posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 10:48 AM
After 15+ years of layoff's, downsizing, retraining, and so on I finally decided to do what I wanted to do, and give the machine the finger.
Along the way I started back to school for the third time, except I chose to do what I wanted to without regard to chasing what I thought might be a
"hot job" in the future.
I started doing LOTS of freelance work as well. Frankly, as a single dad, responsible for raising my kids while my ex parties like a 25 year old and
doesn't pay her child support, I needed more flexibility anyway. I write for "geek" websites, covering Dungeons and Dragons, video games and rock n
roll music and vinyl. I drive for both Uber and Lyft. I write grant proposals, and work temp here or there in marketing and data analysis.
I drive a lot less for Uber and Lyft than I did at first. After they both cut driver pay, I made the decision only to drive when i had the free time
and when it was most convenient and profitable for me. I laugh at their text messages sometimes: "We NEED you to log in and transport our customers,
demand is spiking!"
The thing that on-demand employees need to grapple with is this: none of these companies provide anything of value without you. You can decide to do
something else if they aren't making it worth your time. They don't have a business if they don't have drivers willing to meet passengers and ferry
them around. You shouldn't do it for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
I don't know that any politician CAN address the problem with gig employment at this point in time. People have been conditioned to believe that only
THEIR labor is worth something valuable. Everyone else is "worth less."
What I discovered is that there are lots of ways to stick it to the pricks who devalue you on a regular basis. An entire political movement has formed
-- on both sides of the silly right / left paradigm -- to do just that to the political and pundit class.
Frankly, it's been a long time coming. If you want to pay someone to guard your loot because you don't have the stones to do it yourself, good luck! A
bunch of us have already figured out that -- since we do all the cooking, cleaning, entertaining, programming and so on -- we can take back whatever
we feel is righteous, without checking with you first. To the architects of the gig economy I say this: good luck doing any of it without us!