Do you want to earn a great paycheck? Do you want to have flexibility with your job? How do you feel about being your own boss? The current gig economy is booming, transportation services such as Uber are making up 90 percent of the gig economy (Broda, 2021).

What is a gig worker?
What is a gig worker you might ask, it is someone who is self-employed and often works as a freelancer for companies. Gig workers mainly do small jobs for a variety of clients and once one project is complete, they move to the next. In fact, as of 2021 there are approximately 67.7 million freelance workers, and it is predicted to rise at a rate of 2.9 million for the next several years (Law, 2021).

Types of gig workers
There are five main types of gig workers: freelance, consultant, independent contractors, temps, and seasonal workers. Freelancers perform services for a variety of clients, consultants provide guidance, and independent contractors are similar to a standard employee, but they mainly work for themselves. Lastly, temps and seasonal workers are employed for a certain amount of time.

A fair share of gig workers are currently using DoorDash and Uber as a way to bring in cash. PRNews Wire wrote, “Premise, the global platform that turns your point-of-view into a payday, has made it possible for their contributors to earn over $1,000 a month by taking photos and sharing their local discoverie.” Other jobs can include training, accounting, project management, event planners, you can even be a gig blog writer!

Benefits of being a Gig Worker

  • Joining the gig economy is not a difficult thing to do, oftentimes they do not require qualifications.
  • Flexibility; work when you have the time.
  • Independence; welcome to being your own boss
  • Do tasks you enjoy doing, that way you never really work a day in your life.

Article by
Brynna Benjamin
Content Writer and Researcher