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The big ideas of 2016: services for the gig economy

Self employed people are happy—but they need more security

By Josh Lowe   January 2016

“Create your life’s work” intones the homepage of WeWork, an office-sharing company which caters to start-ups and the self-employed. It’s not a bad distillation of the benefits often ascribed to the “gig economy,” a voguish term for the trend towards flexible, freelance working patterns in the UK and other advanced economies.

Fans say that the gig economy affords workers the chance to build the career they want—high on creativity and low on compromise. But it comes with downsides.…

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