Before talking about a gig economy, first we must understand what the term means. According to a study published by Deloitte Insights, it refers to a practice, more and more common, between consumers that provide a service to each other, in a direct manner, without the need of appealing to a company, and where they pay for the consumption or utilization of goods, as opposed to owning them.
- Nevertheless, in practice, the concept of a gig economy is much broader, for within the process there is a diverse type of relations, that vary according to the necessities of the consumer, such as:
- The shared consumption based on the use of digital platforms for the altruistic exchange of products or services.
- The open knowledge whose objective is to disseminate knowledge without legal or administrative barriers.
- The collaborative production which promotes projects or services that are produced on digital platforms.
- And, the collaborative finance that puts users in touch in order to satisfy their financing needs, like crowdfunding.
Gig Economy in Mexico
The gig economy is a great opportunity for commerce. Such as Uber’s case, where through its platform, it connects millions of users with drivers willing to provide a trustworthy, accessible and safe trip. The benefit is immediate, it improves the mobility of cities, all with just the push of a button.
The gig economy has become a global phenomenon that seems to have surpassed the traditional model. There are other of its benefits:
- Allows savings of money and resources.
- It makes the users feel good.
- It allows common citizens to access services and experiences otherwise unreachable for them.
- It opens new opportunities for income
These are just some of the more relevant benefits that a gig economy offers to a citizen.
Certainly, In Mexico this economy modality will grow exponentially, thus generating a network of global exchange of tools and experiences.