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Nearly 1 in 10 Americans are making money through the gig economy, survey says 

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 … Continue reading “Nearly 1 in 10 Americans are making money through the gig economy, survey says “

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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. 

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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. 

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Senior Writer Ainsley Harris joined Fast Company in 2014. Follow her on Twitter at @ainsleyoc.

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