assess on merit. When you’re building a team, you’re looking for more than just technical skills for each role, and I suppose that a natural conclusion is that diversity brings a bias-busting positive to the mix.

I’ve always been very lucky in my career that I haven’t experienced discrimination or harassment.  Working at Airtasker has been no different, but I’ve been very aware that as our company grows domestically and internationally, it’s my responsibility as a leader in the business to monitor that regularly.

What helps you jump out of bed and rush to the office every day? 

I like the people I work with, they’re upbeat and want to succeed. Coming from companies who’ve been held back by legacy and regulation, it’s so freeing to be part of something where visible improvements on a daily basis is a possibility.

What is your mantra?

Stay on your feet and keep moving forward.

Katherine Kirby – Support Team Member (Safety, Verifications and Partnerships)

How have you found working as a woman in the startup community?
I’ve been at Airtasker for just over 1 year, it’s my first experience of working in the startup community and it has been a highly positive one so far. We have a very open, collaborative and respectful culture which empowers all staff to speak up on any ideas or concerns we may have. I’ve also met many other amazing women in this community so far, who I look up to as great business leaders. It feels like we’re creating a community of game changers.
What helps you jump out of bed and rush to the office every day? 
My team motivates me every single day.
Working in a startup means everything moves at a rapid pace, sometimes it feels like you could definitely get swept under the tidal wave of work to be done. Having positive, empathetic and hard-working teammates who support each other through the hard times make the good times that much better. We work hard so we can play hard!
What is your mantra?
Never stop learning!

Women in the Airtasker Community

Designing for inclusiveness

Diversity (or as we prefer – inclusiveness) is something we’ve really focused on in the last 6 months for the marketplace and also the community.

 Did you know?
  • 60% of Posters are female
  • 48% of Taskers are female

In an article written by our Brand Designer (Damien Terwagne) about illustrating inclusive communities, he explains how we’re now proactively staying open to everyone with design/ illustrations. So as designers, they’ve implemented a few basic rules:

  1. When it comes to Posters, there’s a female to male ratio of 2:1
  2. When it comes to Taskers, there’s a female to male ratio of 1:1
  3. When it comes to groups, we’re equal

But what about some of those women who are working hard in the Airtasker Community?…

Carina M.

Takeaways

  • Completed over 271 tasks on Airtasker
  • 5 star average
  • 99% Completion Rate
  • Home Services Airtasker of the Year 2018

Tell us your story. What did you do before you became a Tasker and why did you join?

As a small business owner, you’re always looking at new ways to expand business and clientele. This is was what led me to use Airtasker after being recommended by a few people – even a couple a years prior to me signing up.

How does Airtasker fit in with your life today? 

I love the fact I can make an offer on tasks suited to what I do, so I actually pick and choose my workload.

For almost the past year I’ve used Airtasker daily, and as a female business owner it’s now my time to take a break for a bit – I’m about to have my baby girl. But I’ll be back in the future of course!

How has it changed or impacted your life? 

The flexibility of quoting for only the tasks I choose is great.  While I try to do a variety of cleaning tasks, some are simply just not for me and what I do.

What’s the most interesting task or most memorable Airtasker experience you’ve had?

In the cleaning industry, tasks are normally pretty straightforward. You don’t want too many surprises to be honest.

What’s your number 1 tip to others getting started on Airtasker?

  • Be honest!
  • Create a strong profile!
  • And love what you do.

I treat every new task as if it was my first, striving for the best customer service you can offer as I truly believe that’s the key to running a successful business.

How did it feel to be awarded the Home Services of the Year Award?

Being in an industry where the work is physically draining, it’s nice to be recognised for all the effort and hard work that goes into all those 5 star ⭐ reviews and high Completion Rates!

I was honestly very surprised to win and didn’t really know anyone was watching as such, so it truly was an honour and my biggest heartfelt thanks to Airtasker.

Check out Carina’s awesome Airtasker profile 

Samantha O.

Takeaways

  • Completed over 214 tasks
  • 4.9 star rating
  • 76% Completion Rate

What did you do before you became a Tasker and why did you join?

