inding a gig job can be an excellent way to earn money on your own schedule. However, you should always be careful when applying for any kind of job and make sure that you’re applying with legitimate companies.
Here are some tips for finding legitimate work:
Make sure to research any company you're applying with.
Before you begin your search for gigs, make sure to research the company in question. If you see an ad for a job that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Once you've found a gig that seems legitimate, do some additional research on the company itself. Type in the name of their business and "scam" into Google; if there are multiple results pointing to scams by that company, then it's best to avoid them altogether. Do your due diligence! You can also check reviews on sites like Glassdoor and Pissed Consumer—these reviews can help shed light on whether or not a gig is legit or not.
If in doubt about whether or not an offer is legitimate (or if you have questions about what's expected from this specific company), contact someone from within your network with knowledge of these things: recruiters at staffing agencies tend to know which companies pay well, friends working at similar companies may also be able to provide insight into their work environment, and even professors or deans connected with your field might be able to point out red flags with certain companies' practices.
Use a service that screens gigs for you.
It can be difficult to tell whether or not a gig is legitimate just by looking at it online. In addition to reading reviews from previous users, it can help to use a service like GigMasters or Gigster that screens jobs for you. These services will take into account factors like the company’s reputation and level of success, as well as the quality of their website and description of work available.
Be wary of fake listings from companies that don't exist.
Some scammers will create fake listings for jobs in order to get people's contact information so they can send spam or try to sell them something else later on down the road. If you find yourself on a website where none of the information makes sense (like there aren't any prices listed), or if everything looks too good to be true (like free travel agents), then it's likely not legitimate either! Make sure you're working with reputable sources before sending over any personal.
The gig economy has grown rapidly in the last decade, with more and more people turning to freelance as a way to make money or gain experience.
However, there are still some pitfalls that you should be aware of when searching for gigs online: phishing scams, fake job sites, and bad pay rates are just some examples. Don't get caught up in these scams!