10
Jan

Podcast #7: Grandma Drives an Uber

 

Episode #7: Grandma Drives an Uber: Why the Gig Economy is Better for Boomers than Millennials

 

Need extra cash?  Want to be your own boss and enjoy flexible hours?

Sounds like an ad for a get-rich-quick scheme, doesn’t it? Not this time. Think the gig economy.

More people–especially Millennials–are joining the gig economy, also known as the on-demand or freelance economy. They’re working for outfits like Uber, Lyft, Fiverr, TaskRabbit and Airbnb.

These businesses cater to Millennials, but Boomers may be in a better position to take advantage of gig work.

In this episode of Unretirement, we hear from Sue Johnson.  Sue has been an entrepreneur and a real estate agent.  At 72, she didn’t want to stop working but she also didn’t want to be tied down by a job with a set schedule.  That’s why she drives for Uber, picking up customers who need a ride, usually an airport run.  She’s not making much money driving for Uber, but at this point in her life that’s isn’t the goal.  She makes enough to pay for traveling with friends or to visit grandchildren across the country. She likes talking with her customers.

I also talk to syndicated columnist Mark Miller about the problems and benefits of working in the gig economy.