Whether you already do gig work, or you’re simply toying with the idea of joining the gig economy, you’ve probably asked yourself: Can I do this for a living?
Short answer, yes.
Long answer, yes and here's how:
How to Make Gig Work a Full-Time Job
Full-Time Gig Work Tip #1: Treat it as real work
I know some of you are reading this, thinking duh…
But here’s the thing—there are people out there who want stuff to come easy in life. We all know one or two. If you aren’t going to put in the work, you won’t get the reward. Unless you win the lottery. Then you can do rideshare for fun in your Lamborghini.
That would actually be a pretty cool YouTube channel—Lambo Rideshare…
Yo, Lamborghini. Hit me up and we’ll work something out!
Full-Time Gig Work Tip #2: Do Your Research
Remember when your teachers used to say, “The internet isn’t a reliable source, you need to find information from books”? Well, that’s not true. I mean, there are a lot of good books out there—the guys from the #1 gig podcast in the world recommend The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want by Dian Mulcahy. It’s a great read. But don’t discount the plethora of reliable info on the internet. (Of course, I would say that, wouldn’t I…) There’s a lot to know. For example, What Dash Cam Should You Get? Or, Are There Special Things to Consdider Come Tax Time? Or even just Car Maintenance Tips to Save You Some Money. Ya know, stuff like that. So subscribing to this blog is a great start. Good job!
Full-Time Gig Work Tip #3: Join a Community
I know: How do I join a community during a pandemic? There are so many online communities, regardless of what you’re trying to learn more and immerse yourself in. If you go on [insert your favorite social media platform] you can find groups of other people. Particularly, in my opinion, FaceBook is good for stuff like this. I’m in a few writing and podcasting groups, which is where I spend the majority of my FaceBook time, but there’s puh-lenty of groups dedicated to gig work in general, as well as more specific groups (rideshare, food delivery, pet walking, you name it!)
If you have Facebook, open a new tab (CTRL + t) and look up “rideshare drivers” or “gig economy” or whatever your gig is. Sometimes you can join willy-nilly; sometimes you have to request to join. Don’t worry, it’s not hard. They usually just have a few rules about what you can and can’t post about, and they want to make sure you understand ahead of time, so they might ask you a few questions before they accept your request. But don’t worry; the process is simple and fast. Find a group or two that looks cool and request to join.
Or, if you know a person/people who already drive, ask them if they’re on any social media groups. They can send you an invite. I got into a podcasting group that way, and it’s been great!
Last option, if you aren’t a social media person—listen to a podcast about gig work.
Full-Time Gig Work Tip #4: Get Started
If you’re the kind of person who has to see if first, watch YouTube videos. There’s tons of content in that area. If you’re a reader, read that book I mentioned. Look up stuff online and read. There’s endless amounts of stuff there. If you learn by listening and conversation, listen to The Gig Economy Podcast, and join the discussion every other week when the show goes live! Beyond that, you just gotta do it.
Go online, Google the companies you’re interested in—whether it’s rideshare, food delivery, personal shopper, dogwalking...whatever—and click on their SIGN UP (or however they word it) link. Put in your info. Get to work!
One Last Thing about Full-Time Gig Work
Before I let you go, I want to give you a few more tools, whether it's a starter pack you're looking for, or an upgrade on some of the gear you've got, check out our articles on choosing a good dashcam, tax time ideas for gig workers, and car maintenance tips specifically for gig workers. There's plenty of other articles over on the blog, if you wanna do a deep dive as part of your research.
Hope this helps you along.
Christopher Tallon writes, podcasts, and…wait a second. Are you actually reading this? High five! Follow me here: