Thriving in the Gig Economy


How to thrive as a gig worker? There are many pitfalls to avoid but the success at the end of it all is motivating.

The first thing we realized when we began interviewing independent consultants and artists was that the stakes of independent work are enormously high—not just financially but also existentially. Unshackled from managers and corporate norms, people can choose assignments that make the most of their talents and reflect their true interests. They feel ownership over what they produce and over their entire professional lives. One study participant told us, “I can be the most I’ve ever been myself in any job.”

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Gianpiero Petriglieri, Susan J. AshfordAmy Wrzesniewski — HBR

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Flexible working: Science in the gig economy


How is the gig economy going to affect scientific research?

There are lots of scientists in the wilderness — that point where you are tired of doing postdocs and you question what you’re doing. The gig economy can be one way to find a path, by providing an income stream while you figure stuff out. It can help you realize what marketable skills you have. It can give you time to mourn the loss of a job in academia that you thought you were going to have but that never really existed. And it helps to expand your network into places that would be interested in your skill set, such as the technology community. Eventually, you realize you can leave academia without leaving research.

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Roberta Kwok — Nature

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