Gig Worker

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Gig Worker

What is a Gig Worker?

Gig work consists of income-earning duties outside of traditional, long-term employment relationships. 

Another way to define a gig worker is as an independent contractor.

Traditional versus gig work:

Traditional workers receive pay by the hour or by the year. 

Outside of that, companies often hire workers to complete specific projects in a certain timeframe. In some of these cases, the company that pays the employee is different than the one they are working for, otherwise known as gig workers. 

Additionally, another way companies can define gig workers is on their tax status. Employees, or traditional workers, receive W-2 forms from their employers. Gig workers, or non-traditional workers, receive 1099 forms from their employers when they perform services for a company without being a direct employee.

What kind of work is available through gigs?

This non-traditional work exists across many occupations. It may include web design, driving, care work, construction, retail, and many more.

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