What this episode is about and why you should care
Today’s guest on the Future of Work podcast is Micha Kaufman, the CEO of Fiverr. Fiverr started as a website where you could get any digital task done for $5. Now, it is becoming a true freelance marketplace with bundled gigs. Organizations are flocking to the website, as well as, individuals who are looking to hire or become freelancers. With the popularity of websites like Fiverr, Micha and I discuss why the gig economy is the future of work.
Micha describes Fiverr as the “Amazon for digital services.” It is a full digital marketplace with ‘sellers’ who are the freelancers and ‘buyers’ who are mostly small and medium sized businesses. Right now, 30 Million people in the American workforce is involved in the gig economy. Trends are showing this number will only increase. The changing generational workforce is a major factor of the growing gig economy. Through technology, other types of work in the gig economy, such as driving for Uber, or listing a rental on Airbnb, has brought offline activity to online. As the old concepts of work are being challenged, the gig and freelance economy is being viewed as a legitimate option to participate in, and build a career.
What you will learn in this episode
- Trends Shaping the Future of Work
- How Big is the Gig Economy?
- The Impact of Robots and Automation
- Employee and Employer Relationships
- Millennials and the Gig Economy
- Longevity of the Gig Economy
- Success as a Freelancer
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