Question of the Day: What percent of workers have a "side hustle" (a.k.a. participate in the gig economy)?

Mar 11, 2018
Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Current Events, Research

Answer: 25%


  • What are examples of jobs within the gig economy? 
  • Would you ever consider a gig economy job? Describe the type of role that you would be interested in. 
  • Workers in the gig economy report higher economic anxiety that full-time workers. Why do you think this is the case? 

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Behind the numbers (

According to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, a quarter of American workers now participate in the gig economy, and they report significantly higher economic anxiety than regular full-time workers.


Want to experience what it's like to have one of the more popular gig economy jobs? Find out with this Uber driver simulation


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.