After the financial crisis of the late 2000s, many Americans were jobless, pensions were destroyed, and financial markets were in turmoil. Companies like Uber, Instacart, and others were born into this environment, and quickly provided avenues for unemployed people to start working again.
Walker Sands surveyed close to 30 people that work for these companies in an attempt to find out what being an on-demand worker is really like, and created a study titled “The People Who Power the On-Demand Economy.” For anyone looking to start the next Uber, or learn more about mobile workforce management, the report is a must read.
Key findings include:
- Most workers report that the flexibility and control over their work schedules is a major bonus
- Many workers said that they are making more money in these jobs than they were previously
- However, many people we spoke to reported a lack of human interaction from the people they serve, compared to the previous days of these services
The report also features comic strips from Chicago artist David Alvarado about the most memorable adventures, and misadventures, of the people we spoke to.