The Gig Economy

The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want

The Gig Economy

Author: Diane Mulcahy
Pub Date: November 2016
Print Edition: $22.00
Print ISBN: 9780814437339
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814437346

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In an economy marked by weak job reports, fewer start-ups, and more layoffs and outsourcing, traditional full-time employment is disappearing. Increasingly, in its place are short-term assignments, contract work, and freelance jobs—the gig economy.

Millions of people are actively choosing this alternate path: developing the skills and attitude to strike out on their own and tap into the many opportunities the gig economy offers. In the process, they’re buffering themselves from the whims of bosses and fluctuating fortunes of organizations, while creating a flexible schedule and greater income security, in its own way, than a traditional full-time job can provide.

The Gig Economy takes you inside this challenging yet promising work world and shows you how to manage the risks while maximizing the rewards. The book offers a counternarrative to the doomsday reports that dominate media reports and policy debates by highlighting how professionals in diverse fields can thrive. Best yet, it reveals effective, long-term strategies to make the gig economy work for you.

Grounded in research and packed with exercises and illuminating anecdotes, this eye-opening book explains how to:

• Create your own security by cultivating multiple sources of income, new skills, and your own safety net

• Accurately assess risks and develop a plan to reduce your fears

• Finance time off between gigs—travel, volunteer, or pursue your passions

• Rebuild your calendar to take control of your time

• Increase financial flexibility by reducing fixed costs and boosting income and savings

• Connect with people who can steer you toward good opportunities, and stop wasting time on outdated networking tactics

• Live the life you want based on your priorities and vision of success

• And much more.

The world of work is rapidly changing. Rather than passively watching it happen, you can learn the best ways to shift gears and embrace new models of working. The Gig Economy guides you each step of the way as you build a career that offers autonomy, flexibility, and ultimately, stability on your own terms.

Diane Mulcahy is an adjunct lecturer at Babson College, where she created and teaches “The Gig Economy,” a popular MBA course that Forbes.com named one of the top-ten most innovative business school classes in the country. She is also a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Her work in venture capital and entrepreneurship has been featured on NPR and in The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, and other national media. Diane is also a frequent speaker at conferences and universities worldwide. Diane holds A.B. and M.P.P. degrees from Harvard University.

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