Though it has met its fair share of challenges along the way, the sharing economy is growing by leaps and bounds.
Many economists today believe that we are on the brink of exponential growth in gig opportunities.
This relatively new trend of on-demand work has not been without its growing pains, however.
Even now, workers around the world are tired of the steep commissions and lack of freedom.
They demand better treatment from service platforms
Despite this, there is still a lot of hope for the gig economy going forward.
In fact, according to John Frazer in his recent Forbes article, on-demand gigs will become the predominant job opportunities of this generation.
The future of the gig economy looks bright, but changes must be made in order to put the interests of the workers first.
Interestingly, a recent startup might hold the answer to the problems plaguing the gig economy, and reshape the way we think about service platforms.
This new venue is called SnapGig, and they are launching a business model that doesn’t follow the same rules as previous platforms.
What is Snapgig?
SnapGig’s design focuses on allowing users to do business without the red tape and high commissions platforms like Thumbtack Pro, Uber, Taskrabbit, and others implement.
SnapGig is built on a membership model.
Instead of steep commissions and constricted work opportunities, SnapGig simply gives you a platform to connect with customers who need your service.
The rest is up to you such as: when you work, how much you work, and how much you charge.
What sets Snapgig apart?
The obvious advantage in using SnapGig is the amount of control it gives you, the service provider.
Instead of sending you preselected leads and then taking a 25-30% commission, SnapGig lets you find jobs in your area and decide how much you charge.
SnapGig is able to do this by having every member on a monthly plan.
SnapGig offers a very attractive free Starter membership plan which allows you to get up to 30 customers leads per month.
By the time a service provider has already had 30 customer leads in a month, upgrading the $35 to the Premium membership plan is a definite no-brainer.
The Premium tier allows up to 100 leads and 3 service categories and the Unlimited plan ($95 at the time of writing) allows unlimited leads and categories.
Another distinct advantage SnapGig provides is the sheer amount of services it facilitates.
One of SnapGig’s trademark features is the variety of service possibilities within the site.
With over 50 different categories to choose from, it dwarfs most other platforms in terms of variety.
This allows service providers to find their different gigs all in one site, instead of jumping between multiple apps.
It also benefits customers who are looking for service providers in multiple different job categories.
Finally, SnapGig’s on-demand gig model lives up to its name by delivering in a way few other platforms do.
Instead of picking up leads just to schedule them for later, such as the process with Takl, SnapGig allows you to work now.
When you switch your status light from Blue to Green, it shows customers in your area that you are ready for immediate hire.
If you don’t have time at the moment, but want to be picking up gigs for later, you can switch your light to Blue and fill your schedule with jobs.
Either way, you are in control of when you work.
As far as this versatility and control is concerned, no service platforms that I know of can rival SnapGig’s design.
They have combined convenience, affordability, and efficiency into one platform so service providers can take their game to the next level.
I’m excited to see what new heights the gig economy will achieve in the next couple years and feel sure SnapGig will play a part in the direction it takes.
Check out SnapGig.com to see the platform in action for yourself and decide if you’re a good fit for their gig community.