5 Tips for Wannabe Waiters
Luke Shermer
There are two types of waiters in the world: those who can and those who think they can’t.

There are those who can quickly clear clutter from a table and balance towers of dishes in a calm, confident manner and there are those who, well, don't. Sweating and apologising their way through each shift - the tray, a constant balancing act, spills on the shoulders of any and all who dare enter their section of the restaurant. Starting to sound familiar?

Not to worry, I was without a doubt that second type of waiter when I started. But you don’t have to be. That’s right. With a bit of practice and the right kind of attitude, you can be the waiter/waitress that any business would dream of having.

We caught up with our recruitment team to find out what exactly makes a first-class waiter tick, and what you can be doing to earn your stripes ahead of your first shift.

Know Your Role

All waiting jobs will be different. However, you will be expected to know the basics when you clock in for your first shift. What side do the forks sit? Do you serve from the left or the right? What would you recommend off the menu? Make sure you spend the time to brush up on the fundamental knowledge needed before you start. If you arrive at the venue and don’t know what to do in certain situations, it’s important to speak up and raise this with your line manager.

Practice Makes Perfect

Are you making shuttle runs from the kitchen back to your table, one plate at a time? That other waitress makes it look effortless...

1. Take one plate and place it on your right hand, your three middle fingers should be together, and your thumb and little finger should be raised up. The three fingers hold the plate while the little finger and thumb keep the plate steady.     

2. Take your second plate and rest the centre on the thumb muscle of your right hand. Try moving it around to see the best place to balance the plate on your right hand is, some people prefer balancing the plate on the wrist. You can use your little finger to help support the first and second plate.  

3. Finally, pick up the third plate with your left hand.

Have a go at home and serve your flatmates. Then do it again and again (and again).

Be Prepared

It’s starting to get busy and you’re rushed off your feet. You’re in out and of the kitchen, working your way around the tables, picking up orders, clearing cutlery and taking tips - it’s exhausting (working up a sweat just typing it all out), all of which brings us to the second point: Make sure that you’re prepared for the shift.

The hours can be anything from 3-10 hour shifts covering busy periods such as lunch and dinner, therefore, dressing appropriately and being clean is crucial. Hair should be washed, well-trimmed, teeth should be kept clean, and deodorant should be used daily. For the men, shaving may be necessary for some venues so be sure to check the job description.

Most of your time will be spent on your feet so wear smart, but comfortable footwear. Avoid anything that may hinder your appearance, such as sandals, sneakers or heels that are difficult to walk in.

Communication

The hospitality industry throws all sorts of craziness at you (most of the time all at once), and they usually go either one way or another. Handling interesting complaints such as, ‘my steak is too tough’ or ‘this prosecco is flat’ all comes with practice so remember to stay calm. Remember: the customer is always right. Even when they’re wrong, they’re right.

You may be asked questions about menu items or other details, and you should be able to meet their needs simply and thoroughly, with little complication. First class waiters and waitresses are attentive listeners. They should listen carefully when taking orders to communicate clearly to the cooking staff.

Face of the Restaurant

There is nothing worse for a customer to walk through the front door of your restaurant and not feel welcomed. As a waiter, you must remember that you represent the image of the restaurant. Be pleasant, attentive and look happy. Then let the needs of the customer guide you through your table service.

An excellent waiter will always judge the situation. If a party of 10 do not want to be interactive, then use your initiative and let them get on with their night and do what they need when they ask. If a family of four are booked in and are looking for that waiter to make that extra effort, they will likely return (and leave a tip) if you put 110% into the service.

And there you have it, the five steps to waiting success! Still unsure about that first shift? GIG offers free hospitality service training at our HQ, Mon-Fri at 2 pm. Contact Deividas@gigtogig.co.uk to find out more!

Make sure that you also upload a professional looking
picture of yourself for the clients to be able to see and
boost your chances of getting the gig!
Shopping Light this Christmas
Dropit Operations Manager, Laura Dai
We caught up with Dropit Operations Manager, Laura Dai, to chat about seasonal stress, brand ambassadors and why there is no need to be weighed down this Christmas.

The loud lights of Oxford Street are shining brightly once again. Retailers have already tuned into our channels with animated animals and mopey pop song covers. Over-priced novelty gifts and one in a million type bargains. Wrapped up in your faithful winter coat, you prepare to jump once more into the fray. Your family and friends have all put their orders in. Holidays are coming… 

But don’t stress (just yet), there is help out there. Whether you plan to visit just one store or many, new start-up Dropit, are dedicated to taking the hassle out of shopping, so that your trip is easier, lighter and ultimately more enjoyable.

Dropit is the first service that allows you to send purchases home as you shop. Providing an online experience in the offline world, their aim is to remove the burden of shopping bags by creating a network effect between retailers in central shopping districts and shopping malls. Unlimited deliveries from different shops consolidated into one convenient and affordable delivery. 

The idea behind Dropit was born in 2014 when founder Karin Cabili was indulging in some retail therapy in New York. Like most of us, she found herself weighed down by all her bags but was still keen to head straight out after a day of shopping. As she frustratingly travelled to her hotel to drop off her bags the thought came to her mind, ‘What if I could drop off my bags at the stores where I bought them and have them delivered to my hotel?’ And so Dropit came to be.

"As a small team, we don’t always have the luxury of flexibility, so being able to advertise and recruit via an app is a massive help."

To assist with the hustle and bustle of seasonal demand, Dropit reached out to GIG for Brand Ambassador/Couriers. The role mostly involved running day-to-day operations and helping partner stores to deliver the best service they can.

“Posting shift work on-demand really benefits our business model as we can hire people whenever we want and for whatever time we need,” said Laura Dai, Dropit Operations Manager.

“A flexible hiring strategy helps with peak planning when there is a need for an extra pair of hands over a short period of time.  As a small team, we don’t always have the luxury of flexibility, so being able to advertise and recruit via an app is a massive help.”

“We are living and working in such a fast-paced environment these days. Daily conveniences - deliveries, food, transportation – are now required on-demand and at the click of a button.”

For retailers, convenience is the key. As e-commerce continues to grow, the bricks and mortar experience of shop floors and sales assistants is going to change at rapid pace. It was recently announced that online fashion firm, ASOS has overtaken the market valuation of Marks & Spencer. Similarly, the online retailer Amazon is now worth nearly twice as much as Walmart, after overtaking the American grocery chain in 2015. How does this then affect the way that we’re shopping in store today?

"We believe that the future of retail will be where the offline and the online come together."

Amazon Go leads the pack in depicting the ‘store of the future’, fueled by artificial intelligence, augmented reality and robot technology. By all accounts, tomorrow’s shop floor will not just be digitised, it will be a completely new offering. Stores will once again become the places people go to discover, learn and get inspired.

So, what does all this mean for the future of Dropit?

“We believe that the future of retail will be where the offline and the online come together. We want to cement our value proposition as a must-have service that’s quick and easy for retailers to implement and more importantly delivers results. Our goal is to be on every smartphone in London, to allow people to shop lighter, easier and hands-free!”

 

Do you require on-demand staff to get you through this festive season? Get in touch at luke@gigtogig.co.uk to find out more.

 

Hospitality and The Hard Truth of Brexit
Antony Woodcock, MD

I’m never one to stray too far from the truth, regardless of how unpopular it may be and I am afraid that once again I will probably find myself in the firing line for telling it how I see it. The time has come however to strip back the veneer and be brutally honest about the immediate future of the industry that I know and love.

For years now the UK hospitality industry, London specifically, has been completely and utterly dependant on our mainland neighbours to the south with regards to staffing our typically lower paid jobs. I say lower paid rather than lower skilled as as a hospitality professional I never underestimate nor take lightly the impact of an experienced, hard working maid, cleaner, kitchen porter or waiter. They are the backbone of our industry and as many of you will be experiencing currently, we can not operate without them. Your hotel could more than likely survive the business day without your General Manager but I challenge you to keep it running without enough maids.

Why has hospitality been able to pay so little for so long when other industries seem to have adapted...

We have all been slowly but surely feeling the impact that Brexit is having on recruitment and if you haven’t then you are one of the lucky few and I’d love to know what it is you are doing. Wednesday last week however seemed to be the final straw that broke the camel's back. A leaked paper from the home office setting out post Brexit immigration proposals seems to have taken an uncertain situation and turned it into all out panic. If uncertainty has been the cause of rapidly declining net migration figures then what impact will panic have?

So now the Great British public has decided to strip away this workforce and send them back, so that we can return to Britain for the British. As much as I don’t agree with the sentiment I can understand it. There are many hard working Brits who can't find work and unless you really understand what's going on out there, it's easy to see other nationalities working in our bars and restaurant and just make a sweeping statement that that’s a job that could easily be filled by an unemployed Brit. The truth is however that most Brits wouldn’t do that same job for the amount of money a migrant would.

Now who’s to blame for the impending labour shortage? Certainly not the migrants who are leaving the country or not coming in as they did before. No it is our fault, the business owners and operators. That includes me just to be clear, as someone with interests on both sides of the employment fence (an employer and a provider of staff) I have to admit that I am guilty of paying the industry average.

For too long we have exploited this willing workforce to keep our staff costs at a minimum. We got complacent because we thought the supply would never end. We have taken this work force for granted and by the looks of it they have had enough and who can really blame them.

For too long we have exploited this willing workforce to keep our staff costs at a minimum. We got complacent because we thought the supply would never end…

In very quick hindsight, a paragraph to be specific, it probably is a little bold to say that businesses owners and operators in the space are solely to blame. Most business costs have gone up but our prices haven't and so we manage the situation as best we can. We might not be completely to blame but we are certainly responsible for what we do next.

What do we do next? Well it’s fairly simple, painful for most businesses to accept but simple all the same. We have to match our competing industries pay. We have to meet the pay expectations of the British public as we try and encourage them to fill the gap that’s being left behind. Is it really a bad thing either, we should have been increasing our pay rates incrementally over time anyway to stay competitive but instead of increasing at 10/20p a year, most of us will now have to accept a jump of £1 plus in as much as a matter of weeks and months.

The next three months are traditionally the industry's busiest which make them the hardest. This year however they have the potential to be one of the hardest of all time…unless we all work with one another to make it through. We need to be honest with ourselves and honest with each other about the challenges we face and the difficult but simple solution hanging over our head.

GIG will be reaching out to all its partners with regards to sitting down in the coming weeks to discuss the current industry issues and our strategy with regards to managing these.

