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#Gigster Series - Employee Gigster Types

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Sue   |   May 30, 2019
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The future of work is right here, right now. Technology is changing the nature of work every single day. Whilst your personal preference may be to have an ‘employee’ type of role, as a gigster, or a person who uses technology to help them get gigs, there are some indicative Gigster Types that will match your values, strengths and context (the variables specific to an individuals circumstances, location or industry).

To understand this a little more, think about your highest and most important values. One of my highest has always been to have flexible working arrangements. Then think about the areas where you have natural and learned strengths. I have to say that I am really good at some tasks I actually don’t like, so I have definitely learned others that I do like.

Finally, think about the context you are currently living in – are there specific personal matters affecting your work life, does your current home address exclude you from some options or is the work in your area of expertise on the increase or decrease overall? Personally, I am aware that over time, it can become more difficult to attract certain types of gigs unless I am constantly updating my skills, knowledge and networks.

By the way, I am the first person to admit that the skills to do a job are different to the skills to find a job. So if you need some help sourcing work opportunities, remember that there are many different strategies for securing aligned gigs. My preference is for attracting those opportunities with a great online presence (self-generated and platform generated) and a consistent offline reputation (in person at various events).

That said, every person is unique and in my opinion, multi-dimensional. I would like to encourage you to be your own kind of peculiar! I can happily report that I have experienced most of the 12 different Gigster Types throughout my working life.

 

Employee Gigsters

The 12 different types of Gigster can be bucketed into 3 categories: Employees, Experts and Entrepreneurs. Each type has a different rating scale for the types of people they would like to work with (different or similar), the policies that exist in the workplace (different or similar), the level of variety in a role (low or high) and the level of autonomy in a role (low or high). The number 1 is on the lower end of the scale, the number 3 is either middle of the road or neutral and the number 5 is on the high end of the scale.

Here is the chart for the Employee Gigster Range.

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Working Warrior – this type of gigster really appreciates working in a collective environment and has a range of goals that are quite often outside of the workplace and yet the workplace provides a complementary opportunity for the gigster to achieve their goals. They have a good ability to commit to their work tasks and they like the structure and discipline of attending a regular workplace.

 

Principled Pragmatic – this type of gigster may like or even dislike their current role, but they understand the bigger picture and realise that their current work role is helping them achieve progress towards their bigger goal. They have the ability to overlook minor irritations and just get on with their daily tasks.

 

Tenacious Temporary – this type of gigster is likely to be highly motivated by their lifestyle goals. They may have prioritised particular values, like working to live rather than living to work and they may either do this on a short term basis between bigger gigs or on an ongoing basis due to personal circumstances (local experience, visa restrictions, caring responsibilities etc). I believe a lot of Weployees are Tenacious Temporary Gigster Types!

 

Intuitive Entrepreneur – this type of gigster sees opportunity all around them and has the confidence to constantly source new and better ways of doing what has always been done. They are not afraid to challenge the status quo, either processes or people, but they do take on an extra level of responsibility for making a difference in the workplace.

 

Experts and Entrepreneurs have their own four types and these will be discussed in later blog posts here on Weploy. Please remember though - these are indicative Gigster Types. It is certainly possible to be a combination of different types of gigster! There are also some really useful gigster competencies and super powers you can develop to really enhance your gigster lifestyle.

If you would like to learn more about the indicative Employee Gigster Types or learn more about the gigster lifestyle, signup to the Weploy blog or purchase ‘Gigsters – Any Age or Ability Employees, Experts and Entrepreneurs’ by following the links at https://120ways.com/books/gigsters-any-age-or-ability-employees-experts-and-entrepreneurs/ - paperback is AUD$24.99 and digital edition is AUD$7.99.

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The future of work is right here, right now. Technology is changing the nature of work every single day. Whilst your personal preference may be to have an ‘expert’ type of role, as a gigster, a person who uses technology to help you get gigs, there are some indicative Gigster Types that will match your values, strengths and context (the variables specific to your personal circumstances, location or industry).

