More than one-third of United States workers have now undertaken freelance gigs of some kind, from driving for rideshare platforms to offering ad hoc design and writing services to acting as grocery couriers.

Gig economy participants have not been immune to the pandemic’s global impacts, however, and many are seeking ways to shore up their income or pay outstanding bills.

Instant payments such as those offered by rideshares like Uber have been a fixture in the gig economy for years, but such payments are quickly becoming a necessity as freelancers search for quick and easy payments in addition to more work opportunities. Twenty-six percent of consumers in one PYMNTS study even reported that they would be willing to pay fees to access instant disbursements.

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