While it can be difficult to quantify the number of people who are working in the gig economy, most reports have the number somewhere at or above 50 million people in the United States doing some type of freelance or contract work. Many of those workers are working for firms such as TaskRabbit and Postmates and other short-term task-based platforms. Look around on a work day in any metropolitan area and you will likely notice a small army of workers clad in khaki pants and an embossed polo shirt. They are likely a delivery person of some sort or a worker who is hired out to perform errands and other helpful tasks.
A recent study states that 72% of millennials prefer to be their own boss. In a business environment that increasingly relies on contractors instead of full time employees, it seems that the gig economy is only growing, and that millennials should lean into their entrepreneurial desires. The transition to freelance labor is not as scary as it used to be. Businesses appreciate working with freelancers because they can hire professionals with specific and specialized skill sets. Freelancers can make themselves more desirable by becoming an expert in something specific and watch the job opportunities grow. The question is choosing the right field to specialize in.
In today’s gig economy, many of us have an extra job on the weekends or a gig to do at nights. It’s easier than ever to get some extra income. You could drive for Uber. Help someone move through Task Rabbit. Or search for projects on Freelancer.com.