The gig economy or economy of small orders is a phenomenon covered in technological development that allows you to earn money through sporadic work and the use of digital platforms.
How things have changed in the last decade! Both economically and at work, technology has led to a profound transformation in the market, everyday life, business or work flexibility, bringing with it various consequences -localization, better opportunities for conciliation, boom of the freelance market or impulse of remote work, for one side, and greater levels of precariousness, lack of protection of the workers and uberization of the economy, on the other.
One of the main features is the emergence of the gig economy, fostered by the democratization of the Internet, hyper-connectivity and the high penetration of smartphones. Investopedia says that this phenomenon encourages temporary and flexible jobs to abound, while companies tend to hire independent and autonomous contractors instead of full-time employees. The European Parliament itself has stated that this business model of the digital economy has to improve the social protection of workers, because “there is a strong connection between work on platforms and precariousness”.
In the heat of the gig economy a complex ecosystem of applications has arisen. For example, using tools such as Uber, Airbnb or Etsy, it is estimated that 57 million people participate in it only in the United States. The following TitleMax infographic collects the 150 most relevant applications for people interested in converting their time, skills, hobbies or assets -as second homes or vehicles- into possible additional income streams.
While to share trips include some popular as Uber and Lyft -although there are some more specialized as Wingz, which offers flat-rate trips to the airport or Curb, which connects passengers with professional taxi drivers-, stand out others on errands such as TaskRabbit, those focused on the art, design and sale of handicrafts such as Etsy, the alternatives of writing and self-publishing of books such as Lulu and Kindle Direct, freelance platforms such as Upwork or Fiverr or the dubbing in VoiceBunny.
Here you can score 150 applications to earn money outside of your conventional work.