Thirteen apps that will change your life

In 2019, the struggle can be real. Politics are volatile, the weather is extreme, avocado prices are skyrocketing and we’re constantly barraged by popular internet memes. As a result, we’ve become a country obsessed with finding ways to make life as convenient as possible. From travel, to food, to getting up in the morning, anything to take the edge off is welcomed with open arms.

In light of that, and because we’re all about making your life as easy as possible, we’ve put together an ultimate list of apps that’ll make your life that little bit easier, because let’s face it, you deserve it.

App: Move GB

Category: Fitness and lifestyle

What it does:

Describing themselves as ‘every activity membership’. Move Gb provides one fitness membership to thousands of activities and classes, at different venues across the country. Forget signing up to a gym, download move GB and simply book at the tap of a button, at a time and place that works for you. Move GB centres around convenience, flexibility, variety and ease, providing a membership that allows you to work out wherever you are, at a time that suits you.

App: Petrol Prices

Category: Travel

What it does:

This app is another cracker if you’re looking to save some time and money, petrol prices helps you find the cheapest or nearest petrol stations within any UK postcode, covering over 98% of uk forecourts. The app lets you earn points by updating missing or incorrect prices, or through editing the app to include missing station facilities like water, toilets or baby-changing. If you add your vehicle, you’ll also receive useful reminders of when your MOT or tax is due, which can earn you additional points.

App: Yummly

Category: Food

What it does:

Yummly is a recipe search engine app that will solve your meal time woes in seconds. Yummly filters recipes by ingredients, cuisine, diet, nutrition and allergies, to help you plan the perfect personalised meal for you and your friends. Helping to put together shopping lists, Yummly also provides a ‘what’s in my fridge feature’, which allows you to search specific ingredients or barcodes of products to show you relevant, tailored recipes.

App: 1password

Category: Organisation

What it does:

This app essentially does what it says on the tin, remembering all of your passwords so you don’t have to. 1password is a secure way for you to store all of your sensitive information using one master password. It stores your debit and credit card information, backs up your software licenses, and locks down those all important notes you’d otherwise forget. The app also provides the option to have multiple vaults, and share selected information with friends, family and co workers.

App: City mapper

Category: Travel

What it does:

Citymapper makes planning and navigating through new cities far less daunting and time consuming. Working in real time, the app lets you plan your journey with different travel options compared to estimated times of arrival. The app also offers disruption alerts and can keep your friends or coworkers updated of your whereabouts. City mapper offers the added bonus of Uber integration and live cycle info, and in the unlikely occurrence that you go offline, citymapper also provides an in app map to find your way around.

App: Mint

Category: Finance

What it does:

Mint is about as simple as it gets when it comes to budgeting apps. Mint automatically categorizes transactions from linked credit and debit cards and tracks them against your budgets. The app will send you alerts when you spend a little more than planned, and also keeps note of your overall cash flow to provide an insight into where you’re spending your money each month.

App: Alarmy

Category: Productivity

What it does:

If the temptation to press the snooze button is getting in the way of having a productive day, then Alarmy is the app for you. The alarmy app won’t stop ringing until you’ve carried out a set task, this could be anything from completing a maths puzzle, to taking a picture of your cup of tea. Regardless, alarmy makes sure you’re up and about, and ready to seize the day. Simple, but genius.

App: Headspace

Category: Health and Wellness

What it does:

Headspace is a great app for life gets busy and your mind is feeling just as hectic. Describing themselves as the guide to health and happiness, headspace helps you to let go off stress and anxiety, and focuses on ensuring that you get a better night sleep. The app offers guided meditations and mindfulness techniques to help you find balance and calm, regardless of what life throws at you.

App: Petrol Prices

Category: Travel

What it does:

This app is another cracker if you’re looking to save some time and money, petrol prices helps you find the cheapest or nearest petrol stations within any UK postcode, covering over 98% of UK forecourts. The app lets you earn points by updating missing or incorrect prices, or through editing the app to include missing station facilities like water, toilets or baby-changing. If you add your vehicle, you’ll also receive useful reminders of when your MOT or tax is due, which can earn you additional points.