Before Airtasker, I had worked for many years in a sales and administrative position until I became a mum. Once I became a single parent I needed to return to the workforce in a role that had the earning potential to justify putting my kids in childcare, whilst using my already established skills.

How does Airtasker fit in with your life today? 

Airtasker is perfect for me as I can work within my own availability. I currently have 3 days a week that my children attend preschool, so that’s when I’m able to complete tasks as well as occasionally on weekends.

How has it changed or impacted your life?

Airtasker has given me the ability to work when I can and earn good money at the same time. I had a lot of trouble at first with people punting my ability due to the fact I am a woman, but the review system helped me to increase my workload and I’m no longer having trouble getting tasks.

What’s the most interesting task or most memorable Airtasker experience you’ve had?

My most memorable task was when I had to drive two little puppies up to Newcastle. As I live in a unit I am unable to get a puppy as much as I would love one and this gave me the chance to hang out with two gorgeous puppies while also getting to enjoy the beautiful drive up the coast with a few stops on the way back.

What’s your number 1 tip to others getting started on Airtasker?

You may have trouble at first getting tasks but be persistent and stick with it because it can be very rewarding and lucrative.

Check out Samantha’s awesome Airtasker profile 

Thanks to all of the women above for sharing their stories!

Awesome task: Alexandra’s pasta task

Missing her Nonna's cooking, Alexandra looked on Airtasker for someone to help her out.

Awesome task: Alexandra’s pasta task

Have you ever missed your grandma’s cooking or just a nice home-cooked meal – that is exactly how Airtasker Alexandra felt and so she decided to post a task on Airtasker to find someone to teach her their family pasta sauce recipe.

Teach me your family pasta sauce recipe

Do you cook, or know someone who cooks, the best ever pasta sauce?
My nonna passed away a couple of years ago, and one of the many things I miss about her is the delicious, heart-warming pasta she used to make me.

There’s something about home cooked, authentic Italian pasta sauces. I can’t articulate the sensation I had with nonna’s pasta sauces, but there’s a warmth and cosiness to it that I can’t recreate myself, nor has been fully achieved at the epic pasta restaurants I’ve visited around inner Sydney.

So, I’m on the search for the best of the best and am offering $500 for your most secret of recipes. The task will be to come to my home in Alexandria, spend an afternoon teaching and cooking your recipe with me, so I can share it with my family. I’d also like to record the session for my blog, so you must be comfortable appearing on camera as well.

Think your family pasta sauce recipe is the best ever? Tell me why!
Price: $500
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Airtasker Lena responded to the call out and said that her Nonna was the perfect person for the task.

Hi Alexandra, my mum (Nonna) was born in Abruzzi, Italy and married dad in Italy in 1966, came to Australia as newlyweds, and the traditional Italian sauce has always remained the same and hands down better than any Italian restaurant we have been to. My mum can make and always makes pasta sauce and pasta from scratch using fresh ingredients and herbs from dad’s veggie patch. She is a whiz in the kitchen, speaks fluent English and sharp as a whip. I can vouch that she would be the best Nonna to have in your kitchen and to pass on valued traditions on how to prepare the best sauce you and your family have ever tasted, and hopefully be as good as your Nonna’s. Please free to contact me, and mum and I (two for the price of one) would be happy to assist you.
Kind regards,
Lena.

And just like that… Alexandra’s pasta wishes were answered.

Nonna arrives to teach Alexandra her secret pasta sauce recipe
Leave to cook the meatballs for ideally 45-60 mins
Ready to eat!
Delicious!

 Nonna’s tips:

1. Use mince in the sauce and the meatballs – that way it’s everybody’s favourite!
2. Nonna’s meatball mix is pork and veal.
3. For the sauce when cooking the onion and garlic, put the onion in first. Garlic will burn quicker.
4. In the sauce add both passata and tinned tomatoes (if you don’t have the time to make your own).
5. You can use whatever herbs you like – but basil is a must!
6. Sauce always tastes better if made the day before.
7. Meatballs can be added raw to the sauce but they’ll be softer… A little caramelisation beforehand is nicer.
8. Simmer the sauce with the meatballs for at about 45-60mins.
9. When cooking the pasta, add salt to the water once it’s boiled. Never use oil.
10. Keep moving the pasta so it doesn’t stick to the pot.