What Types of Gigs Are Available in the Gig Economy?

If you plan to enter the gig economy or are looking for new gigs, you should be aware of the wide scope of opportunities available.

By: Brian Gaysunas

There are a number of positions within the gig economy that are widely available. Most of these positions allow you to determine your own schedule, take little time to sign up for, and do not follow the traditional hiring process. The flexibility provided by the internet and ‘gig’ apps has helped to develop the gig economy. The gig economy has created a greater variety of work opportunities than most realize, however. Let’s explore the possible types of gigs available in the gig economy.

 

If you’re familiar with the gig economy, the first platforms that come to mind may well be driving – whether it be passenger driving apps like Uber and Lyft or delivery apps like Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub. Taking on enough gigs in any of these apps can manifest in pay rivaling or, in cases, upstaging traditional employment. Many also take on a few gigs in their spare time as a secondary source of income. Being mindful of the service you provide should be top of mind, because the pay in each of these positions is largely tip-based. In passenger driving and food delivery, it’s vital to take on enough gigs to make a liveable income, which doesn’t come as easily outside of cities and college towns. Paying for gas and making sure that you have a reliable car can also make this position inaccessible to some.

 

For those who are unable to make a living off of driving and delivery apps, there are other options. If you are better suited to take on tasks such as cleaning, home repair, moving, yard work, or furniture assembly, TaskRabbit may be for you. If, instead, you are interested in working from home, there are plenty of possibilities on Upwork and Fiverr. On these websites, you can promote your expertise in a variety of fields and businesses or individuals can order your services. The most popular jobs available on these freelance-based sites are virtual assistants, voice actors, copy editors, copywriters, SEO analysts, and virtual IT professionals. One thing to note is that both Upwork and Fiverr have steep competition and new users sometimes struggle to be noticed. To succeed on these sites, you will benefit from building out a powerful profile and a portfolio or demo reel of your work.

 

There are, however, opportunities in the gig economy outside of just driving, delivery, random tasks, and professional services. tilr opens up positions for those interested in customer service, warehouse, general labor, landscaping, housekeeping, event staff, and a variety of other fields. These positions are available at small, local businesses and large companies alike. tilr Community Members who are looking for work are matched with opportunities based on the skills that they’ve attained through their past job experience. Opportunities can also be filtered by the type of work that a Community Member is interested, schedule availability, and location preferences. tilr opens up a wide variety of opportunities to those who are interested in working locally or with large companies without needing to submit resumes or schedule interviews.

 

Finding opportunities in the gig economy is often as simple as downloading an app, signing up, and learning how to work on that platform. It is still important that you find the work that best suits you. If you are interested in working on your own time and having a steady flow of work, driving and delivery apps are likely your best option. If you prefer to work at home or with others in your community as projects come in, freelancing platforms are your best bet. Finding short-term and long-term assignments at small and large businesses in nearly any industry is also possible by using tilr. Although entry into the gig economy is easy enough, finding work that pays adequately and that you enjoy within the gig economy should still take priority.