Title Working in the Gig Economy
Subtitle How to Thrive and Succeed When You Choose to Work for Yourself
Author Thomas Oppong
ISBN 9780749483555
List price GBP 14.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 192
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Work is changing. It’s a great opportunity to realize your creative destiny. But only if you adapt. Working in the Gig Economy is the roadmap to get you there.”

— David Kadavy, bestselling author of The Heart to Start


“Technology is advancing at an exponential rate enabling solo entrepreneurs increasing power to thrive in this growing gig economy. Working In The Gig Economy provides a powerful guide to help you thrive now and in the future, buy it today!”

— Daniel Burrus, Author and leading futurist on global trends and innovation


There are new flexible and independent working opportunities available in the gig economy for those brave enough to seize them. It is estimated that the number people involved with the gig economy will double in the next four years. New generation workers are realising that they can break the chains of corporate work and go at it alone. With flexible working hours, fluid work arrangements and technology that they can leverage to their advantage, people are creating purposeful careers that fit in with their lives, not the other way around. Working in the Gig Economy is the ultimate guide to successfully navigating the new flexible world of work. This is a book that will allow you to really examine the possibilities of freelance and flexible working. Is it really for you? Do you have what it takes to stay motivated, get clients to hire you and achieve that long-yearned for work-life balance?

Thomas Oppong is an expert in entrepreneurship and the gig economy. With this book, he takes readers through the main pitfalls of working for themselves, including how to stay productive, how to manage your professional network, build a personal brand and crucially how to keep the work coming and get paid on time. Working in the Gig Economy is the essential guide to having a successful and fulfilling career in the gig economy.


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Chapter 1: The emergence and evolution of the gig economy • What is the gig economy? • The growth of independent work • The impact of technology in the gig economy • A new direction for talent management • Employment rights for gig workers • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 2: Jobs of the future and the portfolio career • Global trends that will affect your future • Prepare for your future – the skills you need to thrive • Building a successful portfolio career • Reinvent your career • How to use an information interview to figure out a career path • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 3: How to build your independent brand and strengthen your reputation as a gig worker • Building a personal brand • A business of one • Harnessing online media • You are your reputation • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 4: Finding work in the gig economy • Positioning • Building a purpose-driven career • Giving limited free advice • Securing your first client • Making it easier for clients to come to you • Leveraging personal passion projects • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 5: Saying no to freelance work • The power of a positive no • Say no for a better yes • The importance of a priority filter • Knowing when, how and why you need to say no • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 6: Getting real work done and staying productive • Managing yourself • Scheduling work • Building a productive routine • Dealing with distractions • Finding your work flow • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 7: Managing your finances • Savings • Personal budgeting • The 50/20/30 rule for budgeting • Create a system for managing your money • Managing taxes • Planning for your financial future • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 8: Building a pipeline of work • Prospecting • Create a system for building a client pipeline • The different ways to land gigs • Promotion • Networking • Thought leadership • Key takeaways

Chapter 9: Managing your clients • Building and nurturing relationships • Client management tools • Key takeaways • References

Chapter 10: Leveraging online platforms for gig work • Choosing the right online platform • Digital platforms for finding work • How to increase your chances of landing gigs • Key takeaways

Chapter 11: Overcoming the fears of freelancing • The fear of getting started • Finding clients • Financial insecurity • Key takeaways

Chapter 12: Success stories of independent contractors • Paul Jarvis • Jessica Greene • Joe Mullich • Emmeline Pidgen •
Sid Bharath • Ilise Benun

Chapter 13: The future of the gig economy • The future is freelance • The changing face of job descriptions • The gradual shift from CVs to portfolios • The future of work • Key takeaways • References


About the Author:

Thomas Oppong is a technology blogger, start-ups analyst and a social media marketing consultant specializing in blogging, strategy and business development. He is the Founder and Editor of Alltopstartups.com, a resource website for start-ups and entrepreneurs. He is also the curator at Postanly, a weekly selection of the best business trends and technology content from around the web. He is a columnist for Inc. Magazine and The HuffPost and has been featured in The Business Insider, Quartz, CNBC, Entrepreneur, The New York Observer, Thought Catalogue, Pocket Hits and The Muse.

Target Audience:

Useful for freelancing entrepreneurs.

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