The Gig Economy is Flexible and Dangerous

In All, Video by Tola Brennan

Over the last few years, the gig economy has boomed. Ride sharing apps like Uber paved the way for a whole slew of services from grocery shopping via Instacart to house cleaning via Handy.

Workers, by and large, like their jobs. At least, they do now.

These apps use independent contractors to undercut the competition. That’s because companies don’t have to pay taxes, accept some liability or have a minimum wage using what some argue is a loophole of sorts.

Less responsibility means more flexibility. There’s real promise, but at the same time, a dangerous precedent is being set.