About the episode:
As of 2018, the gig economy comprised roughly 36% of the workforce, that’s about 57 million American workers. Many of these individuals have to trade off job flexibility for things like relatively low pay and lack of benefits. Melissa Strawn runs an online platform called My People Now. She says it was initially designed to help gig workers find new opportunities. But she’s now discovering how much gig workers are some of the most vulnerable to market instability.
Melissa wants to do more. She hopes to create better options and resources for folks operating in the gig economy. This starts with better employer engagement and of course helping freelancers survive during the ongoing pandemic.
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