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People with career and technical educations and community college associate's degrees are more likely to be employed than their counterparts with bachelor's degrees. Some 30 million jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year don't require four-year academic degrees.

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The Best, Highest-Paying Gig Economy Job For Me

What is the "gig economy"? It's often referred to as "freelancing" or "side hustle". It's been called "temporary work" but some people make that temporary work their full-time permanent occupation. It's a way to start your business on a shoestring budget. Forbes magazine says, "The concept of creating an income from short-term tasks has been around for a long time. The gig economy is very broad, and encompasses workers who are full-time independent contractors (consultants, for example) to people who moonlight by driving for Uber or Lyft several hours a week."
An upside to working in the gig economy is flexibility and freedom. A downside is uncertainty. In other words, there are the ups and downs of running a business.


The first selector question is below.


1. How would you prefer to get your work in the gig economy?
Through a gig economy app (Uber, AirBnB, etc.) that connects me with customers.
Through my own initiative and entrepreneurial skills in a not-so exploited market niche of the gig economy.
No preference
Prioritize your choice above:
Low Priority High Priority

2. Where do you prefer spend most of your day working?
Indoors
Outdoors
A mix of indoor and outdoor work.
No preference
Prioritize your choice above:
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3. Which of these are your strengths?
Creativity
Detail oriented
Eloquence
Mathematically inclined
Mechanically inclined
Patience and kindness
Persuasiveness
Physically Fit
Promptness and reliability
Prioritize your choice above:
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4. Which equipment do you already own or are willing to obtain to use in your gig economy business?
At minimum, you will need a smartphone; either to use the on-demand app or for potential customers to contact you directly.
Art Supplies
Bicycle
Camera
Car
Cleaning Supplies
Computer
Lawn care tools
Massage Table
Musical Instrument
Rentable Dwelling
Scuba Gear
Snow Shovel
Tools
Truck
Video Camera
Prioritize your choice above:
Low Priority High Priority

5. Where do you prefer to work?
Mostly in my own home.
At locations outside of my home.
No preference
Prioritize your choice above:
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6. Does your personality influence your work preferences?
I'm an introvert. I prefer jobs where my shyness isn't an issue.
I am an extrovert. I prefer jobs where my outgoing personality is an asset.
No preference
Prioritize your choice above:
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7. What sort of personal interactions do you prefer?
I would work mostly with adults
I would work mostly with children
I would work mostly with seniors
I would work mostly with animals
I would work in situations where there is minimal interaction with others.
Prioritize your choice above:
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8. When would you like to work your gig economy job?
Most jobs can be done during the day, but sometimes the lucrative opportunities are after dark. Some jobs expect people to work in the evening and night.
I would rather work during daytime hours.
I am open to jobs that often require evening and night hours.
No preference. Any and all hours
Prioritize your choice above:
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9. What sort of income are you looking for?
The numbers used in this selector are based on the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics and other wage information sources for full-time hired employee starting hourly wages. As a skilled freelancer, working on an as needed basis, you may demand a higher wage. The result information to this question gives a good indication of which jobs to pay more.
Jobs that normally pay above $15 per hour, the minimum wage in many cities
Jobs that normally pay above $27 per hour, the average US wage.
Income determined by the number of items I sell, the popularity of my service, et cetera; not limited by how many hours I work. I want to make money even when I am not "working".
No preference.
Prioritize your choice above:
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10. Select jobs your where your education level is an asset and not a detriment.
Check all that apply.
I'm interested in work where my Master's Degree is expected and/or appreciated.
I'm interested in work where my Bachelor's Degree is expected and/or appreciated.
I'm interested in work where my post-secondary education (including Associate's degree, technical and or specialized training) is expected and/or appreciated.
I'm interested in work where my high school diploma or equivalent is expected and/or appreciated.
I'm interested in work where no formal educational credential is expected.
Prioritize your choice above:
Low Priority High Priority

Now that you have answered all the questions, continue to the Recommend A Gig For Me! button below.

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