Uber, Right? Wrong. 4 Fun Ways to Work On-Demand

If you asked anyone ten years ago what an Uber was, they would probably look at you confused and think you were trying to speak German (uber literally translates to “about” in the language). Today, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies have not only become a proper noun, but also a staple in how people get around and a notably flexible option for work.

While many people are quick to assume that ridesharing is the only way to work on demand, that is simply not the case. In fact, there are many diverse ways to work when, where and how you’d like. Through apps like Shiftgig, you can choose a variety of fun ways to earn money. Here are four other ways besides ridesharing to pick up flexible work.

Brand Ambassador

Brand ambassadors gain early and firsthand access to the latest and greatest products, build up their modeling portfolios, and attend some of the most exciting events around the country, like the biggest sporting events and concerts. Who wouldn’t want to give this type of work a go? Learn more about the in’s and out’s of working in experiential marketing from our Specialist, Paul, or hear how another Specialist, Genetta, built her career through on-demand work.


Do you love mixing cocktails? How about impressing your friends with your killer bartending skills? Believe it or not, you can put those skills to good use by picking up some bartending gigs at a variety of venues. Just ask our Specialist, Thomas, who prefers to pick up bartending shifts over all other gigs. A lot of our outgoing Specialists love to bartend, as it gives them the chance to meet all kinds of new people. It’s also a great way to meet friends if you’re new to a city!


Looking to take your food service skills to the next level? Picking up on-demand shifts in food service gives you the chance to learn from a variety of excellent chefs with diverse backgrounds and specialities. Hear from our Specialist, Vernon, who loves working on-demand food service shifts because it gives him access great companies and great chefs.

Retail Customer Service Rep

Do you love fashion, or being in the know for the latest trends? Picking up gigs in the retail industry keeps you working with the best companies and learning the hottest trends before everyone else. Also, customer-facing roles in retail are great development opportunities for nearly any future role that has a customer service element. Learn more about why we love the retail industry for our Specialists here.

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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.