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In the age of the gig economy, short-term positions, on-demand positions, and freelance work reign supreme. One study by Intuit predicts that by 2020, 40% of American workers will be independent contractors. The reason? The workforce is becoming mobile as the digital age empowers workers to complete a job from anywhere. Freelancers can choose jobs or projects from anywhere in the world, and employers have access to a wider pool of workers who are qualified for specific projects.
Another reason the gig economy has come into play is that people now change jobs and enjoy having the flexibility of choosing when and where to work. They also enjoy the freedom of improving their work-life balance by being more in control of their work schedules. Businesses also benefit because they can hire workers to fill gaps and freelancers who are too expensive to hire permanently.
But, the gig economy only works when individuals and businesses, or individuals and potential clients and customers, can connect quickly and easily. That’s where gig economy apps come in. By downloading these apps to a mobile device, workers have hundreds or even thousands of potential jobs at their fingertips, just as prospective clients and customers have access to a wide pool of workers waiting to fulfill a need for them, such as giving them a ride or purchasing and delivering their groceries. Businesses also use these platforms to connect with potential workers and select those that are best suited to their needs.
As the gig economy grows, so does the number of apps. We’ve chosen 50 of the best based on user reviews, leading technology site recommendations, ease of use, quality of available positions, and the screening and onboarding processes the platforms use for new workers. The majority of the apps we have chosen also have mobile apps available for use on iOS and Android devices. Please note, we have listed our 50 best gig economy apps below in alphabetical order to make your search process easier; thus, the apps are not ranked or rated in any way.