Back in the old days, the word “gig” usually only applied to musicians and other performers when they were hired for a few nights, weeks or months by a particular venue to entertain. Most of the time, they were paid at the end of the night based on ticket sales and that was that. Nowadays, the term has come to mean so much more. In fact, many believe we’re living in a “gig economy,” where products are delivered and services are rendered by a new population of the workforce.
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It takes time to sift through all the news on the gig economy so we’ve rounded up all the latest stories so you can stay up-to-date on industry happenings. Advice for gig workers, work-life balance and the future of work all made an appearance in the headlines this week.
It takes time to sift through all the news on the gig economy so we’ve rounded up all the latest stories so you can stay up-to-date on industry happenings. This week the future of the work, the rise of the independent workforce and tips for using gig workers to help your business caught our attention.
The phrase “gig economy” was first used after the financial crisis in early 2009, according to the Financial Times. With the explosive success of companies like Uber and Airbnb during that time, gig work became synonymous with ridesharing and other short-term arrangements. Since then, companies like Upwork and Fiverr have emerged, connecting freelancers with available work.