of Working in the Gig Economy
By: Amanda Morse
As of 2017, “gig workers” made up 34% of the workforce, and they’re on track to comprise a full 43% by 2020.
How did we get here? Not too long ago, gig work was confined to certain industries and not necessarily a lifestyle many people wanted to embrace. Today, however, that’s changed, as evidenced by the fact that one-third of the workforce subscribes to the gig economy.
We’ve reached a point where businesses of all kinds seek independent contractors to work on short-term projects. And not only are businesses looking to fill those types of “gig” roles, but more workers are looking for that type of arrangement too. And so here we are, with the gig economy in full swing and showing no signs of slowing down.
Clearly there’s something to gig work given its popularity among both businesses and workers. But how do you know if it’s right for you? Consider the pros and cons of working in the gig economy:
The bottom line? Working in the gig economy has its pros and cons, but for most people the pros far outweigh the cons. At a time when work-life balance has become extremely important, getting to choose the time, place and types of projects on which you work and having a variety of experiences throughout the year can prove extremely appealing and fruitful for your career.
Effective Date: April 13, 2018
Last Updated: April 13, 2018
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How to Contact eHire
If you have any questions or comments about the Agreement, or your dealings with the Website, please contact us by telephone at [404-477-2680] or by email request to privacy@eHire.com.
The Agreement was last modified on April 11, 2018.