The gig economy has redefined traditional employment. The independent workers who are part of the gig economy, such as freelancers, contractors, delivery drivers and others, are paid by the task or project and often work multiple temporary jobs at once. To find gig work, visit Indeed Gigs and search by location or remote, job title and popular categories.
If you rely on opportunities like these, this article shares tips that can put you in a better position to find gig work.
How to find gig work
Here are five steps you can take to find reliable gig work, including examples of jobs:
1. Network with fellow professionals
Though many companies are now operating remotely, there is still work to be done. Reach out to contacts in your personal and professional networks about “meeting up for coffee”—via video chat—to ask for help discovering freelance jobs that you can complete virtually.
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2. Join an online marketplace or on-demand app
The need for some of the services that gig workers provide may very well be on the rise as a result of the spread of the coronavirus. For example, many people are staying home to self-quarantine, which may mean they order more food for delivery.
Consider signing up as a delivery driver for apps such as Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, Eat Street and Grub Hub. Others may still cook at home but want to avoid going to the grocery store—you could do their shopping as an employee of a service like Instacart.
Cleanliness is of the utmost importance in slowing the spread of COVID-19. As a TaskRabbit, you could get paid to clean companies’ empty offices or individuals’ homes.
3. Update your resume and professional networking profile
Take this time to update your resume and online profile. Ensure it showcases your ability to simultaneously juggle multiple projects as an experienced gig worker, as well as examples of any freelance work that you’ve completed in the past.
If you have a background in a certain field but have let those skills lapse as you pursued other experiences, sign up for an online course to regain your expertise. Don’t forget to add any new certifications to your resume and professional networking profile.
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4. Consider your transferable skills
Consider the range of skills that you draw on daily to complete your varied “gigs” and how you might be able to apply them to a different type of job. For example, if you’ve honed your communication and customer service skills as a rideshare driver or dog walker, explore opportunities where you can put these strengths to use—as a remote representative for a call center, perhaps.
5. Keep a routine
Keeping to a routine can help you stay motivated and productive. To maintain a fixed schedule (including a consistent wake-up time and breaks throughout the day), make a to-do list for the week and check accomplishments off as you go. Keep a calendar of virtual coffee calls you’ve scheduled with people in your network to stay updated on opportunities.
Taking the steps outlined above will hopefully bring you closer to finding fulfilling, flexible gig work, but be sure to also make time for meals, exercise, sleep, and family. It’s important to stay positive and motivated amid uncertainty.
Related: What Is a Gig Worker?