To understand this a little more, think about your highest and most important values. One of my highest has always been to utilise my skills and expertise in a way that is most helpful to other people. Then think about the areas where you have natural and learned strengths. There are some areas of expertise that are simply not in demand, so I have had to adjust what I ‘sell’ to be in alignment with the needs of the market.

 

Think about the context you are currently living in – are there too many people offering similar services for a lower price? Will committing to regular gigs prevent you from providing the real gold to your ideal audience? Is holding out for a ‘big gig’ harming your income overall when perhaps a combination of gigs could ensure you have enough to live on during leaner times (like over holiday periods)? Personally, I am aware that maintaining a group or regular clients as well as some one-off clients helps me to maintain my expert status and income. I also constantly update my skills, knowledge and networks to ensure that I remain relevant and up to date across various areas of expertise. I am always adapting my content and resources and tailoring them for every individual or group I help.

 

By the way, I am the first person to admit that hanging out your shingle as an expert is not the easiest thing to do. It takes a level of courage and commitment that many people find overwhelming. If you are considering this as an option in your future, I encourage you to start ‘part-time’ rather than go from a full time professional job into being an expert gigster.

 

There are many different ways to source work opportunities, and some strategies are much more reliable for securing aligned expert-related gigs. My preference is to attract opportunities with a great online presence (self-generated and platform generated across multiple online locations in different verticals) and a very consistent offline reputation (in person at various events). That said, every person is unique and in my opinion, multi-dimensional. I would like to encourage you to be your own kind of peculiar!

 

I can happily report that I have experienced most of the 12 different Gigster Types throughout my working life. In the Gigster Types, each type has a different rating scale for the types of people they would like to work with (different or similar), the policies that exist in the workplace (different or similar), the level of variety in a role (low or high) and the level of autonomy in a role (low or high). The number 1 is on the lower end of the scale, the number 3 is either middle of the road or neutral and the number 5 is on the high end of the scale.

 

Here is the chart for the Expert Gigster Range:

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Suave Specialist 

This type of gigster has decided that they need to work with people who genuinely value and respect their expertise and contribution. They are highly motivated by a deep level of specialty and competence and may be highly recognised in their field. They may have a low tolerance for people who do not appreciate their efforts.

 

Master Magician

This type of gigster can instantly see what needs to be done and knows how to get it done, quite often much faster than anyone would expect which can make it appear as if it was ‘simple’ when it was actually quite complex and relies on a lot of inherent wisdom and experience. They can appear to just wave a wand and make things happen and are usually confident in their abilities, despite the negative comments they may receive from people who do not understand their ‘magic.’

 

Fabulous Freelancer 

This type of gigster is someone who needs to choose their own variety across tasks and times. They are often very creative in their skills or approach and are willing to go the extra mile to perform very specific tasks. As they are usually very competent in one area, they are often asked to pick up other tasks as it is often assumed they will be able to ‘do anything.'

 

Nimble Nomad

This type of gigster has found as many ways as possible to be autonomous and independent across tasks, times, devices and locations. They will look for ways to automate repeat tasks but they also understand that there may be repetition to secure regular income. They may be perceived as self-indulgent by their envious friends watching them travel the world for a ‘lifestyle’ rather than a ‘workstyle.’

 

Employees and Entrepreneurs have their own four types and these are discussed in other blog posts here on Weploy.

 

Please remember that these are indicative Gigster Types, you may find yourself a sort of combination gigster! There are also some really useful gigster competencies and super powers you can develop to really enhance your gigster lifestyle.

 

If you would like to learn more about the indicative Expert Gigster Types or learn more about the gigster lifestyle, you can either read future articles here on the Weploy blog or purchase ‘Gigsters – Any Age or Ability Employees, Experts and Entrepreneurs’ by following the links at https://120ways.com/books/gigsters-any-age-or-ability-employees-experts-and-entrepreneurs/ - paperback is AUD$24.99 and digital edition is AUD$7.99.

