You Always Have to Have a Side Gig

January 8, 2019

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





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