Welcome to The Gig Economist

The Gig Economist is a news portal about the latest trends in the gig economy, freelancing and self-employment. Here you will find information about job profiles, platforms, aspects of freelancing, useful tools, and how to keep yourself or your hired freelancers motivated. Meet other like-minded freelancers and clients through our community and get into the gigging spirit with our amazingly helpful shop items.

We predict that the gig economy is going to grow within the next couple of years, providing a more independent work experience for the self-employed and higher flexibility for companies. As with everything in life, such growth can only be a success if there is a solid infrastructure and a good understanding about what is needed to turn a fixed-employment mind-set into a contract-based.

And this is exactly what is currently missing. Yes, there are several freelance platforms out there, but which ones are actually good and suitable for your needs as a client or talents as a freelancer? Is ‘gigging’ actually a sustainable way to make a living and how does the life of a freelancer really look like? If your business (small or big) is looking for people to temporarily support you on your projects then how do you find the best freelancers for your needs?

The Team behind The Gig Economist is set out to answer these and many more important questions for clients and freelancers in order to create at least the solid information part of this urgently needed basis for a successful gig economy. But Rome wasn’t built in a day. This is going to take a little bit of time and we are delighted to know that you will join us on our journey by following our blog.

Right now this website doesn’t have much on it – yet – however, to give you an idea about what you can expect from The Gig Economist, here is what we are planning to do:

  • Platforms: An extensive overview of the freelancer platforms that are available, how they work, which type of client and freelancer they are suitable for, their pros and cons and all other pieces of information you need to decide where to sign up.
  • Profiles: One of the things that we noticed is that there is a lot of confusion about what certain ‘job titles’ actually entail. A proofreader has different tasks than an editor, for example. So when you are looking for the perfect freelancer for your project, the correct job title is one of the things you will need to know. Also, when you get started as a freelancer, knowing which terms match your services is crucial.
  • Events: Tired of reading about the gig economy? We understand that a more personal approach is what many of you require, which is why we will hold plenty of events, including workshops, seminars, and webinars. Sign up as soon as we hit your town or virtual sphere and learn more about how to get started as a freelancer, what clients need to be aware of when hiring freelancers and much more.
  • Articles: Our blog articles will provide you with invaluable information about the gig economy, useful tools, motivational and organisational tips and and and. We are certain that with our help you will no longer feel like there is no one to give you advice or keep you up-to-date.
  • Shop: Last but not least, there will be our shop to get you into the real gigging spirit. What could a gigger possibly want that isn’t out there already? Trust us, a lot. Starting with a cool T-Shirt, an inspiring mouse pad and many other items that will not only make you proud to be part of this amazing community but will motivate you to keep on gigging.

Doesn’t this sound great? Then follow our blog, get in touch if you want to support us in any way, and keep an eye out for our crowdfunding campaign this summer.

Keep calm and gig on,

Your The Gig Economist Team

 

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