Humans on the Move

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John, Food Courier

San Francisco / January 7, 2021

This is my messenger bag that I've been using for the past 5 years and it helps carry my work supplies for all my different gigs.

My company was cutting down on my hours and I wanted to supplement that so I started doing gig work with Uber and Lyft. As my company started downsizing more and more, I was working less than 20 hours a week and eventually got laid off. Then, I started doing gig work exclusively.

The challenging part is having a handle on all the administration management of your finances. Because the jobs are becoming more and more unstable, I can see Moves being worthwhile.

The amazing flexibility is why I keep going on with gig work. A couple weeks ago I spoke with my friend and it’s the end of the year. I visited him at the office just to see how his office is set up now and I noticed he had all this stuff on his desk so I asked him “what are you currently working on?” He says “I’m doing my performance review.” I had this big sigh of relief that I didn’t have to do a performance review! My old company had this lengthy process that was a headache, so it was a huge relief that I never have to do that again. That’s one of the big factors that I keep doing this. I’m my own boss. It’s the freedom, the flexibility.

Erzen, Food Courier

New York / December 17, 2020

I do a lot of food deliveries. I’m in the arts. I’m a DJ and an actor, so that’s also independent. Everything I do is basically gig work.
The stuff I do in the arts is not scheduled, so just to be able to take time off to be able to do something is what draws me to gig work.
For me, it’s kind of fun. I like not having a boss. I like not being stuck somewhere for 8 hours. Like today I worked from 1-3, I picked up something, and probably at 5 I’m going to work until midnight. When the Blue Jays were in the playoffs, I took those nights off to watch the game.

There is an unpredictability with income. An emergency can happen. I could get sick, I could end up needing a lawyer. So Moves is a positive thing to have.

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Leddy, Food Courier

New York / December 17, 2020

I work for myself and I do a little bit of everything in the gig category. I definitely consider myself a self-contractor for sure.
I live in New York City so you have a variety of clientele to cater to. The traffic is horrible, but we do what we have to do, right? It’s nice to know that in your own small way you’re making a difference and getting the food to the customer. It goes a long way especially these days.
I would love, when things get better, to treat myself to a proper European trip. I want to spend 3 weeks and go everywhere. Spain, Italy, France, Germany. I want to do it up right, so I would need to save a decent amount for that.

Moves sounds promising. If a company’s goal is to ensure people who do work on their own terms are financially secure then that’s saying a lot.