Christina: Hi Simon, thanks for telling us about how you got started with your microgigs. Tell us: how did you decide what kind of gig to offer?
Simon: I travel a lot and didn’t see a lot of travel-related services on offer in the marketplace, so I decided to post a service where I provide travel research, since it’s something I know well.
Christina: Great idea. And how much time does it take you to do this kind of research?
Simon: I have been busy lately so I only do it after work at night. It usually takes about 10 minutes to answer messages and do the work.
Christina: And what kind of “work” is it, really?
Simon: Some people don’t know how to find airline tickets, or where to go or what to see in a certain city. I help with that. I offer advice and provide answers to questions they have.
Christina: Any advice for newbies looking to break into micro gigs and try it themselves?
Simon: Sure. Make sure to stand out. And when you get your first customer, make sure to go the extra mile for them. You’re only going to make $5 per gig at first, but you’ll see that you have some people come back and book multiple gigs and sometimes those gigs go by much faster. I would rather over-produce than focus on the money right now. Providing quality is key, and eventually the income will be there. I’m having fun so far, and it’s not stressful as I do it in my spare time.
Christina: Anything else you’d like to add about your overall experience?
Simon: For full-time travelers, it’s a good idea to boost your income with something on the side. There are plenty of people doing this full time (not necessarily travel but in other categories), so it’s possible to do gigs on the road to finance your travel as you move around.
Christina: Thanks Simon!