Lordy be, why is it that every generation thinks they are the first and newest at everything? In particular, I am talking about taking quick jobs that require lots of movement.  What we are currently referring to the “gig economy.”  This is not a new phenomenon. The gig economy did not just appear out of thin smartphones!  People with skills have always traveled with their tools from one place to another, getting a quick job before moving to the next town.  We have been doing it since we invented money.  Technology has just put a radical level of access to these types of jobs into the hands of billions of people.

Here, we’re using the word gig to describe work that is temporary, without commitment. A job by contrast is a regular remunerative position. How we think of a job today can also be further divided into subcategories. So, what’s the difference and what’s best for you to earn a living?

Here are examples of gigs (not inclusive of rockband or acting opportunities):

  • on-demand transportation company (ie LYFT, Uber)
  • dog services (Rover, Waggs, Furever)
  • care giving (Care.com, Sitter City)
  • billboards, sticker promoters (wrapify, commando)
  • administrative assistance (taskeveryday, virtual office)
  • food delivery (Grubhub or your mom ?)
  • online promoter/social media manager (almost any social media platform)
  • task, chores, random work (TaskRabbit, Fiver)
  • home improvement (HomeAdvisor, AngiesList)

The good of gig:

  • Cash on demand
  • Once you do the work, you get the cash
  • Work on demand (kind of)
  • You have option to become available when you can work but that doesn’t mean the work is always there

The bad of gig:

  • Inconsistent cash
  • One month, you get a lot, the next month you may get nothing
  • It’s a constant hustle
  • Managing 17 different apps is a lot to deal with
  • Safety and security

Another potential drawback of these types of jobs is that you do most of your communications with their customers through the company’s application. You very rarely, if ever actually see or work with the people of the company that you are representing.

Types of jobs

  • Full-Time Job – I am committed to working for your company, paid hourly or salary, shift/time based or open schedule
  • Part-Time or Pick-Up Shift Job – I will work when you have availability and will commit to rules of the company when I am on the clock, paid hourly, shift, time based
  • Contractor – I will work for a project but am not committed to your company, pay is flexible, time based or open schedule
  • Intern – I will learn from your company and take care of tasks during the process, pay is typically nothing, time based

The good of a job

  • Predictable cash
  • You typically don’t work for an employer and get cash on demand. You get paid on a schedule but the pay is predictable.
  • Work is planned
  • Excluding the pick-up shift, work is planned weeks or months in advance so you can plan your life.

The bad of a job

  • The inflexibility of hours and schedule
  • If you are full-time, you are putting all your eggs in one basket. If your employer goes under, so will you.
  • Controlled Environment

This can be a good or a bad thing depending on how much variety and risk you can withstand. Working for employers means you need to do what they ask when they need and how they want it done.

Determining the winner is in the eye of the beholder. If you enjoy the ride of the gig economy and don’t want to be tied down to a 9-5, that’s great!  If you feel exhausted just thinking about that level of hustle and just want a steady job with a paycheck every two weeks, that’s cool too. It depends on where you are in life, how you want to spend your time, the work that’s accessible to you, and your realistic earning potential. The best decision for you could be a mix of both. Creating your pepelwerk Talent profile gives you access to match with jobs and gigs with the least amount of complication. So, as life changes and your needs change you have one platform to stay with you through those changes. We want you to have the ability to make the right decisions for how you earn a living, using the skills that make you feel successful.