Independent work or so-called gig work consists of income-generating activities outside of the traditional, long-term employer-employee relationship. Is it for you?
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You’ve no doubt noticed or at least heard the rise of the so-called gig work or gig economy.
Independent “gig” work basically means income-generating activities outside of the traditional, long-term employer-employee relationship.
We can look at what gig work really is a few different ways.
Some people think of it as short-term, project-based work. Some think of it in terms of tax or legal status: gig workers are contractors, receiving 1099 forms instead of W2. Some think of it in terms of work that has flexible or maybe even an unpredictable work schedule.
On this show, we’ve had previous guests like Kirsten Runvik (episode 57) and Adrienne Machina (Episode 7) who have chosen to have a portfolio of projects or separate gigs instead of the traditional employment approach. In those episodes, we talked about how they did it, what they liked about it, and how they managed the ups and downs and the risks of this work arrangement.
In this episode, I’m excited that we get to explore the independent work option from both the employer and employee perspective.
Jennie Nash is the is the founder of Author Accelerator, a book coaching service that has helped hundreds of writers complete their book projects by giving them the sustained editorial support they need.
Her company’s business model was designed from the beginning to leverage the rising popularity of independent work as a valid option, and often a better choice for many workers.
In this episode, we talk about the pros and cons of the independent work path and how you can decide if this is the right career path for you. We also explored what it means to run a business designed to leverage gig workers, busted some employment myths, and explored what employers find important traits when considering independent workers.
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Mentioned in this episode
- Explore and add your name to the waitlist for the AndThriving Network
- Episode 57: Creating a Portfolio Career | Kirsten Runvik
- Episode 7: Designing and Managing a Portfolio Career | Adrianne Machina
- To get the free resources Jennie mentioned on the podcast and learn more about book coaching as a career, click here
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