AFTER Rebecca Harry gave birth to her fourth child, she worried about making ends meet.
With hungry mouths to feed and prices rising amid the cost of living crisis, the 34-year-old began looking for ways to boost her income.
Peckham’s mother works as a customer service assistant at Sainsbury’s.
But since the end of her maternity leave was unpaid, she had to find another way to earn money as cash was tight.
Rebecca told The Sun how she manages to earn an extra £500 a month from a handy website.
She said: “I looked online and knew about Airtasker because I used to find people for odd jobs before. I did a lot of handyman work through it.
“But then I saw the other side of the coin, and people were posting jobs where they needed cleaning – that was in my field.
“It takes a little while to get your foot in the door, but once you get great reviews, you’re more than likely to get a lot of jobs – the possibilities are endless.”
Rebecca earned up to an extra £500 a month before tax doing simple tasks for other people, around six hours a week.
Airtasker connects people looking to do everyday tasks, like walking the dog, with people who are ready to do them.
They agree a price between themselves for the work and Airtasker takes a 20% discount.
Rebecca’s jobs range from cleaning and walking dogs to delivering keys by estate agents and printing documents for people.
She even got paid to clean up a broken pot when someone was on vacation.
On the back of her dog walking through the app, she is now making a business out of it after building up a list of happy customers.
The savvy mum, whose children are between one and 13, has cut her hours to look after her new baby, but still earns around £100 every two weeks doing chores.
She said: “I managed to build strong relationships with clients and clients, Airtasker really helped me build a good clientele.
“I look at jobs and take them if I want to, I can bid for the highest paying jobs like £100 and it will take me a week or two.”
This means that because Rebecca has accumulated a host of 5-star reviews, she now has the opportunity to bid for the highest paying jobs.
She can choose to do as much or as little as she wants, depending on what she’s wearing.
But don’t forget that everything you earn can be taxed.
You can earn up to £1,000 tax free with the Trading Allowance.
According to HMRC, odd jobs you can claim tax-free include money earned from garage sales, online sales or auctions.
It can also be money from delivering food or charging other people for using your equipment or tools.
Once you earn over £1,000 a year you must complete a self-assessment tax return and start paying tax on your extra earnings.
How much will depend on how much you already earn.
Rebecca’s top tips for making extra money
For anyone looking to get started with Airtasker, Rebecca recommends doing small jobs that you can do well in the beginning to help build those reviews.
It also helps grow your customer base, which means you’ll have the ability to do more.
She also says to check every hour if you have time because there are always tasks posted throughout the day.
Rebecca says people looking for an extra stream of income have nothing to lose by signing up – “it’s a win-win situation”.
It should be noted that some jobs will pay better than others and some will take longer than others, so your week and month will be different.
Anyone looking to register to become a Tasker is responsible for their own taxes on the payments they receive – there is a guide on the website about this.
There’s also a handy tool that tells scammers how much money they can earn by performing tasks that interest them.
As an example, we said we wanted to babysit three times a week and the calculator said we could earn up to £675 a month.
Although it advises that actual prices may vary.
Rebecca said: “I would recommend it to anyone, it’s such a useful platform.
“Anything you’re interested in, go for it, anyone can do it.
“I will definitely be taking on extra tasks as Christmas approaches, ideally bigger tasks so I don’t have to do the same.
“I always find what I’m looking for, I’ve never had trouble finding something that suits my needs.”
A spokesperson for Airtasker told The Sun they have seen an increase in people signing up as the cost of living rises.
The company says it expects more jobs to be posted as Christmas approaches, with people looking for gift shoppers, gift wrappers and people to pick up trees for them.
Airtasker is not the only platform where you can earn extra money for odd jobs.
TaskRabbit works similarly and allows users to hire temporary workers to deliver packages or clean houses.
This site also takes a fee – when you book a task, you can see Taskers’ hourly rates.
This hourly rate includes the hourly rate set by a Tasker and TaskRabbit’s service fee.
The service fee is a percentage of the total price you pay for your task.
Over the past few months, we’ve brought you many stories of other people putting their skills to work and earning extra income.
These include that savvy person who earns a woman £353,000 a year without having a full-time job.