App: Wunderlist

Category: Scheduling/Organisation

What it does:

With hundreds of productivity apps out there, it can be hard to figure out which one will work the best for you. Wunderlist is a simple to-do list and task manager app that helps you get the job done. From shopping lists, to holiday planning, to important reminders, this app has easy to use features to combat organisation stress. You can share lists or collaborate with friends, family and colleagues, and wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your to-dos from anywhere. Organisation has never been so easy.

App: Calm

Category: Health and Wellness

What it does:

Calm is the number 1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, and they certainly earned their status. Calm provides guided meditation, breathing programs and stretching exercises for beginners, all the way to intermediate and advanced, meaning wherever you are in journey, there’s something to help you. The aop promises to ensure better sleep, lower stress and less anxiety and is recommended by mental heath experts.

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App: Wriggle

Category: Food

What it does:

Wriggle saves you time and money, by finding you great food deals in your area. Wriggle hand picks favourite restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to create exclusive deals. You simply choose where you’d like to go, purchase the deal in app, then show your wriggle code when you arrive to receive offers and discounts . The app allows you to search by location, postcode, cuisine, time and date, meaning you can find the best food, near to you, at a time that works for your schedule. The app also includes wriggle rewards, that sees that every purchase you make on wriggle earns you points that can redeemed for credit, meaning the next time you purchase will be cheaper.

App: Money Box

Category: Finance

What it does:

Money box is the perfect introduction to investment, with very little effort required. The app rounds up small everyday purchases to an amount set by you and puts the excess into stocks and shares of your choice, to help you start investing from as little as £1. You simply link it to your debit card, and set how much you want it to round up by each month. When you sign up Money box allows you to choose between, ‘cautious’, ‘balanced’ and ‘adventurous’, meaning whether you prefer to play it safe, or dive in at the investment deep end, money box can guide you through it. Investment made simple.

How to Hustle

Ten simple tips to turn your ideas into income

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘side hustle’? Perhaps you think about selling lemonade to your friends as a child. Perhaps you think about the app idea you’ve always wanted to pursue. Perhaps you think about that super successful business you swear you came up with first. 

Well, according to recent reports, 40% of British workers now have a ‘side hustle’, and with that figure expected to rise to over half of the adult population by 2030, ‘hustling’ is now more popular than ever. The study also found that almost half of ‘side hustlers’ were motivated by their desire to follow a passion or explore a new challenge, confirming the notion that a side hustle is not just a money making scheme, but an opportunity to spend time working on something you enjoy, something you’re passionate about, and something you can be proud of.

Whether it’s selling clothes on eBay, gardening, dog walking, blogging, car washing, tutoring, teaching, cleaning, YouTube, ecommerce, catering, party planning, crafting or baking, turning your talents into money has never been so varied and accessible. But how can you actually turn a great idea into a lucrative side hustle? Well, just like that, we’ve written you a handy guide to get you started.

Here are limber’s top ten tips for making a side hustle work for you:

1. Choose something you enjoy

Anyone can have a side hustle, but it’s important to find a balance between skill set and passions. Turning your talents into money should be fun, so find what works for you. Your side hustle is the perfect time to embrace your hidden talents, and enjoy making money.

2. Start simple

You might be surprised to hear that the secret to a successful side hustle, isn’t the ability to solve problems for the millions. Instead, focus on a single person’s’ needs. If your side hustle is building gazebos, don’t start with a website and an overly complex social media strategy, just find one person who wants a gazebo and build it for them at the most competitive price. While building it, do a time lapse, take photos and ask your friends to share your handy work. You’ll learn more in this process about how to drum up business than you will by starting with a website.  

3. Be resourceful

Starting a side hustle can be daunting, but there’s a wealth of information out there to help you get going. From podcasts, to self help books, blogs – the internet is full of information and advice around how to turn your side hustle into a lucrative business, so get savvy (after reading this article), by doing some research. Some of our favourites include, the book ‘How to have a happy hustle’ by Bec Evans and the ‘Side hustle school’ podcast. 

