Turning your skills into a side hustle

Airtasker is a platform connecting folk that need stuff done with others who want paying gigs. They’ve advice for working dads who want to boost their income

Self Employment


There’s no doubt that the pandemic has impacted the livelihoods of many, with parents navigating job losses or seeing incomes decrease alongside difficult homeschooling schedules. ONS research has revealed that during the pandemic, employed parents were almost twice as likely to suffer a reduction in income than the general employed population. Almost 50% of working dads and working mums said they more likely to have difficulties meeting their regular expenses.

Summer 2021 will hopefully be about enjoying some sense of normality and having fun with the family. But that’ll come with costs attached. If you’re a working dad looking for ways to pay for the kid’s activities, Airtasker, has some solutions It’s an online community platform that connects people who need work done with people who want to work. They have some tips on using the sharing economy to boost your income.

Get creative with furniture assembly

Busy parents have pulled out all stops to keep their kids entertained during lockdown and have probably learnt a whole host of new skills without even realising it.

Here at Airtasker, we’ve seen a rise in home help tasks such as furniture assembly, with 40% more tasks posted this March compared to the same time last year. If you’ve mastered furniture assembly or can fix children’s play equipment, you could earn some extra cash to go towards your child’s swimming or dance lessons.

Cash in from unwanted items

If you have a bunch of unused items, such as toys, clothes or furniture, take some time to assess their condition. If they are sellable, online marketplaces such as Schpock and eBay are useful platforms to sell your unwanted goods and have a spring clear out.

Participate in market research

If you need to stay home with the kids and consider yourself to be tech savvy, you can offer your skills and earn cash from home. Market research, which may involve completing online surveys or testing new products, was one of the most in-demand skills during the pandemic – with Airtasker seeing an increase of over 300% year-on-year. As many companies look to continue working remotely, we predict these skills will continue to be needed within the Airtasker community.

Offer your removal services to the community

Removal tasks or waste disposal are in peak demand across the Airtasker platform. If you have a large vehicle or truck that’s normally a taxi for the children, you could use it to help others and boost your bank balance at the same time.

As lockdown eases and people look to relocate as the property market heats up, we predict that demand for removal services will continue to grow so why not put your vehicle to use?

Get your tech on

During the pandemic, Airtasker saw a spike in demand for tech tasks across the platform as offices closed and people began working from home. If you’re skilled in copywriting or web development, unlock greater income and purpose via the local services economy.

Tim Fung, Co-founder & CEO of Airtasker says “We’ve seen a huge lift in demand for technical skills like IT and network support which reflects more people working from home during lockdown. Internet research, web development and graphic design tasks have also soared due to e-commerce growth and more people looking to fire up their own businesses, and it’s likely this trend will continue to head north throughout 2021”.

The flexible labour economy allows you to boost your income whilst working around any existing work commitments to best suit your lifestyle.

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