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  • Catherine Cantu
The Government Shutdown and the Gig Economy

Unpredictability in Job Security

The government is on its 33rd day (and counting) of being shut down. This is the longest shutdown in America’s history, surpassing the 21-day shutdown of 1995. Because of this, over 800,000 government workers are left without pay and the absence of a monthly salary is affecting millions more.

Although the government shutdown will soon end and thousands of people will go back to earning their expected wages, there is a lesson to be learned about workers relying on a singular source of income. There are many factors that can impact the longevity of a company, many of which are out of anyone’s control. Companies can go under or lay off employees, and many workers are left without the only job they’ve ever known.

The Gig Economy

Luckily for government workers during this shutdown (and many other workers who might have been the victims of recent layoffs) the “gig” economy has gained popularity in past years. Essentially, the gig economy is made up of workers who combine a variety of tasks for different clients/companies. Even though their pay for these individual tasks is less than what a yearly salary would be, the pay from the combined jobs is similar to that of full-time employment.

Although this way of living has been criticized by some, more than one-third of U.S. workers are currently working in the gig economy. One study showed that by 2020, 40% of American workers will be independent contractors. In order to participate and contribute in this type of economy, higher education and special skills are not necessary. In reality, all businesses really want from a worker is work ethic, dependability, self-motivation, and a good attitude. Consistency in these four categories from workers is the cornerstone of a smooth-running business that reaches its full potential.

The Veryable Solution

At Veryable, we want to give the power of choosing to the worker. Our Operators have the ability to choose when, where, and how they work and get paid daily for their hard work.  New work opportunities are posted on the Veryable App daily, giving Operators the ability to choose between a variety of businesses and work environments. This process allows Veryable Operators to be in control of their careers and not be economically dependent on one business. By using Veryable, furloughed government workers are able to gain access to immediate income without the need to have specialized education or skills.

Veryable is here now and it is being used by many operators to find jobs in the manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing sectors. Find it at the app store or go to https://veryableops.com/#getstarted to sign up today.