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BALTIMORE, MD, April 07, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The gig economy, a free market system where workers and organizations engage in shorter-term work arrangements or more independent models than traditional work environments, has exploded in popularity all over the United States. This situation can be perfect for students, stay-at-home moms, budding entrepreneurs, or anyone simply wanting to work without the confines of traditional employment. Others participate in tandem with their primary job.
As of this time, around 57 million Americans participate in the gig economy, whether it is through their primary or secondary employment. About 29% of those individuals rely on the gig economy for their primary source of income, according to information from Small Business Labs and Gallup.
The gig economy encompasses all sorts of contingent work arrangements. People working in it may work as:
- Independent contractors and professionals
- Temps (temporary contract workers)
Younique, the first direct sales company to market and sell almost exclusively through the use of social media, states that they are here to help women build successful businesses. They say that every day, hundreds of women experience the excitement of joining a family of like-minded women who inspire each other to reach their true potential and achieve the things they've desired, in a supportive, safe family environment.
As technology has expanded, so has the gig economy. Younique maintains that relationships between customers and direct sellers will only deepen as the gig economy advances. Jordan Meyer, a former Director at Younique says, "The gig economy is really pushing the boundaries of what the digital world can do. It's clear that these companies think of themselves as technology platforms first and foremost."
As the COVID-19 virus has pushed many industries out of work, including the hospitality industry and others, many individuals may wonder what to look for next. There are others who previously worked in the gig economy as Uber drivers or in the beauty industry outside of the home, who do not feel that it is safe to leave the house at this juncture in time.
Some women might have worked for direct-sales, cosmetics companies like Mary Kay or NuSkin, and depend on going to see their clients in-person. When this is not possible, there are companies like Younique that offer another solution in their business model.
Younique says that they pioneered Younique Virtual Parties, which bridge the gap of the vast world of social media and the traditional home party business model. According to Younique, a Younique Virtual Party has no limits to your reach or who you can invite. This innovation makes it so the traditional home party is not even necessary unless you choose to do it. Younique claims that they provide innovative and interactive tools and invite you to tap into your resources and connections that you already have. They say that hosting a Younique Virtual Party is as easy as sharing a link, and active Presenters (their distributors) seem to echo this message - finding success in safely communicating with others.
Many jobs in the gig economy work purely as a transactional interaction between either business and a freelancer or freelancer and app. For example, people decide every day to drive for either Lyft or Uber, which are entirely app-based.
Both riders and drivers can reach customer service via email, in-app support, website support, and critical response lines. Riders and drivers have found Lyft to be a bit more helpful in solving problems. Uber has canned responses readily available on their help portal, while Lyft does take the time to answer each question. In the rare event you require assistance, both apps will get you to your destination and answer your questions. However, there is not a personal relationship and community built with this service.
TaskRabbit is a task-based service that operates in 47 U.S. cities and connects users, called Taskers, to paying gigs. Taskers are paid an hourly rate or a per-task price, minus the service fee that is subtracted. There is also a possibility of tips, all of which will go to the tasker. Jobs that have the "highest earning potential" are handyman-type tasks, moving, and cleaning, according to the company. To be eligible, candidates must be age 21 or older, have a checking account and credit card, and pass background and ID checks.
When registering on the site, you will have to provide necessary information about yourself, upload a profile photo, set pay rates, and state your level of experience for your task categories. For each service you submit, it is also necessary to add a "quick pitch" detailing why people should pick your services. To help you maintain positive reviews and ratings, TaskRabbit recommends limiting those services to ones you "can perform at a high-quality level." As with Uber, there is not much of a connection between clients, taskers, and Taskrabbit during transactions or when taskers are growing their business in this company.
From the start of registration, a brand-new Younique Presenter joins what is called the Y-Sisterhood and can immediately start selling Younique products. There is no waiting period to start selling, which means that you could start making money immediately. This is great for cash-strapped folks at this time.
Plus, the focus is on networking, not competition in the Younique community. You don't have to worry about other people you interact with taking your sales.
Michelle Staub said that the Y-Sisterhood makes a difference in many of Younique's Presenters' lives. "I think a lot of us share the same passion of loving making other people feel good," she said. "I think that's one thing in this company—there are so many people who want to uplift, and that brings you closer together for sure. A lot of people see friendships because they are undeniable."
With a business model like Younique's, you can work from home while creating your own hours. However, like anything else in life, if it is worth having, it takes work. While working from home is still work, there is an opportunity in businesses like this to build something great in uncertain times from the comfort of your living room. You can find more information about the Younique opportunity, and join at https://www.youniqueproducts.com/business/presenterinfo#.XotRZ4hKiUk.
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