Make $75/hr on these freelance websites
your step-by-step guide to crushing it
GM. Join us for a deep dive into the world of freelance and contract work with today's edition of Work "After" Work.
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🐇 TaskRabbit & Thumbtack
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WOULD YOU RATHER SWING A HAMMER OR STAND IN LINE?
With today's side hustle, you can do either and get paid.
Are you handy with a hammer? Know your way around a paintbrush? Maybe you're just really good at moving heavy things from one place to another? Then this side hustle is for you!
And if you're not you might be saying, "But Faares, I’m not good at any of that!" Worry not, you know I gotchu!
You can also get paid for running errands, decorating, doing yard work, assembling furniture, or just helping out at a party.
My favorite way I've seen? Waiting in line for someone else!
Come again? Yeah, you read that right. You can get paid to wait in line or save someone a spot at a restaurant.
Try $20-$50 an hour just for waiting:
You might be wondering what’s the difference between the two platforms. Which platform is the best for you?
For that I have this comparison:
TaskRabbit is like your friend who can pretty much do anything you can do. Think cleaning a messy house, running errands, changing garage lights, standing in line for someone at Black Friday, or helping assemble a desk you bought from IKEA.
Here are two taskers that are charging $51.62/hr for assembling IKEA furniture:
Thumbtack, on the other hand, is like your jacked uncle you call to renovate your fixer-upper and help hang cabinets. It's more contract work like fixing clogged drains and cabinet installation, more repeat business.
Naturally, you’re able to charge more as a contractor because you’re doing a job that is usually more labor-intensive. That means a much higher hourly rate than say, a part-time retail job.
Here are two handymen in the Chicagoland area that are both charging $75 an hour:
I think it’s time for a pros and cons list:
You set your schedule - work as little or as much as you want
You can say yes or no to any job
They’re manual jobs - this isn’t an online hustle you can do from home (most likely)
You get paid by the hour - no opportunity for passive income
Still interested after those cons? Keep reading.
Your step-by-step guide to crushing it on TaskRabbit & Thumbtack:
1. Sign up!
Create a profile highlighting your skills and experience. In order to be eligible, you need to be above 18, have a credit card, checking account, a smartphone, and pass the background and ID checks.
Include any relevant certifications or licenses you have, as well as any photos or videos of your work. You will have to provide a “quick pitch”, which is basically why someone should choose you for the job.
Quick Tip: The more services you can include, which you can perform at a high quality, the more jobs you'll receive.
Services you can list include:
Picture hanging and art installation
Holiday lighting installation and removal
TaskRabbit charges a one-time registration fee of $25 (which is bogus in my book) but what can you do? Thumbtack, on the other hand, charges nothing upfront. You’re only charged when you get a lead.
A good to know: Thumbtack provides the "Thumbtack Guarantee", which provides up to $1,000 in coverage for accidental damage or if the service wasn’t completed.
2. Start bidding on jobs that match your skills and interests
TaskRabbit removed its famous task bidding system and replaced it with on-demand services with fixed fees. However, Thumbtack still has a bidding system.
Bidding is when a job gets posted and contractors post their price for the job. New contractors can then come in and charge a lower price in hopes of getting picked for the job. When the customer accepts a bid and hires you to complete the task, they pay through the site.
Here’s a quick example
Say your neighbor Bonnie posted a job for moving furniture. You see it and bid your price along with the other people bidding on that job. Bonnie then has to pick who she’s gonna go with.
On Thumbtack, don't be afraid to bid lower at first to get some experience under your belt and beef up your profile. As you complete more jobs and build up a positive reputation, you'll be able to increase your rates with your pro status.
The more experience, the more desirable. You'll have customers coming to you like this:
3. Request Reviews
This is a quick one but it’s important.
Every time you provide a service, ask for a review.
It helps your profile get noticed and makes you more trustworthy in the client's eyes.
You wouldn't want to buy something off Amazon with only 2 reviews, would you? Same thing here.
4. Save Some for Taxes!
Since this is contract work, all the money you earn will be pre-tax. Meaning when Uncle Sam comes knocking around tax season, you're going to owe him some money.
PRO TIP FROM YA BOY 👀
Do most of your jobs in wealthy communities (if possible) - get to know the people, ask them what they do for a living, and how they got to where they are. You never know, you might be fixing an investment banker's faucet and then working at their firm the next month!
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