Our technology today is beginning to be fast-paced. If you don’t keep up with it, you’ll surely get left behind.
The days when you have to physically exert efforts to do something is slowly getting overtaken by the internet. You can do almost everything online. Even working and providing food for your family can be done online.
This is what I experimented with 5 years ago. I am a licensed architect who has a good future in the corporate world, or so they say. But I left it and jump in a world I know nothing about.
Since then, I have been working online for direct clients, but I started working on freelancing platforms like Elance, Odesk (now Upwork), Freelancer.com, Guru and all the platforms I can find.
Now, 5 years after, I am still trying new platforms that come my way. Recently, I heard about this new platform called InstaGig.
I got curious and tried to register, the process was surprisingly easy and flawless. No annoying emails and verification that will bounce you back and forth. Just one verification and you’re done.
My Initial Thoughts
First off, Instagig has the same green feel of Upwork, but upon further use of the site, I figured that it was more like Fiverr and 199 jobs, where freelancers are free to post their “gigs” and clients can order per gig.
Upon registering I created 2 gigs that are targeted to Filipino site owners, I have yet to create a gig for foreign clients. Creating a gig is not a hassle like on some other sites. Just the usual, description, opening message, rate, and what you will do. Upload a photo and that’s it.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I am the first registered user of InstaGig. As a Thanksgiving gift to me, they gave me $5 in my account, isn’t that sweet? They still have that promo ongoing, so head on to the site and register now.
Just like Upwork, InstaGig takes 20% off your rate, so take this into consideration when putting up your gig. You can get your payment thru Paypal or direct bank transfers. They have a minimum withdrawal amount of $50.
My overall insights for Instagig is that it is fairly easy to use and understand, their customer service and staff are accommodating to whatever questions you may have. If you are looking for a new platform to try, head on to their site and register now.
Disclaimer: I was not paid to give a positive review. This is my honest to goodness review of the site at hand.
Are you ready?
Before you go and register on the site, here are the things you need to know.
Gigs are what you can offer. If you are a writer, then your gig should be about being able to write an article with a certain amount that your gig will be worth for.
Here are some examples of gigs that you can see on the site now.
Now that you know what gigs are, it’s time to create your profile.
Head on to this link and register. Remember, when filling out details about your overview and your gigs, remember the storefront mindset.
Ok, so here’s what you should imagine.
Imagine you are a shop or a store on a busy street. Clients are just passing by that street every day.
Your storefront is the glass window that will enable passers-by to get a glimpse of what you can offer. Your job is to determine which products or gigs are the ones that can entice a potential client to go inside your store and check you out.
Once you have created your first gig, get the link and comment it on any of the designated threads in the group.
These threads are meant to showcase all of our members, so people who want to look for freelancers to outsource their jobs to can browse your gigs. This will be some sort of a directory for all of our members and their skills.
Freelancing with a Heart will also be hiring and providing hands-on training to those who can entice us with their storefront.
This is a win-win situation, you’ll get to showcase your skills, and you’ll get a chance to be hired by the group or by the clients in Instagig. You’ll also be able to have a hands-on practical test on how you can create a working profile.
So there you have it, once you are ready with your gig link, comment it on any of the following threads. Click the photo for the link.
Note: The website of Instagig is still in their initial stages. We are given a chance to be the pioneers of the site, that means, if you create your gig now, you’ll be one of the first ones that the clients will see.
If you see anything that needs improvement, or if you have suggestions, feel free to send them a message on their Facebook page.
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