GIG partner or not if you would like to discuss any of the issues highlighted in this article please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Further Reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/06/eu-citizens-in-disbelief-over-uks-le http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/07/03/hospitality-industrys-rapid-growth-threat-without-government/ 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/brexit-to-cause-60000-job-hospitality-recruitment-shortage-industry-warns-but-will-government-listen-a7659671.html

http://www2.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2017/06/19/low-paying-sectors-turn-to-eu-staff-because-they-can-t-recruit-brits-study-finds.aspx

 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hospitality-bosses-told-to-smell-the-coffee/

Disruption is a Dirty Word

disrupt

dɪsˈrʌpt/

verb

interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.

On the empty streets of Paris, 2008, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp are having trouble hailing a taxi. In an age of smartphones and GPS tracking this seems like a ludicrous situation to be in. By the side of the road, a simple idea is born - tap a button, get a ride.

Fast forward to the present day and the world is somewhat familiar with Travis Kalanick and his ridesharing service, Uber. The term ‘disruption’, synonymous with Uber’s meteoric rise, has become a buzzword in business circles. Casually place it in your pitch and watch hungry investors gleefully throw their cash at you.

Airbnb, Uber, Deliveroo - now household brands. If you can take an outdated process and put a modern, tech-savvy spin on it, you can make a big difference. If you can do this while simultaneously making it easier and cheaper for the consumer, you’ve surely hit a home run.

What are commonly referred to as disruptive companies are in fact those that have seized an opportunity that complacent industry leaders were unaware of. They have looked at consumer demand and discovered a new commercial avenue to satisfy that demand.

If we set aside the recently aired, dirty laundry of their businesses ethics and focus on their offering, Uber ‘disrupted’ the taxi industry by producing a model that was cheaper, easier and modernized. Airbnb caught the hotel sector off guard by completely bypassing the industry and tapping into the real estate market to offer holiday accommodation to the same target demographic. The promise of a cultural experience, a personalised digital platform and a constantly evolving pricing structure that’s in line with demand and availability made it impossible for a long standing industry to compete directly. Even the music industry is at the mercy of streaming services, Apple and Spotify

It’s not about disruption, it’s about development. It's about ease of access. It's map tracking and driver details. No fuss credit card payments with instant email receipts. Black cabs dug their own grave by becoming unaffordable and unwilling to move with the needs of their passengers. Uber exploited this with a digital platform that offered passengers cheaper market rates, a wide network of drivers and real-time information on where their ride is and how much it will cost.

Building on a product’s quality, competing on price or streamlining production will always provide feasible opportunities for success when entering existing markets. New business models only disrupt industries that are slow to change. It’s no coincidence that it tends to be third party suppliers that shake the shoulders of these industries, forcing them to wake up and act.

Smart companies recognise that innovation is inevitable and adopt it as an active business strategy. The challenge is then deciding how to manage it.

As flat footed leaders soon learn, the real cost in business is doing nothing.

The Shoreditch
145 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JE

Catch the tube to Shoreditch High Street Station, Old Street Station or even Liverpool Street Station and wander down the high street to The Shoreditch.

Do not miss out on some great drink offers – 4 Piston Heads for £10 or 2 cocktails for £10 everyday, 2pm – 8pm. Try a Red Brazilian filled with raspberries, lime wedges and more. Or get that Gin drink if you’re a gin lover, the Gin Garden might be the one for you.

How to Get the Perfect Profile

Imagine you are one of our Providers - desperately in need of someone, sifting and swiping through a list of candidates looking for a match...

So it’s like Tinder for jobs, yeah?

Well no, not exactly.

GIG matches you with businesses in hospitality and retail who are looking for shift workers. So, whilst like your dating apps you’re aiming to impress, remember to keep your GIG profile job focused. It’s a different kind of first impression here. Remember this will be future employers looking at you and not future crushes...so that means no emojis, no gifs and no memes! Starting to panic? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve put together some top tips to get you that show stopping profile...

Profile Picture

Let’s start with your picture. Here’s a chance to assure your Provider that you are smart, presentable and the right fit for their business. Why not give your hair a brush, find good lighting and give us a smile!

Whilst there is more to you than a profile image, you do have the chance to show your best presented self so why not make the most of this and improve your chances of getting hired? One final thing...please, please, please…no snapchat filters!


Skills and Experience

Here you can really go to town on what your past holds - career wise or any interesting achievements you’ve made. Keep this focused and remember to sell yourself. Can you make fantastic cocktails? Can you carry three plates or make special lattes? If you’re stuck on what to write or anything on your profile get in touch and we can help. Here’s a nice example for you:

I have been trained in silver service by the academy of food and wine. I have worked at many large scale events at a variety of hotels and events spaces including the Intercontinental Park Lane and the Hilton London Bankside. I am punctual, a good listener and a friendly person. I would really appreciate the opportunity to share my experience and enthusiasm with your team.

Don’t be afraid to add some personality here too, and qualities such as leadership, communication and teamwork are all very impressive skills which will stand out to Providers. On one of their many busy days, Providers will appreciate Seeker’s that can immediately demonstrate their experience and get involved and apply their skills where needed.

Training

We don’t want you to worry any further - because we have you covered. GIG Hospitality Training is on every day at the HQ and will cover all the basics. This will also be a chance to learn more about using the app. So why not, come and speak to us and pick up more skills for your profile.


After the Shift

Once the gig is completed, the Providers can give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down. This means that every job counts. Some of the busiest workers at GIG have over a hundred thumbs up and Providers are the first to see these members when looking for someone to cover a shift. Every thumbs up you are given, the higher on the Seeker list you will be, meaning that when our Providers are looking to fill a gig it will be your profile that it most likely to succeed.

Final Word

The more jobs you apply for the more success you are likely to have.

Remember, if you find that the jobs that you have applied for are still pending close to the time of the shift, this could mean you might not be successful on that occasion but don’t let this put you off. The stronger you make your profile the more likely you are to gain shift work. Imagine over time how your experience will grow as a result and how impressive your profile will be.

It’s only up from here!

Grow your profile and find flexible shift work in your area! Get the free app now on App Store and Google Play.

Tank and Paddle London
Minster Court, 3 Mincing Lane
London EC3R 7AA

A place dedicated to sharing the love for craft beer and all things it stands for. This bar takes pride in the fact “a lot of love gets poured into craft beer.” “Simple and unhampered.”

Depending on your mood, depending on the day and if you’re wanting to be indulgent on a “school night”, £2 for the first 100 pints on “Tank Tuesdays”, a pint or a pizza £10 on “T.A.P. 10 Wednesdays”, bottled and canned beers £4 on “Craft Thursdays” and “Don’t worry be hoppy on Hoppy Fridays” is the deal. What a way to fill your schedule!

What to Expect at the GIG HQ
Ready to Get Your GIG? Come Say Hello!

Ok, so you've heard all about it, downloaded the app and now you’re ready to find work? Well now we want to meet you!

This is your opportunity to meet the team, get verified and understand how it all works. So read on to find out all the juicy details about where we are located, what happens during the registration process and how to get involved in our daily training sessions - so you can start to search, work and enjoy!

Finding Us

You can find us at 11 Beavor Lane, just a short stroll from Ravenscourt Park Station on the District line or if you like your strolls a little longer, Hammersmith Station is close too! When you enter the office, head up to the first floor where you'll be greeted by a member of the recruitment team who will ask what kind of role you are interested in before directing you to the registrations screens where you can begin the application process.

Registering

Registering for the app doesn't take long. The home page will ask what roles you are interested in and once decided you will be asked to enter in your personal details including bank and National Insurance details, your past work history and any qualifications you hold. Once completed our recruitment team will have a chat with you to learn more about your past experience, availability and talk you through how to connect to our free wifi and download the app. To make sure your trip to HQ is just a solo one, bring along a copy of your CV, your right to work in the UK documents, National Insurance Number, bank details and also bring along some smart garms (more on that later!)

Daily Training

If you don't have any previous work experience don’t worry! We hold hospitality training every day at 2pm Monday to Friday. Training is held by our recruitment team and covers all you need to know about the GIG app, how to strengthen your profile, silver service preparation and important information around the hospitality industry including allergies, intolerances and more! This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, meet the team and learn about how you can stand out from the crowd.

Uniform

We work with some of the best hotels across London and in order to work at these swanky digs you need to look pretty swanky yourself. One of the most important features of the app is the notes section. This is where you will find details about the uniform, who to see when you arrive and any other important details to make the best impression at the gig. It makes it easier for us to mark on our systems that you have the rights tools for the job so come dressed for success. Smart black trousers/skirt white shirt, white long sleeve button up shirt and black leather enclosed shoes.

Search, Work, Enjoy!

When it’s all set and done the team will help you complete your registration and get you active on the platform. With plenty shifts available daily across Central & Greater London many of our new seekers can start working immediately. So what are you waiting for? Download the GIG app and come and visit the team at the office today!

Ready to meet the team? We're open Mon - Fri, 9am -5pm. Get started by downloading the free app on the App Store and Google Play now.

Patch St Pauls
58 - 60 Carter Lane
London EC4V 5EA

You can visit patch on Carter Lane opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and experience it’s one off nature in one of London’s most famous places. Patch has re – launched itself as an “uber cool” Shoreditch themed cocktail bar and club and even has The Garden Room. With these long, lighter beautiful evenings in London appearing why not enjoy and make the most of every minute here. Why wait for the weekend? Live in the moment.

Happy Hour is 4pm – 7pm Monday to Friday, a big 50% off all house spirits including bottles. Even more reason not to miss this.

A Career in the Kitchen
ANDRE CODRINGTON ON WHY HE CHOOSES TO WORK GIG TO GIG

As a chef you’re constantly learning. The restaurant and catering industry continues to grow, and for the modern workforce this means adapting to new trends and taking on new skills and experience to support this.

The vast levels of responsibilities and new challenges make life as a culinary worker so interesting. Working in different kitchens means new environments to look forward to and new teams to work with. Talented chefs are always in demand and so it’s an exciting time to get started.

We recently caught up with Andre Codrington, GIG Seeker and chef of 18 years, to find out how he got started in the industry, why he chooses to work flexibly and what his ambitions for the future are.

How did you get into being a chef?

I began as an assistant in the Duke’s Hotel, St James’s, London. Over a period of time listening, observing and supporting experienced chefs, I mastered the techniques that helped me become the chef I am today.  It’s true what they say - we all have to start somewhere...

