In the last year 8% of Americans earned income through labor platforms like TaskRabbit and Uber, according to a Pew Research Center survey released today. Of those workers, more than half say the income they earn is essential or important for making ends meet.
In addition, 18% of survey respondents reported selling goods online and 1% reported renting out their property on sites like Airbnb.
Americans have embraced sharing platforms for their work-life flexibility, the survey suggests. But they are concerned about platforms’ level of control over workers and lack of career advancement opportunities.