It’s Time To Start Making Bets on Career Portability

As the gig economy grows, the alternative workforce is going to need new support systems

Self-Employment as a Standard

According to the Wall Street Journal, as told by Deloitte, “Self-employment in the United States could triple to 42 million workers by 2020, and 42 percent of those people are likely to be millennials.”

The Solution is More Hours (For Now)

More recently, the gig economy income numbers have actually changed in a positive way. The amount of money generated by the alternative workforce is growing faster than the rest of the economy.

Working Smarter, Not Harder (or Longer)

The long term fix isn’t sustainable hours though, it’s sustainable output.

Independence in the Workforce Meets Independence in Lifestyle

Here’s another cliche that’s being shedded as millennials age — Millennials are finally leaving their parents’ house. But this was never about work ethic so much as it was how they view work and career.

Accommodating the Knowledge Worker

Another trend in the workforce that’s just starting to take hold is that the value of the worker is again being redefined by technology. White collar jobs are being hit by automation, and job success now ultimately lies not in being able to obtain information, but knowing what to do with it.

Startups Supporting Startups

One end game of knowledge worker support is in startup itself, when we think of startup as the ultimate gig economy position. For example, it doesn’t matter at all how many hours you work at your startup, your income isn’t going to increase until your output does. In that sense, startup is the perfect alternative employment.

I’m a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. Sold ExitEvent. Building & GetSpiffy. Former Automated Insights. More info at

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