Making the Gig Work

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This week there’s been a crazy couple of ups and downs for our G.W.C. site. While it’s amazing to see the site’s growth, I have also seen a lot of questions come through other avenues. What is G.W.C. and why has it not been around before? How come it is so new?

Well, our mission here is to make your life easier. We have a bunch of resources on the site and ways for you to ask questions. We are developing it as we go so please feel free to give me an idea of what I can add to or do better. My goal is to give all gig workers a voice about things that matter to you. The idea is to create a place for you to easily find the answer to your most important questions regarding gig work.

With that said, I have reached out to my Facebook group, and here’s the question for the week: How do I make a gig job work for me when I have a problem with the company I “gig’ for?

This is something I have mastered in my years of working. I have worked for many companies in my lifetime, from cell phone sales to childcare — my main career for the last several years.  While childcare is a different field than gig work, I have seen lots of similarities between companies. With gig work, you are an independent contractor able to set your own hours and be your own boss. However, what do you do when the company you work with is not supporting you? Generally, you have three options: 1) Go with the flow 2) Quit, or 3) You can throw a fit.

Let’s start with option three and work backwards. While a lot of us are inclined to throw tantrums, I would like to make it very clear that they are band aids. We’ve seen this recently with the nationwide “strikes.” Are there areas where gig companies need to improve? Absolutely. Have a few angry organizers online–who seem more interested in tearing down the companies rather than offering constructing criticism–accomplished much of substance? Not really.

That leaves you with going with the flow or quitting.

While quitting is always an option, you must think long and hard about who quitting would really benefit: You, or the company? It’s important to remember one harsh truth: everyone is replaceable. You may be an asset to the gig company, but you are replaceable. Especially in this environment, there are no shortage of people who want to “gig.” But if you enjoy your work, it’s you, not the company, that will suffer the most from your decision to quit. If this option doesn’t look so good now, that leaves us with only one more choice.

Let’s consider going with the flow, or in other words, being flexible. Companies and people are ever evolving. That’s why most companies are looking for people that are willing to grow with them and move into positions of helping them be better and stronger. If you see things differently than your boss, or the company you’re a contractor for, it is ok to disagree. However, that doesn’t mean that you should not build a successful working relationship with them.

It’s kind of like eating your veggies. As I’m sure many of our moms said: If you just try, you might like them.