It looks like I will be starting something new next week. I will be seeing what working in the gig economy is like for somebody whom is disabled and has not been able to find work that suites him. Last Sunday I discovered a gig economy company called HopDrive which arranges for single car moves for dealerships, service centers, and rental agencies. I figured that this would be perfect for me because I can make my own hours and slowly wade back into employment on my own terms. I do not think I will make a killing but I will earn something. As an added bonus, I will be starting from the same point everytime I choose to work and this starting point is only 5.5 miles away from home.
I am dubious about the gig economy and I am concerned about the extra work that I will have to do as an independent contractor worrying about taxes. With a lot of these gig economy companies, the company ends up doing a lot better than the independent contractor. In some cases, it is actually costing the gig economy worker money to complete the assignment. This has me somewhat dubious and I will have to see if HopDrive is worth my time. At the very least, it will help me get back to work and get over the fear of working again. I won’t have to be in an office or anything like that and I can bring my laptop for the down times or even go home.
I have been out of work so long that I am really nervous about getting back into the swing of things. I think I am going to start out by working one or two days a week. That might be all I can handle and between that and volunteering for Faithful Friends as a cat cuddler, it will be progress. In some ways I have to ask myself what the worst thing that can happen is. The worst thing that can happen is that this is a scam and does not work out. I will learn that awfully quickly after the first one or two trips. I also keep seeing employment postings for Professional Transportation Inc. I know they do transports for railroad crews but they pay a paltry sum of money and require some crazy hours. They’re not a good option for me right now.
Yesterday, I even thought about getting work as a behavioral health worker at one of the local for-profit hospitals that are almost always hiring. Seeing that I have a mental illness myself, I would be much more compassionate than the average person. People that are in the hospital for mental health reasons need compassionate and understanding people. This might be a good eventual goal for me but not right now. I need something simple and on my own terms and I am grateful for my friend Jim recommending that I work in the gig economy. It’s better than even trying to hold down a part-time job. So things are looking a little bit up right now.