What It's Like Working In Tennessee's Gig Economy

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James Silva, 30, of Postmates, delivers hot chicken to WPLN's Meribah Knight. (Tony Gonzalez/WPLN)

Employment in the so-called gig economy is growing faster than traditional payroll jobs. That’s according to a recent study from the Brookings Institution.

The study also found that the number of people making a living driving for Uber and Lyft, among other app-based jobs, is rising faster in Nashville, Tennessee than nearly any other American city.

But what that study didn’t reveal is who these people are.

Meribah Knight (@meribah) from Here & Now contributor WPLN spent a day gigging her way around Music City and in an unscientific survey found that for certain types of workers, being an independent contractor — rather than an employee — can have its benefits.

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