The term ‘Gig’ has long been used by musicians to reference the job of performing in a club or at a concert venue. However, over the last decade, the word gig has evolved into nomenclature, principally used to describe work performed by a group of people who participate in the workforce but are considered non-employees.
Sometimes referred to as self-employed, this collection of independent workers usually includes artists, writers, photographers, craftspeople, salespeople, contractors, non-live-in domestic help, or childcare workers. More recently, others have joined the ranks by way of the tech explosion, and now make a living by delivering food and people.
For clarity, anyone who works for themselves and is not classified as an employee could very well be known as a ‘gig-worker,’ and with this identification, comes the freedom to enjoy—or suffer—depending on your view of what job security is—the flexibility and constant search for work and reward.
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