A millennial business journalist takes a colorful, character-driven dive deep into the gig economy.
More than one in three American workers is now a freelancer, and the gig economy, where workers are hired by the job—without the guarantee of steady hours or benefits—has quickly become an essential and seemingly permanent part of the U.S. labor market. High-profile, deep-pocketed tech startups like Uber and Airbnb are constantly in the news for the disruption they bring to the industries they overturn, but no one has yet zeroed in on the effects of this disruption on the largely millennial workforce carrying it out.
In the tradition of the great business narratives of our time, Gigged offers a deeply-sourced, story-driven account of this new economy as it has been experienced by real people working in a range of professions. Weaving together the voices and experiences of influential tech entrepreneurs, top-flight economists, and in particular on the workers themselves, Sarah Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole the surrounds the gig economy.
Following a group of five main characters working in jobs that range from house cleaner to tech entrepreneur to business consultant, Kessler offers a deeply nuanced look at how the future of work is playing out in real time. She tackles the big questions surrounding the future of work: can jobs be both flexible and pay a sustainable wage? Will this generation ever do as well their parents? How can meaningful, well-paid work be made more accessible to all?