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How one Aussie made $17,000 in a month building sheds

·Personal Finance Editor
·4-min read
An outdoor shed built by Damien from Airtasker and Australian currency.
Damien made $17,000 in a month on Airtasker building sheds. (Source: Airtasker/Getty)

A Victorian boilermaker made over $17,000 in one month assembling sheds for Aussies seeking extra space during the pandemic.

Airtasker has revealed it’s 2021 ‘Top Taskers’, with 42-year old Damien taking out the top spot.

Damien brought in over $17,000 in the month of December, assembling sheds, and now has more than 800 5-star reviews.

“It's been a busy few years but, as I love meeting new people and leaving behind a quality job, it’s been a very rewarding few years too,” he said.

“When I first created my Airtasker profile, I never could have imagined my business would become as successful as it is now.”

Major money boosters

Airtasker also revealed which skills were the most sought after in each state and which taskers brought in the most money.

New South Wales - Art & Design

Josefina’s income took a hit when she was made redundant during the pandemic, but she didn’t let the setback knock her down.

She decided to turn her side hustle into a full-time business using her skills in illustration, art and design.

Her jobs have ranged from children’s book illustrations, fashion art projects, creating custom bridesmaid cards and even painting Airtasker CEO Tim Fung’s family portrait.

With more than 80 five-star ratings to date, Josefina was crowned New South Wales’ Tasker of the Year.

Victoria - Business and Admin

Unable to take on traditional work, and living on her disability pension, Heather joined Airtasker to find a way to contribute to household expenses and build up her confidence.

With over 16 years' experience in proof-reading and editing, she decided to put these skills to work to find a new career.

With over 130 5-star reviews, Heather’s customers have been particularly impressed with her efficiency and outstanding writing skills.

Queensland - Social Media and Marketing

Kelsie has offered her skills in marketing and social media for small businesses to make her Queensland’s top earner.

She signed up to Airtasker in 2021 after finishing her postgraduate degree and getting extremely sick, later to be diagnosed with cancer.

Not being able to return to a typical office setting, Kelsie adapted to remote work using Airtasker throughout the pandemic.

Kelsie hopes to be cancer free at her next scan in February so she can continue using her expertise to support the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs across Australia.

South Australia - Cleaning and Gardening

Single mum of two, Samantha, originally joined Airtasker in 2020 to make a temporary income during lockdowns.

With a knack for cleaning and customer service skills, built over two decades as a hairdresser, she soon found herself booked out five days a week.

Since lockdowns have eased, she now uses Airtasker as a side-hustle and has built strong relationships with her clients.

Australian Capital Territory - Handyman and Removals

ACT’s tasker of the year is Dave, who has been putting his handyman skills to use to make some extra cash.

From putting together a small table, to moving an aquarium to its new home, no task is too big or too small.

Dave also managed to save up for a father-daughter holiday to Cairns, and get a head start on his housing deposit.

Western Australia - Gardening

Initially joining Airtasker for video and editing work, Howard found his background in gardening helped him build a niche in garden maintenance.

Now, he is planning on bringing his skills to the country, traveling across Australia in March 2022 with his wife, picking up tasks as they travel from town to town to fund their trip.

Northern Territory - Furniture Assembly and Gardening

Joseph and his (now) wife originally joined Airtasker in 2018 to help save for their wedding.

From helping people move houses, to assembling trampolines, Joseph was able to pay for the entire event through his tasking.

What started as a way to generate some extra cash ahead of the special occasion has become a passion project, and he continues to share his skills on Airtasker as a side-hustle.

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