I received a thank you card in the post yesterday. It really made my day. The envelope was handwritten with actual stamps on it – the joy! You get so few of these nowadays! Inside was quite a long message, written in ink and with lots of personal phrases that made it extra special. I was so delighted I wanted to write a thank you note for my thank you note. But I thought ‘where will it all end?’ so I stopped myself.
I also found a new rhythm to my gig way of living. I woke up early due to the unusual heat we are experiencing, and wrote my first little article by 7.30am. Then I took the hubster to the station three miles away (we have decided to save the £5.20 per day parking charge as I now have time to drop him and pick him up) and did my chores in town first thing. That left the majority of the day to write a few bits. I also made a delicious salad for lunch and dinner, minus any meat to save some pennies. I chopped carefully and truly made the dish with love – and it tasted all the better for it.
I’ve listed a pair of shoes on eBay that I have only worn twice because they are too narrow in the toes. There is no point in leaving them in the wardrobe any longer. Oh the things you can do when you have time to think.
Sunday didn’t go so well from an earning point of view. I got up early enough, but then flopped my way around the flat for a while, watched Andrew Marr’s Show, took a long shower and tidied up a bit.
I forced myself to focus around 11.30am so picked up an article on Textbroker that asked for a description of the Kiddy company. Euros 8.50 earned.
Before lunch I went outside and washed the car. My train of thought reasoned that, it’s one thing to earn money in the gig economy, but I could also save a bit here and there too. So, instead of paying seven quid for a nice young chappy to hand wash my car at one of those places they have in supermarket car parks, I’d do it myself for free. It took a bit more effort than I thought it would, but my car came up shiny enough. And I got away from a screen for 45 minutes.
I had been invited to a bring-and-share lunch with all the flat owners where I live, so I took along my couscous salad and chicken kebabs around 1 o’clock. And spend the rest of the afternoon sitting in the garden with the lovely residents. Much better than working any day.
Day two: earned £7.50 running total= £19.50
Amount not spent £7.00
The first day of my official gig living was OK on reflection. It was a Saturday, so my initial thought was ‘yay – it’s the weekend’ but then the reality dawned. Avoiding the nine-to-five doesn’t mean you get weekends off – it means you are open to work whatever the day, date or time. Gulp. Humph.
Having resolved myself to this new way of life, I checked Textbroker.co.uk which is my go-to place of online work. I’ve used it for the last four years to earn a little extra for holidays, Christmas and birthdays. Textbroker is a content mill, loathed by some but embraced by many. Here, members can pick up bits of writing work (the kind of thing that is needed by websites but is pretty easy to pen) and get paid a few Euros. For gig workers it is a good source of work – it’s open 24-hours, there is usually something to work on, and you get paid for your work within a few days. I found a 600-worder ‘please write a blog piece about getting ready to sell your home’. No sweat. Every time you open a property blog, something similar can be found and I’ve read many of them before. Of course, each article written for Textbroker has to be unique, so I write from memory adding some of my own tips, and 600 words is written in half an hour. I always walk away, and do something else like put some washing in the machine, then proofread it before loading it onto the online plagiarism checker. Done. Roughly six quid in UK money will hit my account soon (should the client accept it – and they usually do).
So I picked up another and then called it a day. I might not work Monday to Friday, but a lot of other people do so there are more folks around and there’s fun stuff to do.
I am calling this a success because I did do some work, and I’ve earned a few quid. To work out how well I am doing, I guess a running total should be kept.
Day one = Money earned £12