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These gig-economy jobs can earn you extra cash during the coronavirus pandemic — without having to leave your home

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Layoffs are mounting as more Americans practice social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus: some 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week — the highest ever increase in weekly jobless claims.

The dire economic outlook could be leading some to consider “gig” jobs, or temporary jobs, to help them get by until they land a permanent full-time role. Many people turned to the gig economy to pay the bills in 2008, when layoffs were far and wide.

But unlike 2008, laid-off workers need to take into account whether or not the extra money from certain gigs is worth potentially compromising their health. Many gig jobs — like driving for a ride-hailing app — involve close interaction with other people. But earning extra money doesn’t necessarily have to mean putting yourself at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

People turn to gig work when they need money — but the pay isn’t always great

Data suggests that people turn to gig work when they’re in a financial crunch: income typically drops by as much as 10% in the 10 weeks leading up to a when a person takes a gig job, according to an October 2019 report published by the JPMorgan Chase Institute
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But pay in the gig economy can be paltry. One of the most well-known gig jobs, driving for Uber
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typically pays just $9.21 an hour after fees and other expenses, according to a 2018 report by Lawrence Mishel, a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C. Drivers still “typically make less than minimum wage in the large cities,” Mishel told MarketWatch this week.

An Uber spokeswoman refuted the report’s findings, saying it “makes several questionable claims and assumptions while altogether ignoring the flexibility drivers tell us they value and cannot find in traditional jobs.”

These days, rideshare drivers are shifting to becoming food delivery drivers on platforms like Uber Eats, Grubhub
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and Instacart. These drivers are allowed to travel freely through regions that have shelter-in-place orders because their services are deemed essential. Uber has been sending alert messages to its drivers encouraging them transition to being food couriers, a spokeswoman said. Last week 15% of drivers who received the message — and had never delivered an Uber Eats order — made their first delivery,” an Uber spokeswoman said.

As people are stuck at home and stocking up on groceries instead of going out to eat, Instacart is looking bring on more than 300,000 new personal shoppers over the next three months. Earlier this week Instacart workers went on strike to demand better safeguards against the coronavirus, including hazard pay.

Read: ‘Anybody who works at this point deserves hazard pay’: The working conditions that led one Instacart worker to strike

Instacart said in a statement that “the health and safety of our entire community — shoppers, customers, and employees — is our first priority.” The company noted it had 40% more shoppers on the platform Monday than at the same time a week before. Within the last week, 250,000 new people have signed up to become Instacart shoppers, and 50,000 have already started work, according to the company.

Many of these apps offer contactless delivery to help cut down on drivers’ chances of spreading or catching the coronavirus. But there are also some gig jobs that can be performed remotely.

Here are some examples:

Online tutoring and coaching

With schools shifting to distance learning, parents who work full-time jobs are tapping into virtual tutors. One platform, Varsity Tutors, a both online and in-person tutoring platform, launched Virtual School Day two weeks ago.

Virtual School Day is a program that provides daily lessons to K-12 students free of charge. Teachers and people with a background in education are paid as much as $40 an hour for teaching Virtual School Day classes. The service has a “higher bar” for Virtual School Day teachers, said Brian Galvin, chief academic officer for Varsity Tutors.

“They have to propose a range of lesson plans and how to make it interactive for 100+ students,” he said. Teachers have been jumping on the opportunity to teach some of their favorite lessons to students across the country with different backgrounds than their own students, he said.

“Classroom teachers have been saying ‘I have these awesome lessons I didn’t get to cover this year can I bring them to Virtual School Day?’” Galvin was pleasantly surprised both by how many children attend virtual school classes and by how many people with education backgrounds have become Virtual School Day teachers.

Varsity Tutors, a tutoring service that does online and in-person sessions, launched Virtual School Day two weeks ago. The program provides daily lessons to K-12 students free of charge


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“It was really heartwarming when a parent asked a first-grade Spanish teacher if she could do another virtual high-five since her child missed it,” he said. One benefit of online learning: Students who might otherwise refrain from participating in class are finding it a lot less nerve-racking, he said.

In addition to Virtual School Day, parents have also been paying for one-on-one online tutoring sessions. The hourly pay tutors earn varies based on subject and expertise but, typically, most make between $15 and $40 an hour, Galvin said.

But academic tutoring isn’t the only type of tutoring that is in demand.

Video game coaching

As more Americans are hunkering down at home, especially in states where shelter-in-place orders are in effect, video games are gaining popularity.

In fact Nintendo Switches
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a popular game console, have gone out of stock on sites including Amazon
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and Walmart
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(Nintendo Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment).

The unprecedented demand from both novice players and experienced gamers has benefitted Rio Spersch’s game coaching side-hustle. Spersch, a 27-year-old based in Vancouver, started offering virtual video game coaching services two years ago on Fiverr
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an online market for freelancers.

