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Injunction against unionizing Uber

posted by veryfier 18 days ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked the country’s first attempt at trying to unionize the independent contractors of Uber and Lyft. Seattle had a law that passed in 2015, saying that independent contractors like Uber of Lyft drivers had the right to collectively bargain their rights, hours, benefits, and the like.

Before we discuss the potential pro’s and con’s of the decision, let’s look at the decision itself to begin. The judge who rendered the decision, Robert Lansik, didn’t say that this injunctions like these were how he believed most would end up.

He actually sounded quite sympathetic to the drivers and instead said that it’s a complicated issue and he’d like to pause before going forward. So while this appears to be a victory for Uber and Lyft, the judge hardly sounded enthusiastic to their position. He was quoted as saying, “The public will be well-served by maintaining the status quo while the issues are given careful judicial consideration.”

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3 Ways to Become a More Savvy Shopper Online

posted by veryfier 18 days ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

Shopping online needs no introduction.

We understand the value of comparing thousands of vendors online, compared to only having a few options within our town.

And we aren’t afraid of online shopping like we were in 1999.

The best part about it is that there are more things to learn and tools to use that can make the experience even more beneficial. Yes, you can not only save money, but you can shop safer online that you can in person in many cases.

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Gig Economy: World Edition

posted by veryfier 18 days ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

I have spent 99% of my articles talking about the Gig Economy as it pertained to the United States, but guess what? There’s a whole big world out there. So let’s take a look at how the Gig Economy is doing outside the U.S.

The first place we have to look at is England, because there was some big news recently involving the biggest Gig Employer of all: UBER.  London, the biggest city in England and the U.K,. recently revoked the license of UBER to operate in the city.

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There’s no more debating….the Gig Economy is here to stay.

posted by veryfier 18 days ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

Intuit, the owner of Turbo Tax, recently released their findings that the Gig Economy makes up 34% of the workforce.  For someone who writes weekly about the Gig Economy, even I was taken aback by that number.  That means that more than one in every three people works as a freelancer, a number no one could have predicted even five years ago.

Before I delve more deeply into the numbers, I should specify exactly what Intuit is talking about.  People who work as plumbers and electricians are being lumped into the Gig Economy, as they rightfully should.  These are not jobs that are always 9-5 and they are based on other’s needing work.  It’s really no different than someone who works for TaskRabbit.

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Me, as a case study

posted by veryfier 18 days ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

Since I’ve started blogging for Veryfier, I’ve spoken in general terms about the gig economy; where it’s headed, has it peaked, can people survive on it, etc, etc.  Today, I’m going to take a more personal view since I have been using the gig economy to make money for over two years now.  My previous life as a professional poker player is a post for a different time…..and probably a different site.

So, back to me.  I’ve decided to dedicate my life to being a writer.  However, like someone who wants to be an actor or actress, it’s not like people are always banging down your door, offering to give you work.  Because of that, I’ve had to take many different jobs over the two years.  Some I liked, some I didn’t like.  Truth be told, the bosses at Veryfier have been the very best, allowing me to employ my craft without any intrusion.

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THE POWER OF THE RENTAL

posted by veryfier 1 month ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping
THE POWER OF THE RENTAL

Renting has long had a stigma attached to it.

Parents would often ask:  Why are you renting at 30 years old, when you should be buying a house? Why are you leasing a car, when you could buy it and have something to show for it at the end?

These are just the two most obvious examples of why most people prefer buying to renting. But as with almost every facet of the gig economy, the times they are a changing.

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A Quick Guide to Safely Buying Cars Online

posted by veryfier 1 month ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

We’re all becoming more comfortable shopping online, but the really big purchases can still be a little scary.

We trust Amazon and eBay for books, movies, and household items, but what about the stuff that’s well into the thousands?

In this guide, I’m specifically going to cover one of the most common and most expensive purchases: vehicles.

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Nine alternatives to Uber

posted by veryfier 1 month ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

The gig economy is more than just Uber! Now repeat it. The Gig economy is more than just Uber! Good, that feels better doesn’t it. I know it does for me. Way too often, when I describe the Gig economy, I revert to using Uber as the prime example. And while it may be the biggest and most well known, there are so many new and evolving Gig economy companies in which you can make money.

To prove my point, I’m going to outline some of the lesser known apps and websites that you can use to add to your income. If you are looking for an independent contracting job, or a side hustle as the cool kids call it, this article may just open some doors for you.

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6 Ways to Truly Protect Yourself When You Shop Online

posted by veryfier 1 month ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

It’s 2017. We’re long past the stage of being afraid to shop on the internet, but we also know that we must take precautions against fraud, identity theft and other security measures.

Hackers are getting smarter, and while computers are getting more secure, that doesn’t mean we can just sit back and do what we want. We have to do our part in protecting ourselves when we shop online.

So what are some ways to really stay safe online? I’ve got 6 for you.

1. Don’t get Too Comfortable With Your Personal Info

It’s easy to get used to putting your personal info, to include banking information, into every form you’re halfway interested in online. Yes, we have safe programs that store your information for quicker access, but those programs can’t always decipher the good websites from the bad. That’s up to you.

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How to Plan for Retirement as a Freelancer

posted by veryfier 1 month ago
tags: veryfier gig economy shopping

The Gig Economy saw major growth after the 2008 financial crisis.

Since then, it’s been growing at a rapid rate. But why? Primarily because it seems like people are trusting corporations less and less with their careers.

Now that the days of pensions are over, corporations don’t have the competitive edge they once had.

So what should workers do for retirement if pensions aren’t an option?

If you’re a freelancer in the Gig Economy, you still have several options for retirement. Here are a few…

1. Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA)

IRAs are often incorrectly labeled Individual Retirement Accounts, but they’re not actual accounts.

An IRA is simply how you choose to open an account. You can open almost any type of investment account as an IRA, which just means you want it to be a retirement account, sheltered from Uncle Sam.

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