The Gig Economy


pmwj53-dec2016-martn-bookBook Title:    The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want
Author:  Diane Mulcahy
Publisher:  AMACOM       List Price:   US$22.00
Format:  Hardcover, 237 pages
Publication Date:   2017     ISBN: 9780814437339
Reviewer:     Rodger L. Martin
Review Date:   December 2016



The Gig Economy, of short-term assignments, contract work, and freelance jobs, is embraced by millions of people.  The book offers a counter-narrative to doomsday economic reports of this phenomenon by highlighting how professionals in diverse fields can thrive.  It reveals effective, long-term strategies to make the gig economy work for you.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The three-part strategy as identified in the subtitle, expands into chapters devoted to each of the 10 guiding principles:

  • Getting Better Work
    • Define Your Success
    • Diversify
    • Create Your Own Security
    • Connect without Networking
  • Taking More Time Off
    • Face Fear by Reducing Risk
    • Take Time Off Between Gaps
    • Be Mindful About Time
  • Be Financially Flexible
    • Financing the Life You Want
    • Think Access, Not Ownership
    • Save for a Traditional Retirement . . . but Don’t Plan on Having One


The author teaches this subject as an MBA course at Babson College.  The Gig Economy “guides you through each step of the way as you build a career that offers autonomy, flexibility and ultimately, stability on your own terms.”  In essence, the approach, views a career of gigs the same as the basic definition of a “project” instead of expecting to work for a few companies for an extended time.


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About the Reviewer

Rodger L. Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP, PMI-ACP

Texas, USA



Rodger L. Martin
has a broad background in business, law, engineering and Project Management, both plan driven and Agile.  He is a retired US Air Force officer with expertise in rockets and National Ranges.  His work experiences include government, military, public corporations, small business consulting and high-tech non-profit organizations.  For the last 15 years, he has worked on Document Management, Knowledge Management and Process Management/Modeling projects for commercial companies.  He acquired his PMP certification in 2007 and his PMI-ACP in 2015.  He is also a certified Mediator.

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