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Gigster Series - Entrepreneur Gigster Types

The future of work is right here, right now. Technology is changing the nature of work every single day. Whilst your personal preference may be to have an ‘entrepreneur’ type of role, as a gigster, a person who uses technology to help you get aligned gigs, there are some indicative Gigster Types that will match your values, strengths and context (the variables specific to your personal circumstances, location or industry).

To understand this a little more, think about your highest and most important values. One of my highest values has been variety and helping others in new and innovative ways. Then think about the areas where you have natural and learned strengths. There may be some existing ideas that can be improved or new ideas waiting for an outlet.

Finally, think about the context you are currently living in – are there ways to change the current paradigm? Is there room for disruption in a particular industry? Is there a way for you to start small and grow organically (usually much more successful than seeking venture capital before there are some runs on the board)?

 

Entrepreneurship

Personally, I am aware that entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Some people think of big name entrepreneurs – like Richard Branson, Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos and either gain inspiration or create unrealistic expectations. Other people start out with a particular goal and keep plugging away day by day and with sheer persistence and resilience, achieve remarkable results either personally or collectively for their local or wider community.

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Entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted. It involves risk, tenacity and self-reliance. There will be many people who will find your approach to work threatening to their sense of stability and certainty. They may not feel comfortable dealing with your highs and lows or understand why you would be willing to rock the boat or do things differently. You will need to personally find people who are part of your ‘tribe’ to support you as your regular friends and family may not be as supportive as you would like.

 

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That said, every person is unique and in my opinion, multi-dimensional. As for every other type of gigster, I would like to encourage you to be your own kind of peculiar! I can happily report that I have experienced most of the 12 different Gigster Types throughout my working life.

 

Gigsters as Entrepreneurs

In the Gigster Types, each type has a different rating scale for the types of people they would like to work with (different or similar), the policies that exist in the workplace (different or similar), the level of variety in a role (low or high) and the level of autonomy in a role (low or high). The number 1 is on the lower end of the scale, the number 3 is either middle of the road or neutral and the number 5 is on the high end of the scale.

 

Here is the chart for the Entrepreneur Gigster Range.

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Unashamedly Unemployable

This type of gigster is very much the master of their own destiny and needs to work with people who are closely aligned. They are highly motivated by gigs that are innovative, challenging and complex. In their own right, they shine like a star – as an example to others as champions of change. They need extra resilience to cope with all sorts of criticism, both real and perceived but they thrive when they can prove that their ideas actually work.

 

Conscious Crusader

This type of gigster is driven by making a difference to themselves or the world. They know that they will have to personally stand up and be the face of the change they are trying to create and that there will probably be a range of tasks that are either boring or repetitive but their focus and commitment will ensure that they find meaning and purpose in everything from the magnificent to the menial. They are driven to make an impact.

 

Serial Starter

This type of gigster is usually doing something new or improving on what has been done in the past. They are very aware of the latest trends and even fads and may be perceived as ‘fadpreneurs.’ Innovation and technology are often incorporated into their entrepreneurial endeavours and whilst they love a challenge, they may avoid anything that is boring or repetitive and usually move on to something new and more ‘fun’ within three years.

 

Side Shuffler

This type of gigster is willing to experiment, trial and test before jumping in boots and all. They are highly motivated by their own sense of competence and self-efficacy and iterate frequently to improve and perfect their ideas and philosophies. As patient and persistent people, they find joy and pleasure in the journey and the rewards they find along the way and don’t mind using another source of income to enable them to start their entrepreneurial efforts.

 

Employees and Experts have their own four types and these are discussed in other blog posts here on Weploy.

Please remember that these are indicative Gigster Types, you may find yourself a sort of combination gigster! There are also some really useful gigster competencies and super powers you can develop to really enhance your gigster lifestyle.

 

If you would like to learn more about the indicative Entrepreneur Gigster Types or learn more about the gigster lifestyle, you can either read other articles here on the Weploy blog or purchase ‘Gigsters – Any Age or Ability Employees, Experts and Entrepreneurs’ Paperback is AUD$24.99 and digital edition is AUD$7.99.

 

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