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Is it true that the gig economy will take over? That’s hard to say, considering the business leads in the world are tech companies that aren’t truly driven by gig workers (Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple). But Uber, Air BnB, Etsy and WeWork have made a dent in the idea of a workforce that sits on payroll in offices provided by the company. As there are different permutations of “cloud computing” for different industries and businesses, so is the gig economy shaking out for those who work in service industries and those who produce and provide products.

As AirBnB, Uber and Lyft are three strong and currently stable companies that “don’t employ their own work force”, here’s an infographic put together by William Jessup University (Online), which, while serving as advertorial for the online school, has culled some strong factual information that may inspire strategic planning for either companies attempting to take advantage by example of successful disruption of a business service model or individuals looking for the elusive stable income source, regardless of their age or existing skill levels.

The #futureofwork doesn’t have to look bleak where AI simply cannot replace all that a competent human can do, particularly where the complexity of human interaction and each experience must be unique, and creating trust and safety go a long way to create successful transactions.

What isn’t noted here is the shift in basic business skills that will be required, such as familiarity and complete comfort in working with technology for the mundane parts of business interaction, from getting assignments, checking in, gathering information, reporting on conditions that will make getting the work done possible, etc. That will spawn a huge shift in education and work preparedness. But that’s for another infographic.
View The History of the Gig Economy infographic from Jessup University Online

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