Today’s Solutions: December 03, 2021

Whether you drive for Uber on the weekends as a side job or work for a full-time contracted delivery service, working in the gig economy means taking certain steps to make sure you, as a worker, are protected. With 36% of the American workforce working in a “gig,” there’s bound to be some readers here that are a part of this part-time workforce. If you are, here’s a quartet of tips that can help you squeeze the most out of your job in the gig economy. 

  1. Take advantage of P2P payments: Using these online payment services, like Zelle, means you don’t have to worry about cash or checks and the income hits your bank account immediately.
  2. Don’t forget tax time: Even if you just work your gig part-time or on the side, you still need to report those earnings. Consult a tax expert to figure out how those extra dollars factor into your income report.
  3. Make a plan to save: If your gig job doesn’t come with a steady income, savings can be key to bridging the gap between payments. Additionally, if your employer doesn’t offer a formal 401k plan, make sure you’re still making savings a priority on your own.
  4. Put yourself first: It can be tempting to take on as many hours and clients as possible but make sure you’re taking time for yourself and only working with clients worth your time. It can be tough to say “no,” but don’t be afraid to turn down less than ideal clients or ask existing ones for new references to build up a reliable clientele base. 

More and more workers are joining the gig economy. As the workforce grows, it is also quickly changing. California recently passed a bill ensuring labor protections for gig employees. Working in the gig economy doesn’t mean missing out on traditional job perks, you just might have to go about getting them a different way.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Rwanda’s mountain gorillas represent a successful conservation story

Following years of poaching and habitat destruction, the population of mountain gorillas in Rwanda once numbered under 260 individuals. Now, Rwandan gorillas represent a rare conservation success and a key economic engine for the East ... Read More

Germany plans to put 15 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2030

Making electric cars the dominant vehicles on the road is key to curbing planet-warming emissions and protecting the climate. In a bid to reach that goal, an increasing number of countries and cities across the ... Read More

Here are 5 Indigenous-led eco-charities you can support today

The climate crisis has caused us to reconsider our consumerist lifestyles and turn to Indigenous peoples to learn from their superior understanding of living in harmony with nature. Here is a list of five organizations ... Read More

Scientists discover a peculiar new planet

Deep into the Hercules constellation, 855 light-years away from Earth, lies a record breaking exoplanet. This newly discovered gas giant was named TOI-2109b, and the thing that makes it so special is the fact it ... Read More

High altitude experiment shows that snow monkeys are excellent at fishing

Snow monkeys, also known as the Japanese macaque, are native to many of the main islands of Japan. These fluffy creatures are the most northern-based non-human primate out there, meaning they have some cold temperatures ... Read More