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TANSTAAFL

So you’re probably asking yourself what does TANSTAAFL mean and why would it relate to Gigs On The Side?

TANSTAAFL was first coined back in the 1930’s, no one knows the exact date, but it’s an acronym for “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch“. Some of you might remember it from the 1966 science-fiction Novel “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein, good book by the way. There are other acronyms that are very similar that were also used in the 1930’s; TINSTAAFL meaning “There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” and TNSTAAFL meaning “There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch“.

The “free lunch” refers to the once-common tradition of saloons in the United States providing a “free” lunch to patrons who had purchased at least one drink. Many foods on offer were high in salt (e.g., ham, cheese, and salted crackers), so those who ate them ended up buying a lot of beer.

Rudyard Kipling, writing in 1891, noted how he
…came upon a bar-room full of bad Salon pictures, in which men with hats on the backs of their heads were wolfing food from a counter. It was the institution of the “free lunch” I had struck. You paid for a drink and got as much as you wanted to eat. For something less than a rupee a day a man can feed himself sumptuously in San Francisco, even though he be a bankrupt. Remember this if ever you are stranded in these parts.

TANSTAAFL, on the other hand, indicates an acknowledgement that in reality a person or a society cannot get “something for nothing“. Even if something appears to be free, there is always a cost to the person or to society as a whole, although that may be a hidden cost or an externality. For example, as Heinlein has one of his characters point out, a bar offering a free lunch will likely charge more for its drinks.

So when we look at TANSTAAFL and Gigs On the Side (GOTS), then you will see that nothing is ever free. We have done the research and looked for all kinds of GIGS Opportunities and you always have to give something in return and that is Hard Work. Whether it’s your time, or money investing in something else to make money or just paying something forward, nothing in this world is free.

We know that Gigs On The Side is not free, but we do give you an affiliate link, so you can pass the site onto others and make money by referring them. We have tried to find the best GIGS for you. We hope you enjoy perusing the site and hope you find several GIGS that give you the freedom you deserve.