The gig economy, as an alternative to the classical employment system, has been a lifesaver for many, especially during the pandemic. It provides flexibility, diversity and the opportunity of setting your own hours and financial goals. Millions of Australians are part of this chain, whether as customers, workers, or investors.
According to Actuaries Institute, the gig economy in Australia grew nine times between 2015 and 2019, with a 32% increase since 2019 alone.
If you’re considering doing something different than the regular 9-5 workday, like becoming an Uber Eats driver or delivering parcels with platforms such as Amazon Flex, or just putting those landscaping skills up for sale, becoming a gig worker may be for you. Here are the most important things you need to know about the gig economy.
Simply put, it’s a free market system where, instead of having a full-time job, people work as contractors or freelancers for various projects or tasks called “gigs”.
They are individual workers who perform different tasks based on a contract, for a set period of time. The jobs can be literally anything that fits a demand – from rideshare driving and food deliver to dog walking or tutoring.
The gig economy is based on convenience – timewise, as well as financial convenience. It uses mobile apps and platforms to connect those offering a service to those demanding it and manage both communication and payment.
Any job you find and access through online platforms specially dedicated to list these kind of jobs is part of the gig economy. This includes rideshare driving, painting someone’s house, freelance work, coaching and fitness training.
Yes. As you’d expect, ridesharing is one of the most popular gigs. Even if you don’t have a car, you can subscribe to drive one and maximize your earnings on any of the several rideshare apps available.
The gig economy has many benefits for those who value flexibility and diversity the most.
Consumers also get instant gratification, while those providing the services get paid on their own terms and are generally more satisfied than working traditional jobs – it’s a win-win.
As with anything in life, there are pros and cons to being a gig worker. The success of working in this alternative system depends on different factors that you need to consider.
Just like any form of income, if you’re prepared and well-researched, being a gig worker can be very rewarding and provide a better work-life balance than a traditional job.
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