Mileage tracking is essential to those that need to keep track of how many miles they drive, as well as money spent on gasoline. Mileage tracking has become more significant due to the rise of the gig worker. Companies like Lyft, Uber and Amazon are employing people to be gig workers. These workers spend a lot of time in their car driving from place to place in order to perform their jobs. When tax time comes, having a record of expenses saves these gig workers about six thousand dollars a year in deductions. Sites like exist to help people track their mileage digitally.

Gig workers make up the gig economy. Companies and new technologies are arising to meet the demands of this growing economy. These workers typically work in the transportation sector, non-transport sector, selling sector and leasing sector. Those that drive to deliver items or people are one of the main ones that are in need of the mileage tracking technology. An example of a non-transport worker would be a dog walker. They don’t necessarily need mileage tracking, but they do no technology to map out their routes. Those that are involved in the selling sector typically sell through a marketplace over the internet or social media. They of course need the technology to create these platforms and to create their digital marketing activities. The leasing sector of gig workers typically includes those that lease out properties, vehicles, parking spaces and other assets. These workers need the technology to keep up with their vacancies of what they are leasing, as well as technology for payments and invoices.

Some may dispute that the rise of technology is bringing more hurt than help to the workforce. Some people fear that the increase of technology will lead to certain jobs being replaced, for example cashiers. However, time and time again changes in society and economics have proven that technology tends to further progress the workforce and not deplete it. Today’s digital revolution is sometimes referred to as a second machine age to economists. For the past four decades, day laborers, contract assemblers, management consultants, office temps and adjunct professors have become more popular professions. This has caused another industrial revolution. For the past ten years, ninety four percent of new jobs have been non-traditional jobs. A third of workers and at least half of younger workers are doing non-traditional jobs as either a part time job or their full-time income.

For those that provide some or all of their income by taking on gig jobs they sometimes deal with temporary work and insecurity. This is perhaps one of the biggest issues plaguing gig workers. Without steady gigs and thus steady pay, incomes begin to fall. Lifestyles are hard to maintain without adequate and steady income to support expenses. This is where technology is perhaps needed the most for this booming gig worker economy. With the right technologies, these gig workers could find more reliable gigs and thus have steady salaries.