Gig economy

The two-faced freelance economy

Illustration of a small person at a giant iphone screen with a dollar bill on it, and a person behind the iphone in the dark
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some freelancers can pull in more than $100 an hour for management consulting, programming or graphic design. Others struggle to make much more than $10 an hour, beholden to "gig work" platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit.

Why it matters: Being one's own boss, with the flexibility it brings, can be lucrative for people who can differentiate themselves from competitors. For the rest, it can be quicksand.

The gig economy mismatch

Reproduced from AppJobs; Chart: Axios Visuals

A new survey of more than 275,000 gig applications in the U.S. over the last 12 months shows there's a bit of a mismatch between the side hustles gig workers are seeking and the ones that pay the most.

Details: Florida is the state with the highest number of temporary job applications at 55,762, which translates to 4,500 applications a month.