Gig Economy Apps
Gig economy apps are mushrooming.
The term” gig” is a slang word meaning a job for a specified period of time. Up until recently, the word gig was typically used to refer to musicians, but the world of work has undergone a significant transformation in the last decade. The free market system has facilitated a boom in temporary jobs with autonomous workers beavering away on short term and often precarious contracts. From the gig economy emerges a global workforce, which is incompatible with the state providing public healthcare and pensions.
The gig economy is the least talked about revolution
It has expanded to a multi-trillion dollar global market. It has been estimated that 57 million people in the U.S. now participate in the gig economy each year in one way or another. So it is no surprise that gig economy apps are mushrooming.
In less than a decade smartphone technology has facilitated the boom in the gig economy by connecting those offering services to those wanting services. Gig economy apps are mushrooming at a time when the marketplace has never before been so connected.
There are currently 150 known gig economy apps that people are using to convert their time, skills, hobbies, or assets (cars, home, parking spaces, etc.) into additional income streams
Infographic has listed these 150 gig economy apps used within the gig economy – including many that pay gig workers directly.
Here are just some of the gig economy apps used daily by those familiar with smartphone technology
Ridesharing gig economy apps such as Uber and Lyft tend to be cited by most people when they are asked to give examples of the gig economy and the apps that support them.
Uber’s mission is to bring transportation—for everyone, everywhere.
In addition to helping people get from point A to point B, Uber is working to bring the future closer with self-driving technology and urban air transport, helping people order food quickly and affordably, removing barriers to healthcare, creating new freight-booking solutions, and helping companies provide a seamless employee travel experience.
You’ve got the drive. We’ve got jobs boasts Uber on its website.
In cities where Uber operates, people use their rider app to request a ride. When a nearby driver-partner accepts their request, their app displays an estimated time of arrival for the driver-partner heading to their pickup location. … In some cities, Uber allows people to pay their fare in cash.
Lyft claims on its website that it does more than just get people from A to B. The company Palos provides ground transportation solutions.
There are many more gig economy ridesharing apps that fill different niches – for example, Wingz offers flat-fee rides to the airport, while Curb connects riders with professional taxi drivers.
Gig economy apps can also be found in running errands
For example, TaskRabbit, which was bought by IKEA, turns errands such as assembling furniture or cleaning a gutter into payable gigs. Meanwhile, apps like Dolly and Bellhops will connect you with movers, and LawnLove is for gardening services.
Gig economy apps which convert hobbies such as Art, Design, and Crafting into cash are also propping up
Etsy is a marketplace for handmade goods and is one of the best-known brands in this category. There are also other niche options as well such as, UncommonGoods which specializes in unique gifts, while Society6 focuses on gallery quality art prints.
Gig economy apps for professional services are also evolving
For example, Lulu and Kindle Direct are writing and editing apps.
Both apps enable users to publish eBooks online and sell them. Moreover, proofreaders and editors can get paid for their copy editing services through Gramlee.
Gig economy apps are also mushrooming for delivery services
Fast and efficient delivery services are crucial to the gig economy, and users are spoiled for choice, For example, DoorDash, UberEats, Caviar, and GrubHub allows users to get food delivered to their doors, while apps like Instacart focus on grocery delivery.
Gig economy apps in the Multimedia are also evolving
For example, VoiceBunny offers voice actors for youtube videos. You can also sell rights to your photos via Foap, or do freelancing work through Upwork or Fiverr.
What about investing or even creating your own gig economy app?
Moreover, there are 15 apps that are worth more than $1 billion dollars. The billion-dollar app club continues to grow with Instagram – Current Valuation at over $100 Billion.
Uber’s current valuation is over $62 Billion. Gig economy apps are fast joining the Unicorn club