The “gig” economy has taken the workforce world by storm. Freedom of choice and commitment has created a new relationship between the employee and employer. The “gig” economy is defined as an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. With new companies popping up like Uber and Amazon Flex, it is easier now than ever to create your own work schedule and make money on your time.

Few people know that the construction companies, especially retail construction, can be known as the original gig employers. For years, people have been picking up odd jobs making supplementary income through fixture installation and merchandising for big-box retailers. Since projects take place all over the U.S it is hard to keep people busy with full-time hours. This makes it beneficial for the employer to offer part-time, on-call work opportunities for freelance talent.

Online marketplace platforms such as WorkMarket and Field Nation have given power to job seekers in the form of project-based work opportunities at the click of a finger. In much the same way, employers can quickly find on-demand labor. These companies have provided a much-needed service to a generation of workers looking to build a life and business that coincides with their personal schedules. 

The construction industry is the perfect environment for freelance workers in the following ways:

Ability to choose: Construction projects (unlike road construction) typically have a beginning and an end. This provides flexibility and choice for the worker to decide what they will do at the end of each construction project.

Ability to move: For many General Contractors projects are scheduled all over the United States. This gives the work the ability to move from city to city while making a money. Free-spirited workers find a sense of pleasure running from one town to another week to week. The traveling lifestyle is not a fit for everyone, as you can be away from home and loved ones for extended periods of time.

Ability to rest: Downtime is a common idea in the world of construction. There are times that many workers will find themselves with a gap between projects. Typically, there is no pay during downtime. This could be a well-needed rest for the road warrior or may become a source of stress for those struggling to budget their finances. Either way, it is perfect for the freelancer that has the ability to pick up additional odd jobs.

Ability to work: The gig economy gives unlimited options when it comes to making money. The options include but are not limited to delivery, construction, odd jobs, taxi service, etc. For the hustler there are options galore to help pad the bank!

While the upside is tempting there are drawbacks to the gig economy lifestyle. Lack of benefits is one drawback that can be foreboding. People that desire and need consistency are also wary of this work option. The main point is that in a growing economy made up of gig type jobs the construction world laid the foundation! If you are interested in learning more about life as a retail construction worker, feel free to send an email to There are numerous options out there for the adventurous worker seeking their next adventure.