Gig Economy News: All About Portable Benefits

Here's the scoop on the proposed portable benefits bill—as well as other happenings from around the Gig economy world.

Being able to work when, where, and how you want is both the blessing and the curse of the Gig economy. On one hand, the freedom to spend the day exactly how you choose is incredible; however, the lack of structure (and, for many, the lack of structured benefits) can prove problematic. Last week, Senator Marc Wener proposed a bill that would set aside $20 million to provide benefits for Gig workers and other nontraditional employees—a small step for Senate, but a giant leap for solopreneurs. Read on to learn more about this and other developments this week in the world of doers.

Portable Benefits Bill

Virginia Senator Marc Warner proposed the first-ever piece of national legislation aimed to provide a safety net for on-demand and other non-traditional workers without traditional benefits (i.e. paid sick days or a retirement plan). Head over to Buzzfeed for the full rundown of these proposed “portable benefits.”

Snappin’ vs Grammin’

Visual and video social media content has unquestionably disrupted the marketing world. However, different audiences gravitate towards different platforms—which means not one size fits all when it comes to social media marketing for business. Entrepreneur shares the findings of our research into whether Instagram or Snapchat performs best when promoting small businesses.

Dr Strangepreneur  

Solopreneurs deal with stress on a daily basis. The joys of having your own business are all yours—but so are all the risks and responsibilities. One freelancer wrote a piece for Vice about how he learned to stopped worrying and just be calm.

Face in the Crowd

There are just as many kinds of entrepreneurs as there are people in the world—but there are a few shared qualities that set the doers apart. Check out LinkedIn and Intuit’s infographic on Small Business Trends that breaks down the five kinds of freelancers you encounter in the business world.

What are some of the pros and cons of being an entrepreneur? Tell us what made you want to start your own business in the comments below.

Hannah Curran
Hannah Curran is Fiverr's Social Media and Content Manager. Originally from Connecticut, she lives in California and works out of our San Francisco office. Have an idea for the Fiverr blog? Connect with her on LinkedIn.
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Hmm, I’m not sure I understand the purpose of this proposal.
It’s simply a portable fund that workers will contribute into, for later user if they are injured, out of work, etc.
Freelancers should save money in a rainy day savings account for this very reason. I don’t see any need for the government to be involved.

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