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 people across the UK are part of this chain, whether as customers, workers, or investors.
According to askwonder.com, the gig economy workforce currently accounts for 4.4% of the UK’s working population and it’s expected to reach 75% in the next five years.
If you’re considering doing something different than the regular 9-5 workday, like to become an Uber driver, to deliver food or parcels, or just to put 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 on-demand driving, food delivery, dog walking to house painting, fitness training or tutoring.
In the UK alone, the market size generated by gig workers in terms of value was £20 billion in 2019. It’s an increasingly popular way or working, no matter if it’s full-time or to supplement another income.
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. There are tens of active platforms in the UK used for various services, like Uber, Uber Eats, Amazon Flex, Airbnb, and eBay, to name a few.
As you’d expect, one of the most popular gigs is on-demand driving. Even if you don’t have a car, you can subscribe to drive one and maximize your earnings on any of the several rideshare platforms available.
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.
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.
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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