Etsy has been thinking hard about the gig economy.
The online marketplace for handmade goods knows its sellers aren’t traditional gig economy workers. They’re not paid hourly, and they’re not delivering food or driving an Uber. Etsy sellers would be more likely to think of themselves as small business owners than contract workers.
Still, Etsy is part of the gig employment marketplace. Its users depend on an outside platform for their livelihood, and their work on Etsy doesn’t come with traditional employee benefits.
That’s why Etsy has a few proposals for how to improve economic security for gig workers, and for its sellers. In a report released this week, Etsy proposed three ways the federal government could create a “social security net” for independent workers. Read more…