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Gig Wage Founder Craig J. Lewis Aims to Simplify the Payroll Process For the Gig Worker

This founder is building a legacy one payroll system at a time. Craig J. Lewis is the founder and CEO of the FinTech platform changing the way businesses pay people. On a mission to simplify the payroll system while building a legacy to ensure that people remember his last name, Lewis knows what it means to be resilient when the odds are stacked against him. Gig Wage was built to help ease pain points for the payroll system that neglects the 1099 employee, or what Lewis calls the “gig” worker, made up of freelancers, contractors, etc. To date, Lewis has managed to raise $13.2 million and is on a path to quadrupling the size of his company by the end of 2021. He sat down with AfroTech to discuss what representation means to him in the venture capital space, where he feels the industry gets it wrong and how they can correct that, and the solution that Gig Wage provides that isn’t found on the market.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Gig Wage (@gigwage) AfroTech: What...

Shanique Yates

Mar 12, 2021

Earn Extra Money With These App Delivery Jobs Today

Making deliveries can be a great way to make some extra part-time — or even full-time — income. While you won’t earn the benefits that come with a full-time job, you can make good money and choose your own schedule — vital for those taking care of family or with other jobs. You can find today’s most-popular delivery gigs, such as Amazon Flex, DoorDash, and Instacart, on your smartphone. If you have an insured vehicle, you can get started by downloading one of these apps and completing the job application form. Once accepted, you’ll be able to pick and choose your delivery shifts or pickups just by logging in. And you’ll be able to deliver items to each customer’s door to practice social distancing. Amazon Flex Given Amazon’s status as the world’s largest retailer, there are always Amazon deliveries to make. Through the Amazon Flex app, users sign up for an available shift, head to a local Amazon warehouse to have their cars or trucks loaded, then make deliveries. Flex drivers are...


Oct 16, 2020

The 3 Best Gig Jobs to Earn a Full-Time Income

For more than a decade , many industries have gradually shifted from hiring full-time employees in favor of contract workers. Whether by choice or necessity, many individuals work full-time in the “gig economy” — a labor market facilitated by online job boards advertising project-based or contract work — by stringing together multiple gigs to support themselves and their families. If you’re considering gig work, start by understanding which areas pay the most, require minimal startup costs, have relatively few expenses, and can be performed from anywhere. Consider these fields: Freelance Writing While it can take some time to make a consistent income, established writers can make as much as $30 an hour . You can work for an agency that specializes in producing content for other companies or individuals. Opt for quality over quantity at first until you can confidently produce high-quality content as per the company’s standards more quickly to find success on these platforms. You can...


Sep 24, 2020

Side Hustle Tips to Help You Earn Money from Charging Bird Scooters

Whether you’re trying to make a little extra cash to help you get by until payday or you want to boost your savings to get one step closer to a major purchase, there are a host of opportunities in the gig economy to find a side hustle that fits your talents and schedule. Yet it’s important to remember that side hustles typically involve some expenses. For example, if you’re charging Bird scooters, that’s your electricity that you’re using to do so. Before getting started, it’s smart to tally up your total expenses and look for ways to maximize your time and funds. Not sure how to determine the costs of a side hustle like charging Bird scooters? Here’s everything you need to know. How to make money charging Bird scooters Charging Bird scooters is a gig that appeals to a lot of people because you can mostly be in charge of your own schedule — you pick the scooters up, charge them and drop them back in high-traffic areas between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. per Bird’s app. Bird refers to...


Jul 15, 2020

30 Quick Ways to Make Money in The Next 30 Days

What would you do with an extra $500? Kickstart your emergency fund ? Finish paying off one of your credit cards? Or would you need the money to pay your bills? According to the Federal Reserve, 44 percent of American adults would have difficulties handling an unexpected expense of $400. I remember the days when I looked ahead to the end of the month with disappointment, knowing that my money would run out before I got there. To stave off some of those feelings of fear, I began looking for ways to make money. Quick ways to make money in 30 days When facing a difficult financial situation, you might have a bit of time to make ends meet. If you have 30 days to get back into good standing — or even if you’re just looking for a regular way to make an extra $500 each month to meet your goals faster — there’s good news. The following ideas can be quick ways to make money. Do two or three items on this list, and you could earn $500 by the end of the month. Start by selling something Some...

