Hiring out your possessions, providing local services, doing a few hours’ work for local businesses when they have a rush, letting a stranger stay on your sofa, lending a small amount of cash for a week, unscheduled homecare visits. These are examples of irregular work that appear to be accelerating. There are thousands of other sectors.
Much of this activity is in the shadow economy: unregulated with no tax paid. But it could be made legitimate as well as more dependable, informed, convenient and low-overhead. A powerful new way of filling needs for businesses, consumers, tourists and government could then emerge.
Bringing irregular activity into the mainstream requires new marketplaces, based on technologies only now viable. Supportive public policy would also help.
We are the Beyond Jobs programme. We have the core technology required.