A day in the life of this gigr...

Running gigr obviously takes up most of my working time, but I still occasionally gig; partly because when you are running a startup, having multiple income streams is kinda useful for helping to paying the bills, but also it's good to remind yourself what the chalk face looks and feels like.

So, the other day, a cleaning gig pops up on my dashboard and I apply. I get a call and she says she needs some extra hands, hands that don't mind getting really dirty. It's a day's work, and she's paying £20 an hour, which instantly tells me this is not your average gig. I'm up for a challenge, so off I go. After some brief H&S training, a disclaimer to sign and being handed some pretty serious protective gear, we're off to clear a drug den.

The work and the environment were challenging; most of the day involved painstakingly picking up used needles one-by-one from inside what was effectively a drain.

Clearly it's not the kind of gig many people would jump at, and I probably wouldn't do it again, but the money was good, I was working alongside some cracking people, it was satisfying and worthwhile, and it was definitely grounding, a real eye opener - a glimpse into the hell that is the lives of some of the people living on our streets.

gigr offers people the chance to explore a whole range of ways to earn money. As long as he or she declares that they have no experience, a gigr can try something new, with new challenges, in a new environment, with new people, knowing that if they hate it, they have only committed to one gig, and they can take the money and run.

When I gig, I tend to go for jobs that are outdoors, among people and are going to challenge me in some way, maybe take me out of my comfort zone a little. So, then, when I'm done, along with the cash in my pocket, I get a sense of achievement too.

It takes just a few minutes to sign up at gigr.com and start matching with one-off gigs, temporary and full time jobs. #thegigrway