As a creative director, Taylor V. was tired of dealing with the stress and anxiety that come with deadlines. So he quit, moved to Seattle, and started Tasking to take back control of his life (and schedule). Taylor’s goal–as he mentions on his Tasker profile–is to bring ingenious design into his Clients’ living spaces, one task at a time.
Today, he makes more money on an hourly basis than he did in his corporate job. What’s more, he’s doing what he loves. Read on below for his full story.
Why did you become a Tasker?
I used to work as a creative director, but dealing with so many deadlines left me stressed and burnt out. I knew I wanted to quit the corporate world and so I moved to Seattle for a fresh start. I wanted to become my own boss and that’s when I got into tasking.
How did you find out about TaskRabbit? What interested you in TaskRabbit vs. another platform?
I actually started out by working on another platform, but I was having difficulty finding work. A few months later a friend recommended I try TaskRabbit to find more clients. I tried it out and it was a no-brainer. Since then, I’ve provided my services solely through TaskRabbit.
Do you task part-time or full-time?
Do you have other jobs or activities that you are involved in?
I do. Since moving to Seattle, I’ve launched a creative consultancy business. TaskRabbit helps me fill any gaps in my schedule to make sure income keeps rolling in.
How did you learn your skills?
I have a BS in Architectural Interior Design. I love to build and put things together, and this feeds into my work as a Tasker. I do everything from Furniture Assembly to Interior Design to Mounting. As a Client of TaskRabbit myself, I make sure that I always ask a Tasker how to do something I don’t know how to do so that I can continue to learn.
What were your biggest learnings as you got started on the app?
Communication, especially on the app, is essential. If you’re running even 5 minutes late, let your Client know. Full disclosure and transparency will leave them happier in the end. This has really helped me.
Can you share how you’ve built your career/business on TaskRabbit?
My number one goal is to make my Clients happy in order to keep a high rating. Good ratings as a Tasker are your “word of mouth”. This is the main driver of my business, but I do also get repeat bookings from past Clients and referrals.
Can you describe ways in which TaskRabbit has impacted your life?
On an hourly basis, I’m making more now than I did in my corporate job. I simply can’t believe it. I don’t know why I always went after salaried positions in the past. Now I work on my own schedule and I get to do what I’m passionate about. That’s not something I could have said in my past job.
Do you have a specialty that Clients hire you for?
Home Repairs and Furniture Assembly. No joke, when Clients learn more about me they’re amazed that someone with my professional and educational background has arrived as their Tasker.
What makes you successful as a Tasker?
Communication, communication, communication.
Do you have any suggestions for Clients who are looking to book a Tasker for the first time?
Ratings are everything. Research the Tasker you’re hiring and what past Clients have said about them. That will tell you if that person is right for your task.
What are your personal interests or hobbies outside of tasking?
I love all things design. It’s where my passion and creativity comes from. I love exploring architecture and cultural museums. I also really enjoy the outdoors.
With tasking, there’s no one “right way” to do it. Being a Tasker means bringing your unique perspectives, skill sets, and abilities to the table. Taylor’s interest in design, experiences in the corporate world, and curiosity to keep learning are what makes his Tasker brand unique and his journey a success story.