5 Great Tips For Gig Workers!

By Tyler Malcolm · Aug 7, 2020

First off, what is gig work? Gig work or non-traditional work consists of income earned outside of traditional, long term employee-employer relationships. A non traditional consistency of work has its own pros and cons. This blog post will take a look at five of the major things to consider as a gig worker.

Produce or Perish

Pros: With the freedom of not reporting to manager and corporate norms, you will have the ability to choose assignments that make the most of your talents and reflect your true interest. You can be the most you’ve ever been doing your job and have a feeling over ownership over what you produce.

Cons: Freedom also comes with the extra burden of not just financial but also existential stress. You may have no one else to rely on outside of your ability to get paid work. This can cause issues with your mental health.

Know What Type Of Gig Worker You Are

Gig working falls into two categories, independent and contingent workers. Independent workers, you are more freelance. You are your own boss, create your own hours, submit invoices and billing for services and skills that you have provided. Contingent workers are employed by a company with less benefits than regular employees and usually have no job security.

Establish Routine

Routines are not always associated with boring bureaucracies, learn to make them essential to your workflow. With a great routine you will be able to enhance your focus and performance allowing you to become more efficient. Establishing a routine means keeping a schedule and sticking to it.

Follow to-do list; start the day with the most challenging or important work, making your way down to the less important things. This does stop at work, it also includes sleep, nutrition and exercise. Here at gigl we are big fans of trello and google calendar both are intuitive and allow for others to interact with them if you want.

Connect With People

Unless you are leaving a field of work that you have many contacts in, you are going to need to make some connections. Having a traditional physical office to make connections may not be a readily available option for you so you will need to find other ways of making connections.

Linkedin is a great way to start however don’t discount other social media platforms such as facebook. Collaborate with contacts in your field, attend panels and events associated with your industry. If possible join a co-working space they are great ways to develop a network. Lastly get use to dropping in your work whenever you can in normal conversation to get your name or idea out there.

Create A Place to Work

Don’t sit in bed and work! Having the ability to work from anywhere is a benefit and a pitfall. Creating a portable workspace may have its own beauty however, creating a space for productive work will help prevent feelings of rootlessness.