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We've Located the Gig Economy!


Working for Change. For five years New Jobs has lobbied for removing the biggest legal barrier to self-employment in Massachusetts, found in Chapter 149, section 148B. The law says, anyone must be an employee to work in a service occupation, aa concept that is nuts in the service economy of 2018. This state law needs to be changed.

We support changing the law:

-- We’ve shown that more than a million Massachusetts friends and neighbors work full time or part time as freelancers.

-- We showed that the gig economy will soon include 40 percent of the Massachusetts work force.

-- We profiled the self-employed and found them to be, for example:

... suddenly single mothers living far from employers,

... middle-aged professionals hoping to form their own firms,

... moms with school-aged children wanted to taper back to work, and

... recent technical undergraduates with advanced skills but no interested employers in Massachusetts.

-- And we showed why self-employment is growing—freelancers have more-flexible schedules and the opportunity to earn more income.

But the question remained: where are the commonwealth’s freelancers?

The Court Weighs In. In early June, 2018, Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) criticized the IC law as a “complex statutory scheme” and asked the legislature to fix it. This was BIG news. We posted the article to 16,000 Mass freelancers on Facebook. More than 400 viewers—maybe your friends and neighbors—clicked through to the SJC article.

First Clues About Geography and the Gig Economy. The map below shows where those 415 people are from. The colors tell an interesting story.