If you are just getting started in the gig economy, you may feel overwhelmed at the thought of finding your first job. That’s okay. Just know that it’s not as difficult as it looks. Here are a few tips to get you off on the right foot.

  1. Pick a gig you love, and it will be easy to find the motivation you need to start your new business and stick with it. The good news is that, no matter what your interests and skills are, there is a gig out there that you’ll find enjoyable. Check out this list of prospective jobs, and choose wisely!
  2. Treat your gig like a “real” job. In order to thrive as a modern-day freelancer, you have to maintain your professionalism and pursue success. From soliciting positive reviews from rideshare clients to achieving that elusive work-life balance, how well you do in the gig economy is completely up to you.
  3. Set financial goals. Whether you are saving up to buy a house or just trying to earn a little extra spending money, set a goal for how much you want to earn. Most gigs don’t provide health benefits, paid time off, or automatic tax deductions, so be sure to plan for these extra expenses.
  4. Give it time. Part of the draw of the gig economy is how quick and easy it is to get started, but it may take a while to become profitable as you nail down your routine and acquire clients. This is especially true if you have to invest in gas for your car or make upgrades to your home before you can start driving for a rideshare or renting out your spare room on AirBnB. But don’t give up. Stick with it, and follow the tips above, and you’ll turn a profit in no time.