Get going with Gigplanit!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged – something I promise to be better about (see: New Years Resolutions).

2016 was a wild ride and we are starting to get things figured out.  I recognized that I needed help to make Gigplanit great and added Cal and Chris to our team.  They take care of making the company run and marketing, respectively.  There has been some trial an error on the marketing side in particular, and I think we are starting to dial it in to give you businesses more talent, and talent more gigs!

We are getting some attention from bloggers, too!

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More and more gigs are popping up every day.  Our Instagram feed is picking up steam and we’ve started to raise some capital to help with the costs of improving your user experience.  We are still new, so jump on board and help us grow!

We can’t wait to see where you end up!

 

 

Get going!

Who is Gigplanit for?

It’s a funny thing starting a company.  It doesn’t matter if you are creating a new online startup or a corner bakery.  You all start with no customers and Gigplanit is no different.

Whenever I get the chance to talk with someone about Gigplanit, the service we provide and basic capabilities of the platform – they get it.  In fact, they usually get it so quick that they start rattling off idea after idea and gig after gig.  It’s a relief, reassuring and invigorating!  It turns out, just about everyone has a bit of wanderlust and had some point in their life when they could have used a service like Gigplanit.

Most talk back to their college days when they would have given anything to travel to Australia and buss tables at night to catch waves during the day, or take their bike mechanic skills to Mexico and guide mountain bike tours. Even if they don’t have a personal example, they have a brother, cousin, niece or aunt that has seen every corner of the globe and never really had a steady job.

Every day, millions of people pop open Instagram and let the images take their minds to another place.  A place they wish they could go but can’t for lack of infinite funds or fear that they couldn’t support themselves once they get there.  We are here to help.

As it turns out, just about every one of us has a great skill set and a raft of talents that we lean on every day.  But here’s the thing – these skills and talents go wherever you go!  Are you a massage therapist in Buffalo?  You could be a massage therapist in Barbados.  Does your band gig around San Antonio?  Why not Rio?  Do you play the harp in Hartford?  Thanks to our government, you could play in Havana!

The point is, people all over the world are looking for skills and talent that you already have.  Small snorkel tour companies need underwater photographers with CPR and Lifeguard certs.  Breweries in New Zealand need fresh new bands to come play and bring in patrons off the street.

If you are a small, medium or even large business one of your toughest tasks is finding good people, particularly when it comes to unique roles. You get so few chances to find the right fit and you don’t have time to make a bad choice.  At Gigplanit you can create job posts and view applicants and their ratings from previous employers.  These aren’t long term, benefits driven positions.  These are front line value add spots that can really give your company a boost if you hit a home run!

Find those people that are looking to come to you and bring a whole basket of skills that come vetted and willing to bring you their best.

Gigplanit is for everyone.  Don’t think so?  Create a profile for free and post a gig.  As our community builds so will the talent pool and before you know it you’ll want to post another and another.

Let’s build something great!

 

Best!

 

Tom

Welcome to Gigplanit – What’s your gig?

The gig economy is booming.  With services like Uber, Lyft, AirBnB and more popping up every day, it’s obvious that the internet is yet again changing the way we all live our lives.  We are no longer chained and bound to the confines of a traditional office the way we were even just 18 month ago.  The 9-5 grind is quickly coming to a halt in lieu of remote work and the ability to do that work on your own schedule.

People are quickly realizing that their talents and abilities are a marketable commodity that they can now easily sell to those in need, rather than be coveted by a single paying employer.  Why take in one paycheck when 2 or 3 are available if you just market yourself a bit? Companies are finding that they can now just pay on a per project basis rather than keeping someone on payroll full time.  It’s a win-win.

Taking it one step further, there is an entire world out there that has now become an office.  There are many sites out there for finding jobs.  Indeed, LinkedIN, Snagajob; all great places if you are looking to lock yourself down and start a true job or career.  But what about those folks that just want to get out and see the world?  People that have a wide variety of talents and qualifications but want to get a piece of that roving gig economy for themselves?

Next week, gigplanit.com will go live.  This will mark the culmination of many sleepless nights and probably the beginning of many more. For me it is beginning my quest to work in my own gig economy by creating a community for others.  Gigplanit is a place to find that short term gig work that may take you somewhere like Fiji.  Or Russia.  Or San Francisco.

Post gigs.  Find gigs.  Pretty simple!

Highly qualified,  talented people are needed all over the world.  Do you speak Mandarin and Spanish and teach Yoga?  There is a gig for you out there.  Are you SCUBA, and Lifeguard certified and want to move to Thailand?  It’s there.  The scary part is just moving without a plan in place.  People have been doing just that for a long time, but now they can plan out their gigs and travel the world with security and piece of mind.

My goal is to make this community work for the users.  I want and need feedback to make the tool as effective as possible.  So next week (I’ll let you know the exact date soon), jump on over to Gigplanit, create your profile and start looking for that next exotic gig!

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Thanks for starting a journey with me.  What’s your gig?

Tom