Working with freelancers has become a staple of the Internet economy. If you’re running a small business or a side project, you’ve probably come across outsourcing websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and TaskRabbit. Post your project description to an outsourcing site, and a marketplace of freelancers compete to complete it.
If you’ve worked with Internet freelancers, you’ve probably discovered that certain types of projects work better than others. The most reliable results come with tasks that are small, well-defined, and somewhat repetitive: filling in a spreadsheet, tweaking an image, reviewing web analytics reports, monitoring social media accounts, researching stats for a blog post, or triaging inbound emails.
You know, the kind of well-defined task you could easily hand off to a motivated teenager.
Hey, wait a minute, you have one of those! (Or, maybe there’s one just down the block.)
Why outsource a well-defined task to some random person across the globe when you could assign it to that kid living under the same roof?
Okay, back-talking and eyeball rolling are two valid concerns.
But consider the benefits: Your teen will get some insight into modern day entrepreneurship, hone some practical skills, learn how to deliver on a project, gain some freelancing experience, earn some spending money, and...wait for it...possibly even help you.
So, the next time you turn to the Internet gig economy to fulfill a task, look down the hall to your teen’s room instead.
P.S. The image editing for the last three posts was done by my 14 year old gigster.
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