The past couple days I’ve been telling you about a crazy new way to earn an extra income and fund your travels with a variety of short “gigs.” I’m calling these micro-gigs. And they are part of a growing micro-entrepreneurship trend that has actually been around for years.
- Make money from your blog
- Do freelance work for side income
- Sell your photos on coffee shop walls, to stock agencies, or magazines
- Own and rent out an investment property
- Make and sell hand-made jewelry or other goods
- Offer consulting services from home
… or essentially have built a business with less than three employees, you’re already a micro-entrepreneur.
In 2008, Forbes, CNN, and Smart Money all said micro-entrepreneurship was on the rise. But what these early micro-entrepreneurs lacked, they said, was business skills, information, and access to start-up capital.
Fast forward to 2013 and all that has changed. A variety of new micro job websites have made it possible for entrepreneurs of all sorts to make a profit without… well, without much business savvy at all. Without much start-up capital… and heck, without much information.
Which is why now is the time to get involved with micro-gigs like these.
They’re fun. They’re easier than a “real job.” And they’re a great way to earn extra income to fund more travel.
You can easily do them over coffee with your breakfast before you leave for work in the morning. Or while you’re just sitting and watching tv at home at night. And, in most cases, you can use a skill you already have or a hobby you like doing.
I thought this opportunity was so cool, I signed up to try it myself. I now have nine different micro-gigs up on one site, on topics I enjoy and already talk to you about each week: traveling, blogging, photography, etc.
I’ve made close to $100 already just playing around. I don’t have time for another job. I’ve got two kids and a publishing company to run. That said, each gig takes me less than 30 minutes to complete. Some I do on my phone while I’m standing in line at the grocery store. So I haven’t had any trouble squeezing in one or two here and there.
I love that it doesn’t take up much time. And it’s super fun.
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