Patience and experience is key to any profession but in particular to this career as I’ve learnt so much from just being around different kitchens. All these experiences gave me the confidence and motivation to progress further, and this has been a huge part of my journey as a chef.    


What attracted you to the flexible work?

The balanced schedule and the flexible work life are important for many reasons. For a chef, working in the same kitchen on the same menu can become repetitive, so working flexibly at different sites makes my work more exciting and fulfilling. I've been cooking for about 18 years and the industry is constantly evolving. The way food is prepared is always changing, so you're constantly learning modern techniques.

What do you enjoy most about life as a GIG Seeker?

Cooking for me is not just an occupation but a passion. I am able to fulfill this with the click of a button - and this suits my lifestyle. Getting paid for what I enjoy spending my time doing is something that many are in search of. The best thing is that I am able to find out about all these new, exciting opportunities - all from my phone!


What kind of venues do you enjoy working in the most and why?

The busier the better! It’s exciting to cook for so many people. There is significant responsibility when working in these types of environments but I have learnt to apply my knowledge and skill to support where I can. Kitchens can be pressure filled environments but I thrive on this pressure. Success rests upon remaining calm, working hard and being a good communicator.


What are your hopes for the future?

One day I hope to travel to New Zealand and continue working as a chef. Travelling across the world would mean that I can meet new people and learn different cuisines, both of which I thoroughly enjoy. Originally this drew me into this profession and still to this day I value this when looking for work. I’d always wanted a career in the catering industry and 18 years on I continue to be amazed and fascinated by food and cookery across the world.  


Looking to gain experience in some of London’s finest kitchens? GIG has a range of chefs positions to be filled today. Download free on the App Store and Google Play now.

Big Chill House
257 - 259 Pentonville Road, King's Cross
London N1 9NL

A large bar and events space in King’s Cross. We must mention the roof terrace, undoubtedly, a roof terrace is the ultimate place to chill out in the British Spring and Summer time, right?

Craft drink menu, yummy food, DJs every Friday and Saturday until 3am. This sounds like the ideal location to go wild at the weekend.

Every Thursday night Big Chill has #TBT with Neil Barrett, where throwback music takes over. All the old school classics you might almost have forgotten are played with the resident DJ’s personal take on the 80s, 90s and Motown and Rock ‘n’ Roll bringing flashbacks to the past from 7pm. 

Big Chill House, a large bar and events space in King’s Cross.
Elephant and Castle pub
119 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BN

This is the pub that named the area and it dates back to 1765. Get a bottle of wine for £14.95 at the cheapest and enjoy a glass with a group of friends on a warm summer’s evening. Wednesday night is pub quiz night at £1, starting at 8pm. Or Sunday night hip hop karaoke, starting at an earlier time of 6pm is held in the basement bar – Sunday nights just got a whole lot more fun!

Barrica
62 Goodge Street
London W1T 4NE

With over 20 sherries and over 100 white, red, rose and sparkling wines available it seems that there must be something for you. Why stick to alcohol, Barrica is very proud of their coffee or if you do fancy something alcohol based, then the Spanish gin made in the London – dry style, along with Spanish brandies are on offer. If it’s just a larger beer you’re after, then a crisp Mahou Cinco Estrella is for you!

Bar Social
245 Lavender Hill
London SW11 1JW

We mentioned cheap drinks, it doesn’t get much cheaper than £5 cocktails Sunday to Friday. It might be super cheap but cocktails are told to be exquisite and award winning. With this being in walking distance of both Clapham common and Clapham Junction tube and train stations might suit your needs.

Roadhouse
Jubilee Market, The Piazza Covent Garden
London WC2E 8BE

If you’re looking for a place to visit with a “complete party package” then you’re in for a treat. Roadhouse promises vibrant, personality, distinct style, collection of cocktails and an electric atmosphere, all surrounded by lively entertainment.

Wait for it… It gets even better! Happy Hour is on all days of the week 5.30pm – 7.30pm, meaning this is perfect for the ‘skint student’. Beers are priced at £3.00, not emptying the piggy bank entirely!

Enjoy!

North London
The Bar With No Name
69 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AA

Tucked away the backstreets of Islington, The Bar With No Name is an award winning cocktail bar. Everyone sits inside one cosy room and their 1950’s Italian Cafe’ look gives it a certain film noir feel.

The drinks menu is alternative and dynamic in its choice of flavours –  a sweet and bubbly glass of “Toffee Apple Fizz” sounds to us like a fantastic way to incorporate one of your five a day.

Non – Alcoholic cocktails are also sold for those of you on your best behaviour as well as a cheeky bite to accompany. The best time to hit the bar and explore the menu has got to be for the live music. The House Pianist, Maurice Horhut, performs Tuesdays and Thursdays 20:00 until 23:00.

Price of a drink: £10.50 for most house cocktails.

Ladies and Gentlemen
2 Highgate road
London, NW5 1NR

A neighbourhood bar with an impressive list of quirky, quality cocktails. The menu includes homemade liqueurs and syrups, botanicals and herbs. Experience the fresh, soft fruits that are taken from the allotments of Hampstead Heath and enjoy the delicious snacks which even include homemade sausage rolls made daily. What’s not to like? Drinks with (sort of) healthy content and comfort food all in one place – the dream!

It’s usually packed on a Friday night, so If you fancy the chance to experience this unusual space be sure to arrive early.

Price of a drink: Prices vary between £8.00 and £9.00 for most drinks

Ladies & Gents. Tiny haunt for cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients and craft spirits
East London
Hawksmoor
Spitalfields, 157A Commercial Street
London, E1 6BJ

Hang out in this cool, edgy looking space and enjoy the beauty of the basement. It would be silly not to explore what The Guardian claims as a “A cocktail list to die for.” Why not enjoy a refreshing Marmalade Cocktail or a fun “disco drink”. Fruity and exotic, yet strong, might be all you’re after! You can get the chance to enjoy all this on a Monday – Thursday 5.30 – 11pm, Friday and Saturday until 1am.

Price of a drink: Cocktails vary in prices, starting at £9.75 and the most expensive at £12.50.

Duck and Waffle
110 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N4AY

If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Duck and Waffle’s stunning views. The menu at this bar incorporates ingredients that are either thought to be waste or labelled by society as past their time, as encouraged by head of cocktail and spirit development himself Richard Woods. Experience the Duck and Waffle on any day of the week at 11.30pm – 5am.

Price of a drink: Cocktails are mostly similarly priced to each other at £14.00. At £15.00 you can go for a champagne cocktail and if you’re feeling like spending the extra cash, a bottle of white wine starts at £33.00.

Duck & Waffle. British and European cuisine served 24/7 in modern, 40th-floor space
West London
The Portobello Star
171 Portobello Road, Notting Hill
London, W11 2DY

Found in the ever trendy Notting Hill with a traditional mixed modern look. For those interested in a learning a bit of history, 71 Portobello Road was once listed on the 1836 census as a ‘Beer Shop’ and some historians believe to date back to 1740. Why not go along and soak up this history, enjoy a Raspberry Marciano and have your own experience.

If you’re looking for a quiet drink with a friend then maybe visit on a mid week evening to relax the way you want to. Or if you’re after a lively evening out then this might be your Friday night place.

Price of drink: Cocktails ranged mostly around the £9.00 mark.

Rum Kitchen
6 – 8 All Saints Road
London, W11 1HH

The cocktail menu at the Rum Kitchen has been put together over 4 years of testing and tasting. The wonderful thing about the Rum Kitchen is that they use real life accounts on their travels and inspiration using the advice of the greatest mixologists, blenders and bars in the world. The Rum Kitchen has gone for what they call a “new school attitude” but if it’s classic rum you’re into then be sure to enjoy this too.

There is a wide range of rum taken from all over the Caribbean and it is often updated. Happy our is 5 – 7 for rum cocktails! This might be the perfect opportunity for some pre drinks and start your night out with some inexpensive cocktails.

Price of a drink: Rum begins at £4.50 and other spirits are £4.50.

The Rum Kitchen. Jerk, curry and gumbo dishes in an easygoing venue with colourful decor and mismatched furniture.
South London
The South Sider Cocktail Club
56 Battersea Rise
London, SW11 1EG

Where they claim to take the drinks seriously, but not themselves. A neighbourhood hang out serving in – house produced cocktails, using fresh ingredients. Relax in a cosy booth and be welcomed by the Cocktail Club.  

From an Aperol Super Spritz to a Rum Fizz, the options are varied and is an  ideal venue for the cocktail connoisseur.

Price of a drink: You won’t get much change out of a tenner.

Adventure Bar
89 – 91 Battersea Rise, Clapham Junction
London, SW11 1HW

With a time traveller’s workshop and home interior, part Victorian museum and part re imagining of the future,  this bar is the place to hold bold parties and nights out in South London. The list of cocktails is vast and adventurous (as suggested by the name) Get to Adventure bar on Monday to Saturday between 5pm – 8pm and make the most of the happy hour 2 for 1 cocktails!

Price of drink: Cocktails are mostly £9.00 if you visit outside of the happy hour.

Never miss a night out again with GIG’s 24 hour payment. Get the free app now on App Store and Google Play now.

Cocktails & Music, at Adventure Bar in Clapham
London Tipple: The Skint Student
LONDON TIPPLE:
THE SKINT STUDENT

As promised, The London Tipple series reveals London’s best drinking spots, whatever your situation. This time we are considering the ‘Skint Student.’ A relatable one for many. If you’re going to procrastinate and take a study break, you might as well do it well. Here’s where to go without losing too many coins.

The Shoreditch
145 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JE

Catch the tube to Shoreditch High Street Station, Old Street Station or even Liverpool Street Station and wander down the high street to The Shoreditch.

Do not miss out on some great drink offers – 4 Piston Heads for £10 or 2 cocktails for £10 everyday, 2pm – 8pm. Try a Red Brazilian filled with raspberries, lime wedges and more. Or get that Gin drink if you’re a gin lover, the Gin Garden might be the one for you.

Tank and Paddle London
Minster Court, 3 Mincing Lane
London EC3R 7AA

A place dedicated to sharing the love for craft beer and all things it stands for. This bar takes pride in the fact “a lot of love gets poured into craft beer.” “Simple and unhampered.”

Depending on your mood, depending on the day and if you’re wanting to be indulgent on a “school night”, £2 for the first 100 pints on “Tank Tuesdays”, a pint or a pizza £10 on “T.A.P. 10 Wednesdays”, bottled and canned beers £4 on “Craft Thursdays” and “Don’t worry be hoppy on Hoppy Fridays” is the deal. What a way to fill your schedule!

