More than 56 million Americans freelanced last year, according to the Freelancers Union.
With the increasing amount of workers turning to part-time, freelance, and contract work for a variety of reasons, a growing number of businesses are now based on the gig economy model.
The E-Commerce Times spoke with several experts familiar with the ins and outs of the gig economy to find out what's evolving and changing in this burgeoning field.
"The gig economy is characterized by independent workers who perform temporary jobs while on flexible schedules," Will Eadie, chief revenue officer at WorkJam, explained to the E-Commerce Times.
"Typically, gig work has been made available to workers through apps that have increased demand. Hallmarks of the gig economy are that the work is flexible. Workers set their own hours, and workers are independent contractors, which is the case in most municipalities."