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Thriving in the Gig Economy: How to Capitalize and Compete in the New World of Work

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In the last five years, the world of work has changed dramatically. Thanks to technology companies like Uber, TaskRabbit, and Instacart, the new "gig economy" seems to constantly be in the news. But most of the media focus is on the low end of the skill spectrum; little attention is being paid to the best-in-class professionals who have chosen an independent path. New ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 24th 2017 by Career Press
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David McClendon, Sr
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you work on your own, or are thinking about striking out into the world of self-employment, even if just on a part-time basis, you need to read Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern.


Once upon a time when a person said, “I am a consultant” or “I freelance”, that really meant “I am out of work with no hope of finding a job.”

This is not true in our new economy. The author explains how this world has evolved and some of the possible changes that might be made in the future based upon
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Eva Lazar
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the type of book that is difficult to categorize. It feels like a self-help book at times, a gig-economy-for-dummies kind of deal at others, and due to the thoroughly researched information it also seems as though the book can be used as a textbook for a class on gig economics.

The book is filled to the brim with walk-throughs, tips, experiences, and to-dos that are relevant for many different parties. It might interest those who already are part of the gig economy since there are many
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Jennifer
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Thriving in the Gig Economy is a good book for the right person. It is targeted to a higher-end audience with specific executive, white-collar skills. If you are working gig jobs such freelance writing, Uber driving, etc, this book won't be very useful to you. But if you have "precise, high-value skill sets" this book may be beneficial. It covers the types of positions companies may be looking to fill. It offers advice on branding, marketing, and pricing yourself. And it covers the difference ...more
Margaret
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two stars for the misleading title and lack of new, deep insight about how the “gig” economy is different from what came before. The better parts of the book are the detailed explanations of what this new world looks like—but this gives the reader no idea how to “thrive” in it.

The how-to sections could be lifted from any book on independent consulting.

Finally, this book ignores anything other than white-collar work.
Jenny Teo
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
More of introductory text for beginners to the gig economy rather than teaching more advanced freelancers about how they can improve their careers and prospects.
Hiep Nguyen
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Feel like reading a dry report with very surface information & definition, lacking lots of deep insights
Fatema
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title suggests, this book is an in-depth discussion of the gig-economy and how to thrive in it. Written by Marion McGovern, who supports her message in the book with reliable research, she also lays a framework for getting started in the gig-economy.

We have observed a growth in the number of freelancers in many fields with the increasing efficiency of technology and the shifting market forces. While, McGovern addresses what fueled this growth trend, she mainly focuses on how to thrive in
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Ken Hamner
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, and great discussion of the employment and benefit policy hurdles facing governments, companies and people. Thought provoking and worth reading.
Drew
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good topic.
Writing is slow.
Too much narrative not enough action on how to thrive.
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