The following was originally published on Forbes. Below is an excerpt of the original article:
We’ve all been affected by the “gig economy” one way or another. This might be through the way we travel (Uber or Lyft), buy our groceries (Instacart) or hire any number of other services. Or, for an increasing number of workers in the United States and around the world, the gig economy may contribute to some or all of their income.
The “gig economy” started to be called by that name as early as 2009 by Tina Brown of The Daily Beast. It was meant to describe the idea that fewer people were taking full-time jobs, and more were taking short-term, task-related “gigs” and making a living from them.
These gig employees have continued to proliferate, as Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Fiverr and many other platforms have popped up to turn almost anything into a “gig.” In addition to this very short-term work, there are growing numbers of self-employed, contractors and freelancers who are turning down full-time work for the flexibility and lifestyle that being independent can provide. I refer to this contingent as the agile workforce.
With Covid-19 and our current economic crisis in full swing, we seem to be headed toward another surge in freelancers and independent workers flooding the market.
Companies will need to adjust to this new reality because the idea of a full-time job being synonymous with stability and security is continually losing its credibility. As we saw in 2009 and are seeing again, the idea of independence is making more and more sense to even those who have been in the full-time workforce their entire careers.
Written by Greg Kihlstrom
Greg is the CEO and Co-Founder of CareerGig.