One of the big benefits of service marketplaces like Tutorhub, Airbnb, Uber or Thumbtack, is that they provide service providers with an extra income source and permit a great deal of flexibility in when, how and where you work. It’s a way to work on your own terms.
Whether it’s freelance professionals on Thumbtack, drivers on Uber or teachers at Tutorhub, the ability to dip in and out of extra work has become a really popular way to meet unexpected expenses, pay for a special trip or to maintain a steady income as other income sources become unstable. In a way, it’s the new way to save. Rather than hold back a percentage of my regular income for those inevitable ‘rainy days’, I can just get out there and get stuck into a second job when the need arises. I occasionally take the Uber car service and it always amazes me how positive the drivers are. Most of them give the impression that this isn’t a job they have to do, it’s something they genuinely enjoy. We see that with many of our teachers and tutors at Tutorhub. On the one hand, it’s a great way to earn some extra income, but you can see that sharing knowledge is something that comes naturally – it’s a joy to teach, not a chore, another aspect of the sharing economy.
But whilst the financial element is important, it’s the ability to feel in control of your own destiny that stands out. You don’t have to be there at 9 am every day. The only routine is the routine you set. Somehow it seems to fit with the more natural rhythm of how we want to work. Pre-industrial revolution, people didn’t work 9-5, 5 days per week, with annual holiday. Those terms were set by the original factory owners for whom it was more efficient to have everyone there at the same time. Artisans worked when they wanted or needed to work. Sound familiar?