Juanita A.’s motto for all tasks: “If it is important to you, then it is important to me.” This is the dedication that she infuses into her tasks across many categories, including Help Moving, Cleaning, and Organization. Read on to hear how tasking has enabled her to spend more time with her family and for her empowering hope for women to stand up for their worth.
What did you do for a living before becoming a Tasker?
Before becoming a Tasker, I worked in corporate America as a buyer for aerospace and military parts and services.
What is the primary reason why you joined TaskRabbit?
The reason I joined TaskRabbit was to achieve control of my own work schedule, and to do what I wanted to do–which was to help others and make a living.
What helped you accept and complete your first task?
I was both nervous and excited accepting my first task. I had to convince myself that I could do it. It was nothing I had not done before for my family. I took a deep breath and responded.
How do you market yourself to Clients?
I let my Clients know other types of tasks I am available for. I find that my new Clients have done their research on my profile and know what else I can offer. But I’m always striving to do a better job of marketing myself.
What is your best tasking memory?
My best tasking memory is from the time I was running slightly late for a task. Rather than taking time to stop to get gasoline for my vehicle, I kept driving, determined not to be late. Sure enough, I ran out of gas! My vehicle was blocking traffic at a major intersection, so I called the local police department. The officer offered me a ride to my Client’s home which was about a mile away, so I arrived at the Client’s home in a police cruiser! 🚓The Client and her friend were standing outside as they observed this police officer get out of the driver’s seat to come around the vehicle to let me out. I thanked the officer for the ride, walked up to the Client, introduced myself, apologized for being late and explained my ride. She had assumed that the police officer was my husband and that he was giving me a ride to work. My Client turned out to be the sweetest person I had met as a Tasker!
What is the most meaningful connection you’ve made through tasking?
Moving Help (packing) tasks have been meaningful to me because this is where I excel. Moving is exciting, yet very stressful. I see my task as an opportunity to help someone get through it in a peaceful way. I had a Client who had a very large mineral collection. Some of the pieces were fragile and about an ⅛” long. I did a dumpster dive on my own time to find an assortment of small boxes, which I used to individually pack these pieces. I then packed them in larger boxes, which then went into plastic totes. The care I applied to this one part of the whole task made my Client feel important. This is the task that prompted me to create my motto for all tasks: “If it is important to you, then it is important to me.”
What’s your best advice for other Taskers?
My best advice to any Tasker is: Listen. Listen to what your Client is saying that they want and need.
How has TaskRabbit impacted your life?
TaskRabbit has impacted my life by allowing me to earn an income and work my own schedule. To be able to work my own schedule is the most valuable perk to me. I don’t have to ask a boss to take time off. I can work any time I want. The rest of the time I am living life with my family.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
The best piece of advice I’ve received was from another Tasker, on how to remove stuck-on spills in an oven.
What advice do you have for other women looking to build their handy skills?
My best advice to women looking to build their handy skills is to watch YouTube. However, I have volunteered on projects to learn how to put together IKEA furniture. I do a lot of research on how to clean and organize. Some of the things I do to help Clients pack I learned on YouTube.
What does it mean to you to be a woman at work?
To be a woman at work is personally powerful to me. My business cards have Rosie the Riveter as a background image.
What changes would you like to see for women around the world today?
I would like to see women around the world become more aware of their own value. I feel as if some women today are still waiting for someone else to tell them what their worth is. It doesn’t have to be that way. Women can stand up and assess themselves and then take that to the next job interview, to the next task, to the next level of imagination, to the next mission and beyond. And yes, to the moon!
👏 We are so impressed by Juanita’s tasking experience, detail orientation, customer service, leadership, and humor! What are some of the ways that you’ve gone above and beyond as a Tasker–on your way to the moon?