7/17/2017

As More People Try Freelancing, Gig-Economy Challenges Loom

In his book The End of Jobs, millennial author Taylor Pearson writes about how the most powerful people in society structure the consciousness of everyone else, choosing the candidates we see on the presidential ballot, for instance. To change the situation, his generation has “fought to distribute freedom” through movements like Occupy Wall Street, he writes.

The same can hold true in the world of entrepreneurship, he argues.

“We have more opportunities not to ask for power but to wrest it from the structures that exist,” he writes. “Companies like Airbnb didn’t ask for power from Hilton—they leveraged the technology and internet to take it.”

The same happens on a smaller scale, he notes. “Instead of choosing from a set of available options, we can create our own…” he writes. “Instead of ordering from the menu, we are more empowered than any prior generation to be the cooks.”

I thought of his book—highly recommended to me by an entrepreneur who built a million-dollar, one-person business—as I looked at a recent study on the freelance economy....more