What Qualifies as a Gig?

So, you’re convinced that you need to get a gig to make some extra cash, but you aren’t sure exactly what qualifies as a gig. Everyone seems to have different answers- you’ll likely hear things like “The IRS considers it a hobby if you make less than $600 a year” or “Gigs are typically unpaid.” You might even hear things like “Gigs are scams” and “It’s impossible to make money online” and “If you don’t have a job, you’re a screwup.”

But we don’t like that kind of talk around here…that’s PESSIMIST talk… and frankly, the people who sit around pooh-poohing all of your ideas about making a little extra money are likely the same ones who are sitting around making nothing more than what their boss at their job decides to let them make.

At Sweetgigs, we know better. Gigs are moneymakers that fit your needs and lifestyle. If that includes making a few extra dollars a week to support your music download addiction or a few hundred dollars a day to support your family- then you’re doing it right. As simple as that. As long as it works for you.

Gigs often skirt the realm of self-employment, although they don’t have to. Seasonal part-time work at your local bookstore can be a gig. So can regular web design work for a local firm that you do in your off hours. See, that’s the thing about a gig… it can be what you want. The important thing is that you are in control. You can decide to start or stop when you want to. You can decide whether you want to pursue one gig and turn it into your primary source of income or flit from gig to gig figuring out what things you like to do best. When it comes right down to it- gigs are about freedom. That’s what’s so great about them.

Tell us about any gigs you’ve had – especially the more unusual ones- in the comments!

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