Hi! My name is Marco, I am 23 years old and I’m in med school. My parents support me and allow me the luxury of studying, but I’m always looking for ways to make my own money and feel more independent. For example, I would love to go to Brazil with my girlfriend! Sometimes I play gigs with my band and I worked as a pizza delivery guy for a while, but my thick medical textbooks leave no time for a proper part-time job.
A friend recently introduced me to the SoQua app and it seemed tailor-made for me. It’s a way to work and make money in my spare time – no contracts, no strings attached. All I need to do is say where and when I am available and which services I can provide. For now I have decided to use two afternoons and one morning a week to provide biology tutoring and guitar classes.
I also mentioned a few other things that I can do, so that people get to know me better: I like running (join me for a calorie-burn challenge!), swimming, painting (mom’s house is full of my paintings… she says she’s not biased), I can speak English and Russian (thanks to my ex!).
The first week I struggled to keep up with requests! To make a student happy and help with his upcoming biology exam, I moved a guitar lesson to the next week. I am an extrovert who loves to socialise so I made friends with everyone – and their positive reviews confirmed it! One day a couple of tourists with two teenagers contacted me. They asked if I was willing to go for a stroll with them and show them the town. I’m not a local expert, but like any self-respecting university student, I explored the city centre far and wide in the past five years. I didn’t hesitate to accept. To be honest, I had a great time too; I took them to the central square and told them a few fun facts… the kids had a blast and when we stopped in a cafeteria the parents offered to pay for me too. It was like getting paid to have fun! They also left me an extra 5 euro tip, which I found in my virtual wallet on my profile, in addition to my hourly rate. After this positive experience, I decided to offer more city tours.
For now I love using SoQua and I just hope I’ll be able to find more time to work with it!