The gig economy looks like it’s here to stay. Although Uber still has the occasional battle with regulators, for the most part smartphone app-driven gig companies are popping up for every service imaginable.
Want someone to pick up takeout from a nice restaurant that doesn’t normally deliver? What about run to the shop and grab a few batteries for your TV remote? Favor can do it. What about someone to come in and clean your place while you’re out? Look no further than Handy. Odds are, if you can think of a small job that someone could do for you, there’s an app that will help you find someone. It’s really convenient.
The gig economy, though, does have a few quirks, so let’s dig a little deeper into how it works.
Almost all gig economy companies work in roughly the same way, so let’s just use Uber as an example.
An Uber driver (well, at least an UberX driver) is a regular person who is using their own car; pretty much anyone who meets the basic criteria can sign up. They’ve got a smartphone app provided by Uber that they use to find gigs.
Uber’s customers also use an app. When you want a ride, you open the app, enter your location and a ping is sent out to nearby drivers.
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