How I Made over £1,000 Doing The Most Random Shit
My girlfriend and I got engaged about a year ago. Even though we have since decided to have a small Elvis wedding in Vegas, we will still need to come up with a good deal of cash to pull it all off. In March of this year, I was deeply inspired by The Financial Diet book, and I decided that looking for a side hustle was going to be a necessary part of my pre-wedding plans.
After doing some research, I came across a number of flexible working options, including TaskRabbit. If you’re not familiar with this app/service, basically, TaskRabbit allows you to outsource tasks to people who are willing to do it, for a per hour fee. After watching no less than 15 videos for their onboarding process, I paid the $20 background check fee and became a Tasker. On my profile, I included skills like, “Arts and Crafts,” “Personal Assistant,” “Event Planning,” “Packing and Unpacking Boxes” and “Event Staff.”
“People always ask me, What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done?”
A little over a week later, I was hired for my first task. The description said, “Help me fill 2,000+ perfume vials with body oil!” The job was at the home of a small business owner who had recently moved to Seattle from New York. During the four hours I was there, we filled vials, watched episodes of 2 Dope Queens, and talked about life.
Since then, I have had the opportunity to really start my own business. As a public school teacher, I have laughably few skills in self-promotion, networking, or even professional email writing. Being a Tasker has taught me a lot about how to communicate electronically with strangers, how to ask the right questions, and how to advocate for myself.
People always ask me, What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done? There definitely have been some odd ones. I have pulled broken glass out of a damaged picture frame, sorted a bucket of mixed pills into color-coded Ziploc bags, assembled a bed frame in a tightly filled hoarder’s home, vacuumed a mattress, assembled giant metal letters and made a poster for the NBA finals, among other, more mundane tasks. The variety is what I love.
How much do you charge? You can set different rates for different skills. For example, I charge $15/hr for waiting in line and $22/hr for cleaning and organizing.
How often do you work? I work about 3-4 hours a week on different side-hustles, including TaskRabbit.