Gig Economy 101


“Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.” Robin S. Sharma

Having a “gig” comes down to the simple fact that if you don’t produce you don’t have a business and you need to get a “real” job. Most gig-preneurs take pride in the fact they have a regular schedule and are disciplined enough to stick to it. They realize that if they aren’t producing they won’t have money. One of the challenges here is that if you are working from home, then there are family and children distractions or neighbors don’t understand you are really “at” work. It becomes a well-choreographed balancing act. The other issue is how to schedule all the things demanding your attention. Do you need to clean off your desk or pay bills? Wash the floors or answer emails? Call your customers or go to Staples?

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You also need a designated work space. I look at my “office” and accept the fact it is a corner of my bedroom. Everything is within reach. I have a wrap around desk. And if I wanted, I could sit there all day and not move (not a healthy option). I try to keep the clutter to a minimum… some pictures, plants, and personal items around make me smile.

To be most productive we all need to have a regular routine and try to stick as closely to it as possible. It doesn’t need to be exclusively about work but often includes yoga, the gym, a walk, being with your kids. I have talked with  many gig-preneurs who say they can go days without seeing other people unless they make a point of going to the grocery store or a class. It is important to have some social contact to maintain our humanity. Isolation = Not Good. 

One of the things that can be interesting as well as disruptive to independent workers is not going in too many directions. I periodically get carried away from what I want to accomplish by accepting work which takes me in a different direction than my passion and expertise. But then again, sometimes these forays into unknown areas can open new doors I might never have considered. 

We all need to balance our lives, businesses, goals, families, finances, gigs and products to have a successful business. They are all integral parts of our security and happiness. I feel if we look closely we will realize we have developed a sense of self-confidence by creating and growing our own business. We have learned to rely upon ourselves for so much in our lives. That, in itself, is an extraordinary accomplishment!