As you begin your time as an independent contractor, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by what the gig economy has to offer. That is why it’s beneficial to develop a game plan to ensure you will find success both in the gig economy, as well as your overall well-being. Everybody has different goals and aspirations that they want to achieve in their gigging career, but here are some general tips that will help you thrive.
Once you start working, it’s easy to get carried away and think you can overload your entire schedule with different gigs. At the end of the day, work is work, and it can be quite demanding at times. Give yourself some much-needed rest time every now and then. The beauty of being an independent contractor is that you have the freedom to do this!
Know Your Schedule
Have you received multiple shifts from different companies? Before you accept, take a look at your schedule and make sure you have no overlap between your shifts or personal, prior engagements. If you haven’t already, create a daily planner that will keep everything in your schedule organized.
Diversify your workload
One of the best perks of the gig economy is that you have the ability to make an impact in so many different areas of business. One day you can be packing and shipping gifts for the holiday season, and another day be bartending at your favorite restaurant. Take advantage of this perk and try to work in different industries and roles.
Network, Network, Network
Don’t be afraid to make some friends and meet other workers while working your shift, even if you are only working there just for the day. The gig economy also provides fantastic opportunities to network. Introducing yourself to your supervisor or other employees and engaging in conversation will provide you with a great perspective of what their job/industry is like as well as increase your chances to get hired on full-time if that is your personal goal!
Save some of your earnings
When faced with a fast-paced working lifestyle there is also the impulse to spend your earnings quickly as well. Develop a savings plan that goes in accordance with your lifestyle, and don’t forget to save for taxes. You will thank yourself in the future.
Enjoy what you are doing
Remember why you joined the gig economy in the first place. If you have the option to choose where and when you want to work, it might as well be somewhere you enjoy! Your happiness should be your number one priority.
In closing, the final tip we can give is don’t overthink it. Go into each job with an open mind, and do your absolute best. Each shift in the gig economy is a new day. Go out there and own it!