What do you get when you mix enthusiasm, a drive to tackle new challenges, and a particular zest for IKEA furniture assembly? You get Tasker Kathryn K., a mother of four whose impressive professional background, enthusiasm for Tasker life, and drive to be a great role model truly inspires us.
Kathryn—whose previous work experience includes clinical counseling, personal training, and yoga instruction—came to TaskRabbit after having kids with the desire to earn some extra income. Not only is she fit and fast enough to excel in our Help Moving category, but she is also proudly badged for our IKEA Assembly category.
We chatted with Kathryn about her life in Miami and her journey to becoming a Tasker. Here’s what she had to say:
How has TaskRabbit improved or affected your life?
I now have additional income, which is really helpful when raising four children. I also love that they get to see that women can do all sorts of jobs, including tasks that a lot of people consider “men’s work.” Plus I really love what I do, so I enjoy tasking!
Do you have any standout tasking memories?
Yes—assembling an IKEA wardrobe for a Client couple who had purchased the item 6 months before. They had attempted to assemble it themselves (unsuccessfully), then shoved the partially assembled unit under the bed. There it remained until the day they discovered that IKEA offered assembly services through TaskRabbit!
Another great experience was joining the TaskRabbit for Good event to refurbish the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student government classroom, which had a lot of meaning to me as a member of the Douglas community; my daughter will be attending the school this Fall. It was an amazing experience to be a part of that.
What types of challenges has TaskRabbit allowed you to overcome?
One of the biggest has been that it has helped me find work that fits into my busy schedule as a mom of four. I need something flexible, and again, it’s a huge bonus to be doing something I love!
What values and attitudes do you try to live by?
I try to see everything as a challenge, rather than letting frustration get the best of me. I also see each meeting with a new Client as an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with someone in my community.
What was the most rewarding thing about your transition to becoming a Tasker?
Truly, it’s the sense of fulfillment I get when I’m paid to do something I’ve always enjoyed doing.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with other Taskers? (Advice? Stories? Encouragement?)
Be open and friendly with new Clients. You never know where it may lead. I’ve gained additional work—and even new friends—by treating each meeting with a new Client as a chance to really connect with them on a human level.
We love that Kathryn’s a whiz at furniture assembly and that she’s building meaningful relationships with her neighbors—all while using the flexibility of the TaskRabbit platform to balance work and motherhood!
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