4. Be patient

You probably won’t make your first million in a week, and that’s okay. Have patience and stick with it. A positive mind set will go far, so stay motivated and don’t feel discouraged if it takes a while to turn a profit. The desire to make a profit can sometimes dull creativity, so try not to focus on it, and don’t be concerned if you initially have to give away your skills for free, we promise the long game will be worth it.

5. Create a schedule

Running a small business alongside everything else takes time and energy, so it’s important to plan your side hustle around you. Starting a side hustle means you can be your own boss, so make the most of it, and avoid setting yourself an unrealistic time scale. Online management tools like trello or Monday can help when planning out next steps and deadlines.

6. Invest small at first

This one probably goes without saying, but remember to only invest what you can afford. It’s great if you’re expecting the business to take off, but be cautious not to overspend while it’s still early days. Try to seperate your private money and your company’s money into different bank accounts, and don’t be afraid to consult a pro when figuring out finances. Proper accounting might not seem necessary at first, but it’s important to start as you mean to go on.

7. Team up

Starting a side hustle doesn’t have to be a solo project. Teaming up with friends or family allows you to share ideas and manage your workload. You could also use apps like meetup or bumblebizz, to meet like-minded freelancers and entrepreneurs in your area.

8. Seek advice and feedback

Advice and feedback are key to launching a successful business. Depending on what your side hustle is, initially you may want to trial it amongst your family and friends. This way, you can iron out any bumps in your product or service before launching it to the public.

9. Be creative

You’re in charge, so be creative with your side hustle. This is an opportunity to really put your stamp on something so don’t hold back. Often with a new business idea, the more unique, the better.

10. Be proactive

Stop thinking. Stop talking. Do it. There is no substitute for real experience and even if your first attempts fail, you will always be closer to your dream than if you never started. If you wait for everything to be perfect, you will never begin (we think we saw that on a bumper sticker once).

So, what are you waiting for? Get hustling.

Calling time on wage theft

We investigate a growing problem

With brighter days finally gracing our skies, the restaurant trade is expectedly booming. While we all enjoy grabbing a bite on a sunny evening or a couple of cheeky lunchtime pints, increased custom and a higher demand on serving staff can sometimes result in customers leaving the restaurant without paying for their food. 

Despite the UK restaurant and food industry turning over more than 30 billion pounds each year, which tends to spike over the summer months, increasing reports of ‘Wage theft’, as described by Unite the union, have recently surfaced, causing outrage across social media. Multiple restaurants across England and Wales have been accused of cutting the wages of employees to cover the bill after customers have left without paying for their food, and as someone who’s worked in hospitality for the past six years, i can unfortunately confirm that dine and dashers, are hardly unheard-of.

While all restaurants accused have made it clear that this unfair conduct is not company policy, some restaurant managers are blatantly ignoring their moral and, in some cases, legal obligation to pay their employees a full wage, even if a walkout occurs.

This recent misconduct within the restaurant industry brings to light just how detrimental wage theft has become. Wage theft tends to happen more frequently amongst jobs with a high employee turnover, and to those working zero hours contracts, and unsurprisingly many people choose not to speak out against it, in fear that their employment is vulnerable.

Imagine planning a lads holiday to Magaluf, questionable nickname t-shirts and all, only to find that you’re forced to cancel after having your wages docked by £150, due to circumstances entirely out of your control. Or worse, imagine finding you couldn’t pay your rent or food bill because the earnings you earmarked to cover it are no longer coming in.

Such severe sanctions simply cannot be justified.

Just last month, it was reported that a Cardiff waitress was forced to give up £55 out of her wages after a table left without paying for their food. The waitress, who had loyally worked the company for 9 years, was ordered to pay the bill, with the justification that “walk-outs happen too often”. Losing out on the £55, meant that her earnings from the 10 hour shift she worked were docked to £45, bringing her hourly rate down to an illegal, and quite frankly embarrassing £4.50, an eye watering £3.71 below the minimum wage. While her employers commented in defence that this practice was ‘absolutely not company policy’, this response is simply not powerful enough in the face of such a detrimental issue. You only have to read our manifesto to know, that here at limber, we’re pretty passionate about fair pay.