Lending Tree

Apr 10, 2020

How Much Do Uber Drivers Make?

For those who are interested in setting their own work hours, having control of their pay, and like meeting new people, become a driver with the popular ride-sharing company, Uber, is always a great option. Uber is one of the largest rideshare companies in the world, with thousands of contractors driving for them across the country. In this article, we will show you how much Uber drivers are making hourly as well as walk you through ways in which their earnings are being calculated. As is common with rideshare companies, the work schedule varies considerably for each driver, so it is hard to say specifically what a driver’s net income will be. There are also a number of factors that go into how much a driver takes home. First, there’s the standard trip fare which consists of the base fare in addition to how long and how far your trip is. The rate per minute and per mile varies from city to city. The standard fare is higher for Uber XL, Uber Black, and Uber SUV drivers. When rider...


Mar 29, 2020

Assembly Bill 5 Unintentionally Takes Aim at California Freelancers

California’s new Assembly Bill 5 law takes effect on the first of January. However, instead of setting a good tone for the new year, for many, AB5 appears to be a tone-deaf effort. Launched by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to address gig economy issues that have resulted in unfair treatment of Lyft and Uber drivers, AB5 was designed to protect these workers. “AB5 forbids businesses to use contractors unless the companies can pass a stringent requirement known as the ‘ABC test.’ It’s designed to ensure that all workers are classified as employees unless they perform their work independent of supervision, have an established business doing the same sort of work for multiple customers and are doing work that isn’t part of the company’s core business,” Megan McArdle said via The Washington Post. Companies classifying these workers as “employees” must then set aside taxes, Social Security benefits and other benefits . The new law — designed to protect rideshare drivers — hurts...

Emily Adeyanju

Dec 23, 2019

Here Are Five Tech-Enabled Side Hustles For College Students

If you’re in college, you might as well find a way to make your education pay for itself. However, trying to juggle classes, homework, and a social life can make it hard to fit a traditional part-time job into your schedule. Luckily, side hustles are meant to offer a lot of flexibility. Even if you’re not ready for a career in tech, we’ve listed five categories of side hustles that use current technology so you can make money between classes. 1. Rideshare Driver For those of you with a car, signing up as a rideshare driver for apps like Uber or Lyft is one way to make money. Like most gig apps, rideshares tend to offer a lot of schedule flexibility — you log in and out when you want. You do need to make sure that your insurance will allow you to drive for rideshare apps. Also, take a look at each apps’ specific requirements . Uber, for example, will only take drivers who are 21 or older with 4-door vehicles that are ten years old or newer. 2. Delivery If you don’t drive, you can...

Vanessa Taylor

Aug 20, 2019

A New California Bill Would Give Gig Workers More Protections

Uber and Lyft drivers, along with a list of other gig workers in California, may have something to cheer about now that a new law has passed to give contract workers more protections. The California state Assembly passed AB5, a bill that would require status changes to contract workers to complete essential tasks for companies. The law is also set to impact exotic dancers and manicurists; however, hairstylists, doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, and financial advisers will be exempt from the rules because they work as true independent workers under their own companies, according to Vox. Under AB5, companies can only label workers as contractors if the worker: (a) is free from the company’s control, (b) is doing work that isn’t central to the company’s business, and (c) has an independent business in that industry. If they don’t meet all three of those conditions, then they have to be classified as employees. Misclassification of workers has helped major companies save money for...

Arriana McLymore

Jun 4, 2019

Earnings for Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Taking a Nose-Dive

Uber drivers are earning less than half of what they made five years ago, while other sectors are doubling their earnings, according to a recent report from Recode. A study by JPMorgan Chase Institute showed that there was a 53 percent decline in earnings for transportation workers — which include ride-sharing drivers and delivery drivers for other gig economy jobs — between 2013 and 2017. The study distinguished gig economy jobs by transportation, non-transport work, and selling and leasing. JPMorgan Chase Institute looked at more than 39 million Chase checking accounts and tracked payments through 128 online platforms. The leasing sector, which includes Airbnb, saw the largest increase in earnings over the three-year span with 69 percent growth. The non-transport work and selling sectors experienced 1.9 and 9.4 percent increases, respectively. Photo: JPMorgan Chase Institute The average earnings for transportation workers dropped from $1,469 to $783. Leasing sector workers saw...

Arriana McLymore

Sep 24, 2018