Ratnesh (name changed, a second year BA student of Udaipur University, was on his summer holidaysy, of a different kind. He worked as a car cleaner for half a dozen houses in his neighborhood and makes a minimum Rs 4,000 per month. Mangalore University BBA student Ramesh (name changed) spends about 4-5 hrs a week ironing clothes in the neighborhood . He earns money good enough to pay his gym fee.
Gone are the days when you curse your luck for not having enough to satiate your needs. Look around there are multiple avenues to make a quick buck – legitimately!! One of the kind is odd job. Odd job that requires little or no skill – baby sitting, walking a dog, gardening, cleaning, washing, cooking – is perhaps the fastest way to make pocket money and also gain some life skills.
Indian society today, there is a stigma attached to odd jobs. They haven’t yet accepted blue collared or odd jobs to be the kind anyone can take up. However, the cosmopolitan cities are changing this “closed” view. More and more people are coming ahead to volunteer to do a menial task at little or no cost– irrespective of caste, creed or economic status.
Also, with the barrage of the start up buzz, a gamut of concepts have seen an upswing in the domestic and home service market place. Today anyone and everyone who has spare time can sign up as freelancers and make a quick buck.
It just doesn’t favor the “buck earners”. This new uprising of “cost effective” labour force gives the urban society a tension free option as against the arrogant home services who charge a premium.Take for instance Manish, an IT engineer working for an MNC in Bangalore. He says, “Coming from a small town from Madhya Pradesh, I found Bangalore to be expensive – be it getting my water tap fixed or mounting a tube light holder. It burned a bug hole in my pocket. But now I am using task tusker that helps me hire a par-time helping hand get my daily chore done. Life’s been a lot easy and tension free ever since”.
All in all, odd jobs is going to re-define how we look at menial jobs. Perhaps, a great tool to make Indian financially independent. We may have a glimmer of hope to end the poverty epidemic and see a new age India – An economic power
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