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Participating in the Gig Economy: Part 1 - Driver and Delivery Jobs

Participating in the Gig Economy: Part 1 - Driver and Delivery Jobs

Many people choose to work after retirement, whether to stay busy, be social, stay active, or make some extra money. The gig economy has many opportunities for older adults looking for post-retirement work.

The gig economy consists of part-time workers, independent contractors, freelance workers, and seasonal employees. Having a job in the gig economy provides flexibility for those who don't want to be held down by a strict or busy work schedule.

The gig economy began in the 1940s with part-time work during World War II but has expanded substantially due to the rise of technology. As of 2017, freelance workers accounted for more than one-third of the U.S. workforce. By 2027, the proportion is estimated to be over 50%.

Today, older adults alone make up 37 percent of all gig economy workers. Although many workers participate in the gig economy to fill their time, there is also an economic advantage. For workers ages 65 and older, independent contractors had the highest median weekly earnings in 2017, sometimes earning, on average, thirty percent of their pre-retirement income.

If the benefits of working in the gig economy sound attractive, there are many different opportunities to investigate to find the right fit. In this blog, the focus is on driver and delivery jobs. Be sure to also check out Part 2: Freelance Work

Driver and Delivery Jobs in the Gig Economy

Life Without a Car: A Guide to Alternative Transportation Options

Life Without a Car: A Guide to Alternative Transportation Options

One of the principal factors in maintaining independence for older adults is the ability to drive a car. Yet, drivers 65 and older are 16% more likely to cause an accident compared to drivers 25-64. With age, health conditions may arise that affect vision, cognition, and movement, which can pose a higher risk while operating a vehicle. Even though some seniors may be healthy and capable enough to drive, the fragility of an older body is more susceptible to injury and fatality during a crash. Although it is common to resist giving up the independence of driving, there are alternative transportation options available that provide various perks.

By giving up driving, the cost of a car, car insurance, gas, and maintenance are eliminated. Using alternative forms of transportation instead of driving can save someone over $10,000 a year. In addition to saving money, not having a car allows for more exercise such as walking or biking. This provides an opportunity to feel more connected to the world and surroundings. Saving money, staying active, and being more connected to the community are healthy and safe ways to remain independent while using alternative transportation options.

Finding Communities Online: An Introduction to Web Forums

Finding Communities Online: An Introduction to Web Forums

In recent blogs, we have reviewed social media and how to get started with popular networks. Although social media has been continuously rising in popularity for the past sixteen years, web forums were an early way to communicate online, and they continue to be widely used today.

Web forums are sections of a website that allows users to post messages to an online discussion board. Most web forums can be viewed by anyone anonymously without having to create an account, making it easy to find help online through advice from real people. Although web forums are most commonly used online by random users, they are also becoming a more common mode of communication for work and school as private web forums rise in popularity.

Find Your Inspiration: A Guide to Getting Started with Pinterest

Find Your Inspiration: A Guide to Getting Started with Pinterest

In this series, we have reviewed the processes of creating and setting up Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok accounts. In this blog, you will learn how to create an account and set up a Pinterest profile. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to a busy social life, it has provided more time to get back into an old hobby or develop a new hobby to keep you busy. Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration and ideas for your next project. Follow along to create your account today:

     Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.pinterest.com and click "Sign up" at the top right-hand corner of the page. Your screen will now look like this:

Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

In this blog series, we have reviewed the processes of creating and setting up accounts for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok. In this blog, we will explain how to create an account and set up a Twitter profile. To learn more about the differences between the social media platforms, check out our recent blog, Social Media: What is it All About?. With Twitter being the most popular social media site for users over 55 years old, now is a great time to set up an account. 

Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.twitter.com and click “Sign up for Twitter” at the bottom of the page. Your screen will now look like this:

Picture This: How to Get Started with Instagram

Picture This: How to Get Started with Instagram

In related blogs, we explained the differences in social media websites and reviewed the process of setting up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and TikTok. In this blog, you will learn how to create an account and set up an Instagram profile. Although Instagram is owned by Facebook, there are slight differences in the sign-up process between them. One of the main differences between the two is that you can sign up with Instagram using your existing Facebook account. This can make it faster and easier to create a new account on Instagram than on Facebook.

Step 1- Create an Account: Log in with Facebook

Go to www.instagram.com and click "Sign Up". Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

In our recent blog (Social Media: What Is It All About?), we discussed the various functions and features of five of the top social media networks in 2021: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Pinterest. In this blog, we will explain how to get started with Facebook, create an account, and set up a profile.

Step 1- Create an Account

Go to www.facebook.com and click the green box that says, “Create New Account”. Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

Social Media: What is it All About?

Social Media: What is it All About?

Today we live in a world surrounded by rapidly growing and changing technology. It can be challenging for people of any age to keep up. One highly-relevant and potentially complicated aspect is social media. Social media was initially created to easily keep in touch with family and friends through the use of written or photo-oriented posts. Social media is commonly misunderstood as something to be used by only younger generations. This is a misperception because popular networks were created for no specific age group, and they actively cater to people of all ages.

Social media has rapidly grown in the past fifteen years and will undoubtedly continue to do so. Facebook was the first social media network to reach success at a high level. Following Facebook came many other social media networks of varying popularity. In addition to Facebook, other platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest have skyrocketed to the top seven most popular social media websites in 2020.

Younger people use social media more commonly because they grew up with technology. However, this does not mean older generations do not have a place in the social media world. In fact, these social media sites are accessible with the use of a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer - whichever you prefer! Sometimes, social media's greatest challenge is not about understanding the technology itself, but rather understanding what each site has to offer

Read more about the following social media platforms!