Graphic illustrating the five tips Neubert shares about the gig economy.

5 ways to make the gig economy work for you

By Kevin Manne

If you’re intrigued by the gig economy and want to try it out for yourself, Bob Neubert, director of entrepreneurship academic programs, has five tips to help you get started.

Make some extra money

  • Create a side hustle. Turn your creativity into cash by selling products in large online marketplaces like Etsy. If you’d rather sell a professional service, try Upwork or Fiverr for freelancing or Bench for accounting and bookkeeping.  
  • Cash in your commute. Be an Uber or Lyft driver to turn your daily drive into paying ride-sharing opportunities along the way.
  • Knowledge is power. Offer your academic expertise and earn money as an online tutor at TutorSpree.

Leverage expertise

  • Hire a personal assistant. Whether you’re looking for ongoing help or a one-time assist, gig-assistants can help you optimize your schedule so you can spend your time and energy on what really matters. Try TaskRabbit, Instacart or Zirtual to improve your productivity. 
  • Give a one-of-a-kind gift. Use Upwork for graphic design or hire a songwriter at AirGigs.