"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.
Examples of work in the gig economy
Freelance Services: Use your skills to make money
- List your talents on UpWork to locate opportunities
- Fiverr.com- Looking for an easy way to experiment with offering services?
- Sell your creations: Creative Market empowers creators (e.g. photographers, designers, independent creators, etc.) around the world to make their ideas a reality. Everything we do is to help them turn passion into opportunity. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. It’s home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.
- Side hustle opportunities and ideas, by Vault
- The Top 10 Career Fields for Freelance Jobs and Gigs, job-hunt
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