Can you imagine assembling a sliding door IKEA PAX unit with just a screwdriver? When Tasker Jack B. was new to the platform, she learned a hard but early lesson that electric tools make Furniture Assembly tasks much more efficient! Finishing a task like this tells us all we need to know about Jack: she has the grit to get tasks done, no matter the circumstances. And she has the wisdom to learn from her mistakes!
Read on for how Jack has been able to recover from a tough time in her life, thanks in part to the flexibility of tasking.
What did you do for a living before becoming a Tasker?
I worked in a factory full time and also waitressed on the side. TaskRabbit initially replaced the waitressing job.
What were your biggest learnings as you got started on the app?
How to build furniture! I had literally never done it before and I consider myself lucky that I was able to pick it up quickly. There were a lot of other things I picked up along the way too. I once assembled an entire sliding door IKEA PAX unit with a manual screwdriver. I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of it. I think my Client took pity on me at the end and gave me a very generous tip. Probably so I could go get an electric screwdriver. Lesson thoroughly learned: electric tools are the way to go!
How do you market yourself to Clients?
I really do like assembling furniture. It’s like an adult erector set! I feel that when it’s obvious how much I genuinely enjoy the task at hand, it makes me more approachable both in the booking process and while I’m tasking.
What is your best tasking memory?
One Client sat and talked with me while I was assembling her furniture. She asked me about my life and my interests, and we got into a conversation about her son and how he became successful in the music industry. As a hopeful musician myself, I loved hearing about how he pursued something that I know is a very difficult path. It was a nice, genuine connection.
How has TaskRabbit impacted your life?
TaskRabbit has been one of the best things I’ve stumbled upon. It gave me the perfect part-time work opportunity that fit my schedule and interests. I was also dealing with bad fallout from some very traumatic events when I was getting started as a Tasker. The work gave me something to distract myself from it all. I quit my full-time job to work exclusively in the gig economy, and I’m using the spare time I can now afford to take to heal myself from the trauma. I’m also pursuing my other interests and goals in music and art. TaskRabbit has literally changed my life for the better and I’m so grateful for it.
What’s your best advice for other Taskers? What do you want to know from other Taskers?
TaskRabbit can be whatever you want it to be. It can be a second job for side income, or it can be your main source of income if you’re willing to make that leap.
What makes a good Client?
A good Client is communicative. Just as you need to communicate when something comes up that impacts a task, they need to do the same. Your time and your Client’s time are equally valuable.
What do you do to score great reviews (and tips)?
I try to be my most cheerful self. It makes Clients feel good about having me in their homes and shows confidence. A pleasant demeanor makes a world of difference when it comes to people’s perception of you.
What are some seasonal/holiday/local traditions that you celebrate/enjoy?
I have friends in different states who are all feeling the effects of the pandemic in different ways. Every Sunday we get together on Discord so we can talk or play games over the internet or watch a show together. We call it “Plague Brunch”. It’s a nice way to still be able to do things with your friends.
Jack tasks exclusively in the Furniture Assembly category, where she has found a sense of accomplishment and gratification. While her factory job helped her establish the skills she needed to perform in this category, she was able to learn even more while tasking. Throughout her reviews, Clients celebrate her punctuality, preparedness, and politeness. These are key ingredients to tasking success!