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SELF PROMOTION

Gig economy services help workers find jobs, negotiate rates, and more

Though aspirational, self-employment isn’t always a path to riches: 85% of side-gig workers make less than $500 per month. These three apps are addressing this struggle by attempting to improve the way modern workers operate within the gig economy, and Cassandra's The Gig Is Up further explores how traditional companies and employers can participate in this disruption.

GIG

Aimed at Millennials in London, this app serves as a matchmaker between gig seekers and employers in the hospitality and retail sectors. It's not glamorous, however, with most opportunities among the likes of Hilton and Marriott offering cleaning gigs. There’s no obligation to work a minimum number of days or hours when someone signs up. People simply apply for the shifts, presuming they are available and get paid within 24 hours

PICKLE

Unlike the straight-forward Task Rabbit that delivers handyman services to those needing assistance, Pickle ups the offer by enabling users to ‘dare’ each other with things like shaving your hair or streaking naked across a street. Otherwise, the app mimics Handy and the afore-mentioned TaskRabbit by letting users say what they want or need and how much they are willing to pay (if anything), while allowing others who are willing and capable to then ask questions, negotiate, and accept. The money is brokered through PayPal, and once the job is completed, both parties rate each other. The app takes 20% from each completed job or 10% from either side of the transaction.

NANA

Nana.io is designed to "put chores on autopilot" with legit providers instead of inexperienced workers or college student. The app lets users schedule appliance, HVAC repairs, and home cleaning at their convenience, even same-day service. However, unlike TaskRabbit and Pickle, Nana only allows for vetted professionals to use the platform. Instead of advertising via traditional outlets, service providers are supported via the platform to make it easy for home owners and workers alike to schedule and interact with each other. Nana also recently introduced the Nana Academy, a three-week training program to help people become a home service professional and ultimately work with Nana.