Evan Bochner is part of what’s often dubbed the “on-demand economy” or the “gig economy,” the growing collection of app-based startups providing services to clients at the click of a button. The 27-year-old handyman works 30 to 40 hours a week for the New York City-based office cleaning and maintenance company. He does everything from assembling desks, shelves and chairs to unclogging toilets, painting and electrical work.
“It’s fun and exciting because I’m always doing something different, going to different offices, different people,” Bochner said. “It’s never the same thing two days in a row.”
The pay isn’t bad either. Unlike most workers in the on-demand economy, Bochner is pretty well-compensated, earning around $40 an hour, according to Managed by Q. And as an employee rather than an independent contractor, Bochner’s company offers benefits like medical, dental and vision insurance in addition to a 401(k) plan.
It’s in sharp contrast to his previous job situation. In the two years before he started at Q, Bochner said he worked as an independent contractor, relying on referrals, friends, family and the on-demand app. It was deeply unpredictable.