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4 Apps to get you started with the gig economy

1. FIVERR

Sample Job: A web designer will create a custom wedding website for, yes, $5.

How It Works: Anyone can post an offer to perform simple one-off services, usually for $5 (hence the company’s name). Fiverr keeps 20% of every transaction.

2. POSTMATES
Sample Job: Deliver a Potbelly meatball sandwich to a nearby office building.

How It Works: This courier service guarantees one-hour delivery from partner stores like Whole Foods. Sign up as an independent contractor, accept jobs on your phone, and keep 75% of the delivery fee ($5 and up).

3. SKILLSHARE
Sample Job: A chef offers a $15 class on authentic southern fried chicken.

How It Works: Anyone can apply to set up a class about whatever wisdom they think they have to impart—and charge whatever they think it’s worth (Skillshare kept 12% of offline course fees, it charges $9.95 for access to all online classes and doles out payment to teachers based on popularity).

4. TASKRABBIT
Sample Job: Pick up a document from the county clerk’s office and deliver it for $16.

How It Works: Users can post any sort of temp employment on the site, either setting a fee or accepting bids from potential workers (known as TaskRabbits). The company handles all payments and takes a 20% cut.

Oakley Latch Sunglasses

Oakley Latch Sunglasses

It’s a problem as old as sunglasses themselves: what to do with your sunglasses when you take them off. Do you just push them back on top of your head? Set them down, daring yourself not to forget them? Oakley Latch Sunglasses offer a solution to this issue in the form of a interior “kick-up” that lets them clip securely to your shirt, keeping the Plutonite lenses and timeless, versatile O Matter stress-resistant frame safely in place whether you’re dipping into the cafe or dropping in at the skatepark.

Minibrew

Minibrew

Brewing your own beer at home isn’t overly difficult, but it can be intimidating if you haven’t done it before. The MiniBrew is an at-home machine that makes brewing beer nearly as simple as brewing coffee. This all-in-one machine brews and cools the wort, then automatically transfers it to the yeast unit to ferment. It automatically controls the fermentation process, so it’s easy to reproduce your favorite batches, and the app will also let you discover new beers and order ingredients, so it’s equally as easy to try new recipes, five homebrewed liters at a time.

Shopify and Uber Reinvent Local Shipping

Shopify and Uber Reinvent Local Shipping

Now Shopify merchants can deliver their products to local customers faster than ever.

We’ve partnered with Uber to do what once seemed impossible—make affordable, reliable same-day delivery a reality for even the smallest business. With Shopify and UberRUSH, your customers can get their online orders in hours not days, making last minute online shopping convenient and impulse buying irresistible.

After today, you’ll find UberRUSH couriers hurrying through the streets of New York, San Francisco, and Chicago delivering packages from Shopify stores. If you operate an online store in one of those cities, you can soon offer your customers same-day delivery. We’re actively working with the Uber team to expand this service into more locations.

How does UberRUSH work?

Shipping with UberRUSH is like having your own on-demand courier. When a customer requests same-day delivery, simply pack the order, and then schedule an UberRUSH pickup from the order’s fulfillment screen. Within minutes, an UberRUSH courier will arrive, pick the order up, and promptly hand-deliver it anywhere in the city.

With UberRUSH, you and your customers can easily track the order’s exact location from pickup to drop off. You can keep track of the order in real-time right from Shopify, and your customers will be emailed a link to UberRUSH’s live map so they can keep track, too.

How to get started with UberRUSH

We’ll be rolling out UberRUSH to select merchants over the coming weeks. You’ll be able to install the UberRUSH app when you see this home card:

Setup only takes a minute. Just fill in your contact details, mobile phone number, and any special delivery instructions, then click save. Once the app is set up, anytime a local customer checks out from your online store, they’ll be able to select UberRUSH from the shipping options.

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