Gig Life: Gary Johnson’s ‘Uber’ future; the rise of ‘moonlighters’

Gig Life is a series designed to provide understanding of the gig economy by exploring the news, numbers and individuals at its heart.

Gary Johnson speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. | Courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Gig Briefs: Workers getting instant pay; Gary Johnson sees ‘Uber’ future

An increasing number of workers who offer services on demand now can get paid on demand, thanks to a growing list of companies giving workers the option of cashing out immediately, as opposed to weekly.

Elsewhere, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson shared his vision of an “Uber future” at a recent rally. “The mode of the future is the sharing economy,” Johnson said. “It’s Uber. It’s Airbnb. I think it’s gonna be Uber everything.”


Gig Digits: At 14.3 million and counting, ‘moonlighters’ on the rise

About 14.3 million people in the United States today are “moonlighters,” meaning they work full-time jobs and then fit in freelance gigs after work hours, according to a new report from PayScale, an employment data company.

Karen Marshall displays some of the work of her photography business, Kate Verna Photography. | Courtesy of Kate Verna Photography/Facebook
Kate Verna Photography/Facebook

Gig Faces: Karen Marshall turns lifelong interest into part-time business

Since childhood, Karen Marshall has nurtured a love of photography. She decided after her 30th birthday to turn her lifelong hobby into a business, and today she runs a photography business in her spare time while working full-time at the University of Missouri.


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