There's a new worktrade kid on the Internet block called Gigoing. Currently in beta, the platform brings together two groups — the givers of work (known as Gigoingers) and the receivers of that work (Gigplaces). Gigoing employs the same successful formula that WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Workaway, Help Exchange, and other work-trade platforms use. However, Gigoing offers a new twist, as the two videos below show.

In one scenario, the Gigoingers have a portable talent — think web designer or carpenter — and they are interested in traveling, so they search around to find a Gigplace that needs their skillset and sounds like a nice place to visit. Then, in exchange for no more than 20 hours of work per week, the user gets a place to stay (and maybe food) from their host. 

In a different scenario, the same talented Gigoinger wants to expand their client base into other areas, so they search for Gigplaces that fit that profile. The example shown in the video is a photographer in Berlin who is looking for business opportunities outside of Germany. He finds a host in Spain, hops on over, and opens up a whole new market for his business using the same worktrade premise.

Either way you slice it, Gigoing (and all of the other sites) are wonderful networks for workers and hosts to connect with one another and share their talents and lives. For anyone who loves to travel and has a universally needed skill, worktrading is a great way to see the world.

Kelly McCartney


Kelly McCartney |

Having won prestigious literary competitions in both grade school and junior high, I attended college with a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship, earned a BA in Journalism, and interned at Entertainment

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