In Airtasker’s own words, it is ‘a trusted community platform that connects people who need to outsource tasks and find local services, with people who are looking to earn money and are ready to work.’
The system is beautifully uncomplicated. The users of the platform post a job that needs doing, and this could quite literally be anything – tech assistance, lawn mowing, video editing or painting, to name but a few – then applicants bid for the right to do the work. Once the user is happy with an applicant, the platform facilitates communication and payment between the two parties, with Airtasker taking a fee of 15% on all jobs.
It might be a simple premise, but it’s one that has resonated with the market in a serious way. Airtasker now creates over $15 million worth of jobs every month, with its best workers (called ‘Taskers’ by the company) pulling in annual earnings that push well into triple figures .
The company was founded in 2012 by Tim Fung and Jonathan Lui, and is headquartered in Sydney. It currently boasts an in-house workforce of over 120, with its headcount having grown by 148% in the last two years. Airtasker has positioned itself at the very crest of the gig economy wave, and growth seems unlikely to slow any time soon