The Difficulty of Making a Living in the Gig Economy

Sarah Kessler tried becoming a “micro-entrepreneur” by participating in the “gig economy”—applying to be a part of TaskRabbit and bidding to do random side jobs, teaching a gift-wrapping Skillshare class, posting profiles on DogVacay detailing her dog-sitting qualifications as well as on-demand services like Exec (cleaning) and WunWun and Postmates (delivery). She wrote about her experience for Fast Company.

NYT On “The Working Life”

Rachel Swarns’ New York Times series called The Working Life kicks off today, introducing us to Marianne Scarino, a 62-year-old woman who has been laid off twice in her role as a six figure-earning corporate manager and now works as an elementary school aide ($21k/year).