22 million people are independent sellers in the US. 16.5 million people are working in “contingent” or “alternative work arrangements”. Nearly 6 million people, 3.8% of workers, held contingent jobs in the US in May. Another 10.6 million were working as independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers and for contract firms. The gig economy is becoming an important part of the fabric of the US.
Here are the six greatest reasons why people love to participate in the gig economy.
The main value of the gig economy is that it allows any individual, of any background, age, education to become his/her own boss while using the structure and support of established companies like Uber, Airbnb and startups such as Trunkshop.
The 2 main reasons people enjoy having an entrepreneurial side gig are: to add extra income on your own schedule and to work where you like.
As an Airbnb host, Lyft driver, a Wonoloer you are more than a user, you are an entrepreneur. you build a business within your community setting financial goals based on your personal desires. Unlike starting a business from scratch, platforms offers a simple, fast way to get started, even if you have no experience being a business person.
In 2015, independent sellers sold 180 billion worth of products around the world! In the USA, 20 million independent sellers sold for 32 billions worth of products, from home and on the go. That’s about an average of $2500 a month per seller.
According to Earnest, Making an average of $924 off their platform each month, Airbnb hosts make nearly three times as much as other workers. Workers at the general task-service platform, TaskRabbit, rank second at $380 per month. Overall, Lyft and Uber drivers make roughly the same average per month at $377 and $364 respectively.
These are all averages. Like in any business, the more a gigger works, the more they earn.
It’s for everyone!
There is no age, educational, professional prerequisite required to become an independent retailer on Trunkshop, making this an easy, low-risk way to generate extra income for students, recent college graduate, longtime stay-at-home parents and those with little or no work history.
You don’t need a college degree or even a high school diploma to participate in the gig economy and grab this opportunity. It’ a great way to learn the basics of entrepreneurship, and business. The only requirement is to hustle and reach the goals you set for herself.
As a gigger, you have the most flexible job of all. You can work and run your side gig whenever you want. During the weekends, only on Saturdays, in the evenings after your regular job.
It’s about people
Being a gigger requires interacting with a lot of people. This makes for a great way to be part of your neighbourhood, community, and city. Merging the technological world to the human connection is what makes life great.
It’s about shared culture
Choosing how to participate in the gig economy is also about choosing what you are passionate about, doing what you love and believe in. Airbnb hosts love hosting people, sharing experiences, tips on their city. Uber drivers love their city, moving people, being part of their lives, even if it’s just for a moment. On Trunkshop, sellers choose are the brands they want to sell, the ones they believe in. The more they share the culture, lifestyle, and message with the brands they carry, the easier it will be for them to sell their products. They are the brand’s ambassadors.