Title: Working in the Gig Economy: How to Thrive and Succeed when you Choose to Work For Yourself
Author: Thomas Oppong
Publisher: Kogan Page
Publication Date: 192 pages
Length: October 2018
A 2015 survey by Ernst & Young shows that 25 per cent of businesses are expected to use over 30 per cent of contingent workers for various tasks and business processes by 2020. The rise of flexible careers has been facilitated by increased globalisation, technological advancement and the desire for more work-life balance while boosting their income. Hence, Thomas Oppong provides this manual to help contract workers to ease more smoothly to unconventional careers in what he calls the gig economy. temporary income-earning tasks.
He advises on focusing on building a body of work a.k.a a portfolio rather than a resume because it clearly outlines your expertise, work experience, achievements and past clients. It is a more comprehensive view of a professional’s abilities and their contributions and what sets him or her apart. This will involve acquiring both hard (expertise) and soft indispensable skills personal traits and attributes as well as knowing how to market your business.
This slim volume (that you could go through in a day) largely delivers on its promise to validate one’s idea of independent work by providing concrete steps to building a personal brand and highlights what it takes to succeed as a gig worker.
This is a fine book to place into the hands of anyone trying to find their place as a working a side-hustle or as a full-time independent contractor. Though I received this as an advanced copy from the Kogan Page via NetGalley, I would definitely pick this copy for my own personal reference. You can also follow Thomas Oppong’s insightful blog on Medium
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