First published November 2016
Etsy is one of the original players in the gig economy. Way back in 2005, the online marketplace for handmade goods gave people a way to sell their creations. While Etsy sellers differ from typical gig economy workers, such as ridesharing drivers and Taskrabbits, they are nonetheless gig workers who earn money when they sell goods.
Etsy is now forging new ground by lobbying for the economic security of its sellers. In a new report, the company points out the striking growth of the gig economy and calls for reforms to our current benefits system stating, “It’s time to start thinking bigger and reimagine a world that guarantees a social safety net to everyone who works, regardless of how they work.”