The Airtasker Browse tasks feed is a window into everyday Australia, and we really do see it all. From urgent deliveries to getting things out of trees, heartwarming moments to things that make you go hmmm the community never fails to surprise us, and you’ve come up with some good’uns this year.
In no particular order, these are 100 of our favourite tasks of 2018.
Let’s start with some only-on-Airtasker moments:
Teach me your family pasta sauce recipe
When you need to outsource a Nonna.
Give my cat compliments
“My cat had a bad day recently where someone called him ‘a rat looking thing’…”
Assist with dog training – pretend to be a postman
Be a ‘family member’ at a baptism BBQ
Deliver a bag of potatoes
When you have an urgent need to bring a personal joke to life…
French Native wanted to speak French to 3 babies
Wash brand new shirts that are dirty
…but how did they get dirty? ?
Take a series of 20 selfies wearing glasses
Remove Snapchat ears and nose from this photo
Make my two kids YouTube stars
Count foot traffic into a pub
One male and one female needed for VR games trial
Hold a flag at Circular Quay
Beats by Dr Dre cable cut
“I have accidentally cut the cable to my beats whilst in the gym…”
Stop my car horn from going off
Tell me an interesting story
There have been rescue operations…
Retrieve employee pass from the branch of a tree
Damn practicality ruining dramatic “I QUIT” scenes since work was invented.
Need someone with a ladder
Drew’s shoe got thrown up on the roof (apparently it’s a long story). Tasker Randy rescued it but next week this popped up…
Shoe on roof again
What are you doing Drew??
Cupcake rescue operation
Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands:
URGENT: Clean up the #libspill
“Must have own mop.”
Guerrilla lawn care
If you feel like you’re missing some life skills you can outsource that:
Please teach me to dance
“I have a lovely lady friend who loves going out to live music. She loves dancing, whereas I dance like the proverbial drunken uncle at a wedding and am too embarrassing to be near.”
Need help tying a Windsor knot
Teach ya gal how to kick-turn on a skateboard
Teach me the facets of grammar
“The need to recap on past lessons is great. Can you teach me before I forget altogether?”
Teach my girls how to bake
When you’re at effort level zero, but happy to admit it:
Disorganised student seeks mum-like housekeeper!
Make me tea and toast
“As above. Very hungover.”
Bring me ice cream to my seat in Ed Sheeran
Play Flappy Bird for me
Unfollow the people that I follow on Mixcloud
Level up my WoW character
Rearrange my Farmville town over coffee
There are specialised skills, then there are specialised skills:
“Please make a fence so it doesn’t come back.”
“How do they pay fuel stations?”
Make a throne out of old skis
Build Lego The Simpsons house
Custom disco cake
Make my son an Easter hat
Business plan for Argentinian product launch
Write me 50 Call of Duty challenges
Paint names on chopsticks
Make me an old school cassette mix-tape
Teach me to fly my racing drones
Perth expert/enthusiast needed
There were tasks that made us go nawwwww:
Sing “Love is in the Air” by JP Young to my Mum
Track down biological Dad (in UK)
Secret proposal photographer needed
Tie our wedding bow ties
Get me love notes from at least 10 places
a few that just broke our hearts:
Shirt memory pillow case
Draw on a leg brace
Need trained sniffer dog to locate missing dog
Someone with endoscope camera to find pet ferret
and it’s evident love has many forms:
Darth Maul wedding ring
Make a beef jerky bouquet
Test sugar daddy dating website as a user
It’s not just humans who need to get more done. 2018 saw a record number of pet related tasks including:
Bathe my pet parrot
Apparently “Parrot Hilton” is a “fancy bird”.
Create jumpers for cats
Literally building a chicken run, but points for assuming enough people have seen the animated film (2000) to know what a chicken run actually is.
Look after my rabbit
The community isn’t afraid to tell it like it is in the comments:
Any one have a chopper that can fly to Newcastle?
Paint my tinnie
General consensus? “Leave it, looks sick.”
Make 1000 paper cranes
Ever wondered how long this would actually take? Read the comments.
Bugs are a polarising category:
“Get it out of my apartment I think it’s a huntsman”
Collect cockroaches for video
Pick up crickets and delivery to Surry Hills
There are plenty of opportunities to bring the vibe to the party:
Fake paparazzi x 2
Dancer – robot pop and lock
70s discoball costume
Stack a beer fridge
Looking for a Cher impersonator for Mardi Gras
Photograph ukulele festival
Bump out balloon arch
Yes you CAN get paid to pop balloons.
Create a Game of Thrones trivia package
Someone’s always cooking up a food task:
Need a mad feed delivered to school for the boys
Design me a doughnut
Teach me how to cook garlic bread
Are you a Chinatown dumplings expert in Melbourne?
Sit, listen and eat at our place
Buy and deliver ingredients for tacos
There are times you just need it NOW:
To be fair, that place DOES do the best crab rice paper rolls.
Urgent crystal delivery
Deliver beer pong cups
Move 2 pallets of kombucha
Purchase Arctic Monkeys merch
Sometimes it’s best not to ask:
Drive me and a wheelie bin to Wollongong
Pick up a suspicious looking object and bin it
FYI, we can confirm it was actually a pinecone.
Stop my bed squeaking
“I’ve got an old, heavy, wooden bed that squeaks super loud when wrestling on it.”
Prank on a close friend
Cut through bike lock
“I know this sounds dodgy but…”
Produce a video of yourself jumping into a puddle
Draw a caracture (sic) of myself as a muppet
Photoshop my photo to look like Connect Four meme
and sometimes, when all else fails, you just need to admit you’re wrong on the internet:
Did Jake win her back??
I need someone to sing a sorry song for my friend
“I done effed up this morning and need to apologise to my roommate as creatively as possible.”
At the end of the day, we’ve learned that everyone needs a hand sometimes, and that no matter how random your skills are, there are people out there who will pay for them.
Australia, never stop doing what you do. We look forward to a whole new year of people helping each other get more done.