The Pros and Cons of Gig Work
The Pros and Cons of Gig Work
Like any job, there are pros and cons to participating in the gig economy.
Pros of Gig Work
The most obvious gig work pro is flexibility. As a gig worker, you get to choose when and where you work, which clients you take on (and which ones you don’t), and even set your rates in some situations. You can choose to work only weekends, only nights, or only one hour a week if you like.
Test Drive Something New
Gig work is something some people do for additional income. But for other people, it’s a way to test-drive a new career. For example, if you love pets and have thought about becoming a pet sitter, gig work as a dog walker or pet sitter is a great way to dip your toes in the water and see how much you love—or hate—doing it.
Being a gig worker allows you to explore a passion and see if it’s something more than a passing fancy, without losing your primary source of income.
Cons of Gig Work
Lack of Benefits
Once you’re in business for yourself, you’re in business for yourself. And that means it’s up to you to provide the benefits. Yes, you can choose when you work and when you don’t work, but the reality is, you don’t get paid if you don’t work. And, as a gig worker, you likely won’t have health insurance or other benefits, either.
With most gig jobs, you’re paid by the project or task. The problem is, you may not have control over how many tasks you’re able to complete in a day or a week. If no one wants a ride, needs something assembled, or wants you to deliver something, you won’t make any money.
Working multiple jobs or at odd hours isn’t for everybody. Some people find that as flexible as the work is, gig work becomes tiring and stressful after a while.
Industries That Hire Remote Freelancers and Gig Economy Jobs
Here are seven career categories that hire for freelance and gig economy jobs that you can do remotely.
The Computer & IT category covers a broad range of jobs. You can find postings in everything from computer repair to internet security.
Recent freelance computer & IT jobs:
- Information Security Engineer
- Network Analyst
- Linux Middleware Administrator
Writers produce a variety of written materials for various audiences. This can range from corporate reports for the executive suite to blog posts and web content.
Recent freelance writing jobs:
- Content Writer, Project Manager
- Resume Writer
- Senior UX Copywriter
Software developers design and test the software that runs computers, apps, and even online interactive games.
Recent freelance software development jobs:
- DevOps Engineer
- Game Engineer
- User Experience – User Interface Designer
Careers in accounting and finance include all things money-related. Jobs can include handling accounts payables and receivables, tax return preparation, or financial forecasting.
Recent freelance accounting and finance jobs:
- Mortgage Representative
- Accounting Assistant
Project managers coordinate projects from start to finish. This can include working with internal and external vendors, managing the budget, and dealing with delays.
Recent freelance project management jobs:
- Epic Management Project Manager
- Project Manager
- Office Manager
Administrative professionals provide support for executives, including handling incoming and outgoing communications, managing projects, and scheduling travel.
Recent freelance administrative jobs:
- Virtual Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Design Administrative Assistant
As an educator or trainer, you’ll help teach people new skills. You can work as a corporate trainer, part-time professor, coach, tutor, or instructor.
Recent freelance education and training jobs:
- Instructional Designer
- IELTS Tutor
- High School Teacher
The Gigs Go On
The gig economy has been around for a long time, even if most people don’t realize it. Even though it’s nothing new, the gig economy isn’t for everybody. While the advantages of flexibility and being your own boss are tempting, those don’t always outweigh the disadvantages of inconsistent pay or a loss of benefits. However, if you want to test a new job or add some extra income to your bottom line every month, a gig job may be the right choice for you.