search cancel

GigRove Hooks You Up With An Awesome Housing/Work Exchange

Today’s Killer Startup: GigRove



Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 2.29.14 PM


Elevator Pitch:

GigRove connects talented travelers with housing in exchange for work.


Why It’s A Killer Startup:

The digital nomad trend is growing, my friends. Granted, I live in a major digital nomad bubble. I’m actually writing this post from Hubud, the amazing digital nomad-focused coworking space in Ubud, Bali. The people I see and interact with the most in my day-to-day have all elected to give up the comforts of home in order to hit the road with their laptops and remote jobs.


But I can tell you, as someone who has been working remotely for four years, that this scene wasn’t nearly so active less than half a decade ago. However, as more and more people discover the joy working online and being their own boss, places like Hubud are filling up.


One thing you trade when you decide to go nomadic is stability of all kinds, but especially financial stability. It can be hard to keep up the freelance hustle 24/7. Jobs come and go without warning. As a result, a lot of us are functioning on not a whole lot of money.


Which is why GigRove is a great idea.


GigRove lets people post housing opportunities in exchange for work. The jobs on the site right now range from programming to helping out in the garden. Users can determine between themselves exactly what the work/live trade should be.


It’s a win/win. Startups and homeowners get much needed help on their companies or rehab projects, while travel-inclined people get access to new communities and “free” (by which I mean “no money exchanged”) housing.


The site is still a little rough around the edges and clearly doesn’t have a huge community participating, yet it’s a great idea that’s totally on trend with the current digital nomad movement. Check it out.



Want to travel, but worry about housing costs? Do a work/live trade with @gig_rove


Photo Credits:

GigRoveJaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock

Author : Emma McGowan

Emma is a proud native of Burlington, Vermont, who has lived in six different countries over the past two years. She's living and loving the global nomad life and writing about technology and startups everywhere she goes. Check out more of her writing about tech on (the more titillating stuff) KinkAndCode.. Follow her on Twitter @MissEmmaMcG.

Share This Post On