Ahmad Zai Ahmadi began interpreting for U.S. forces in Afghanistan when he was a teenager. Since coming to the U.S. as a recipient of a special immigrant visa, he has mainly relied on gig work to support his family.
Teri Smith is one of over 130,000 workers who shop for and deliver groceries for Instacart. Smith, 46, has worked for Instacart in Arlington, Texas, since August 2018.
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks at an Uber products launch in San Francisco on Sept. 26. The company is launching its Uber Works app in Chicago, aiming to make it easier for workers to find temporary shifts.
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, speaks at an August 28 rally in Sacramento, Calif., calling for passage of AB5 to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors.
As the gig economy grows, more people are seeking temporary work spaces, and restaurants and coffee shops are seeking to cater to this need, using tech apps to help them.
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"I had one day I worked six hours and made $50. It really wasn't worth it. ... But it doesn't happen that often," says Hilary Gordon, who works as a shopper for the grocery delivery app Instacart in a suburb of Sacramento, Calif. "The other day I worked 11-and-a-half hours and made $265. Great? No. But good."
Electric scooters are pictured on a sidewalk in Paris in June 2018. Multiple companies offer the small vehicles for rent by the minute in cities around the world, including many in the U.S.
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"No one really explains to you taxes, and contracts, and how to chase a client for that bill that they owe you — like, the nitty-gritty," says P. Kim Bui, a freelance consultant.
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