Trump’s cabinet appointments and policies regarding jobs, trade, and regulation could have a far-reaching impact on sharing economy companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Lyft, CNET reports. The new president has said little about the sharing economy so far, but his policy positions indicate his administration will be a mixed bag for these firms.
There’s a very big difference between skilled trades like plumbing and catering, and taking on a side-job of running errands, which anyone can do without training. Both can be considered “gig” jobs because you’re hopping from job to job, but the earning potential is going to be much higher for those who have a specialization and trained skill.
On Thursday, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to back a report calling for better worker protections in the on-demand economy, also known as the sharing economy. The resolution isn’t binding, but potentially, the issue presents a bigger threat to companies such as Uber than the resistance of their more traditionalist rivals. Europe is not afraid to appear retrograde when it comes to worker benefits, and though that may drag it down economically, it’s also what makes it a nice place to live and work.
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement healthcare plan, the Congressional Budget Office warned Tuesday that some 18 million people will lose their insurance in the first year — and millions more will lose insurance later on. That number includes some of the independent, or gig, workers who use Fiverr’s job marketplace.
Car companies want to sell as many cars as possible. This is an indisputable fact. But lately they’ve been trying to speak the language of a post-ownership future. They see Uber and Lyft and the trend of more people moving to cities and abandoning their cars, and they’re anxious. They know there is a problem with too many cars on the road and too much traffic and pollution. So they decided to lean into the “mobility” trend and see where it takes them. Ford spun off its own LLC. General Motors launched a car-sharing company. Nearly everyone started overusing terms like “transportation as a service” and “smart cities” without really explaining what they meant or how this is a sustainable business.
Shiftgig, the Chicago-based platform that helps companies including Amazon and Nike hire temporary workers, has raised $20 million in Series C funding, it announced Tuesday. The company passed the 200-employee mark in December, of which about two-thirds are based in Chicago, CEO and co-founder Eddie Lou said. He plans to add 100 more this year, mainly in sales, marketing, operations and technology roles. A little more than half of those will be in Chicago.
Diane Mulcahy, author of the recently published book The Gig Economy, has a simple idea for new graduates: Rather than seek a job, it’s far better to find your niche in the so-called gig economy, a.k.a. selling services direct to more than one corporation simultaneously.
For years, pundits have discussed the impact of Uber and the “gig economy” on the labor force. But the small batch of tech startups that ensure San Francisco’s elite never need to take the bus, or travel for a breakfast burrito, involve, by most estimates, less than 1% of the US workforce. The real impact of the gig economy looks much more like Wonolo and similar on-demand labor startups who provide workers not for individual neighbors, but for companies. It is not a category of businesses, but a management strategy for an increasingly contingent workforce.
The City of Seattle on Friday announced that it will shut down the Pronto bike-share service on March 31. This marks the end of a controversial and ultimately unsuccessful program in Seattle, with fewer-than-expected members signing up to rent bicycles on-demand to get around the city.
A New York city-based cleaning and home maintenance service called Handy, thinks it may have the perfect way for their independent contractors to receive benefits.