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About The Gig Community

Founded in 2018 The Gig Community’s vision is to establish a community that fosters development, support, and advocacy for all gig economy participants in Northwest Arkansas and beyond.

Why this? Why now? 

According to a 2017 study called Freelancing in America from Upwork and the Freelancers Union, an estimated 57.3 million Americans are freelancing (36 percent of the U.S. workforce) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy, an increase of almost 30 percent since last year. By 2027, the study estimates that a majority of the workforce will be freelance or independent workers.

While the Gig Economy is growing and flourishing, we see a lack of connection between those who are participating in that economy. Part of this comes from the diversity of industries represented, part of it comes from the innate isolating nature of independent contractor work. While the power of the internet opens doors to remote workers, it also creates an environment where self-employed digital economy workers can easily lose connection with avenues for personal and professional development, as well as connection to others.

 The Gig Community seeks to change that, at least in our own corner of the world known as Northwest Arkansas. Our vision is that as The Gig Community grows in Benton, Washington, Madison, and Carroll counties, the idea will catch on in other regions and there will eventually be a network of freelance communities that seek to support each other.

 

Founding Board Members

The Founding Board, led by President Megan Tucker and Vice President Mistie Lain, establish the organizational mission and oversee various aspects of that mission’s execution.