Patch St Pauls
58 - 60 Carter Lane
London EC4V 5EA

You can visit patch on Carter Lane opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and experience it’s one off nature in one of London’s most famous places. Patch has re – launched itself as an “uber cool” Shoreditch themed cocktail bar and club and even has The Garden Room. With these long, lighter beautiful evenings in London appearing why not enjoy and make the most of every minute here. Why wait for the weekend? Live in the moment.

Happy Hour is 4pm – 7pm Monday to Friday, a big 50% off all house spirits including bottles. Even more reason not to miss this.

Big Chill House
257 - 259 Pentonville Road, King's Cross
London N1 9NL

A large bar and events space in King’s Cross. We must mention the roof terrace, undoubtedly, a roof terrace is the ultimate place to chill out in the British Spring and Summer time, right?

Craft drink menu, yummy food, DJs every Friday and Saturday until 3am. This sounds like the ideal location to go wild at the weekend.

Every Thursday night Big Chill has #TBT with Neil Barrett, where throwback music takes over. All the old school classics you might almost have forgotten are played with the resident DJ’s personal take on the 80s, 90s and Motown and Rock ‘n’ Roll bringing flashbacks to the past from 7pm. 

Big Chill House, a large bar and events space in King’s Cross.
Elephant and Castle pub
119 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BN

This is the pub that named the area and it dates back to 1765. Get a bottle of wine for £14.95 at the cheapest and enjoy a glass with a group of friends on a warm summer’s evening. Wednesday night is pub quiz night at £1, starting at 8pm. Or Sunday night hip hop karaoke, starting at an earlier time of 6pm is held in the basement bar – Sunday nights just got a whole lot more fun!

Barrica
62 Goodge Street
London W1T 4NE

With over 20 sherries and over 100 white, red, rose and sparkling wines available it seems that there must be something for you. Why stick to alcohol, Barrica is very proud of their coffee or if you do fancy something alcohol based, then the Spanish gin made in the London – dry style, along with Spanish brandies are on offer. If it’s just a larger beer you’re after, then a crisp Mahou Cinco Estrella is for you!

Bar Social
245 Lavender Hill
London SW11 1JW

We mentioned cheap drinks, it doesn’t get much cheaper than £5 cocktails Sunday to Friday. It might be super cheap but cocktails are told to be exquisite and award winning. With this being in walking distance of both Clapham common and Clapham Junction tube and train stations might suit your needs.

Roadhouse
Jubilee Market, The Piazza Covent Garden
London WC2E 8BE

If you’re looking for a place to visit with a “complete party package” then you’re in for a treat. Roadhouse promises vibrant, personality, distinct style, collection of cocktails and an electric atmosphere, all surrounded by lively entertainment.

Wait for it… It gets even better! Happy Hour is on all days of the week 5.30pm – 7.30pm, meaning this is perfect for the ‘skint student’. Beers are priced at £3.00, not emptying the piggy bank entirely!

Enjoy!

10 Must Have Apps For Students
(OR THOSE LIVING ON A STUDENT’S BUDGET)

The smartphone is an amazing technological achievement and falls in the same category as TV and the Internet for top innovations to change the World. But just like Television and the Internet permitted content such as The Valleys & The Backpack Challenge, the smartphone has made it possible for anyone to create an app.

Such freedom has brought us i french kiss, Will You Marry Me and 99 Bottles! (for those you are welcome) and many other apps that you never thought you needed.

These ten, however, you do.

DOO

Get ahead with uni and life in general with the ultimate to-do list app, DOO. Tinder-esque for kicking ass at life admin, by turning your to-do list into a stack of stylish cards that you swipe to complete. The cards help you write clear goals, work on them through either daily, weekly or monthly checklists helping you stay ahead with what’s most important and completing them one swipe at a time.

Mimicker Alarm

Thought heading to Inferno on a Wednesday night was a good idea when you have an 8am Philosophy seminar? Don’t worry Mimicker Alarm has you covered. This handy alarm app makes it impossible for you to snooze and forces you to play games using facial recognition to prove you are awake. Suffering from regret? For that you are unfortunately on your own.

Unlockd

Ads sure are annoying. They are also interrupting our mobile lives that little bit more every day. But what if I told you there was an app that would reward you for watching them. Introducing Unlocked. The app that gifts you with discounted mobile bills, extra credit, movies, and loyalty points every third time you unlock your smartphone and view a short ad. Every little helps in London right?

Grabble

Ever find yourself deep in saved items and online shopping tabs on your device with no way to compare what’s the best value that you end up having a complete breakdown, turning off the device and forgetting what you even wanted in the first place?!

This fashion savvy app lets you scroll through major high-street names and more. Swipe right on your favourite items, save and the most exciting part about Grabble is that you will be notified when when your saved items drop in price.

Santander Cycles (Boris Bikes)

It’s no news that public transport can really burn a hole in your pocket. Few buses here, couple of trains there and all of a sudden you realise it’s ham and cheese toasties for the rest of the month. But who needs stuffy trains when they are sending you broke and plus SUMMER IS COMING! Making it the perfect time to download the Santander Cycles.

Super useful in locating your closest Santander Bike stations. Make sure you check out the app suggestions for “Top London Rides”.

Citymapper

Oh CityMapper my most trusted companion. Even though you squander all of my data and chew through my battery power – I still love you. If you want to navigate this amazing city and not get lost on your way to meet your Bumble date this App is a must have. Not only is it extremely easy to use and fun to look at, this app will solve all of your transport problems.

Simply type in your start and end destination and the app will work out several journeys for you, so you can choose the one that suits you best. It show’s you how to get across the city by train, tube, bus, bicycle, boat, and tram. And if you go by foot, it also tells you how many pints of beer you will walk off on your journey.

Time Out

If collecting the Time Out Magazine from your local tube, stalking their website and following them on Facebook is not enough then I highly recommend that you download their beautifully designed and easy to use App. Added features for this handy London guide to EVERYTHING are enhanced locations relevant to you, inspiration for things to do, editors’ picks, easy ticketing options and as an added bonus information about exclusive experiences and discounted offers.

Duolingo

For those long breaks between semesters why not get out of London? But if you are planning to hit the streets of Paris, queue in line for the Berghain or travel the off beaten track in Vietnam, then learning some of the lingo is recommended. Luckily the lovely folk at Duolingo want this to be possible for FREE making it perfect for anyone who wants to try their hand at speaking French, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Swedish or English!

ATM Hunter

Everyone loathes an ATM fee. So ATM Hunter is here to help and help they have. The app uses GPS to locate ATMs closest to you, find particular banks, show types of cash machines nearby and most importantly ensure that you’re not stung by a £3 surcharge by the side of that questionable/amazingly tasty chicken shop you decided to stop at for a wings, burger & chips meal deal.

GIG

Put your hand up if you are tired of monthly pay! Keep it up if you don’t want to work EVERY Friday, Saturday & Sunday til your graduation…but you still need to make money for that holiday in June! GIG is here to answer all of your prayers. With 24 hour pay and the flexibility to choose when and where you want to work, GIG is the online marketplace that connects you with shifts. What are you waiting for? You can download the app here today.

Seeking the Flexible Frontier
SEEKING THE FLEXIBLE FRONTIER

People seek the flexibility of independent work for a number of reasons.

At GIG, we recognise that everyone has their own story and that they use our platform in different ways. Whether it be to fund your time at University, set up your own business or you’re just taking the time out to plan for the future – the on-demand mindset is changing the way people choose to live and work.

This is an emerging industry and things are moving at a rapid pace. As more and more people choose to opt in to this way of working, what kind of GIG seeker could you be?

Have a look at some of the Seekers we’ve spotted so far:

The GIG Graduate

The thought of a part time job whilst fitting in coursework, exams and (of course) socialising can be a complete headache. No one wants to be committed to a part-time contract, standing on a shop floor serving customers when they have upcoming deadlines.

As a recent graduate myself, I can completely understand this struggle. During my first and second year of uni, I had the opportunity to work for a fun and lively pub in the heart of Oxford. Although I gained great experience and met some fantastic people, I wish I’d had the opportunity to be more flexible with the hours I was given. I know I would have been able to enjoy the experience more. It’s very important to maintain a work-life balance at University, and when you burn the candle at both ends, it can be exhausting.

Since launch, GIG naturally has attracted many students to the app – especially those looking to pursue a career within the Hospitality Industry. Students who are able, not only to gain some extra cash, but take their first steps into the industry by enhancing their CV. Receiving payment 24 hours after is just the cherry on top of the cake!

Every GIG Seeker has a story and we relish the opportunity to learn how the on-demand economy is working to support you.

The GIG Go’er

These giggers have bought into the GIG lifestyle and all it’s benefits. They embrace the flexibility and jump at the opportunity to work with a number of exciting businesses all across London.

Some are saving to travel the world, others are just wanting to have another night out. For the on-demand workforce, moving from gig-to-gig as an alternative to the nine-to-five, there is no restriction.

Studies show us that London’s ‘gig economy’ has grown by more than 70% since 2010. One things for sure, we’ll be seeing more and more GIG Go’ers in the years to come.

The GIG Grown-Up

Now that you’ve graduated and embarked on a career, you’re ready to leave flexible work behind! Or perhaps not…

There’s no reasons why a GIG shift can’t be taken on once entering the world of permanent work. With 24 hour payment, it’s no surprise that we have plenty of users on the app in full/part-time employment, looking for a top up on their monthly income.

Flexible hours are also attractive for older workers looking to make money or stay active in retirement, experts say, partly because they have free time they can devote to a job they can take at any time.

Life is all about balance, so why not treat yourself. Pick up those trainers you’ve had your eye on, save for that dream holiday or simply make your weekly food shop that bit more interesting.

Every GIG Seeker has a story and we relish the opportunity to learn how the on-demand economy is working to support you.

The choice is yours, to use GIG how you wish.

Luke Shermer is Business Development Executive for GIG and is based in London. Got a question for Luke? Say hello at Luke@gigtogig.co.uk

Taking Control of My Career
TAKING CONTROL OF MY CAREER

After years of being wrapped up in the education system, guided and graded, leaving University can be a sobering moment. Suddenly it’s all over and you’re let loose into the world, left to fend for yourself and get a firm foot on the career ladder.