While common, wage theft is not a unique problem to the hospitality sector, and studies have found that the total for unpaid wages suffered by British workers was around a staggering £3.1 billion in 2016, meaning that more than six million of the lowest-paid workers in the country each lost out by £470 on average. Official statistics also show that more than 360,000 workers across the UK as a whole were paid below the national minimum living wage in 2016. Three years on and we’re still fighting against this blatant abuse of trust and exploitation of labour. If the deduction pulls the hourly rate below minimum wage, which in many cases it does, it’s simply illegal.

While there is no organisation that appears to officially follow wage docking as company policy, there’s also a vast lack of measures in place to inhibit this kind of misconduct, and a clear need for a push towards achieving David Metcalfs, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, most recent strategy which is set to improve state-led enforcement of employment rights. This includes new laws and regulations, that explicitly inhibit the unfair docking of workers’ wages.

It’s time to protect workers and ensure that those in higher positions are not lining their pockets with the wages that rightfully belong to their employees, from servers to hairdressers to dog walkers, a full day’s pay is a simply your fundamental right.

Rise of the slashies

The emerging career trend to beat them all.

From a young age, it’s easy to feel as if we’re destined for a single career path. Before we’re barely out of nappies, we’re eagerly asked ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’, and adults appear satisfied with a single answer of ‘a vet’ or ‘a teacher’.  Throughout school we’re encouraged to study a handful of subjects, then even fewer A levels, before applying to five different University’s for practically the same degree. Traditionally most of us pour forty hours a week into one occupation. We’re purposefully conditioned to work tirelessly towards a single career path with tunnel vision, mistakenly placing importance on singularity of focus as the key to success. But who actually enforces the rule, that in order to prosper, we’re required to stick to one occupation? and why is the pursue of a single occupation so heavily ingrained in British society?

Imagine being a scientist and a circus perfomer, a hairdresser and a builder. Imagine having the freedom to flourish in multiple job roles while still being able to relax in the stability of a steady income.

It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not. Welcome to the world of slashing, the career trend that’s here to trump them all. Don’t be startled, its far less aggressive than it sounds, the portfolio careerist, if you like. Over the past ten years, those choosing to become a slashie has slowly, but steadily been on the rise, but 2019 is the time to fully embrace the slashie lifestyle, with studies finding that as many as a third of Brits would like to work outside their day job to pursue their passions. As a society, we’re confidently ridding ourselves of labels, boxes and pretty much any form of confinement, 2019 is the year of freedom and fluidity, and this should absolutely apply to your job, or jobs for that matter. The age of the slashie is upon us.

The term ‘Slashing’ was coined by Marci Alboher, author of  One Person/Multiple Careers, to describe the ‘slash’ in the job title of someone who has more than one occupation, and now is the time to embrace slashing, and make it our own. In recent years the lifestyle has gained momentum and technology has allowed advances in access to other money-making avenues, with sites like ebay and Air bnb providing opportunity for individuals to generate income outside of their regular day job. In 2018 author Emma Gannon, released ‘the multi hyphen method’ which essentially encourages us to work less and create more, with the advantage of the digital age providing the opportunity to work anytime, anywhere. Gannon pushes individuals to embrace our inner entrepreneurial spirit, whether you’re a pharmacist who uploads Mukbangs to You Tube, or an accountant who fixes cars, every one of us is destined for the multi-hyphen method, or to become a Slashie, to me and you.

Being a Slashie is not the same as babysitting in order to become a dancer or reluctantly waiting tables while pursuing an acting career. Being a Slashie means weaving together a patchwork career that you enjoy every element of. It’s a lifestyle that aims to enforce a better balance between maintaining a successful career, while feeling genuinely happy.

