Let’s face it. We could all do with a little less month at the end of our money. 25th-of-the-month Salticrax are all good and well, but… no. No, they’re not good. Or well.

Sometimes you just need an extra R50 just to grab some lunch. And while there may not be such a thing as a free lunch... with micro-jobbing, it seems you get pretty close.

What are we talking about?

Micro-jobbing is like working with one ginormous national (and often international) team. It works by taking big jobs and dividing them into bite-sized tasks that can be done by a huge network of jobbers across the world… sometimes even from their cell phones.

The mobile work market just went ultra-mobile.

For brands

Via micro-jobbing platforms (check out the US-based TaskRabbit), companies can break big projects into easy-to-process chunks. As a crowd-sourcing initiative, it also connects brands with the people they’re meant to; getting the right info from the right people – quickly.

For jobbers

For jobbers, this could be the easiest way to make cash on the go. Students, stay-at-home parents, professionals with a little extra time, the unemployed – anyone can do it. And with South African micro-jobbing platform, Money for Jam, it’s as simple as downloading WeChat onto a smart phone, registering with M4JAM and searching for jobs in your area.

It’s not just easy – it pays! On the day of M4JAM’s release, South African micro-jobbers had earned more than R15,000 in just 2.5 hours.

For society

As easy as it is and as fun as it sounds, micro-jobbing has the potential to solve a much bigger problem than lunch. It could solve one of SA’s most brutal socio-economic problems: the employment crisis.

Not only can anyone earn extra bucks fast, but many micro-jobbing platforms advertise jobs for which you don’t need any experience. This means that, at any point in their careers, people have the opportunity to buy lunch. Maybe even build a portfolio with envisionme. It isn’t just lunch – it’s a revolution.