Don't want to pick up your dry cleaning? Can't be bothered to mow your lawn? Need to buy an emergency birthday present? Enter Airtasker.
If you're too busy to get all your chores and tasks done, then why not jump online and outsource them to someone else. We sit down with the Co-Founder and CEO of Airtasker, Tim Fung, to find out more.
LifeStyle: What exactly is Airtasker?
Tim: Airtasker is a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff - online or via mobile.
We help with all sorts of tasks from people outsourcing cleaning, handyman jobs or photography all the way to businesses like Tripadvisor and Delivery Hero who use Airtasker to access a scalable army of workers for things like office admin, store inspections or market research.
It’s really simple to use - just post a task for FREE and then choose from rated, verified and reviewed people ready to work straight away.
LifeStyle: How did it get started?
Tim: Jono Lui and I came across the idea for Airtasker in 2011 when I was moving apartments and had so many tasks that needed to be done like packing and moving boxes, assembling our new flat pack furniture and then cleaning up the house that we were leaving.
At the time, we were working at amaysim (which was a small startup at the time) and had seen the massive potential in the local online economies being built. That got us thinking that there had to be a more trusted place where people could find other people to help them with all of these types of tasks – especially since there are so many people looking around for jobs to earn extra money (over 600,000 people across Australia earn their income by doing more than one job.)
After a few months working from Jono’s living room after hours, we finally launched and although it feels like an achievement to launch a company, it’s really only then that the “real fun” begins. Since then, every day has been a really fun and educational journey, but not without it’s extremely stressful moments!
LifeStyle: How many people now use Airtasker in Australia?
Tim: We now have over 130,000 community members and process over $4 million in tasks per year. This year we’ve seen an even greater number of people joining the Airtasker movement and have grown almost 250% in the past 6 months alone - it’s super exciting!
LifeStyle: We’ve heard there’s been a real uptake by people over 55 years?
Tim: Absolutely! When we first started Airtasker we thought that the main group of people that would want to earn money through flexible work would be students however we’ve seen that semi-retired people and those over 55 years of age are really being empowered by this type of employment and lifestyle. We think this is because they are now fully "in tune" with internet and mobile services, they have great skills and experience plus they are motivated by more than just money - they enjoy helping people in the community.
LifeStyle:What are some of the more unique tasks that have been requested (and completed!) on Airtasker?
Tim: We’ve had tons! Here are a few of the more exciting ones:
• A Sydney neurosurgeon had an Airtasker travel to Houston in Texas to pick up an engagement ring and bring it back to Sydney. The task was posted on a Monday and the couple were engaged on that Friday!
• A number of users have had Airtaskers line up in long queues for special events. 35 Airtaskers lined up to get the first iPhone 5s (one lined up for over 5 days) and more recently lots of Airtaskers queued to enter the Game of Thrones exhibition here in Sydney (the line was over 6 hours long)!
• Lots of great delivery ideas - from those using Airtasker to pick up Gelato Messina and other delicious foods (that don’t deliver) to emergency wedding cakes and unique "thank-you gifts” for people who might need a pick-me-up.
LifeStyle: Why should people try it? Any tips for LifeStyle viewers who want to check it out and give it a go?
Tim: Airtasker is a great way to get more out of our busy lives. You can use Airtasker to give you more free time to hang our with your family or do new things that you never thought possible - like starting a small business. Airtasker also gives you access to skills and experience which you might not have - like photography, website building or trade skills (like carpentry and plumbing). Ultimately, by working together we can all get more out of life!
Finally, Airtasker is absolutely FREE to use and there are no obligations to hire - so there’s absolutely nothing to lose or pay unless you find the person perfect for your task.
Take a look now at www.airtasker.com