Pros And Cons Of The Gig Economy

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Americans are increasingly using on-demand services, both as workers and consumers. Here are the major benefits and drawbacks of the gig economy.



  • Gives multimillion-dollar companies the ability to make money on their own schedule
  • Fosters competition and growth in the on-demand milkshake sector
  • Workers get the flexibility they need to make desperate phone calls trying to track down their next job
  • Companies can take risks and innovate without fear of sharing the rewards
  • Fairly efficient way to compartmentalize human beings based on market value


  • Food can still take more than several seconds to get to you after you’ve decided you want it
  • Sometimes humans have to visit the doctor
  • Dilbert magnets really lose their punch in a home office
  • Terror-fueled exhilaration that stems from not knowing how much you’ll be paid next week gets old after a while
  • Have to download some app called ScrubStoop
  • Still more costly than slavery