The gig economy is on the rise but protection for those that thrive in it is not. At least not in a satisfactory way. People that own their own businesses that are client, or gig based exploded just after the last recession. This, after people grew weary of working for corporations. Yet there is a gap and this is what many according to the original article published by Govtech.com are trying to close.
Contract workers are on the rise in the new gig economy and companies are taking a stand to help qualified contract workers find gigs and that much needed protection. Handy is one of those sites that promote contract workers in the manual labor arena and provide the protection and exposure they need. You can find a house cleaner, handyman, moving help, furniture assembly, electrical or plumbing all from the convenience of their free app. These are skilled workers that need a reputable platform to work from. Handy.com is the leading platform for skilled workers who are screened professionals.
Working from a platform like this ensures the client that they have the best people coming to their home to provide a service. It also gives a variety of benefits to the skilled professional that he or she would not have found before should they have decided to find gigs on their own. It’s actually more cost-effective and they get marketing exposure with benefit of a reputable company behind them. They make the footwork easier on the skilled professional.
Insurance as an “affordable safety net” according to the article should be something the laws should be updated to provide every worker in the gig economy. According to one top Obama advisor, there is real opportunity to see the conversation move forward before long. Only time will tell if the next administration will heed the cries of the 53 million Americans that are 1099 for life!
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