Getting Real: Understanding the ‘Gig Economy’
Watching CNBC and reading economist blogs like ZeroHedge render a certain perspective on the American economy – I’ve decided to give mine.
America is steadily evolving away from the democrat-favored, 8:30a-to-whatever, 40+ hour, single-job work-week to eith multiple 15-20 hour per week part-time jobs or the high-risk world of entrepreneurship.
Check out our multi-part series on the ‘gig economy’
- Part One: So you want to work as a UPS pre-loader
- Part Two: So you want to work in retail
- Part Three: So you want to work in food service (coming soon)
Why choose the ‘gig economy?’
Part-time jobs offer freedom, variety and empowerment.
Each gig job offers you the ability to decide schedule. While one might be 3a-8a and another 5p-9p with some holes for errands or chores, a standard job is 8a-5p+ – or else.
What if you need some availability from 8a-9a to drop the kids at school or 2p-3p to walk the dogs? That flexibility is not offered in the traditional job market.
Another major reason to consider the part-time economy is that losing one job is not the same as losing your job. Losing one part-time job means replacing it with another while still having the other part or full-time job in-place.
Lastly, the gig-style of working gives you the best opportunity to learn new skills, broaden your base of experience and become a better employee.
Why did I choose a gig-style of life?
I didn’t, it chose me.
I went to a major university,garnered a high-income 7a-8p job and realized that my family missed me. I decided to get flexible. So I have decided to investigate the gig economy for the time being! This series relays my adventures in one of the ways to make ends meet in our current economy.