Some Information About Me
As 250 characters aren't quite enough to articulate what I truly bring to a job--as well as what I don't--I figured I might as well create a landing page of sorts for potential Taskrabbit clients.
The catalyst that prompted me to do so is a small but sharp disparity I've come to see in the clients with whom I work. I once remarked to one of my regular clients the first time I helped her that there are two types of Taskrabbit gigs: Those that feel like impersonal work and those that feel like you're helping someone (often someone who is truly incredible and fascinating). By the former, I refer to the type of dehumanization that can occur when one person hires another using a digital platform and the client is operating from a standpoint of seemingly not viewing taskers as human beings, pure and simple. And what is truly frightening is that Taskrabbit offers no real protection if you find yourself in an abusive work situation, as I have once before (though one out of forty-five ain't bad). It's not that I have an issue with, say, cleaning out your toilet or painting your ceiling. I have an issue with being treated inhumanely or rudely at any point.
I am a working artist. It took me ten years of being miserable at 9-5 digital marketing jobs--where I at least gained expertise in the fields of SEO, SEM, SMO, Content Strategy, and much more--to realize that I am a writer and a musician and thus have a different disposition than some of the Type A clients I encounter. Most of the time, this makes no difference as I am committed to doing the best job I can--I grew up in Ohio where a Protestant work ethic is instilled in one from a young age. Plus, I love meeting all kinds of different, which is a big reason why I do this work. I also do part-time digital marketing consulting and work, freelance writing, freelance gigs like Taskrabbit, DJ, and much more. I try my best to avoid conflicts as there is nothing more disappointing than having to cancel or reschedule a gig because, say, a painting job went on for twice as long as it was supposed to and thus making an 8am appointment becomes quite difficult due to honest underestimations of how long a task may take.
More often that not, I am able to talk to extremely reasonable clients who have lived here for more than a few years or are just wise souls who understand that try as we might, it's impossible to exert full control over certain circumstances. And even better is when clients understand that Taskrabbit takes out 30% from what I am paid through their platform in addition to adding a 7.5% service charge to what they are paying. But to a much lesser extent, I find myself conversing with someone who clearly sees me as just 0's and 1's with no personal life or responsibilities of my own. I try to be as upfront and transparent as possible and above all, I take pride in doing a job to the best of my abilities. Whether an appointment is time-sensitive or not, I try my hardest to keep it and only ever ask to reschedule if things truly are out of my hands. Additionally, with many of the services I provide, like painting, I am doing so at a rate of a quarter to a third of what a professional union painter charges and am often helping renters to avoid having to spend $1000-1500 on whomever their landlord or property manager hires--while doing the job just as well. So when I sense a person is taking that for granted in addition to not respecting me as a human or taking into consideration the other responsibilities I have in my life, those are the rare instances where conflict arises.
To avoid future conflicts, I urge you to simply ask yourself one question: Do I see myself as superior to . those I hire or see them as employees more than as humans? If you answer yes, please pass "Go" and do not collect $200. In a time when we are just starting to realize the number of sociopaths who exist in positions of power, now more than ever it is crucial to focus on being decent and kind to one another, no matter their social or economic station. Also, with cleaning jobs, if you have detailed instructions for AirBnB guests, please know that most clients expect me to follow them by the letter; if you'd like to me exert my best intuitive judgment on top of following the instructions, please state so upfront (and I will do my best to ask questions.)
And on that note, assuming you haven't run for the hills, I greatly look forward to helping you to complete your task!