The Gig Economy Deserves Better

The recent passage of #AB2257 shows just how ill-conceived #AB5 was, and how little the lawmakers understood about the gig economy. I may not write laws, but I write books.  When I submit a manuscript to my editor, I am thrilled when the suggested changes  are minor; I know I have done a good job… Continue reading The Gig Economy Deserves Better

“Agency” and the Gig Economy

Deloitte Research and the MIT Sloan Management Review published an interesting report recently entitled “Opportunity Marketplaces.” Their premise is that companies should create internal talent platforms  which are employee directed and enable workers to  develop new skills and investigate new intellectually challenging corporate projects.  By providing such opportunity marketplaces, employees will be able to exercise… Continue reading “Agency” and the Gig Economy

New Data on the Gig Economy: 5 Takeaways

July 1, 2019 | Blog | 0 comments My favorite source of gig economy data, The State of Independence in America, recently announced its 2019 findings. When I was writing my most recent book, Thriving in the Gig Economy, it seemed like a new report was being released every month, so trying to reconcile the results was often a challenge.  (I… Continue reading New Data on the Gig Economy: 5 Takeaways

#CoolGigCompanies – Gigworker.com, A New Resource for Gig Workers

Brett Helling  wants GigWorker.com to be for independent workers what Ridester has become for drivers in the rideshare business. Ridester is the “got to” resource for rideshare drivers and customers with how to guides, industry news, and specialized promotions for all things related to rideshare apps. And Brett should know how, since he is the… Continue reading #CoolGigCompanies – Gigworker.com, A New Resource for Gig Workers

A New Development in Independent Contractor Compliance

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today gave independent contractors a boost when it reversed a prior decision from the Obama era which had limited the definition of independent contractors.  This reversal should be a boon to some players in the #GigEconomy as well as the platforms that enable services and the companies that secure… Continue reading A New Development in Independent Contractor Compliance

The Government Shutdown and the #GigEconomy

There have been several articles so far this year about how furloughed federal workers are using the gig economy to make ends meet; A recent Fast Company article indicated that services offered on the digital talent platform, Fiverr, in the Washington DC metro area increased by 41%. That means that the number of people putting… Continue reading The Government Shutdown and the #GigEconomy

Community in the #Gig Economy

A challenge for many workers in the # gig economy is the isolation.  By definition independent workers are working on their own, an island away from the mainland. You do get to mingle with clients now and then, but for many, independent work is remote, and that client connection is via email, phone or maybe… Continue reading Community in the #Gig Economy

#CoolGigCompanies – The Hired Guns – Creative Solutions for the Digital Future

I have to laugh when people talk about the “new” gig economy, because the truth of the matter is, it is not new at all.  Gigs have been around for a long time as have companies who help successful independent consultants find interesting work.  The digital talent platforms may be getting a lot of the… Continue reading #CoolGigCompanies – The Hired Guns – Creative Solutions for the Digital Future

Mortgages and the #Gig Economy

Getting a mortgage is one of the challenges for independent workers in the #GigEconomy. Lenders typically qualify loan applicants based on employment income as reported on a W2.  There could be significant other income reported on 1099s, but that seldom seemed sufficient for the underwriters. This has been a problem for decades and frankly is… Continue reading Mortgages and the #Gig Economy