Despite the increasing fees and unstable job market, record number of students are choosing to obtain a degree in the hopes of accelerating their careers and pursue a passion. Following the removal of the cap on university places, the Government is predicting that this trend is only likely going to continue. So how do you go about getting ahead in an age where it seems everyone has taken the same path?

Due to the significant rise in the number of graduates, employers are now looking for candidates with tangible work experience. For those looking for a career in the likes of Sales, Marketing, HR etc then operational experience can be key to your rate of progression. After all, how can you sell the guest experience from a sales or marketing perspective if you don’t understand the guest experience?

Looking to ease the transition from education to career, GIG Seeker, Dennis Stamenov, decided to take matters into his own hands.

Currently completing a degree in Business Management, Marketing & Finance at Westminster University, we caught up with Dennis to hear how he went about taking control of his career.

‘Business Management, Marketing & Finance’ sounds like quite the degree – what made you choose it?

I’m originally from Bulgaria, where I worked for an event management company. I’d always enjoyed working with a wide range of people and talent, and found that I am at my best when faced with a problem to solve. Working within a dynamic team to confront and overcome those challenges is when I feel most rewarded.

I’m looking to soak up as much experience in hospitality and management as I possibly can, to then push on and find my own role.

Tell us about your plans for the future?

I chose Business Management because originally I wanted to open my own restaurant and serve italian cuisine. I am a passionate cook and love making and experimenting with different dishes and cuisines. Once I’ve completed my Bachelors Degree, I’ll hopefully go on to complete a MA in Event Management.

I’m also very keen to work abroad as well. I think the more roles you undertake and the more challenges you embrace, it will only help to strengthen your CV. I’m a big believer in that if you set out to enjoy the work you do – you’ll lead a much happier life.

How have you made GIG work for you?

I think anything you do to boost your CV whilst at Uni can make the difference and separate you from the pack. If employers can see that you’re willing to learn and are eager to work in a wide range of roles, you’ll be all the better for it.

I was looking for something flexible around my studies and so GIG seemed like the perfect fit. I really feel that getting this first hand knowledge of the industry from a foundation level, will be of real benefit to me in a future management role.

What have you enjoyed most about the roles you’ve undertaken?

I enjoy being able to do something different every shift. Everything from event management, to working at a wide range of fantastic venues and meeting new people – it’s all valuable experience!

 

Looking to boost your CV? With 24hr payment, the GIG app is always here to help. Download free on the App Store and Google Play now.

London Tipple: The Weekend Millionaire
LONDON TIPPLE: THE WEEKEND MILLIONAIRE
The London Tipple series uncovers the city’s best drinking spots, for whatever your situation. To kick things off, we’re looking at all you Weekend Millionaires. The Gatsby’s out there. Saturday night, in your glad rags and feeling generous. Here’s to you…
North London
The Bar With No Name
69 Colebrooke Row
London, N1 8AA

Tucked away the backstreets of Islington, The Bar With No Name is an award winning cocktail bar. Everyone sits inside one cosy room and their 1950’s Italian Cafe’ look gives it a certain film noir feel.

The drinks menu is alternative and dynamic in its choice of flavours –  a sweet and bubbly glass of “Toffee Apple Fizz” sounds to us like a fantastic way to incorporate one of your five a day.

Non – Alcoholic cocktails are also sold for those of you on your best behaviour as well as a cheeky bite to accompany. The best time to hit the bar and explore the menu has got to be for the live music. The House Pianist, Maurice Horhut, performs Tuesdays and Thursdays 20:00 until 23:00.

Price of a drink: £10.50 for most house cocktails.

Ladies and Gentlemen
2 Highgate road
London, NW5 1NR

A neighbourhood bar with an impressive list of quirky, quality cocktails. The menu includes homemade liqueurs and syrups, botanicals and herbs. Experience the fresh, soft fruits that are taken from the allotments of Hampstead Heath and enjoy the delicious snacks which even include homemade sausage rolls made daily. What’s not to like? Drinks with (sort of) healthy content and comfort food all in one place – the dream!

It’s usually packed on a Friday night, so If you fancy the chance to experience this unusual space be sure to arrive early.

Price of a drink: Prices vary between £8.00 and £9.00 for most drinks

Ladies & Gents. Tiny haunt for cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients and craft spirits
East London
Hawksmoor
Spitalfields, 157A Commercial Street
London, E1 6BJ

Hang out in this cool, edgy looking space and enjoy the beauty of the basement. It would be silly not to explore what The Guardian claims as a “A cocktail list to die for.” Why not enjoy a refreshing Marmalade Cocktail or a fun “disco drink”. Fruity and exotic, yet strong, might be all you’re after! You can get the chance to enjoy all this on a Monday – Thursday 5.30 – 11pm, Friday and Saturday until 1am.

Price of a drink: Cocktails vary in prices, starting at £9.75 and the most expensive at £12.50.

Duck and Waffle
110 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N4AY

If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Duck and Waffle’s stunning views. The menu at this bar incorporates ingredients that are either thought to be waste or labelled by society as past their time, as encouraged by head of cocktail and spirit development himself Richard Woods. Experience the Duck and Waffle on any day of the week at 11.30pm – 5am.

Price of a drink: Cocktails are mostly similarly priced to each other at £14.00. At £15.00 you can go for a champagne cocktail and if you’re feeling like spending the extra cash, a bottle of white wine starts at £33.00.

Duck & Waffle. British and European cuisine served 24/7 in modern, 40th-floor space
West London
The Portobello Star
171 Portobello Road, Notting Hill
London, W11 2DY

Found in the ever trendy Notting Hill with a traditional mixed modern look. For those interested in a learning a bit of history, 71 Portobello Road was once listed on the 1836 census as a ‘Beer Shop’ and some historians believe to date back to 1740. Why not go along and soak up this history, enjoy a Raspberry Marciano and have your own experience.

If you’re looking for a quiet drink with a friend then maybe visit on a mid week evening to relax the way you want to. Or if you’re after a lively evening out then this might be your Friday night place.

Price of drink: Cocktails ranged mostly around the £9.00 mark.

Rum Kitchen
6 – 8 All Saints Road
London, W11 1HH

The cocktail menu at the Rum Kitchen has been put together over 4 years of testing and tasting. The wonderful thing about the Rum Kitchen is that they use real life accounts on their travels and inspiration using the advice of the greatest mixologists, blenders and bars in the world. The Rum Kitchen has gone for what they call a “new school attitude” but if it’s classic rum you’re into then be sure to enjoy this too.

There is a wide range of rum taken from all over the Caribbean and it is often updated. Happy our is 5 – 7 for rum cocktails! This might be the perfect opportunity for some pre drinks and start your night out with some inexpensive cocktails.

Price of a drink: Rum begins at £4.50 and other spirits are £4.50.

The Rum Kitchen. Jerk, curry and gumbo dishes in an easygoing venue with colourful decor and mismatched furniture.
South London
The South Sider Cocktail Club
56 Battersea Rise
London, SW11 1EG

Where they claim to take the drinks seriously, but not themselves. A neighbourhood hang out serving in – house produced cocktails, using fresh ingredients. Relax in a cosy booth and be welcomed by the Cocktail Club.  

From an Aperol Super Spritz to a Rum Fizz, the options are varied and is an  ideal venue for the cocktail connoisseur.

Price of a drink: You won’t get much change out of a tenner.

Adventure Bar
89 – 91 Battersea Rise, Clapham Junction
London, SW11 1HW

With a time traveller’s workshop and home interior, part Victorian museum and part re imagining of the future,  this bar is the place to hold bold parties and nights out in South London. The list of cocktails is vast and adventurous (as suggested by the name) Get to Adventure bar on Monday to Saturday between 5pm – 8pm and make the most of the happy hour 2 for 1 cocktails!

Price of drink: Cocktails are mostly £9.00 if you visit outside of the happy hour.

Never miss a night out again with GIG’s 24 hour payment. Get the free app now on App Store and Google Play now.

Cocktails & Music, at Adventure Bar in Clapham
To Gig Or Not To Gig? That is the Question
TO GIG OR NOT TO GIG? THAT IS THE QUESTION

It seems that most of the news stories I read about the gig economy have undertones of doom concerning the future of the UK workforce. Apparently the flexible work community will never be able to afford to enter the property market or retire comfortably – in recent news it was even the cause of Brexit. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I live in London and even without working gig to gig, I don’t think I will ever be able to afford to buy a house here either.

With much maligned press can come uncertainty and it is sometimes easier to just press the panic button. But let’s be real here the gig economy is not new, it is just being made more accessible with technology and greater connectivity. Technology is now the broker, connecting those who can do, with things that need doing. And those in the driver’s seat now have the opportunity to get involved and shape their industries for the better of both businesses and  employees.

The gig economy has the potential to enable businesses to transform their resourcing strategies, construct more streamlined and tailored recruitment procedures, save time, manage seasonal shifts and save money- and in our current political climate, that doesn’t sound too bad. And the workers? The gig economy makes it possible for those starting up their own businesses to make extra money, mums to work part-time, students to choose their own hours so they can focus on their studies and work when and how they want- making what’s important to individuals the priority.

Apparently the flexible work community will never be able to afford to enter the property market or retire comfortably.
I live in London and even without working gig to gig, I don’t think I will ever be able to afford to buy a house here either.

McKinsey Global Institute’s most recent report showed that thirty percent of working people are engaging in independent work and seventy percent choose to do so for greater flexibility. And flexibility is key here. The gig economy is built on the foundation that through flexibility and choice individuals can utilise their skills and equity and offer them to others for gain- enabling a two way marketplace for businesses and workers to operate. Theoretically a win-win.

I do however think it is important to mention that a great deal of the gig economy news has been geared towards workers rights and I will add that the Government’s involvement and endorsement will  be key to the rate of progress.

It is also the responsibility of the businesses that adopt this model, to ensure that their workforce is fully educated on what benefits they do and do not receive, and that the workers fully understand the pros and cons of working this way.

Related: Why it’s Time to Rethink Your Hiring Strategy

So does that mean that the gig economy is going to be good for all of us? Probably not and that is because flexibility is not for everyone. But one thing that is for sure, is that the gig economy is only set to grow here in the UK, making it important for the gig community and also the government to be active in shaping it into an instrumental and positive force for both businesses, employees and consumers.

 

Emma Baptie is Brand Development Executive for GIG and is based in London. Got a question for Emma? Say hello at Emma@gigtogig.co.uk.

