While freelance consulting has always been an option for experienced professionals, the new climate of the gig economy is making this kind of choice all the more valid and appealing—both to employees and employers. Mindsets are shifting as the shared economy offers up revolutionary alternatives for workers as well as consumers. Rather than buy a car, use Uber or See Jane Go. Instead of shelling out for a vacation home, try Airbnb. You can even ditch the expensive office real estate and use WeWork.