Gig Life is a series designed to provide understanding of the gig economy by exploring the news, numbers and individuals at its heart.
In a nod to the need for a safety net for gig workers, Care.com, an online marketplace that connects families with babysitters, nannies and caregivers, announced it will offer workers up to $500 a year in order to help with their health care, transportation or education expenses.
Elsewhere, the ripples of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are being felt in decisions made by developers of major residential projects, and one expert suggests planning for parking in development projects will soon be “a thing of the past.”
Four in 10 people in the American workforce will be independent workers — that is, freelancers, contractors or temps — by the year 2020, according to an extensive Pew Research Center report released earlier this year. The report also examined the current state of the digital economy and provided ample data for this week’s graphical glance at the gig economy.
Fred Minix works a variety of odd jobs to supplement his work as a stand-up comedian. “Having an 8 to 5 is kind of hard when you do that,” he says. Despite the challenges of comedy, Minix said there’s nothing quite like the feeling of winning over a room.