Falling Back in Love With My Business
FALLING BACK IN LOVE WITH MY BUSINESS

As every small business owner knows, turning your passion into a business that you make money out of is tough. Based in North London, Nicola Desnoes, is owner and lead designer of Nicol DeNoir™, a bespoke fashion brand looking to offer a new concept to corsetry.

After studying Fashion Design at University, she went on to work in various creative industries before  eventually settling in corsetry design. Today, she trades under her own label.

Nicola came across GIG at a time when she was looking for a second income solution – one that would give her the freedom and flexibility to work around her busy schedule.

We managed to catch up with Nicola, as she looks to take her label to the next level, to get her advice for other young entrepreneurs looking for a similar success story.

What is your long term vision for Nicol DeNoir?

The goal is to make full use of the skills and experience that I have gained over the years and create a label that is innovative and fresh. I want to empower women of all ages and background – whether you are a professional singer performing on stage, an actress attending a red carpet event or just need something extra special to stand out from the crowd.

How has your role changed within the business?

As a one woman band – I have many, many roles! Ultimately though, I see myself as a couturier/corsetiere as well as a designer as so much work goes into each piece.  It is just as important understanding how to construct a garment rather than simply just designing one.  Each piece should be a reflection of skill, dedication and true craftsmanship. 

“I stay motivated by constantly surrounding myself with people. Even as a sole trader, it isn’t healthy to isolate yourself.”

How did it all come about?

My passion for corsetry came about after reaching a crossroad. Once graduating from my studies in Fashion Design, I really didn’t know which direction to go in – I enjoyed everything about the industry!

I knew however that what I wanted was variety and flexibility – to experience working in various fields and industries in the creative and entertainment sector. I don’t see myself as a typical 9-5 type of person.

I had touched on corsetry slightly at University but only pursued it fully once I’d graduated and built up a range of industry experience. Since then I have been figuring it all out as I go along…

What has been the highlight?

It was really difficult at first to find my feet and get set up, so when I won the 09 Twelve Fashion of London Design Award, I had a real sense of achievement and vindication for all the hard work that I had put in to get the label off the ground.

Off the back of this success, my confidence really grew and I was able to reach a whole new audience for my garments and meet with a host of new clients that had discovered the label.

How do you stay motivated?

I stay motivated through sheer passion for what I do, but recently have felt the need to surround myself again with like minded people. Even as a sole trader, it isn’t healthy to isolate yourself.

That may mean just getting away from your computer and going for a walk, gym etc – inspiration can come from everywhere and anywhere. Meet with your clients, get in front of new customers and continue that dialogue. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunity will come your way!

What made you choose GIG?

I stumbled upon the app while doing a Google search and decided to give it a go. It was getting towards Christmas time and I was looking for something to help relieve the pressure to earn. It seemed like the perfect solution for anyone who, like me, was looking for flexibility in between other commitments.

I also had got to the stage with my business where I felt I could benefit from a bit of a break. I wanted to separate myself from my regular job and just try something completely unrelated for a few hours.

How did you make GIG work for you?

The GIG app is perfect for my situation as it’s enabled me to work as and when I choose, without restriction and the commitment you would need working for any other type of company.

I am now able to turn my attention back to my original business and enjoy it again as I’m not constantly having to focus on unexpected overheads/events.

The odd day here and there has been perfect as I’ve been able to work flexibly, recharge my batteries and also meet new people too which is great!

 

Looking for flexible work around your schedule? With 24hr payment, the GIG app is always here to help. Download free on the App Store and Google Play now.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Hyde Park, offers delicious, locally sourced meals and a vibrant selection of drinks at the on-site Urban Meadow Café & Bar.
Practical Ways to Achieve a Work/Life Balance
PRACTICAL WAYS TO ACHIEVE A WORK/ LIFE BALANCE

Achieving a better work/ life balance is easier said than done. We’re working longer hours, commuting further distances and technology has us constantly connected to our colleagues, making it increasingly difficult to switch off.

There will be a thousand articles that preach the benefits of telling your boss where to go, or why hanging your monitor out the window is good for the soul – but not everyone will find it so easy given their situation.

Small changes can make a big difference. If you’re looking to readdress the balance, see if the below could apply to you:

Stop buying stuff that you don’t need

Your heating and eating does not fall into this category.  Your £125 croc skin loafers however, do (seemed like such a good idea). Easing up on needless expenses can relieve the pressure to earn more. Go spend those spare pennies out with friends instead.

Spend smartly

Lidl is cheaper than Waitrose. Cycling to work is free. And no-one should be wearing croc skin loafers.

Power out

Your relationship with your employer is simple: you are selling your labour at an agreed price for the number of hours specified. Anything outside of office hours should be your own time. Switch off your emails the moment you walk out the door and stay disconnected until the morning.

Limit the TV

It’s far too easy to get in from work and binge on bad TV. Before you know it, the night is over and you’re dozing on the sofa – still in your work clothes. Don’t live for the weekend.

Get some exercise

Which brings us nicely to the next point: when we are not active enough outside of work, it has a knock on effect. We end up lethargic and constantly feeling tired and run down. In an article in the Harvard Business Review, people who managed to stick with their regular exercise routine experienced less trouble finding an optimal work-life balance, possibly because structured activity helped them become better at time management and more confident in their ability to pull off the demands of both work and home. Walk home occasionally or chase a ball for 90 minutes – take your mind of things.

Work smarter, not longer

Just because you’re staying behind late doesn’t mean that you’re being productive. More than two-thirds of employees say they are working longer hours than two years ago, but only 10% believe they are more productive.

If you’re in a role where you manage your own time then make a list of everything you need to achieve that day. Set yourself mini deadlines and completely focus on the one task at hand. When we’re overcome with a million things that need doing, it’s very easy to just sit there and panic – an hour goes by and you haven’t actually done anything.

If you compartmentalize your workload and there’s still work left at the end of the day – speak to your manager.

Take a break

Don’t eat lunch at your desk. You’ll end up answering emails and no doubt making a mess on the keyboard. Move away from your screen. Go for a wander. Read a book or listen to your music. Research suggests that workers who have short, frequent breaks during the workday have more stamina and fewer aches and pains when they return to work. Listen to research.

Have a life away from work

What do work colleagues talk about on a night out? Exactly.

 

Never miss a night out again with GIG’s 24 hour payment. Get the free app now on App Store and Google Play now.

How exactly has your recruitment process changed?

We have a lot more control over the staff that we accept. Now that we can view seeker profiles and decide for ourselves, we are able to ensure that we hire the very best staff. Because of this we have found that the employees on the GIG app have been far superior with the quality, reliability and attitude towards their work.

Has this change in model affected your business?

We are able to be a lot more responsive to demand.  If it’s a busy time of the year, or a member of my staff rings in sick, I can just jump on the phone and quickly set up a gig request. I can even nudge a few people to ask for help and within minutes have covered that position – even if it is for the same day or even that night.

Signing in and out is quick and easy as well – not the paper version that most companies are using which can be an issue – so we end up paying for exactly what we use.

Have you managed to reduce the cost of hiring?

Yes, we are now in a position where we can better manage our hiring costs and keep track of all our monthly payments. It’s a very simple process.

Find out how GIG can help your business. Download the app today or speak to a member of our sales team at: Sales@gigtogig.co.uk

Where To Go When You Need To Get Away
WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU NEED TO GET AWAY

Flick through Facebook these days and chances are your friends are either getting married, having kids or suffering a minor breakdown. Some might even be having all three. So where does that leave the rest of us?

In need of a break most likely. We’re forever being told that millennials prefer spending money on an “experience” — such as a holiday — over something tangible that they could own. An overdraft over a savings account, basically.

Student debt, poorer pension provision and a ludicrous housing market all make for pretty grim reading. So time to put some money aside and start planning your escape. Leave it all behind and get some inspiration below…

Thailand

Touch down in Bangkok and you’re already panicking about the possibilities. Will one of us really end up with a face tattoo? Will DiCaprio whisk me away to an uninhabited island? Will the woman of my dreams actually be a man? Welcome, to the life and soul of Asia’s backpacking scene.

For those of you who are seeking the sights, head north. At temple-galore, Chiang Mai – rent yourself two wheels and scoot on up the mountain to Pai. Whether you’re there for the street stalls, waterfalls or a snap with a heavily sedated tiger – there’s something for everyone.

If it’s the beaches you’re looking for then any sight of the moon will bring about a bash in the south. Hop around the Eastern Islands, layer on the UV paint and swig from a bucket of rum – the Full Moon parties are year round in Koh Pha Ngan.

Everyone tells you how cheap Thailand is. It’s cheap in an expensive way. It’s so cheap you’ll end up buying two of everything. Twice the food, twice the drink, twice the hangover, twice the fun. Go. Go now.

Eurail

Eurail is a right of passage and something that every young group of inbetweeners should experience. Four weeks in each others pockets and you’ll find out who your mates really are.

Whilst it’s good to have an idea of where you want to go, the beauty of Eurail lies in the fact that you can be creative and flexible with your travel plans. Book a few hostels before you go, and your flight back – but then enjoy the freedom to decide in the moment. See what takes your fancy on the day and jump aboard the next departing train! Eurail Timetable will be a handy tool to have around.

Night trains are always sold as a great idea but the reality is a sleepless night with ten sweaty strangers, all wrestling to get comfortable. If you’ve planned a full day’s worth of sightseeing, you might be better off booking a bed for the night. White t-shirts will look dirty quickly and you’ll be needing plenty of baby wipes.

A month’s pass across the rails of Europe can set you back as little as £500. You’ll meet a ton of travellers in your hostel who you can swap stories with and get first hand knowledge of all the best places to go. You’ll all have group nights out and wear bum bags and be facebook friends for life!

Okay, so you’ve now done the party holidays. You’ve had the group t-shirts made and stood on enough foam filled dancefloors to realise that EDM was never really for you…

Australia

Everyone knows someone who has buggered off to ‘straya. They no doubt inundate you with photos of all their tanned times. As you surf the Daily Mail at work they’re just surfing. The great Aussie adventure. Well now it’s time to cash in that friendship and pay their sofa a visit.

If you’re after a career break, and are eligible for a visa, Australia is the perfect place to pick up casual work alongside your travels. Just Google ‘backpacker jobs’ for whichever city you’re interested in. It doesn’t necessarily just have to be bar/ restaurant work either. Working in a gelato shop is pleasant enough (plus you get free gelato).

Melbourne is the obvious place to start and finish, since it will be the easiest to get international flights to. If you’re on a tight budget then staying at youth hostels throughout the trip will be a good way of spending lightly and meeting other travellers.

