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.
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How to Avoid Burnouts

September 12, 2017
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It has happened to all freelancers at some point. We take on all of the jobs we can get, thankful for receiving work, but suddenly we cannot get anything done. Even with endless lists of jobs waiting, freelancers can reach the point where even completing one contract seems slow and painful. This is what...Continue reading →

How Katja Berlinger turned her Lemons to Lemonade

September 5, 2017
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One of the most asked question as regards freelancing or the gig economy is the “How do I get started?” People ask this question because they are scared of the unknown; they don’t want to leave the ‘devil they know’ to become trapped by the supposed angel – freelancing – that they don’t know. Katja...Continue reading →

The Top Five Things Freelancers Wish Clients Knew

August 29, 2017
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Henry Winkler – an award-winning producer and director once said, “Assumptions are the termites of relationships”. This statement couldn’t be nearer to the truth as it concerns clients and freelancers. Sadly, the conveyor belt for these assumptions is miscommunication – both of things said, and...Continue reading →

Envato Studio Review

August 22, 2017
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Envato Studio started out in 2013 as a company called Microlancer and they offered freelance work based on small graphic and web design work and programming and web development jobs. Initially they had a price list so you knew how much you were paying for a job as you shopped for the freelancer that suited your...Continue reading →

How to Tackle Writer’s Block

August 15, 2017
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Just when you’re racking your brains for the perfect story or you’re trying to come up with words for your essay, you come up blank. That's happened before and it’s an all too common problem. Writer’s block – the bane of every writer’s existence. Deadlines are creeping near and your article or story is nowhere near...Continue reading →

The Downsides of the Gig Economy and Portfolio Careers

August 8, 2017
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There is no doubt that the gig economy is growing phenomenally, with some projecting that by the year 2020, close to 40% of America’s work force will be self-employed in some form. The growth of this labour market, where freelance work prevails over permanent jobs, has been largely driven by the availability of the...Continue reading →

Upwork Review

August 1, 2017
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When we mention Upwork, we are talking about one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, freelance platform in the world. The company started about 10 years ago and was initially called Elance, then Elance-oDesk before finally changing to the current name – Upwork. Unlike some of the other freelance platforms, Upwork...Continue reading →

Interview with Martina Russo –
a Freelancer at Work

July 25, 2017
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This month Olatunji chatted with Martina Russo, founder of Freelancer at Work : a great source of information, inspiration and tips on how to be a successful freelancer and have fun in the process! How would you describe Freelancer At Work and what it hopes to accomplish? Freelancer At Work was...Continue reading →

The Struggle is Real: Finding the Motivation as a Freelancer to Stay Busy when You Are Not

June 27, 2017
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Finding the motivation to work when business is slow is difficult enough in a traditional office setting, but for freelancers the challenge is mighty. In an office, you have bosses, coworkers and the prison cell of your cubicle to help keep you on task. Even then, the call of the World Wide Web can lead...Continue reading →

SnagAJob Review

June 20, 2017
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Snagajob has been around since 2000, and is the top-rated job placement and job matching site in the USA. It has won numerous industry awards and is the ‘go to’ website for over 300,000 American businesses which are looking for employees. The boast on the website is that they delivered 4 million job postings in...Continue reading →

What Makes Self-
Employment So
Attractive For
Millennials?

June 13, 2017
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There are many stereotypes and generalizations about millennials, one of the most common being that they are lazy job-hoppers who don’t stay long enough at a job to develop a career. Reports such as this one by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seems to support this view, showing that an average young adult has held 6.2...
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Interview with WRKSHP –
Hiring Freelancers
in Practice

June 6, 2017
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This month Olatunji spoke with Natalia from WRKSHP, the makers of the mobile game Battle Camp. Read on to find out what Natalia has to say about hiring freelancers and how this practice helps to improve WRKSHPs work culture. For some of our readers who aren't familiar with your company - WRKSHP, can you give... Continue reading →

Job Profile:
Translator

May 30, 2017
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A translator makes sure that source content in one language is adequately transferred into a target language. The content of the source and the target can be written or spoken. Moreover, there are several variations of this job. From interpreters to transcreators, the exact role a translator takes on can vary a lot. But no... Continue reading →

The 3 Most
Commonly Used
Collaboration
Tools for Clients
& Freelancers

May 16, 2017
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Keeping an open line of communication is key to getting the best results. It’s not easy working as a freelancer, or a client who is collaborating with many freelancers across the globe. Clients want to know what’s happening but freelancers also want to work on the project at hand instead of spending precious time updating... Continue reading →

Job Profile:
Writer

May 9, 2017
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A writer creates engaging content in the format of the written word. This content can be fictional or non-fictional. Moreover, there are several variations of this job. From screenwriters to book authors and technical writers, there is hardly any industry writers cannot be found in. But no matter whether the content is imaginative or real,... Continue reading →

Should Tax Rates
Be the Same For
the Self-
Employed In the
Gig Economy
and the
Employed?

