Pickup Shifts & the Benefits
of Gig Work
In case you’re not already familiar with it, let’s begin with a brief description of the gig economy. Then we'll point out some of the benefits of gig work to help you decide if on-demand work is right for you.
What is the Gig Economy?
Stated briefly, the gig economy is the labor market made up of freelance or part-time jobs. That’s in contrast to the full-time, work-for-one-company jobs that Americans have known for decades. The gig economy began to take root in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and were desperately looking for temporary work to support themselves and their families.
In the years since 2008, with the exponential growth of the internet, the gig economy has only increased in size and importance.
Further, the COVID-19 pandemic produced a huge growth of the gig economy. Once again, as in 2008, millions of out-of-work individuals began scrambling to find ways to support themselves. At the same time, millions of other isolated Americans benefited from the labor of gig workers. Among other jobs, they prepared or delivered food, delivered medicines, provided transportation, taught online classes, and provided childcare.
Benefits of Gig Work
Guess what? Many individuals found gig work of various kinds and decided they actually preferred the flexibility of gig work. If you’re thinking about taking on gig work yourself, here are some of its benefits.
- Accessibility – There are plenty of opportunities, and it’s easy to hop in and get started.
- Work-life balance and flexible work hours – You can set your own schedule and work only when you want to work.
- Supplemental income – Gig work can provide extra money by working after hours or on weekends.
- Location – You can pick the locations you want to work.
- Freedom – You can decide which kinds of work you want to take on as well as those you don’t want.
The BenchConnect App for Picking Up Shifts
If you think gig work is right for you, BenchConnect is here to help you in many different ways. We can help you find on-demand work the perfect gig match and get your pay deposited directly into your account. We also have a staff of Community Managers always available to answer your questions and extend a helping hand.
If this is the kind of work and support you want, we urge you not to delay. Download the BenchConnect app, and together, let’s start working!