The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center (MassHire FHCC) provides information and resouces on the “Gig Economy”, which refers to the increasing trend of people working as independent contractors or self-employed individuals, rather than as traditional employees.
Gig-workers frequently engage in short term jobs, working on a project-by-project or client-by-client basis. Services are often marketed on the web or app-based platforms. Commonly known examples include ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft or household chore services like TaskRabbit.
The benefits of being a gig-worker: Flexibility, greater independence, follow your passion, variety, pay, shorter commitments, work from home opportunities.
The challenges of being a gig-worker: Need to be self-motivated, no benefits, likely will need to pay self-employment taxes, isolation or lack of social connection to coworkers, unexpected expenses, often part-time or temporary work.
For more on the Gig Economy and working as a gig-worker, including examples of gig careers, resources, avoiding scams, helpful websites, searching for gigs and much more, visit the MHFHCC webpage on the Gig Ecomomy at www.masshirefhcareers.org/gig-economy-resources/
Please note that none of the articles, studies, or websites listed on the MHFHCC Gig Economy Resource webpage are maintained or monitored by MassHire. Please email email@example.com if any of the links no longer work or if an article may not be appropriate.