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Uber and Lyft drivers say they are seeing less demand for rides in big cities where events are being canceled and people are encouraged to work from home. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Not Employees: Gig Workers Like Uber Drivers Aren't Eligible For Sick Leave

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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. Allison V. Smith for NPR hide caption

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At The Mercy Of An App: Workers Feel The Instacart Squeeze

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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. Philip Pacheco/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Granger Wootz/Getty Images/Tetra images RF hide caption

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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." Alina Selyukh/NPR hide caption

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Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

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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. Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Who Charges All Those Electric Scooters? Follow A Nocturnal 'Juicer'

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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. Courtesy of P. Kim Bui hide caption

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Going It Solo: The Complicated Financial Lives Of Freelancers

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Ajmal Faqiri, third from left, interpreting for former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Courtesy of No One Left Behind hide caption

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An Afghan Military Interpreter Finds Footing In The U.S. Gig Economy

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