DoorDash, Grubhub, Instacart, Postmates, Uber Eats. Consumers are flooded with options to get meals, groceries, and virtually anything else delivered to their door, pronto. This boon in customer convenience had also been great for workers looking to make quick cash. Some even quit full-time jobs, lured by good pay and the freedom to work when and as often as they want. But the economics have gotten tighter as companies try to cut costs, many drivers tell Fast Company. “I started on May 28 of last year, and in the beginning I was making a decent amount of money,” says Janssen Sartiga, an Instacart delivery driver who lives in Seattle. His earnings, and the ability to work whenever he chooses, allowed him to travel back and forth to the Philippines to visit his wife and daughter, and to move them to the U.S. in December. His finances changed in November, Sartiga claims, with Instacart’s new algorithm to calculate pay. Per-job and weekly earnings statements from the … [Read more...] about The fight for $15 (per hour) comes to the gig economy
Thinking about joining the gig economy? Here are some of the highest-paying jobs. Rose Leadem Published 3:00 pm CST, Thursday, February 7, 2019 Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 10 of the Highest-Paying Gig Economy Jobs of 2019 1 / 14 Back to Gallery Thinking about joining the gig economy? Here are some of the highest-paying jobs.Copyright 2019 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reservedThis article originally appeared on entrepreneur.com … [Read more...] about 10 of the Highest-Paying Gig Economy Jobs of 2019
Amrita Jayakumar, NerdWallet Published 11:11 am CST, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt using a combination of commitment, budgeting and smart financial choices. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Kara Perez How much: $25,302 in 3.5 years Kara Perez has never had a full-time job. The 30-year-old entrepreneur from Austin, Texas, juggled multiple part-time jobs in her 20s, from catering to nannying to teaching high school lacrosse. Perez graduated in 2011 with an English degree and more than $25,000 in student loan debt. Three years into “adulting” with no job offer in sight, she knew she could not afford to live with debt forever. “I realized: No one is going to save me. I have to save myself from this life I’m living,” she says. Perez decided to make the most of her gig economy lifestyle and … [Read more...] about How I Ditched Debt: Making the Most of a Gig Economy
Business jobs This originally appeared on Quora. Answered by Peter Swaniker. The explosion of the gig economy continues unabated. Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 55 million people in the U.S. are “gig workers,” which is more than 35% of the U.S. workforce. That number is projected to jump to 43% by 2020. If you’ve never heard the term, “gig work” is basically just a buzzy way of describing an independent contract or part-time job, like driving for Uber or freelance copywriting. “Gig work” is basically just a buzzy way of describing an independent contract or part-time job, like driving for Uber or freelance copywriting. Getty Images Millennials, the generation credited with disrupting everything from housing to marriage, are gravitating towards gig work for the promise of greater work-life balance. Boomers and other generations on the brink of retirement are drawn to gig work because it brings in … [Read more...] about What are the Pros and Cons of the “Gig” Economy?
Elger, 28, usually spends his days working for the Environmental Protection Agency, but he's one of nearly 400,000 furloughed employees out of work during what's become America's longest government shutdown. "I've been getting stir crazy just sitting at home," Elger said. "So I figured in the first few weeks I would just post some things on Craigslist." Elger's offer: $20 an hour for snow removal, a reasonable rate considering he has more than 20 years of experience at it growing up on a ranch in Wisconsin. But with few responses, he's readying other options. He plans to try D.C.-area bars like The Passenger, which recently invited furloughed workers with serving experience to make a little extra cash. "If I don't get any hits from Craigslist this week, I'll reach out to local bars and restaurants," Elger said. "I have some serving and bartending experience, so I'll go around and ask if they need any help." Elger, like the other government employees and contractors that spoke with … [Read more...] about Furloughed workers turn to odd jobs, gig economy as shutdown drags on