For the graduate, the idea of the slashie lifestyle is somewhat appealing. After three or four long years working, living and breathing a single degree subject, young twenty somethings are eager to spread their wings and dabble in more than just what their traditionally ‘qualified’ for. Some may fear that a such a split focus could lead to employees that are ‘average’ at many things, but brilliant at nothing, and some are reluctant to become a slashie in case they become less employable. This could not be further from reality. Being a slashie is not the redundancy of passion and dedication to your career, it’s simply the expansion of these things across many different sectors, and who doesn’t want to share the love, right?

Being a slashie means that you develop stronger time management and organisation skills than you ever could working a singular occupation. To be a jack of all trades should no longer be stigmatised and should instead be applauded and strived towards. After all, to balance multiple jobs requires someone who definitely has their sh*t together.

While for some the slashie lifestyle conjures terrifying images of job instability and financial vulnerability, this kind of lifestyle can actually offer the complete opposite. Slashing is not just suited to young graduates looking for new and exciting experiences but can also benefit those who have suffered redundancy. A single occupation means single income, and when this is suddenly taken away, it can quickly lead to all manner of financial hardship. Now imagine this situation as a Slashie, while one job closes its doors on you, you already have another on the go to fall back on.

Through being a Slashie, your job satisfaction and enjoyment can be at an all-time high, even those who adore their job sometimes wish they could go back to bed, and we all need time away from even the greatest occupations. These day most of us have a fairly low boredom threshold, but there’s nothing to say that this should be considered a weakness. The desire to be regularly stimulated and inspired is something that should be interpreted as ‘up for a challenge’ rather than ‘rapidly disinterested’.

So, is the lifestyle of the Slashie actually just pipedream, millennial bollocks or is it something that could really work? Let’s face it, a struggling single father of three isn’t likely to be able to just up and leave his nine to five to embrace the life of a gymnast. However, the key to the slashie lifestyle as the future of work seems reliant on persuasion by majority, so that one day that struggling father of three, may actually be able to slip into that leotard and master his back flips.  

The more of us embracing the slashie lifestyle, the more frequently employers will encounter applicants who choose to follow this emerging philosophy. Part time work needs to be viewed as a side hustle, rather than the only way to make ends meet. While to most of us the advantage of being a slashie blatantly outweighs the drawback, the only way to truly see the integration of slahies into our world of work, is to be one ourselves. So, what are you waiting for, Slashie?

I offered our team a 4 day week without a pay cut. The result was surprising.

The heartbeat of our company is the unapologetic questioning of the status quo in the workplace. Our app enables a growing generation of people who are no longer served by what you might call a traditional job. So, it’s natural (and important) that we apply the same rigour at limber HQ with the way we do things.

So, one sunny afternoon, I put the question to the team. It’s one that had been on my mind for a while – going back to my days as a tech lawyer. “What would you say if we moved to a 4 day working week (without any reduction in pay)”.

Many of us have read the reports from various trials of the 4 day week. The leading trial comes from a corporate in New Zealand who have reported a 20% uptick in productivity and increases in employee engagement since the policy was introduced. The movement has gathered enough pace that Labour’s shadow Chancellor (at the time of writing), John McDonnell, is reportedly looking into the 4 day week as a potential Labour policy, with some Unions giving it their backing.

The arguments for the 4 day week are principally that happy, healthy people are more productive and that if you give people an extra day off each week, they’re less likely to spend work time running errands or on their life admin. Staff recruitment and retention are ancillary benefits and cynics would say that it’s not bad for your brand generally to adopt pro-staff working practices. Finally, advocates would also say that there’s more indirect value in giving people extra time to pursue other things – the theory being that better rounded individuals make for more perceptive, balanced and resourceful employees. All of the above ignore the obvious potential societal benefits – mainly mental and physical wellbeing – which have far wider consequences beyond the workplace.

The main reason I asked the question was simply that the world has moved on. We’re all able to work faster than ever and deliver more work than we could even 5 years ago. The idea of set working hours blew up a long time ago, and I regularly ask my team to think or speak about work at unusual times of the day. Yet, the 5 day working week remains.

