Meet William, a carpenter and designer who’s learned his skills thanks to a wide range of different work experiences over time. After working as an auto repair mechanic, restaurant busboy, craftsman, and entrepreneur, William is now a New York-based Tasker with over 20 years experience. Learn more about how he’s putting his skills to good use every day.
Why did you become a Tasker?
After losing my job in 2016, my friend recommended I try tasking on TaskRabbit. He said I’d be a perfect match. I tried for myself and he was right.
How did you find out about TaskRabbit?
TaskRabbit was the first platform of this kind that I’d ever heard of. When I saw all the task categories available, I knew I’d be happy working as a Tasker.
Do you task part-time or full-time?
Do you have other jobs or activities that you are involved in?
I am also a Spanish voice over artist, actor, mural painter, and graphic artist.
How did you learn your skills?
I started learning basic carpentry skills from my father when I was 8 and I’ve been learning new things ever since, from working in an auto repair shop to being a dishwasher and busboy at a restaurant. Many years ago I started my own small sign business in NYC. Through that experience I learned how to mount and install, but more importantly how to be scrappy and run my own business.
What were your biggest learnings as you got started on the app?
I’ve learned how to organize my time efficiently. As someone who has adult ADHD, I find this tool to be immensely helpful.
Can you share how you’ve built your career/business on TaskRabbit?
Clients either find me by reading the reviews or through direct referrals from past Clients. I think my success as a Tasker boils down to my integrity. I show up on time, do what I say I’m going to do, and complete each task with the right attitude. If I happen to be running late, I communicate with my Client to keep them updated on my arrival time. Clients know taskers work by the hour so they always appreciate a tasker who doesn’t drag their feet just to make a few extra dollars.
Can you describe ways in which TaskRabbit has impacted your life?
TaskRabbit enables me to be available for emergencies or on special occasions when short notice is required. I don’t have to ask anyone for permission. Because I control my own time, I’m also able to pursue other interests like my YouTube channel and my voice over and acting careers.
Do you have a memorable task experience or a project that you’re especially proud of?
A Client once wrote a review stating that she’d never felt inclined to hug a Tasker until she hired me. Both she and her husband were grateful for my work and hired me again shortly thereafter.
Do you have a specialty that Clients hire you for?
I specialize primarily in Minor Home Repairs.
Do you have any suggestions for Clients who are looking to book a Tasker for the first time?
Always read the reviews instead of just looking at star ratings. A written review is almost always given as the result of a positive or negative experience, so it can tell you a lot about each Tasker!
William’s story is another example of how TaskRabbit enables you to successfully bring together different skills. For William this means leveraging his skills as a craftsman and designer. Outside of his day-to-day, William can also devote time to other things he’s passionate about, like managing his YouTube channel and working in the arts. What part of his journey resonates most with you? Let us know in the comments!