Today our friends compare notes on their gigs.
Millie: Hi, friend, it’s been awhile!
Boo: I know. I’m so sorry, I have been super busy.
Millie: With what?
Boo: I picked up some content work for a friend’s company and I’ve been traveling and working hard.
Millie: Ooh, tell me how you landed that one!
Boo: Ha, good things will keep coming your way! Honestly, it was just some networking. I was hoping to pick up some contract work to take me into the summer and I told one of my friends. She let a few people in our circle know and another of our mutual friends called me because she knows I have a lot of experience.
Millie: That’s it? No resumes? No interviews?
Boo: Nope. Not this time. I feel really lucky because it worked out so well. I was hoping to earn some money, get out there and meet some new people. I also want to take the summer off. It was just perfect.
Millie: When you find that sweet spot in the gig economy it’s amazing.
Boo: Yeah, I know. How often does that happen for you?
Millie: Not always, but way more often than never. It can be stressful to be between things and I can’t always find what I want in the wide world of digital marketing. There are a lot of times when my only option is something that pays pretty poorly. But, then again, when I get hired for something that I’m really excited about, like a huge Film Festival, and the money’s there, I love it!
Boo: It must be tough on you sometimes—having to arrange for your own benefits and applying for new things so often. I never had to think about that so early in my career. Now, I don’t mind and I’m alright with feast or famine, but it seems hard.
Millie: Yes and no. Yes for all the reasons you mention (plus, my mom is still asking me when I’m going to get a “real job!”), but you know how much I value my freedom and the chance to jump on something special when it comes along is too good for me to pass up.
Boo: Yes, I get that. By the way, can I ask you something? I’ve been reading a ton of articles about being an independent contractor and I’m noticing that writers use the terms “gig economy” and “sharing economy” interchangeably. That’s not right, is it?
Millie: Nope! I can see why there’s some confusion, but the gig economy just means the work is project-based. The sharing economy is all about getting value out of something that isn’t being used – like your house or apartment or something. I mean, I guess you could say if you’re an Uber driver that’s a gig and your passengers are “sharing” your car, but you’re sharing your car too. People could argue that there’s some overlap, but it’s not exactly the same thing.
Boo: I’m so glad I have you to help me unravel all this complexity! I love being your friend.
Millie: Best gig there is.
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.