You Always Have to Have a Side Gig
Reading Diane Mulcahy's book The Gig Economy was pivotal to me as someone who happenstanced into HR Consulting. While on maternity leave/Severance after a plant closing with Baby Boy #2, a former employer called me to ask if I could be an interim HR Manager. I gladly accepted. I could set my own hours, rates and be really helpful! After that gig ended, another and then another fell into my lap. Not only was this beneficial to my family, I could see the value it brought to my clients, who needed temporary HR expertise. The reasons companies might need temporary HR help vary such as bringing in expertise for a specific problem to covering for a critical HR leader during a Leave of Absence.
From this niche in the market, I founded and grew A Slice of HR. I didn't really have a name for it until I read her book. If you haven't read it and are interested in this movement, here is a great interview with her. Gigging is certainly not for everyone (despite my sensational title) but it certainly has been a game-changer for me!
Companies are implementing a business model where they have a small core group of employees and that's it. If they need other work done, it comes from this variable, dynamic, contract-based, independent workforce. That's the model of the future. Diane Mulcahy