Who Are Gig Workers

Gig work is something some people do for additional income. But for other people, it’s a way to test-drive a new career.

Being a gig worker allows you to explore a passion and see if it’s something more than a passing fancy, without losing your primary source of income.

These gig-based platforms offer people with a wide selection of skills and abilities to earn money by performing "gigs" for other people -- be that picking up groceries or providing a lift to the airport.
The people who participate in the gig economy come from a massive selection of backgrounds. While some are part-timers looking to make some extra money outside their day job, others are full-time gig economy devotees who make their living solely from on-demand work.

The Brookings Institution reports that the number of "Nonemployer firms" (gigging freelancers) grew by 69% between 2010 and 2014. This increase has been most notable in large metro areas, which have seen 50% or higher growth in Nonemployer firms specializing in industries like ground transportation and room-sharing.
Lack of Benefits
Once you’re in business for yourself, you’re in business for yourself. And that means it’s up to you to provide the benefits. Yes, you can choose when you work and when you don’t work, but the reality is, you don’t get paid if you don’t work. And, as a gig worker, you likely won’t have health insurance or other benefits, either.

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Inconsistent Income
With most gig jobs, you’re paid by the project or task. The problem is, you may not have control over how many tasks you’re able to complete in a day or a week. If no one wants a ride, needs something assembled, or wants you to deliver something, you won’t make any money.

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