"Gigs" are short term experiences that revolve around your current skills, time, or resources. A gig can be used as an avenue for social impact, an outlet to express creative talents, or just a way to diversify your income stream as a student.   

Defined: A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors.

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Examples of work in the gig economy

Freelance Services: Use your skills to make money 

Shared Economy: Like sharing your things for money?

  • Rent out a room, your house, parking spot, etc. (Airbnb, VRBO & Couchsurfing)
  • Crowdfunding an idea (Kickstarter and Indiegogo)
  • Ridesharing and Carsharing (Uber and Lyft)
  • Coworking- share the cost of office rent, utilities, etc.
  • Rent your “stuff” (Spinlister, DogVacay)


Interested in reading more? Review "Getting started as a Freelancer/Contractor", by job-hunt