The Gig Economy
Finding Opportunity and Balance in Freelance Work
In The Gig Economy Endless episode, we explore the rapidly growing gig economy and the unique challenges and opportunities it presents. Freelance work can be an exciting and rewarding way to create your own schedule, work on your terms, and build valuable skills.
However, it can also be challenging, with anxieties such as fear of financial insecurity, lack of benefits, and burnout taking a toll on your well-being. We offer practical tips and tools to help you navigate the gig economy and find balance, including ways to see gig work as a financial opportunity and create your own structure and routines.
|Anxeity||Description||Negative Thoughts||Automatic Thoughts||Challenge Question||Reframe Questions|
|Fear of financial insecurity||Worries about not earning enough money, no steady income||I'll never make enough to survive," "I'll never be able to save," "I'll end up in debt||I can't control my income. I have no other options. I'm not good enough to earn more.||What steps can I take to increase my income? What resources do I have to fall back on? What can I do to feel more in control of my finances?||How can I see gig work as a financial opportunity rather than a burden?|
|Lack of job security||No guarantee of job longevity or stability||I'll never have a stable job. I can't plan for the future.||I'm not worth enough to have job security. I'm not good enough to find more stable work.||What steps can I take to market myself better? How can I network with potential clients? What other industries can I explore?||How can I reframe my thinking around job security to see the benefits of having multiple income streams?|
|Loneliness||Feeling isolated or disconnected from others||I have no one to talk to. No one understands my struggles.||I'm not interesting enough to make friends. I'm not likeable.||What can I do to connect with other gig workers? What other communities can I join? How can I create my own community?||How can I see gig work as an opportunity to meet new people and form meaningful connections?|
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