Shout Out to Snagajob and the Hourly Workers

Ben Gallaher with Gallaher Landscaping As a full-time college student, I am so thankful for the opportunity that Snagajob gave to singers and performers in the music industry with The Hourly Gig contest.

On August 16, Snagajob, headquartered in Richmond, announced a national talent search to discover some of America’s best musicians and entertainers who also work hourly jobs. The phrase “starving artist” is an accurate description of most of us in the music industry. Growing a fan base and writing songs demands a lot of time and practice. Most of us have to work at least part-time to pay for our instruments, studio time, and living expenses.

Rated #1 as a Best Small Company to Work for in America, Snagajob is the go-to resource for the “hard-working hourly employees who make up 60% of America’s workforce.” There’s a lot of us waiting tables, singing in bars and at events, and doing outdoor labor—and our songs tell the stories of our working experiences.

Since I was ten years old, I’ve been mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and doing fall clean-up to save money for my guitars and amps. When my oldest brother, Joshua, started his own commercial landscaping business, I ran a crew during the summers and spring breaks. If you’ve ever been on a snow plow crew, you know you start work when everyone else is asleep! I depend on my landscaping work and my hourly music gigs. Playing for events, parties, and bars is a great way to get your music out to new fans and  earn a little money doing what we love!

The flexibility of my hourly landscaping work and the chance to get outside and see immediate results in a well-manicured lawn or a perfect mulch job is very rewarding. The opportunity Snagajob provides to keep hourly workers earning a wage is awesome, especially when full-time jobs are hard to find.

I am truly honored to have been chosen to open for Brantley Gilbert on September 19 at Innsbrook Pavilion. I am one of his biggest fans!  And I’m also grateful for my brother’s employment opportunities. I have a lot of time to listen and think up new lyrics while I’m mowing and mulching. I’d like to give a shout out to all the hourly workers in the USA and to the companies who employ us!

Snagajob—you rock! For those who haven’t heard my music, I’d love you to  “snag-a-click” on my iTunes page. Thanks!


One Response to “Shout Out to Snagajob and the Hourly Workers”

  1. Snagajob September 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM #

    Great post, Ben! Thank you for your kind words and we are so excited to watch you rock Richmond tomorrow!!

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