The Gig Economy Introduction

So here’s what I want to talk about: money…and how you can get some quickly while on your own terms. Everyone has something they’d change about their jobs, right? Same here, but the truth is that every job you have working for others is going to have something you don’t like. To be fair, many jobs have wonderful things about them, but at the end of the day answering to someone else is stressful. I hear ya. I am in the same boat with you and I want to share some information I think you’ll find helpful. Let’s talk about the gig economy and how it can benefit you.

The gig economy is extremely beneficial to a lot of large companies, and you know why? Gig jobs like Rover,com and Postmates are profitable for businesses because they don’t have to pay to provide any sort of benefits, and they’re not negatively effected if you work overtime. It’s a win-win for them. So, in other words, these companies are saving massive amounts of money and still receiving the end product that they desire. Some might argue that the gig economy is harmful to the worker because they have no benefits…but I think that depends on your perspective. You see, you’re already a step ahead by researching the gig economy options. Kudos to you, you made it this far! In my opinion, as someone who has been a part of the gig economy for the past few years, it is a great option. You just have to know how to structure and save your earnings so you’re not stuck with a massive tax bill (taxes are not automatically taken out) at the end of the year. Now back to the getting money quickly part.. Are you ready? Do you know what tool you can use to easily get a gig job? Hint: it’s probably what you’re using to read this piece right now. You don’t need much. You just need a smartphone with data or WiFi access to download and use the apps and a bank account that you can deposit your earnings into. That’s it! Pretty painless, right? Now…let’s talk about some jobs you might like to try your hand at.

  1. Rover.com Do you like dogs? Me, too! In fact, I LOVE dogs. Their slobbery kisses, cute faces, abundant joy and never ending love melt my heart each and every day. I notice every dog everywhere I go. I can’t get enough of them. I have to give my love to all of them. I also love being my own boss, making my own hours, setting my own pay rate and only answering to myself. So what would the perfect side job be for me? Why, dog walking/pet sitting, of course; and that’s where Rover comes in. It is very easy to get started. All you have to do is head over to Rover.com, fill out the preliminary application, agree to the background check, and set up your profile afterwards. Then it’s up to you. I’ve found that using the sharing tool on the website to promote my business on Craigslist is very beneficial.
  2. Postmates.com Do you like to exercise and get paid to do it? I’m a gym girl and I love getting outside and walking, so I don’t mind the extra exercise! Simply go to postmates.com, follow the prompts, download the app, do the background check, get your post mates pre-paid card and a delivery bag and you’ll be making money in no time! There is a base pay per delivery and often times clients will tip a small amount. It is definitely worth it if you want to make a few extra dollars here and there.

With that, I’m signing off for the evening. Happy earning, entrepreneur!

Rescue Dogs

Rescue dogs can sometimes get a bad rep, but seriously…they’re the best. I have always had a special place in my heart for rescue dogs. Humans can be so cruel. How could we cast aside our pets? Or leave animals to suffer alone? Euthanize them simply because someone doesn’t “own” them and end their lives unnecessarily because…we don’t have enough…space? Seriously? This is making me tear up just writing the words. Dogs give so much love. They spread sunshine. They greet you with a wag, a jump, and spread their joy all over the place! They look at you with such love in their eyes. They constantly give love to anyone and everyone. How can we cast them aside so horribly? It’s absolutely wrong. I love dogs. I love ALL dogs.

When I set out as a dog walker it wasn’t my goal to walk primarily rescue dogs, but somehow that has happened, and they have melted my heart. I didn’t search them out, but they found me! For the most part, the rescue dogs that I walk have been better behaved than the dogs who were not rescued. This is not anything against owners who bought dogs from breeders, etc. (our dogs were, too, when I was a kid), but simply an observation. There are many wonderfully behaved dogs out there who were bred, and I love all of them equally, but I wonder if rescue dogs know they’ve been rescued; or if they know their new human needed them, so they rescued each other. Whatever the answer is, I know one thing: humans have a responsibility to take the best care possible of their animal loves. They are often times at the mercy of humans, and therefore it is our job to do our best for them. When humans open our hearts and give love and compassion, we can do great things. So…maybe it has to do with WHO is more inclined to rescue a dog. Either way, they are fabulous furry loves who truly deserve the best, so we should give it to them each and every day! For now I’m only able to walk other peoples’ dogs, unfortunately, but when I can…watch out pet shelters because I’ll be there!

Rescue Dogs

Rescue dogs can sometimes get a bad rep, but seriously…they’re the best. I have always had a special place in my heart for rescue dogs. Humans can be so cruel. How could we cast aside our pets? Or leave animals to suffer alone? Euthanize them simply because someone doesn’t “own” them and end their lives unnecessarily because…we don’t have enough…space? Seriously? This is making me tear up just writing the words. Dogs give so much love. They spread sunshine. They greet you with a wag, a jump, and spread their joy all over the place! They look at you with such love in their eyes. They constantly give love to anyone and everyone. How can we cast them aside so horribly? It’s absolutely wrong. I love dogs. I love ALL dogs.

