Guest speakers Herry Pudjianto (Sharing Economy Expert, CEO of Rent Tycoons), Caleb Khoo (Instagram Expert & Co-founder of Izunaa), and Alphonso Ngiam (Kickstarter Expert & Founder of Modest Mark) shared their experiences starting from scratch.

More than 30 aspiring/current freelancers joined us last Thursday evening, and gained valuable insights from our invited 3 speakers who started with nothing but an ambition, and found avenues that brought them to where they are now.

  1. Stop Procrastinating – Just Do It

All 3 speakers had the same message to share – just go for it.

Taking action has and always will be the most important step in creating a name for yourself. All the planning and preparing of “what-ifs” will never come to fruition if you spend your time thinking about it but doing nothing.

It’s scary taking the leap into the unknown, we know. But everyone has to start somewhere.

  1. Be Adaptable

They all had the same story – your journey will not unfold exactly as you’ve planned, but you learn to adapt as you go along.

For example, Modest Mark founder Alphonso, started a different business before Modest Mark was born. His kickstarter journey was not a smooth one either; Alphonso shared his pains of being blindsided by hidden costs and not realising how much he’s spending on marketing in his journey. It would’ve been easy to give up, but he took it in his stride, learnt from it, and moved on.

Rent Tycoons CEO Herry Pudjianto started his journey as a one-man show, handling every detail of his business on his own, and picked up useful skills along the way to better himself as he disrupts the sharing economy.

  1. Network, Network, Network!

Rent Tycoons CEO Herry Pudjianto couldn’t have stressed this point more.

Networking isn’t fun sometimes, we know, but it’s important to broaden your social networks. You may not necessarily get clients from networking in the beginning, but getting your name out there is the first step. People you network with may recommend you to people they know who need your services.

Beyond that, who knows, you may end up meeting someone who’d be able to share insights with you that can sharpen your skills as a gig expert.

  1.  Ask For Help

Be shameless enough to ask for help. Join associations or communities that shares the same interests and objectives as you. Ask experts for advice on how you can hone your skills, polish yourself as a brand, or connect you to people; odds are, they’ll be more than happy to share.

Don’t let your lack of skills in technology, sales, or design keep you from starting out in the gig economy. Find collaborators that you can learn from. Create value, transfer value and share value in a mutually beneficial exchange.

Beyond that, you can find kindred spirits who can give you a hand, and when you’ve established yourself, pass the kindness forward and help the people who just started out.

  1. Be Creative

Izunaa co-founder, Caleb, shared his tale on how he got started. While his Instagram profile started out because he got emotional watching a TV show about chefs, he soon realised how much he could do with Instagram. With that in mind, he started refining his craft, and landed himself 10 thousand followers in just 6 months. Now, Caleb’s swiftly reaching the 13-thousand mark.

Caleb stresses the importance of being creative in achieving your goal. With social media and digital platforms, anything is possible. Just be brave enough to go on a journey that’s different from everybody else’s.


Our guest speakers may be running a platform or a business, but they hone in on specific, high-demand verticals of the gig economy. It’s important to see your journey in the gig economy as a business in its own right too (we can’t stress this enough).

Apply the same lessons that they have learnt without having to go through all their struggles.

That is what GIGshop™ aims to do – short cut getting started for you.

Or as Herry Pudjianto would put it, Chance + Action + Network – that’s the CAN do attitude.