May 2, 2017
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The Gig Economy Could Cost the IRS Billions of Tax Dollars", screams a Fortune magazine headline. Across the Atlantic, the Guardian informs us that the “booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts” to the UK government. Stat after stat highlights the fact that the proportion of people employed in the gig... Continue reading →

Video Dictionary:
Gig Economy

April 26, 2017
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Gig economy is the term used to describe the prevalence of hiring contractors, freelancers and workers on a temporary basis. The word gig refers to the music industry where musicians make a living by playing live performances at varying locations. Because the concept of an irregular income earned through constantly changing clients also applies... Continue reading →

Toptal Review

April 18, 2017
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Toptal is an American company that was founded in 2010. In 2015, it was ranked as the number one fastest growing talent marketplace in North America. In 2016, Toptal acquired Skillbridge, an online platform for elite business freelancers. Toptal was specifically designed to provide freelance software engineers to clients. It is much more of a... Continue reading →

The Secret To
Keeping
Freelancers
Motivated And
Happy On Your
Project

April 11, 2017
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For many businesses, the thought of hiring a freelancer to do a project is a little daunting. You’re essentially hiring someone, sight unseen, to complete an assignment for your company. The same goes for your freelancers, they barely know you, and depending on how you’ve set up the assignment and the type of assignment, they... Continue reading →

7 Ways To Find
Freelance Jobs
Online

April 4, 2017
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The current economic crisis in the western world as well as global changes have placed a lot of people in financial difficulty. Even if finances and economic challenges are major contributing factors as to why many start to ‘gig’ rather than seek full-time employment, there are also other reasons. Working as a freelancer can prove... Continue reading →

PeoplePerHour
Review

March 28, 2017
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PeoplePerHour is a UK based company that was founded in 2007 by Xenios Thrasyvoulou. It is the leading marketplace for freelance talent in the UK, and in 2012, it was named by Wired UK as one of “Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups of 2012”. The platform offers clients a wide range of freelance specialities, divided into... Continue reading →

The Gig
Economy is a
Good Thing. Can
it Work for All?

March 21, 2017
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Bethany sits on the park bench, her legs resting on the blue and grey backpack in front of her. Typing on the laptop that sits on her lap, she looks up once in a while at passersby as they hurry to whatever urgent thing awaits them at the end of their journey. She takes a... Continue reading →

Where to hire
freelancers?

March 14, 2017
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Are you an entrepreneur or a small business owner who requires occasional help with small tasks? Is the number of staff you can hire limited by your start-up budget or do the business requirements of your Fortune 500 company demand an independent expert? If this is the case then you’ve probably considered hiring a freelancer... Continue reading →

5 Top Tips for
Freelancers

March 6, 2017
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Life as a freelancer can get a little hectic sometimes, especially if you're working with
several clients at the same time, but it doesn't have to be. With effective time management
and solid organization skills, you'll have happy clients and your work day will be a lot less
stressful. No matter what your skill set,... Continue reading →

Fiverr Review

February 24, 2017
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Fiverr is a global online marketplace headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was founded in
2009, and launched in 2010. Fiverr's business model is based on the buying and selling of
micro-jobs, small services that freelancers offer such as designing a logo or producing a
video script. By 2012, Fiverr was hosting more than 1.3... Continue reading →

Project4hire
Review

February 17, 2017
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Project4hire is a low cost online marketplace that was established in 2006. The platform
offers a wide range of specialisms but is far less populated than other marketplaces, and
therefore has fewer jobs for freelancers to accept. Compared with other platforms, the
site’s overall appearance is also very basic. How to get started on Project4hire...Continue reading →

99designs Review

February 14, 2017
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99designs is an Australian owned online graphic design marketplace, founded in 2008, and now based in San Francisco (as of 2010). In 2012, the company acquired European designer marketplace 12designer and Brazilian marketplace LogoChef. 99designs differs from other online marketplaces in that it primarily uses design contests to help meet the needs of clients. The... Continue reading →

Freelancer.com
Review

February 11, 2017
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Freelancer.com (Freelancer Technology Pty Limited) is one of the world’s largest
freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplaces. Founded in 2009 and listed on the
Australian Security Exchange it has steadily grown over the past 8 years, acquiring other
freelance platforms such as EUFreelance.com and Freelancer.co.uk. There are currently
22.6 million registered users, and more than 10.8 million...Continue reading →