The coronavirus has given Africa’s growing gig economy a boost with outsourcing and remote work embraced more because of the need for social distance. In the past few years, Africans have begun taking advantage of several remote work platforms modeled after popular ones like Fiverr and Upwork.
As established in this article, many of these platforms have either failed or are struggling to scale. They are often plagued with funding challenges, buyer-seller distrust, securing user data, and sorting out payment methods, to mention a few.
However, the region is believed to be outgrowing some of these challenges by adopting collaborative tools and technologies. On the one hand, using gig workers’ online and offline services is cost-effective because fees can be negotiated based on schedule, unlike full-time employees. And on the other hand, sellers have more options.
Nevertheless, people have bad experiences now and then. Femi Taiwo — a tech enthusiast and professional who often engages freelancers — relays how one such experience cost him a fortune. He, however, admits that it was because he failed to do his due diligence.
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