It’s also definitely worth getting out of the cities at some point. If you’re wandering in rural and outback Australia, you may find you’re suited to ‘life on the land’. It’s tough work but most farm jobs will include accommodation and all your meals, so you’ll be able to save as you go.

Take along a trusted copy of Lonely Planet Guide and you won’t go wrong.

South America

Okay, so you’ve now done the party holidays. You’ve had the group t-shirts made and stood on enough foam filled dancefloors to realise that EDM was never really for you.

You’ve even breezed around Eurorail. But now you’re thinking it’s time to step things up and really travel? Well then, there’s only one place for it.

From world-famous landmarks like Machu Picchu and Christ the Redeemer, to the tropics of the Amazon rainforest, South America is home to some of the most stunning sights on the map.

Whilst we’d recommend going with the flow for Eurorail – it’s wise to do your research if you’re considering backpacking these parts. Safety will be a concern in some cities – but rather than being overwhelmed by this, simple steps like booking your hostels in advance and scheduling a bus the day before will put your mind at rest. It will also help to learn a little bit of the lingo before you go, even if you only have the basics.

It’s a year round destination and the changing weather gives each place a different vibe at a different time. You won’t be able to cover the whole continent in one trip – so take it slow. Allow yourself to enjoy the little things and have the time to appreciate it. There is a reason why South America is top of the backpacker bucket list.

So, what are you waiting for?

 

Start putting some money aside and go travelling! With 24hr payment, the GIG app is always here to help. Download free on the App Store and Google Play now.

Is the Gig Economy Right For You?
IS THE GIG ECONOMY RIGHT FOR YOU?

The smart marketplace is here, and here to stay. With the tap of a thumb we can connect with a provider of space, a driver of a vehicle or a retailer who runs a virtual shop. Technological progress has changed the way people live and the way that they choose to work.

This ‘gig economy’ promotes itself as a free marketplace enabling people to achieve a better work/ life balance, yet it has been criticised for failing to provide basic workers rights. So what exactly does the gig economy mean for our modern workforce? And how can you be sure that it works in your favour?

The Modern Workforce

The millennial generation and those emerging a decade later, are looking for instant gratification in all aspects of their life. They get it with travel (Uber), takeaways (Deliveroo) and retail (Amazon same day delivery), but they are yet to truly get it with work.

For a modern workforce, the appeal of flexibility and freedom seems to outweigh the long term stability offered by full-time contracts with one employer. Whereas previously the emphasis was on what can you do for an employer, the attitude now has shifted to what an employer can do for you. As a result we’re seeing the rise of a ‘leapfrog’ culture, where workers jump from one job to the next, gig to gig, in order to acquire new skills and further develop their careers.

The benefits of this approach also extend to formerly marginalized workers such as stay-at-home parents, retirees and students. Now they have more options to work how they want, in order to generate extra income, develop skills, or even pursue a passion.

Worker’s Rights

This is an emerging industry, and things are moving at rapid pace. As it stands the “trade off” between flexible working and employment benefits works for some and not others. For those workers that do choose to partake in this way of work, ensuring that they get their due protections and entitlements will be crucial.

This debate has finally reached Whitehall, where Theresa May has appointed Matthew Taylor, an ex-head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, to review legal rights for what Taylor describes as the ‘growing army of people working in new ways’. What the review will conclude is yet to be seen, but many in the space feel that current legislation is out of date.

In this shifting labour market, new specific for the space legislation needs to be cracked, to end the debate once and for all. Companies need to be open and transparent about what they offer and the workers also need to make sure that they fully understand the pros and cons of working in the gig economy.

The Future of Work

A recent Mckinsey report revealed that 20 to 30 percent of the working-age population in the United States and the EU-15, or up to 162 million individuals, engage in independent work. This report found that those who choose to work this way are happier than those in ‘traditional’ jobs.

However, we also know of course that there will be some instances where the trade off just doesn’t work for people. Not everyone will take to the gig economy. It is not reliable as a full income solution – but then was it ever intended to be? The on-demand landscape will cater to those businesses struggling to cope with seasonal demand, who one day find they just need an extra pair of hands. Or those weekend millionaires, who fall short the week before payday and may need a top up on their monthly income.

For those who want to work the more traditional nine to five for one employer, there will still be fixed term employment. There will always be the need for a core group of essential workers and management roles that, for reasons of quality and consistency, companies will want to fill with full-time employees. The gig economy however will provide options for those that would choose to live and to earn in a less traditional, more flexible way.

Finding Us

You can find us at 11 Beavor Lane, just a short stroll from Ravenscourt Park Station on the District line or if you like your strolls a little longer, Hammersmith Station is close too! When you enter the office, head up to the first floor where you'll be greeted by a member of the recruitment team who will ask what kind of role you are interested in before directing you to the registrations screens where you can begin the application process.

5 Gigs To Get You Through University
5 GIGS TO GET YOU THROUGH UNIVERSITY

Your time at University should primarily be spent studying and socialising. That said, uni life ain’t cheap and that loan won’t last as long as you think, so a student job will be inevitable for most.

But as fun as life in a sweaty stockroom may seem (it really isn’t), there are many more interesting ways for students to fund an unhealthy social life. Check out our pick of the bunch below:

BRAND AMBASSADOR

The world has gone digital – but brands still need someone to shift all those flyers and free pens. Students in particular are a lucrative market for advertisers, so they’ll be needing someone at University who is confident, enthusiastic and well-networked.

You’ll be required to attend brand events, PR stunts, on-campus activity – promoting competitions and campaign giveaways. It’s a flexible, well-paid gig to get if you are looking to get into the world of marketing/ event organisation once you graduate.

RIDER

We’re all using these apps to make our lives that little bit lazier, so why not get make some money out of them? The likes of Deliveroo, Uber Eats & Amazon all allow you to pick up shifts on demand and work to your own availability. Get fit cycling side streets, dodging traffic and dropping off tasty treats – just make sure you wear a helmet!

MYSTERY SHOPPER

Look at all those poor hungover faces, resolving customer complaints on half an hours sleep and a can of red bull. Pounding dance music thudding over the speaker system. Know what’s better than working on a shop floor? Assessing people working on a shop floor!

That’s right, essentially the role is to go undercover and pose as a real shopper whilst reviewing customer service levels. Businesses like Market Force and Field Agent require staff who are enthusiastic, reliable and have excellent writing skills.

WAITER/ WAITRESS

A bit of a student cliche we know, BUT it’s an ideal gig to get for those of you who are keen to do a bit of travelling. There is always going to be the demand for skills in this industry, and it’s really good experience to have if you want to hop from cafe to restaurant and earn some money along your travels. Also, let’s not forget the tips!

TUTOR

If you’re spending half your time in the library, you may as well be getting paid for it. Tutoring is a great way to put your studies into practice. You can prepare fellow students for their exams, or tutor mature students in subjects like foreign languages or history. Advertise on free websites and through social media to get the word out there.

Also, remember those thick textbooks you splashed out on at the start of the year that you’ve never touched? Ebay ‘em!

 

Looking for some gigs to get you through uni? Why not download the GIG app available on App Store and Google Play now.

Registering

Registering for the app doesn't take long. The home page will ask what roles you are interested in and once decided you will be asked to enter in your personal details including bank and National Insurance details, your past work history and any qualifications you hold. Once completed our recruitment team will have a chat with you to learn more about your past experience, availability and talk you through how to connect to our free wifi and download the app. To make sure your trip to HQ is just a solo one, bring along a copy of your CV, your right to work in the UK documents, National Insurance Number, bank details and also bring along some smart garms (more on that later!)

Daily Training

If you don't have any previous work experience don’t worry! We hold hospitality training every day at 2pm Monday to Friday. Training is held by our recruitment team and covers all you need to know about the GIG app, how to strengthen your profile, silver service preparation and important information around the hospitality industry including allergies, intolerances and more! This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, meet the team and learn about how you can stand out from the crowd.

Uniform

We work with some of the best hotels across London and in order to work at these swanky digs you need to look pretty swanky yourself. One of the most important features of the app is the notes section. This is where you will find details about the uniform, who to see when you arrive and any other important details to make the best impression at the gig. It makes it easier for us to mark on our systems that you have the rights tools for the job so come dressed for success. Smart black trousers/skirt white shirt, white long sleeve button up shirt and black leather enclosed shoes.

Search, Work, Enjoy!

When it’s all set and done the team will help you complete your registration and get you active on the platform. With plenty shifts available daily across Central & Greater London many of our new seekers can start working immediately. So what are you waiting for? Download the GIG app and come and visit the team at the office today!

Ready to meet the team? We're open Mon - Fri, 9am -5pm. Get started by downloading the free app on the App Store and Google Play now.

How We Reduced the Cost of Hiring
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL LONDON - HYDE PARK
How We Reduced the Cost of Hiring

Located a short stroll from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Hyde Park offers proximity to London’s most popular attractions.

Since being founded in 1919, Hilton has been a leader in the hospitality industry. Today, it remains a beacon of innovation, quality, and success. This continued leadership has been attributed to their team members staying true to these core values.

GIG sat down with Deputy General Manager, Phillippe Dewes, to talk about the changing work environment of the 21st Century and the need to hire on-demand.

Hi Phillippe. Can you tell us about the type of roles that DoubleTree tend to look for?

We usually require Night Luggage Porters to offer a warm welcome to our newly arriving guests. This role requires seekers to assist with luggage and any general queries, deliver items to the guest rooms and assist the night team.

At our peak periods we will also require extra Waiting Staff, to assist with the dinner service at our on-site Urban Meadow restaurant, deliver room service and be of any general help.

What made you initially try out GIG?

Our business needs change rapidly, and because of this we need to be hiring on the move. GIG is not only flexible to the needs of our business but also understands the ever changing work environment of the 21st Century.  The simplicity of the app and the friendly functionality made it an easy choice.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Hyde Park, offers delicious, locally sourced meals and a vibrant selection of drinks at the on-site Urban Meadow Café & Bar.

How exactly has your recruitment process changed?

We have a lot more control over the staff that we accept. Now that we can view seeker profiles and decide for ourselves, we are able to ensure that we hire the very best staff. Because of this we have found that the employees on the GIG app have been far superior with the quality, reliability and attitude towards their work.

Has this change in model affected your business?

We are able to be a lot more responsive to demand.  If it’s a busy time of the year, or a member of my staff rings in sick, I can just jump on the phone and quickly set up a gig request. I can even nudge a few people to ask for help and within minutes have covered that position – even if it is for the same day or even that night.

