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There are plenty of people who have no trouble abiding by the traditional nine-to-five, Monday through Friday work schedule. It’s something they’ve watched their parents do and it has long been considered the standard way of life for most people in the business world. The number of full-time employees in 2019 is at 131.7 million, which is up from the previous year and currently 83% percent of the U.S. workforce. There are some people, however, who choose to go in a more unconventional direction. This can be for any number of reasons. 

Some people have done the same pattern for years and they now want a break from the usual routine. Others just want more flexibility in their daily lives so they can do other things. For many people, travel might be an issue or commuting might no longer be a viable option. Other people feel the entrepreneurial itch and find that their skills meet the criteria for starting an at-home business instead. 

Enter Into The Gig Economy

A survey by career builder shows that the world no longer rolls up its sidewalks at 5:00 pm. It is possible to work pretty much around the clock. That is why a lot of people refer to today’s climate as a “gig” economy, which means that piecemeal work is completed on a task-by-task basis, as opposed to a time-centric focus being part or full-time employees. Plenty of people are patching together part-time gigs that actually equal more than 40 hours/week at times. Many organizations are also following this model because hiring contract workers means not having to pay for benefits such as healthcare, which is a substantial expense in the United States.  

Expand Your Tech Skills

Technology has advanced to the point where people can work remotely from home in a variety of industries. If you have computer skills, there are plenty of freelance opportunities out there. Many websites such as UpWork post jobs and specifications that you can browse in order to see which ones fit your talent. Virtual assistants can make a substantial amount of money doing a multitude of task-based work. If writing is your passion, content writers are another commodity that is highly sought after. 

Think Outside The Box

You don’t need to be computer-proficient in order to profit from contract work. Through freelance websites, you can also find companies seeking product testers. If you’re handy, sites like TaskRabbit can match you with someone who needs specific manual labor completed.


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