Gig Economy

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It means that if you’re not in the market for a job because either, you don’t like the 9-5 idea of commitment, or you prefer to work your ass off this week, and be on cavation for the next two…then this economy model is for you! Check out these websites to find the gig/that’s just right for you.

SCORE Portland Maine helps small businesses start and grow. They offer free counseling, business plans, resources, workshops, and more. http://www.portlandme.score.org

FlexJobs was created to provide a more effective way to find professional flexible, part-time, freelance, telecommuting, and remote jobs free of ads, junk or scams. The site requires a monthly fee, and they thoroughly vet all employers. http://www.flexjobs.com

Upwork is a website listing work (projects or gigs) for freelancers. Clients seeking a variety of projects across multiple fields, from programmers to designers, writers, customer support reps, and more. Employers list job descriptions and freelancers bid on assignments. The greater the success you have on projects, the more likely you are to get hired. https://www.upwork.com/

Fiverr: Buyers pay Fiverr for orders in advance for order from $5 up to $500. Sellers keep 80% of each Gig they sell and successfully complete and deliver. Services include logo and graphic design, social media, digital design, translation services, voiceover, video and animation, audio/music; programming and tech. http://www.fiverr.com

TaskRabbit allows people to post requests for help with various chores and tasks, ranging from making deliveries to cleaning houses to moving boxes. TaskRabbit notifies you of jobs nearby, and you can select the ones you want to complete. Not many IT and creative jobs, but they allow you to find jobs with extreme flexibility. http://www.taskrabbit.com

Freelancer offers a variety of job opportunities, fixed-price or hourly projects. You can also submit to “contests,” in which job seekers submit to a project and receive a fixed price if they are selected. Freelancer.com

Gigster is a niche job site specifically for people looking for gigs in IT, with a focus on software development. Gigster requires you to go through a screening process to be accepted on the site, and they take a percentage of your fee for any project. However, many of the jobs are very lucrative, so this is a great site for IT professionals looking to begin gig work. http://www.gigster.com

Guru lists thousands of freelance jobs in a variety of categories. You can search for jobs by category, payment type (hourly or fixed price), location, and more. You can also post your previous work to demonstrate your skills. Guru has a virtual “Work Room” where you can schedule your tasks, communicate with employers, share materials, and decide on payment. Guru.com

LocalSolo allows freelancers to find gigs in a number of industries. The site initially only listed jobs that involved face-to-face contact with the employer, but now they also list telecommuting jobs. The site does not get involved with payment or contracts, putting the freelancer and employer in control. This site also allows users to network with each other. www. LocalSolo.com

Toptal helps IT and finance freelancers find gigs. Jobs range from coding to software engineering to web design financial modeling. Toptal only accepts a percentage of freelancers who apply. You have to complete a series of screenings and interviews first. http://www.toptal.com

Thumbtack is similar to flexjobs and upwork online website to post and bid on projects in variety of categories.  https://www.thumbtack.com/

Freelance Technicians – Service providers search available work orders for opportunities best suited to their skillset, location, and schedule. When service providers find work orders they’d like to complete, they request that work from the client. Freelance technicians cover dozens of specialties, including: Fiber optic & low-voltage cabling; Retail POS installation and service; Security and alarm solutions; Telecommunications; Wireless networking; A/V. https://fieldnation.com

Care Search for “care” jobs online for kids, parents (elder care), pets and home.  Wide range of jobs from  after-school sitters, nannies, senior care, house cleaners, dog walkers/pet sitters, etc. https://www.care.com/

Behance is specifically for people in creative industries, including photographers, designers, illustrators, and more. You can showcase your work to employers, and you can also search for gig and part-time work. Search by location, field, company, and keyword. Behance.net

Car Driver companies (independent contractors) where you use your own car, taking orders from individuals needing a ride: http://www.Uber.com; http://www.lyft.com; http://www.inverse.com

Portland Hour Exchange is a community network of neighbors helping neighbors by trading service hours for other services; no money is exchanged. Good way to offer skills and experience in different areas of expertise. Top services include Health and Wellness, Garden/Yard, Miscellaneous, Classes/Lessons/Tutor, Help in the Home, Pet Care, Business/Office Services, Conversation/Counseling and Computers. http://www.hourexchangeportland.org/


Bureau of Labor Statistics Resource: “Working in the Gig Economy”  https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2016/article/what-is-the-gig-economy.htm

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