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The Evolution Of The Gig Economy in Today’s Working World

Gig economy workers must be a happy lot, otherwise there wouldn’t be such a boost to this market. To substantiate this point, there are various researches being carried out to track the growth of today’s gig economy. It is already proven that by the end of 2023, 52% of the US workforce will be gig economy workers or they would have worked as a gig worker at least at some point in their lives. Wait, there is something more to it -> 48% of today’s millennials use gig marketplaces to engage in work or a new business.

For some individuals, gig marketplaces offer them the bread butter for their life, however for some, these marketplaces are just an added benefit over and above the income from their 9 to 5 jobs. Whatever it is, the gig economy is growing and as a result people are able to find their niche and start something of their own or work on projects independently.

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Here are a few gig marketplaces that are popular worldwide:

  1. Upwork

Upwork is one of the most popular places of employment for gig workers, and it is a merger between two start-ups Elance and oDesk founded in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Upwork is one of the largest and the most trustworthy websites helping more than five million businesses including Automatic, Airbnb, Microsoft and so on with gig workers. Upwork mostly comes at the top of this list due to the variety of work listed for both experienced and newbies in the industry.

  1. Fiverr

Fiverr was founded in 2010 with an aim to offer various digital services offered by Freelancers at an affordable rate of $5. Today, the company has over hundred categories and a million of users from 190 countries. Fiverr is rated as one of the best employment websites in the creative category because freelancers can find any kind of work in the creative digital field. If you have the right skill, Fiverr has the right client for you.

  1. Field Engineer

Like Upwork and Fiverr have carved a mark in this niche, Field Engineer is a precise website for engineers. Field Engineer garners employment information for engineers and directly directs the clients to the candidate. From the requirement of a freelance network of engineers to the one working on the field, Field Engineer fulfills engineering vacancies very well.

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  1. Freelancer

Freelancer, came into being in the year 2008 and today, it connects more than 45 million employers and freelancers based in 247 countries. One benefit of working with Freelancer is that it does not focus on specific industries but its team categorizes the work on functions like  design, media, sales and marketing, IT and software and so on.

  1. Task Rabbit

Established in the year 2008, this website connects skilled people who can help others in accomplishing odd jobs and daily errands. Login to Task Rabbit and you will find people to help assemble your furniture, to gardening, delivering groceries to cleaning houses. The service providers can create their own account as “Taskers”, mention their preferable day and time of work along with the charges.

  1. Thumbtack

While websites like Upwork and Fiverr are bringing the whole gig world to one platform, Thumbtack aims at extending a hand to a local professional. If you are looking for an experienced local professional to come and complete your task soon, Thumbtack is the destination for you. The services you can avail are home improvements, repairs, legal, technical support, managing pets and so on.

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  1. Toptal

Created in 2010, Toptal connects various businesses to freelance software designers, developers, product managers and finance experts. For IT professionals looking to earn an extra income, Toptal offers a good choice of projects to supplement incomes from. The advantage of using Toptal is that it has an aggressive screening process for professionals and so businesses get an opportunity to get their work done from a highly skilled professional.

  1. Dribble

Dribble is a one stop destination for freelance designers looking for work. Dribble offers a sharing platform for designers and creative people to find the best job as per their skill. The job board offered by Dribble is also loaded with various opportunities and the user can browse the category of work from the job board itself.

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