At limber, I want to encourage side hustles, which is why both our lead designer and head of operations now work 4 day weeks (although so far they’ve taken a pay cut to do so). I want us to be as efficient so that we can be and to live healthy, interesting and varied lives.

So, I posed the question, listened to some initial feedback, and then opened a slack channel to continue the debate and provide somewhere to throw evidence or reports. And then we took the weekend to think about it. I did some further research and returned the next week to gather further opinion. And that’s the bit that surprised me.

Georgina, who had recently gone to 4 days a week by choice said she didn’t want to force everyone else to do the same. She was happy with her decision and the corresponding pay cut. Mark told me he would get much less work done in 4 days and would work the 5th day anyway. Rory and Thom said the same saying that they preferred to take their flexibility throughout the week as the natural ebbs and flows allowed. Kiwani said she really enjoyed her extra day off and felt that if she was going to concentrate on her illustration, it wasn’t fair if others were inevitably working.

So, what did I learn from this? Well, flexibility is a very personal thing. We sometimes over state it: “All people want flexibility”. “Everyone wants variety”. We believe those to be trends, but statements like that are too blunt an instrument – not everyone wants those things. And, not everyone who wants those things wants it in the same way. So, in truth, there is no one size fits all approach. We cannot legislate for this (as Unions might want), we have to sympathetically consider everyone’s position. For those who need structure to push through and be effective, but then want to be left alone, we must continue to respect the 9-5pm working week. If we force those people into a new mould, we solve one problem, but create another.

If your best moments are at strange times of the day, we must work harder to understand that, and relax the rules at other times.

As ever, the key for me remains collaboration – we still need to be able to work together effectively, which means an element of compromise from everyone.

As a final note, I was humbled and impressed with my team’s integrity. They were offered a way to work less for the same pay and they turned it down – for the good of the team and what we’re trying to achieve. I need to make sure they’re rewarded with their own way of working and space to do things the way that works for them.

5 ways we try not to work rigid and live limber

It’s important to any company that it lives and breathes its own brand. After all, if you don’t, how do you expect your customers to follow suit?

We’re a young company. And we definitely don’t to this perfectly – a few of us have worked at some pretty big organisations and learnt some pretty bad habits (and a few good) along the way. But at limber, we believe that to be truly happy, we need to be able to choose the when, where and what of work.

So here are 5 things we try and do to apply flexibility and variety to our own working lives:

1. Move GB membership

Everyone at limber HQ gets Move GB membership as a standard offering. Why Move GB over any other corporate gym membership? The brand synergies. Move GB empowers you to work out at different times and locations in your city – and what better way to compliment living limber than being able to become flexible more flexibly.

2. Using our product!

Everyone at limber has their own profile on the app. We all have our own video profiles too. And we all work shifts. It helps us understand what our users experience every time they use the app. There are no limits to this – and we obviously pay HQ staff whenever they work a shift – even if they’d otherwise be in the office.

So look out the next time you’re having a coffee – you might spot one of us mastering our latte art.

3. Varied work

Everyone at limber works on our customer service platform. Everyone at limber creates content. I like to think that anyone at limber can get involved in area of the business they like. But, let’s face it, when your team is 6 people, variety of work is not hard to come by. I’ll be interested to know how we cope with this as we scale.

4. Side hustles encouraged

I would love to think that in a year’s time, someone might come to me and say: “I’ve got to leave. My website is kicking off and I want to go full time on it” or “I’ve had an awesome idea. I want 3 months off to go see if I can get it going”. As far as I’m concerned, if we attract creative and talented people, this is inevitable.

To that end, here’s Thom’s side hustle. Born out of his love for 4 legged creatures. And here’s Kiwani’s awesome Art Project – check it out on insta.

5. Flexible working

OK. So this is an area that we haven’t yet nailed. We have core hours (10am-4pm). We can work from home or a cafe or wherever. We can go for a run or the gym whenever we want during the day.

