3 Of the Highest-Paying Gig Economy Jobs

Highest-Paying Gig Economy Jobs


By Julius Choudhury

The gig economy has been growing for the last several years, thanks to advancements in technology. Even in 2017, 55 million people in the United States alone were gig workers.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the gig economy changed completely. Since so many businesses had to close down, lay off employees, or encourage remote working, workers had to find ways to get back on their feet right away.

Thankfully, the gig economy has actually thrived throughout this pandemic. Some gig jobs like food delivery and grocery services have been deemed essential, especially for those who can’t otherwise leave their homes.

Other gig jobs require you to spend time in front of your computer each day, which some people are more comfortable with. Work-from-home jobs have become more popular than ever, and even after the pandemic is over (whenever that may be), it’s likely that remote working will remain popular and continue to increase as the norm.

While there are countless gig economy jobs out there to choose from, if you truly want to create a new career path for yourself, you might want to consider freelance jobs that are more lucrative.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the highest-paying gig economy jobs that you can start doing right away.


Highest-paying Gig Economy Jobs That You Can Work from Home


1. Ride Sharing

Now, more than ever, people want to be able to get out and feel some sense of normalcy. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to drive themselves from place to place. Other people, including those in larger cities, might not see the need in having their own mode of transportation.

So, ride sharing remains incredibly important and incredibly lucrative in the gig economy. The great part about being a driver for companies like Uber or Lyft is you essentially get to choose how much you make. You can work as much or as little as you would like. Some drivers can make up to $7000 each month!


2. Virtual Receptionist

If you do a quick search on “virtual receptionist - what do they cost”, you’ll likely find a wide range of different salaries. But, it really depends on the type of work you will be doing, where your boss is located, and how many hours a day you plan on working.

Virtual receptionists and assistants are becoming more popular than ever as people start to transition to remote offices. An employer that has let go of some of their workers might depend on a virtual receptionist to keep them organized and simply to keep their business running. As a virtual receptionist, you will perform tasks like:
  • Taking incoming calls
  • Setting appointments
  • Transferring calls
  • Taking messages
Your tasks and responsibilities may change on a daily basis, which is why it’s such a lucrative job. You can negotiate with your employer ahead of time as to how much you’ll make. While this might start out as a gig job for a short period of time, it can quickly turn into more of a full-time position.


3. Freelance Work

Freelance work can consist of almost any type of “one-time” job. Whether you consider yourself to be a writer, a graphic designer, a photographer, or someone who is good with data entry, working contract jobs is a great way to make money in the gig economy while working as much or as little as you want.

As a freelancer, you can set your own rates. While you might need to put in a bit of effort at first in order to secure a few clients, it’s all a matter of building up your portfolio.

As a freelancer, you are your own brand. That requires marketing yourself and networking in order to build up a steady client base. Once you’re able to do that, however, you can make more money and even consider raising your rates. Depending on the type of work you do, you can make thousands of dollars each month while setting your own hours and working from home.


Finding Your Place in the Gig Economy

One of the great things about the gig economy is that there are so many opportunities and options when it comes to what you can do. Consider what skills you have or areas where you might want to grow.

Whether you want to completely change your career path due to the pandemic, or you’re just looking for a ‘side hustle’ that can bring in extra income during these uncertain times, the gig economy is a great place to be, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

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