Signing in and out is quick and easy as well – not the paper version that most companies are using which can be an issue – so we end up paying for exactly what we use.

Have you managed to reduce the cost of hiring?

Yes, we are now in a position where we can better manage our hiring costs and keep track of all our monthly payments. It’s a very simple process.

Find out how GIG can help your business. Download the app today or speak to a member of our sales team at: Sales@gigtogig.co.uk

Why it’s Time to Rethink Your Hiring Strategy
WHY IT’S TIME TO RETHINK YOUR HIRING STRATEGY

The modern workforce are looking for flexibility over and above long term stability. Companies are finally starting to come around to the fact that utilizing these on-demand workers is beneficial for a number of reasons.

Yet while this on demand marketplace won’t be fit for every organization, dependant on the nature of the business, you may find you’re better suited to using temporary staff.  Below we have outlined 5 reasons which may benefit your business:

PAPERS, PAPERS, PAPERS

Onboarding a member of staff to your business can be a lengthy process. Aside from agreeing to the terms and conditions of an employment contract, you are also required to check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. Then there is the matter of handling payroll, tax, NI and other statutory requirements.

Hiring on-demand removes the hassle of HR paperwork and payroll, allowing you to efficiently get the job done by hiring the way you want; on-demand and on the move.

THE RIGHT PEOPLE…

Sometimes it just doesn’t work out with an employee. They may have a fantastic interview, say all the right things and get off to a flying start, but somewhere down the line their situation can change. Maybe your business needs will change. Whatever the reason, hiring on-demand enables employers to quickly and efficiently replace a member of staff without disrupting the business needs.

On-demand workers arrive with a wide range of experience, ready to come in and hit the ground running. And if you find they’re the perfect fit for your business, why not ask them back next time you’re in need.

…AT THE RIGHT TIME

Any working day will have it’s quiet periods and you won’t want staff sitting around with nothing to do just to fulfil contracts. Perhaps you only need someone in as an extra pair of hands to cope with the busy lunchtime period? Or maybe a member of staff has rang in sick last minute? On-demand workers are ready to come in and hit the ground running, whether it’s for a few hours or a full day.  

SCALABILITY

Whilst we all try our best to forecast demand, there is always the possibility that our needs will change or that our business will be affected by an outside factor. With an on-demand workforce, you have the ability to quickly and efficiently scale your number of workers up or down as soon as you want them, as late as you realise.

COST

This is of course the biggest benefit. Increasing agency fees are what businesses highlight as their biggest issue when dealing with recruiters. Even once you have managed to get a member of staff onto your books, there can also be additional costs to face in terms of pension provision, benefits and training.

Hiring on-demand allows you to pay as you go, keeping track of your weekly and monthly spend as well as the number of hours you are posting. Saving on recruitment costs will also allow businesses to pay more per shift, in turn attracting a higher calibre of applicant and creating a fairer marketplace for all.

Hiring an on-demand workforce can enable businesses to save time, effort and cost when recruiting staff. This on-demand economy has only just begun and yet it is moving at rapid pace. So as more and more skilled millennials turn to these platforms to find work, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at your hiring strategy.

Want to find out more about how an on-demand workforce could benefit your business? Why not drop us a line at 07808844121 or email us at: sales@gigtogig.co.uk

Social Life vs Bank Balance
HOW TO WIN THE BATTLE
SOCIAL LIFE VS BANK BALANCE

It’s that time of year again. The clocks have gone back, the winter wardrobe has returned and our summer blues have well and truly kicked in.

And what a summer it was. You lit up instagram, smashed the ‘gap yah’ and freshers was…..an experience. But now you just can’t bare to face the bank balance. Sound familiar? Let’s face it, you’re not alone.

Just because the dark evenings are arriving a little too early now, doesn’t mean you have to give up on an active social life. Putting money worries aside, here are some of the events we’ve got our eye on this winter…

WINTER EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO MISS OUT

Burn Down the Disco: An old school party, with a twist. Every Saturday night at 02 Academy Islington. Open until 18th December

Bogan Bingo – Think Bingo is boring? Think again! Bogan Bingo. A unique night of entertainment delivered by two trailer trash bingo callers with a passion for 80’s and 90’s anthems. Head on over to The Slug at Fulham to get involved.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Professional & amateur photographers display work for the 52nd year. One not to miss! Adult £10.50 – £13.50.

The Royale – Six rounds of gripping boxing theatre production. 4 – 26th November, Westbourne. From £12.50.

Winter Wonderland – Opens 18th November until January. Free to enter so expect queues! Once you’re in though you’ll be sure to get that Christmas spirit boost you’ve been waiting for!

Christmas Market  – The Urban Makers East Christmas Market bring over 50 local designers to the masses. 10th & 11th December, Ecology Pavilion Mile End Park.

TOP SAVING TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Okay, so you now have a very packed social calendar. Work hard and play harder is how it should be! It’s not just the parties, in the run up to Christmas there are all sorts of costs that rack up for…

Meals out or after-work drinksNights out or Christmas partiesBuying Christmas presents, secret Santa’s and treat for yourselfAll whilst having enough money for the weekly basics of course!

But do not fear – here are some top-saving tips to give you a helping hand:

Limit the Coffee Spend.

Contactless is bliss…tap-tap-tap-tap. Too easy! Before you know it your bank statement shows nothing but a long list of skinny latte’s and caramel  cookies. Where did all the money go?! If like us, you’re prone to life’s little treats, then the best tip is to budget for this. Withdraw it in cash at the start of each week and stay disciplined!

Shop wisely

If you don’t know it yet, student discount websites should be your shopping bible. Sites like UNIDAYS & StudentBeans offer great online discounts and the likes of Taste Card or Hot UK Deals, can get you and your friends a cheap bite in a tasty place.

De-clutter

Are your wardrobes filled to the brim? Perhaps it’s time to de-clutter prior to Christmas. Not only will you get some wardrobe space back, but you could also earn some money through selling on sites like eBay or the new Facebook shop.

Apps. Apps. Apps.

There’s an app for everything these days, and of course there’s more than plenty to help you manage your money. Take Monzo  for example. This app enables you to update your balance instantly, gives intelligent notifications, and is actually easy to use!

But no matter how much budgeting you do, how much scrimping and saving, it’s always nice to have a little extra pocket money. And this is where GIG comes in…

Download on the App Store or Google Play and begin your search. Now, get out there and enjoy yourself!

Why I Walked Away From the Corporate World
ANTONY WOODCOCK
WHY I WALKED AWAY FROM THE CORPORATE WORLD

I was 24 when I decided to take the jump. I had been working in brand development for InterContinental Hotels Group for four years across the UK and Europe and also held senior positions at Redefine BDL Hotels.

Back in 2012, I lost my dad to cancer. He founded BDL Management, which now owns and manages some of the biggest hotel brands in the UK, and he taught me pretty much everything I know about business – including to grab an opportunity whenever possible.

So I did and now at 26, I own and run three main businesses with a wide portfolio of other interests – two of these are with my brother, Daniel. These include Maki, a challenger brand to high-street sushi stores, the boutique Parliament House Hotel in Edinburgh and my newest venture, GIG, which matches shift-working millennials with businesses of all sizes to find work within minutes.

It’s easy to say now in hindsight but ditching the corporate life is the best thing I ever did. I knew that from day one. That’s one of the key bits of advice I would offer to anyone else thinking about making the jump: don’t look back. Don’t regret it after 24 hours. Focus on the future and what you believe you can achieve. Obviously it’s not without its difficulties. There are times when I don’t sleep, there’s certainly not any of the perceived glamour. It is a huge amount of hard work and effort but the rewards are there for you and for the people around you.

When I first started in the hotel industry I was washing dishes and cooking in the kitchen. That gave me a great grounding because I knew the business from the bottom up. It’s the same when you’re an entrepreneur, you have to get your hands dirty. That helps when you get knocked down time and again. Your resilience and insight kicks in.

Indeed, self belief is key. You will always face sceptics and easier roads to take. But being an entrepreneur is about walking the difficult path, not taking the easy option. You need a healthy dose of scepticism yourself too. I will always question the norm rather than simply abiding by it. But it is important to remember that being an entrepreneur is not really a job description with set skills, it’s a mentality and it takes drive and courage to go it alone.

“IF YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT TAKING THE PLUNGE, REMEMBER THIS. MAKE SURE YOU’RE DOING IT BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT. IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT, IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE FUN.”

Leaving the corporate world means I finally have the responsibility I desired and in start-ups even the interns have more responsibility than some high level corporate folk. This is one real difference. You have to – and should always – listen to everyone around you. There’s no boss in that top-down sense barking orders, thinking they know best or causing a slowdown in approvals that prevent moving forward.

Naturally there are downsides. You let go of the security blanket of a regular monthly wage; you use up all of your savings – and often more – to fund your hopes and dreams. All the while though, you have a belief that one day it will all come back and be multiplied many times.

For some though, that never happens. It is a huge risk and not everyone will succeed. You always have to have that at the back of your mind. Quitting can sometimes be a mistake, especially if it comes just before you’ve reached your goal, but it can also be self-defeating to keep going full steam ahead racking up the failures.

Weirdly, it’s the lack of security you have though that drives you on, especially when you fail. Failing is good, but you have to learn from it. You have to pivot your ideas, react fast, change your ways of doing things as soon as you realise something isn’t working. Only then can you achieve long-term and stable success.

That’s why it is important to realise you don’t know everything and you can’t do everything. And never ever dwell on past mistakes. Focus on what you can do better NOW and use the bad decisions to make future good ones.

If you’re currently on the corporate treadmill, it might be time to get off. Do you have a burning ambition or idea? Is there a better way of doing things in your industry that you truly believe will be game-changing? If so, don’t just think about it, do something about it.

I can’t promise it will be easy. It won’t. You will likely fail early and fail hard. But then you have to get back on the horse. You won’t be the first and certainly won’t be the last.

The UK is a relatively easy place to start a businesses and it supports young businesses and appreciates the contributions they make to the overall economy. I think people forget just how innovative this country is.

But if you’re thinking about taking the plunge, remember this. Make sure you’re doing it because you love it. If you don’t love it, it’s never going to be fun and when it’s fun you can take the blows, enjoy the successes and have an equally interesting and fulfilling life both professionally and socially.

 

Antony Woodcock is Managing Director of GIG. 

Originally posted on Virgin Entrepreneur here.