More and more Americans stepping into non-traditional workforce

By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 14, 2017

courtesy: MGN Online

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Traditional staples of the work force - the 40 hour week week, clocking in and out every day - could soon be obsolete.

A growing number of Americans are ditching corporate offices, and they're not afraid to work multiple jobs.

Age also isn't much of a factor; a report by BankRate.com says the number of people with two jobs is highest among millennials and baby boomers.

People like Xenia Bailey can be seen driving across the U.S. working for Roadie. She checks in on restaurants for food safety in her "day job," and delivers packages in her spare hours just in time for the holidays.

"People do not want to sit behind any desk all day every day," Bailey said.

She's one of 44 million Americans that are ditching the offices and cubicles for side jobs and small businesses.

"You can still do business, you can still make additional money, but you just don't have to do it the old traditional way," she explained.

The switch up isn't the only benefit. Bailey says it's a way to increase exposure to new people and places in her income, especially this time of year.

"There are other opportunities that are out there," she said.

"I thought I would like it," said Nick Telford, who also says it didn't take long to figure out that a regular 9-5 job wasn't for him.

"I always wanted to do a corporate sales job. My dad was in sales and while I was there for 12 weeks, I started to hate it around week four or five," he explained.

Instead, Telford is stepping out to start a small business - selling Fly Mouth Wash - with just himself and his partner, Josh.

"Once I made the decision to double down on Fly, I knew that it wasn't going to fail. At least, anytime soon," he said.

Studies show the extra money is just one reason to leave corporate America. The other? Passion and freedom.

"I think the main perk is wearing basketball shorts every day," Telford says. "Because that's great. It's one of the things that I love."

Susan Fiorito, the Director of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University, said "Entrepreneurship is the new trend. Even though we've had small business in our economy for a long time, it's now the buzz word, and more and more people are feeling comfortable about starting it up."

However, Bailey admits there's still a downside.

"We have a segment of our economy that thinks if you're not working an 8-5 job, that you're not really working," she said.

Fiorito says that's now changing.

"Combine both of those passions and loves and it's completely acceptable now. And I think that's fabulous," she said.

BankRate.com says when it comes to side jobs, ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber are the most popular. They also say small businesses make up more than half of the economy.



 
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