Are we at the stage where we can support full remote working? I’m not sure, we haven’t had to try yet. Can we support those who want to work from 6pm to 2am instead of during the day? I doubt it. Collaboration remains key to us and we haven’t yet had to do that from afar. Everyone is (so far) happy to have a base for work and to be in the same room creating our products and solving our customers’ problems. And ultimately, that remains our priority.

We’ve got a long way to go. I want us to be working more shifts on limber. I want us to have greater levels of freedom.

As we continue to embrace the idea of living limber not working rigid, I hope we’ll find new balance and comfort in a less certain, more empowering way of living our work life.

For now, I’m off for a run.


Reflecting on 2 years of limber and £1m in wages

Yesterday we received this heartfelt message from a hiring business on a limber community:

Started using limber last weekend as a trial and can’t believe the difference this is going to make to my business. I was blown away by the level of professionalism shown by the members that worked here. I shall be using [limber] all the time now. Thanks for literally changing my life.

Not that messages of praise are uncommon – a testament to the community of connected limberers and hirers that has evolved around us. Though I’m extremely proud of the app we’ve built I’m far more proud of the openness, enthusiasm, and proactivity of all members of the limber app – both hiring businesses and workers.

However, this message made me pause. It’s not every day that a business tells you that you’ve literally “changed their life”.

Of course, we can take very little credit – as a software platform that connects people and businesses, I’ve always viewed our role as a compassionate facilitator. The heroes here aren’t the 6 of us at the office, but the thousands of dedicated people using limber to work in a more empowering, engaging and varied way.

I’m very proud that in the city of Bristol alone, members of limber have collectively earnt over £1m on the platform.

So, this message is to each and every one of you. You’re driving change with every shift, every share, every pub table mention. Thank you to all of you.

I did want to give a shout out to a few selected people who have had a notable impact on limber’s growth and success over the past few weeks. Though I could evangelise for hours about the people who power limber if you’ll forgive me I’ve chosen just 5 examples that immediately spring to mind. First names only (data reasons).

1. Chelsea

Let’s start at the, well… start. Chelsea worked limber’s first ever shift.

It was at the Rummer Hotel in Bristol. I’m sure they won’t mind the plug – it’s a class cocktail bar and now Gin Micro Distillery – check out their open fire in Winter if you get a chance. It’s very Game of Thrones. Chelsea got the top rating. And the rest is history.

2.  Jan

Every so often, we hear a story from the limber rumour mill that makes us laugh.

Legend has it that Jan was once cycling back from a morning shift at Friska in Bristol. “Ping” goes Jan’s iPhone. Using the appropriate hand signal, Jan pulls over and takes a look at the notification. As luck would have it, the venue that has just posted a shift (starting in 45 minutes time), is the same venue that Jan is now stood outside of. He locks up his bike, opens the door and as he walks through the threshold, he grins at the surprised bar manager:

“I’ve just applied. Where shall I start?”

3. Sam

In late 2016, we gave a presentation to UWE on our entrepreneurial journey to that point. We wanted a way to engage with one of limber’s user groups. In the audience was Sam. (I hope) inspired by our journey, Sam immediately jumped on the app – worked 10 shifts in quick succession; got perfect ratings and then approached us for an internship. 18 months later, I was very proud to wave Sam goodbye after 50 ratings, a 12 month part-time role with us at the office and a job offer from MoneyBox in London.

4. Blaise and Aimee. Blaimee. Aimaise.

I hate to group two great people together, but it gives me space for one more shout out. Blaise and Aimee live a life I want everyone on limber to live.

A few days of limber shifts.
A couple of days yoga.
A couple more limber shifts.

Organising a wellness event before heading to Cornwall to surf and chill….

Blaise and Aimee were good enough to share their lifestyle with us and it remains a great source of inspiration. Their story underpins so much of what we’re trying to enable for people.

5. Every limberer

I can’t limit this post to just 5 individuals. The level of enthusiasm for the limber lifestyle has been epic. From those looking for 5 hours to 50, you remain the central driving force behind this business.

We’ll continue to develop as a business and a platform, but for now, here’s to all of you and the next stage of limber’s growth.

cheers beers

Don’t work rigid.
Live limber.