Gig Economy Drivers!
Ya know, dash cams are pretty neat little gadgets, with more uses than you might think. Particularly with parking mode (see here for more info on parking mode). Consumer Reports has an interesting article on some lesser talked about dash cam applications. But for the sake of gig economy drivers, we’re going to stick to what works best when you’re on the job.
(**PRO TIP**: No matter what dash cam you get, reformat the card in your dash cam at least once a week!)
Tax time is here again. Well, for gig workers, tax time it's constantly around the corner. So here's a few tax tips for gig workers:
Gig Work Tax Tip #1: File Quarterly
Did you know that most tax sites recommend gig workers file quarterly? That means filing every APR15, JUN15, SEP15, and JAN15, otherwise you could pay an average fine of $130.
OK, so pay quarterly...is that it?
According to statements from Uber and DoorDash, they have both asked the federal government to consider their gig workers as “essential” and therefore getting early access to the vaccine. Both companies state that their independent contractors have been a lifeline to their communities, providing transportation for health-care workers and delivering food to people socially distancing at home.
Do you agree? Maybe more importantly; are you planning on getting the vaccine when you are offered it? I know I will get mine when I get offered, but I have not made up my mind on whether gig workers should be considered eligible before others. But I can certainly follow their reasoning behind the requests.
The next question I ask myself is, “how soon after I get the vaccine will I begin driving passengers again?” I really miss it. I tried food delivery a few times, but that is not for me. I crave the interaction. I really miss the conversations – and, of course, the midnight rush!
When I start thinking about driving again, I can’t help myself thinking about how much has changed. What will be the new normal? That is a question for a different blog. For now, I know I likely won't drive till we can drive without the mask - and that is not because I don’t believe in masking; I just can’t drive with it.
What do you think?