12 Reasons Why People Choose Gig Work

We asked Shiftgig Specialists late last year to share why they choose to be part of the on-demand workforce. With the end of the first quarter came another opportunity to connect with Specialists and ask them why gig work fits into their lifestyles. Whether it’s the flexibility, the ability to network, the stability of extra income or just the opportunity to meet new people, gig workers pursue these roles for different reasons. Here’s what they had to say:

 “Who doesn’t want to work on their own schedule? It’s so versatile and I have opportunities from different companies. In a way, you are also getting to know your city.”

– New Orleans Specialist

“The flexibility of choosing what jobs to work and when to work them is perfect people looking for work but who may not have a consistent schedule allowing them to commit to a firm 9-to-5 job. It’s just as perfect for someone with a set work schedule who is looking to pick up shifts to earn extra money for bills or spending.”

– Phoenix Specialist

“I’m an entrepreneur and the flexibility to make money on the side, meet new people and gain different experiences works for me. It builds confidence in people who are looking to gain work experience or get in the rhythm of it.”

– Washington Specialist

“I’m a single, working mom with a full-time job working 40 hours a week, and also have a part-time job for an additional around 15 hours a week. I’m able to pick up extra shifts around my busy schedule. If work should get slow, I’m able to add a shift here and there. It’s flexible and convenient for me.”

– New Orleans Specialist

“It is an opportunity to pick up shifts when you need extra cash or have an inconsistent work schedule that makes a second job with regular hours difficult to maintain.”

– San Francisco Specialist  

“It’s perfect for people who need flexibility in their schedule. People can work as much or as little as they need and there’s a variety of jobs from which to choose.”

– Phoenix Specialist

“The freedom to be your own boss and to work only when you want to is amazing.”

 – Milwaukee Specialist

“The benefits are endless but the number one is that many people would like to work and make extra money, but they can’t commit to a schedule. Gig work provides an opportunity to schedule yourself for a shift you know you can work.”

– Houston Specialist

“You pick which jobs you want and the hours you want. No 8-to-5pm.”

– Phoenix Specialist

“It’s a great way to pick up extra cash or work when your crazy life allows.”

– Memphis Specialist

“It is perfect for college students to make extra cash.”

– Phoenix Specialist

“Gig work encourages you to try new things and become more skilled. I like the variety and it  gave me the opportunity to try jobs I had never done before,”

– Phoenix Specialist

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About The Author

Jane Smith is the Community Relations Manager at Shiftgig. She is passionate about helping Shiftgig Specialists and helping transform the way people work. In her free time, Jane loves cooking, exploring Chicago, and spending time with family.