gig economy Archive

The Advent of the Gig Economy

Why suffer through the morning commute every day, when you could just stroll over to your favorite neighborhood café and work from your laptop? Why conform to a strict 9 to 5 routine, when you could keep a flexible schedule and work at your own convenience? These are just two of the questions that have given rise in recent years to what experts are calling …

The Work Perks of Being Part of an On-Demand Service Crowd

Many of us have taken part in crowdsourced service. Whether it was a ride from Uber, a task completed from TaskRabbit, or a food delivery from Foodora, receiving service from a crowd member has become a normal part of the weekly routines for many people. In America alone, according to Pew Research Center, 72% of people have used some type of on-demand online service. And …

Why Crowdsourcing Customer Service Is Not Outsourcing

The Internet has evolved into a communication tool that has wildly changed a lot of things, including customer service. There was once a time when chat rooms were the “in” thing. Then came message boards. Then came online forums. On the forums, customers of businesses and fans of certain products found places to vent about problems they were having with products, and other customers could …

Why Robots Won’t Take Over the On-Demand Economy

You’ve heard it before: there’s a looming threat of robots taking over everyone’s jobs. And now, a writer on TechCrunch suggests that robots will take over the on-demand workplace since it has grown exponentially and gained billions of dollars in recent years. Sure, there are some on-demand companies that are testing the waters of robots in their workforce. There have been rumors of Amazon using …

Gig Economy Poll Reveals Surprising Insights

Sharing economy, gig economy, on-demand economy: no matter what you want to call it, crowdsourcing and sharing are here to stay. Time Magazine conducted a poll to determine the size and makeup of this new economy, and discovered some interesting numbers. When it comes to most services in the on-demand economy, there are more users than service offerers; in other words, for a company like …

Fifty Shades of the Sharing Economy

Everyone has needs, but what if you could get by without buying all of the things you need from traditional businesses? You get your furniture for free second-hand from Craigslist, borrow power tools to hang curtains from a neighbor, order business cards designed on Fiverr, get a house cleaner from TaskRabbit, use a bike share to get around, and a car share when you’re out …

How Freelancers are Changing the Economy

The number of freelancers is growing, and will continue to rise in the future. More workers are shifting from the traditional 9am-5pm steady job towards short-term, project-based work. With each passing year, the gig economy multiplies in size. Gone are the days of staying loyal to one company for 30 years in exchange for promotions, benefits, and job security. Thanks to the recession, in place …