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Who Is Classified As A Gig Worker

April 23, 2024


In the United States, a gig worker is typically defined as a person who works as an independent contractor or freelancer, often for short-term engagements or gigs, rather than as a traditional employee. Gig workers can be found in various industries, including ride-sharing, food delivery, house cleaning, pet-sitting, and many others. They are usually paid by the gig or project rather than receiving a regular salary or hourly wage, and are responsible for their own taxes, insurance, and other expenses.

The rise of gig work has led to debates about worker classification and labor rights, with some arguing that gig workers should be granted more protections and benefits. There are several types of gig workers:

  • Freelancers: These individuals work independently, typically in creative or knowledge-based fields such as writing, graphic design, or programming.
  • Independent Contractors: These workers are hired on a project-by-project basis, typically in fields like construction, transportation, or delivery.
  • On-Demand Workers: These individuals work through online platforms or apps to provide services such as ride-sharing, food delivery, or household cleaning.
  • Temporary or Seasonal Workers: These workers are hired for short-term periods, often during busy seasons or for special events, and may perform a variety of tasks.
  • Consultants: These individuals provide specialized knowledge and expertise to businesses or organizations on a project basis, typically in fields like management, finance, or marketing.

Gig work has many appeals, from getting to be ‘your own boss’ and make your own hours, to not having to deal with normal employment conditions. But with the freedom of being a gig worker comes the lack of benefits that are offered to traditional employees. That’s where Gig Workers come in. Gig Workers offer a variety of benefits to those in the gig work economy, from health insurance and dental and vision, to retirement planning and disability insurance. Check out our variety of benefits and see what we can do for you!

You May Qualify For Up To $32,200 With The Self Employment Tax Credit.

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