It’s estimated by Intuit that by 2020, 43% of the workforce will be working independently as freelancers or gig workers. Currently independent workers make up about 34% of the workforce, with this group expected to get much bigger in the years to come. If you’re wondering why so many people are choosing to have a side hustle, here are four reasons.
EARNING EXTRA CASH TO MEET A FINANCIAL GOAL
While gig work might serve as some people’s main source of income, others work side hustles to make extra cash to put toward another financial goal. Gig work is a great way to make extra cash if you’re saving for a financial goal, such as purchasing a car or house, paying off student loans or setting aside funds for a vacation.
EXPLORING YOUR HOMETOWN
Picking up gig work is a great way to explore the city you’re living in, especially if you’re new to town. Claiming shifts on Shiftgig’s mobile platform lets you check out local landmarks such as museums, sports stadiums and hotels. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people. Shiftgig Specialists have often mentioned they’ve met people they consider to be friends and family through gig work because they see them often, and have like minded goals and skills.
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
Regardless of the work, many of our Specialists learn new skills on the job. These include professional skills such as effective communication, as well as physical skills such as learning how to do prep work in a kitchen. Because of the variety of available gig work, you may be able to find something that lines up with your long-term goals, helping advance your career.
WORKING AROUND YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics one aspect of the gig economy that drives people to join it is the flexibility. On Shiftgig’s app, workers have the ability to work around their schedule and only pick up shifts when they can. This option is particularly helpful for single parents, people with full-time jobs or anyone who has a busy day-to-day life.