Technology is drastically changing the way people live and work. Global and US trends indicate significant shifts in the workforce from traditional employment to contract/ freelance/gig-based jobs. More and more people make a living within the gig-economy and the millennial, the fastest growing professional demographic, seeks out freelancing careers more than any past generation. Still, there is a clear gap between available and possible opportunities for the freelancers and their clients in today’s $1400 billion1 gig-economy. Medical insurance, retirement plans, paid vacations, and income stability are not the only things people are forgoing by freelancing instead of pursuing traditional employment. Corporations usually have specialists that handle other aspects of business, like sales, marketing, strategic planning, administrative support, and professional development, so employees can stay focused and grow in their own areas of expertise and still have all those basic benefits provided to them. However, freelancers have to handle all those extra aspects on their own with limited individual funds, resources, and experience. Without an alternative support system, freelancing can hardly be as effective, efficient, and rewarding as traditional employment. This will continue until contract workers and freelancers have access to an infrastructure that provides them the support that they need to develop a successful career
in the free market.