How the Gig Economy is Fueling the Front Lines of COVID-19
While the entire world has been asked to stay home and stay safe in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the gig economy has been asked to step up. The workforce is rapidly growing and facing the front line of the virus to help everyone get the supplies they need. While many people are losing their jobs due to the current economic issues, the gig economy is thriving and providing new jobs for many people. The gig economy is largely made up of contractors and freelancers, a large part of the “on-demand” workforce. The demand has never been larger and the gig economy has never been more important.
Groceries, medication, ventilators, PPE equipment, and household items are a few of the many necessary things the gig economy is being utilized to deliver. Many people are ill and unable to get these necessary supplies they need right now, so our country has harnessed the power of the gig economy to deliver critical supplies to support those who need it most.
Industries such as online learning and distance education programs are booming as well as students needing extra support from groups like Student Success Agency, a Gig Wage client. Many people now have extra time and are seeking to learn new skills and are also open to trying different work. Just think about your daily life: deliveries, virtual work, virtual school, take out food. Everything is being delivered in a new way and gig workers are the foundation of this workforce.
Times may be uncertain right now, but the gig economy is helping us get through this difficult time.
The impact of this shift in our workforce is massive. While many industries are suffering and many are losing jobs, the gig economy is providing options for people right now. Many people live paycheck to paycheck and the gig economy provides temporary solutions for workers during this pandemic. More importantly, on-demand and gig economy companies recognize how important it is to pay these workers, FAST. Companies like Walmart, Instacart, Amazon, CVS, Dollar Tree, 7-Eleven, Domino’s, Kroger, and more are hiring hundreds of thousands of people and finding ways to get them paid quickly.
Gig Wage has been leading the charge for on-demand, flexible, modern work for years, and although these are incredibly tough times, gig workers are experiencing a positive outlook through new opportunities during a tough situation. Many companies are struggling to figure out how to pay these new contractors quickly, as many people need funds urgently and banks have reduced hours, making it seemingly more complicated to pay people.
In order for companies and platforms to compete for delivery talent, they will need to be able to add fast, flexible, and dependable payment infrastructure, which is what we have created here at Gig Wage.
Paying contractors quickly is what we specialize in at Gig Wage, meaning we are optimized to help companies during this time. Gig Wage is a payments platform specializing in independent contractors quickly. The modern workforce is flexible and fast-paced. Gig workers, freelancers and contractors live an on-demand lifestyle and want to work and be paid on-demand. We know people need payments QUICKLY and we are in the position to help companies address this new need.
We are ready to help fuel the front lines of COVID-19 by supporting companies who will utilize the contractor workforce during these uncertain times. Gig Wage will see thousands of new delivery drivers on our platform over the next 45 days. And while this workforce is “news” to many, Gig Wage has been laser focused on the contract workforce for years. Delivery is in its early stages and it’s here to stay and support our country. In order for companies and platforms to compete for delivery talent they will need to be able to add fast, flexible and dependable payment infrastructure, which is what we have created here at Gig Wage.
We are PROUD to support the gig economy during this time. Gig workers are fueling the front lines of COVID-19 and it is powerful to see the future of work rise to the challenge. Times may be uncertain right now, but the gig economy is helping us get through this difficult time.
Written byLucy Hart