What is a ‘gig economy’ you may ask? You might be right thinking I am talking about musicians here and the word ‘gig’ is actually slang for a live musical performance.
No I am actually talking about becoming more adaptable. You may be an older worker who may have been retrenched or you are now a business owner and working for yourself. Recently there was an episode on ‘Insight’ on Channel SBS where many people are working way past the age of 70, even 80 due to a number of different reasons, from divorce, or death of their partner, or being made redundant just before retirement, but still not old enough to obtain a pension.
There is no such thing as stable secure employment anymore. We don’t have the luxury of studying just one area of business and think this will take us through to retirement age, or even having a stable job that was a given for many of our parents and grandparents when they were in the workforce.
We now need to accept we are going to have to be adaptable to ‘ride’ the ‘gig’ economy.
Did you know 30% of all workers are contingent workers, in fact all of us are in the ‘gig’ economy, whether we realise it or not. Contract work is increasing, the psychological contract for work has changed.
Individuals need to take action. You need to be adaptable and always keep learning. If you try something and it doesn’t work, try another option. We learn from our mistakes.
So the ‘gig’ economy is the way of the future and we must enjoy and ride with it. For myself, I started as a Trade Compositor - Graphic Designer, then moved onto working in large multinational companies as an Executive Assistant to CEO’s. I then studied Marketing and Business and worked in Management for another 9 years. Burnout from my job made me rethink and refocus where I wanted to go.
That’s what brought me to working as a Consultant/Virtual Assistant today and have been a business owner for the last 8 years and the best part is… I work from my home office….
So the good old days of working and getting the ‘gold watch’ at retirement is long gone. You need to keep being adaptable, continue learning and be innovative, think of ideas, think of different ways of doing things to make life easier for you and for your family.
If you would like to find out more about what I do as a Virtual Assistant, or even want to work within this industry, I coach and mentor VAs. Feel free to comment below or send me a message PM.
Barbara has operated her VA business for many years. She enjoys collaborating and providing effective and workable strategies with clients. She is a lady who takes initiative with every task at hand. From Lead Generation to content writing, business development to project management with administration in between, she has you covered.
BBMC – Virtual Assistance
(A VA who thinks OUTSIDE the square)