Tasking on the weekend is a great way to earn extra income, gain new experiences and meet new Clients.
Here are some tips and resources if you are interested in picking up extra tasks on weekends, or in your spare time:
- Update your Availability in the app, or on your Profile about a week in advance to increase your chances of being hired directly. Make sure you have "Available to Respond" turned on when you can reply to requests within 30 minutes or less. Some cities have Same Day Invitations -- You can read more about that here.
- Check the Demand Map in the Tasker app, for weekend demand areas in your city.
- Visit the Learn Tab to brush up on new skills for picking up tasks any day of the week!
- When you are ready to pick up tasks on-demand, browse the Available Tasks drawer.
How did you find out or get involved with TaskRabbit?
Nikki: I was between jobs when a friend (who is also a Tasker), introduced me to TaskRabbit. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit, taken on leadership roles and maintained a "village" mentality. I enjoy being of assistance in the community and pride myself on providing exceptional service. To me, this is the true definition of TaskRabbit.
Liz: I'd used Taskrabbit myself for a few small projects, so when I quit a full-time job last spring I thought becoming a Tasker might be a good way to help bridge the gap. Six months later, I still haven't gone back to a "regular" job!
What do you do during the week, or when you aren't tasking?
Nikki: Funny enough, just two weeks after becoming an active Tasker, I secured full-time employment. However, I fell in love with being a Tasker - being able to manage my own schedule, meet people all over the city and country (providing virtual assistance), and being inspired by the element of surprise once the depths of projects were fully unveiled. While I have maintained full-time employment, I also Task on some weekday evenings and on weekends.
Liz: Since I normally do several long tasks on the weekend, I try to give myself Mondays off. When I'm not tasking I'm working on some other freelance projects, writing a novel, and baking.
Have you been able to reach any goals of yours by tasking?
Nikki: Tasking affords me the opportunity to earn additional income that I use to support my daughter who is a college freshman. As a single mother of a child who strongly values higher education, tasking is helping me to fund her educational dreams, which in turn provides me with deep satisfaction and fulfillment. Prior to designating tasking funds for my daughter, I was able to afford a Caribbean cruise vacation with my family, which was much needed and greatly appreciated!
Liz: Continuing to pay my San Francisco rent is a pretty big accomplishment for me! I was also able to take almost a month off for a family vacation this summer, which is definitely not something I could have done with a traditional office job.
Do you feel any type of connection with your city by actively tasking or connecting with Clients on the weekend?
Nikki: I absolutely feel a strong connection and sense of pride for being a dedicated Tasker in the local community. Because I have the "it takes a village" mentality, I'm grateful to have this platform which allows me to broadcast and share my skills, talents and sincere desire to be of quality assistance with people who need help with their personal and/or professional projects, as well as community events.
Liz: I find weekend events very rewarding; it's a great feeling to help someone relax and enjoy their wedding or birthday or anniversary. And there's often a lot of leftover cheese, which is a great bonus. Since becoming a Tasker, I've gotten to explore a lot more neighborhoods and I feel more in touch with what's happening in my city. It's a real privilege to be welcomed into homes, offices, and celebrations to share special moments with other San Franciscans.
Is there anything else you want to add that you think Taskers should know?
Nikki: The best bit of advice that I could share with Taskers is to manage tasks like successful entrepreneurs, and commit to always being of exceptional service to the Client community. Clients count on us to provide professional and reliable assistance, and be a sense of relief to them as it relates to their projects. In order to build and maintain successful relationships, and even repeat business, Clients should always feel as if you truly care about their needs and give 110% genuine effort. As a Tasker community, we have the opportunity to make a world of difference to Clients and maintain a respectable level consistency from city to city.