When I set out as a dog walker it wasn’t my goal to walk primarily rescue dogs, but somehow that has happened, and they have melted my heart. I didn’t search them out, but they found me! For the most part, the rescue dogs that I walk have been better behaved than the dogs who were not rescued. This is not anything against owners who bought dogs from breeders, etc. (our dogs were, too, when I was a kid), but simply an observation. There are many wonderfully behaved dogs out there who were bred, and I love all of them equally, but I wonder if rescue dogs know they’ve been rescued; or if they know their new human needed them, so they rescued each other. Whatever the answer is, I know one thing: humans have a responsibility to take the best care possible of their animal loves. They are often times at the mercy of humans, and therefore it is our job to do our best for them. When humans open our hearts and give love and compassion, we can do great things. So…maybe it has to do with WHO is more inclined to rescue a dog. Either way, they are fabulous furry loves who truly deserve the best, so we should give it to them each and every day! For now I’m only able to walk other peoples’ dogs, unfortunately, but when I can…watch out pet shelters because I’ll be there!

What Kind Of Dog Is Right For You?

I’ve been a dog lover since the age of eight years old, and I certainly have my own thoughts on which kinds of dogs I prefer…in the end I love them all, but I do prefer the larger breeds. Now…if I had it my way I’d have my own sanctuary or something of the kind that would benefit all dogs that are having trouble being adopted or who have been abandoned. Who knows, this may happen in the future. It saddens me to no end to think of any animal being put down unnecessarily and alone in the world. They all deserve to be loved in return, and they are the best at loving. Now, to my next point: how can we give our dogs the best life possible? Here are some of my tips as a dog walker in NYC…have fun reading!

  1. Make sure that your apartment or home (especially if you live in a cramped city like NYC) is a suitable space for a pet. A lot of NYC spaces are very small and truly only suit one being comfortably. Although it may work great for you, that doesn’t mean it will be ideal for your pet. Bigger dogs need room to exercise and romp around during the day when you’re not there. Think about it: your dog will be staying indoors at your home for the entirety of the time you’re working, out with friends, etc. That is probably very monotonous and could lead to depression in dogs. When they’re depressed they often become unruly and develop bad behaviors because they’re not happy, just like humans! So…make sure that you have a big enough space depending on the size of the dog you’re interested in. This leads me to my second point.
  2. Socialization. Although NYC is not a very large dog friendly kind of place, there are ways of providing a great life for your lovebug if you’ve got the funds to do it. All of my family pets have had the opportunities to live in places in the foothills, free to roam on our land, and plenty of open space to play with and explore. Our Rhodesian Ridgeback had a best friend who lived in the same neighborhood! The two of them would play and romp together for hours on end. They were inseparable! Two big doggos wrestled and played all day and came in pooped in the evening several days per week, at least. My mother worked long hours daily, so she would drop our dog off at his friends’ house or vice versa so that he would get exercise and be social. He was such a happy dog because the owners made it a great time for the two puppers! Now, what NYC’ers can do is this: investigate doggy daycare ideas. There are so many of them in the city and they are in very high demand. I recommend finding one that will take the dogs to the park sometimes, and that will supervise them responsibly throughout the whole time. This playtime and interaction can help to mitigate the difficulty of living in the city with a dog, as they will feel loved while you are out making a living and cuddling at home with them in the evening! Another service you can look into is dog walking. Wag and Rover are two of the most popular dog walking services, they’re great, and signing up is very easy. You can even search for dog walkers on the site for Rover and choose one based on their price and profile! I highly recommend this option as well. Just be sure that you meet your dog walker first to make sure that this is the right person for you and your dog! Plus…depending on the walker your dog may get more exercise and love than with another walker, so meet and greets are very important. Although, given a choice between the two, I’d look into doggy daycare at least several days per week first.
  3. Make sure you look into the different breeds before deciding. Some dogs’ typical habits make apartment life more difficult or less than other breeds. Their energy levels can vary as well. Some bark more than others, too. Our Rhodesian hardly ever barked!
  4. On a more personal note, I want to see every doggy and kitty get adopted out there, so the first place that I, personally, would go would be the shelters. No matter the breed, you might just find your best friend there. Many shelter dogs are the biggest lovers I’ve ever walked/met and I’ve walked a good amount of dogs. With the right training and care they can become the best behaved loveys. Yes, I also call them all my loveys. 🙂 It’s almost like they know they’ve been rescued…or is it them that are rescuing us?

As always, please be careful when selecting your pet. There are always possible dangers, so please be careful with pets and kids, etc. Also…have fun!