“After playing Overwatch” — a team-based game in which players band together to defend a fictionalized Earth — “I got pretty decent and I made it to the top 500 ranking,” Spersch, who goes by the name Riverr Blue on gaming platforms, said. He used to offer his teammates tips on how to improve their fighting skills and eventually someone encouraged him to consider charging money for his coaching.

Typically he coaches Fortnite
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and Overwatch players for 15 to 20 hours a week. But since his full-time job as an after-school animation instructor for elementary and middle-school students is in limbo after classes were cancelled, he’s been coaching games almost 40 hours a week, earning between $15 to $35 an hour.

“I keep getting dads or couples — and don’t get me wrong, it’s the most heartwarming thing to see them play — but I really prefer to work with kids ages seven to 13,” he said.

He said he would like to expand his business to teach animation classes geared for children over Zoom
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E-commerce

In the last week of December, there were 2,794 job openings within the U.S. for e-commerce jobs on ZipRecruiter, a job posting site. Two weeks ago there were nearly six times as many openings in the sector.

“Many stores, especially old-fashioned traditional ones, are really struggling to get any business right now,” Julia Pollak, an economist at ZipRecruiter, said. To open an online shop or list items on sites like Amazon, eBay
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and Etsy
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many small business owners are looking to hire temporary help.

For instance, a liquor store based in San Diego posted a temporary remote job for someone who is proficient in Photoshop
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to help edit photos of its products to sell online. That job pays $14 an hour.

Pollak said she doesn’t expect these jobs to “last very long,” given that traditional stores are likely to shift back to brick-and-mortar operations once shelter-in-place orders are lifted. In the meantime, these jobs are providing some furloughed and laid-off workers with “a safety net” of income that may “help them get out of this rut sooner.”

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Windstream sparks a fiber deployment with electric co-op in Georgia to bring 1-Gig speeds to rural areas

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Windstream has struck its first partnership with an electric co-op to expand the footprint of its fiber broadband service into rural areas of Georgia.

Under the terms of the agreement, Windstream and Colquitt EMC, which serves seven counties, will share responsibility for expanding Windstream’s Kinetic fiber optic broadband network over the next several years to reach some of Georgia’s most rural areas. Once the build-out is completed, Colquitt EMC’s members will have access to Windstream’s Kinetic broadband service with internet speeds up to 1 Gig.

“As the Georgia Broadband Availability Map shows, more than 70% of unserved areas are in rural Georgia,” said Commissioner Christopher Nunn of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, in a statement. “This Windstream-Colquitt EMC partnership is significant, as it demonstrates the importance of working collaboratively to close the gap and improve connectivity for millions of Georgians.

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“Through this investment and many others like it, providers and communities seek to deliver an essential business and quality-of-life need that is key to long-term vitality of rural areas all across our state.”

Windstream and Colquitt EMC, which has 45,000 members, will start their joint planning sessions for the broadband network expansion.

“This is a great day for Windstream, Colquitt EMC and Colquitt’s members,” said J Berkshire, president of Windstream operations in Georgia, in a statement “By combining resources, our two organizations will accelerate Kinetic broadband deployment to customers in many locations in Colquitt’s service territory. For Windstream, this is another important step in our continuing effort to expand broadband access in some of the most hard-to-reach areas of Georgia. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the great folks at Colquitt EMC that will benefit all of our shared communities.”

RELATED: Ahead of bankruptcy exit, Windstream Holdings posts loss of $162 million in Q2

Windstream is aggressively building out its fiber footprint with the addition of $2 billion in capital in order to offer its 1-Gig broadband service in additional rural areas. During last week’s second quarter earnings report, Windstream added 22,000 Kinetic broadband subscribers in the second quarter, which was the company’s highest quarter net subscriber additions in over a decade.

Windstream, which is slated to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy near the end of next month, plans to participate in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction in October. In January, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its RDOF program for faster broadband speeds in order to help close the digital divide in rural areas. RDOF will push out up to $20.4 billion in funding over the next 10 years to build and connect gigabit broadband speeds in unserved rural areas.

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New NETGEAR Cloud Managed Multi-Gig WiFi 6 Access Points Deliver the Ultimate Business WiFi

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SAN JOSE, Calif.–()–NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), the leading provider of networking products that power businesses both large and small, today announced the availability of Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Access Points, WAX610 and WAX610Y (outdoor), for an optimal WiFi experience in every business environment. This new WAX610 family brings next generation WiFi 6 (802.11ax) performance to small businesses (SMBs) delivering up to 70% faster speed to each individual device than previous generation WiFi 5 (802.11ac)1. With the increased capacity for more simultaneous device connections, the WAX610 with WiFi 6 provides the flexibility of both a robust and secure WiFi solution for small and medium businesses to serve the networking demands of today without the high-cost of IT overhead and with an industry-leading lowest total cost of ownership.

WAX610 is ideal in moderate to high density client device environments such as offices, schools, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and medical centers, providing an enterprise-grade WiFi network security with WPA3. With Insight Remote Cloud Management, WAX610 is the perfect choice for managed service providers and integrators who must offer their customers the latest feature rich WLAN technology with little overhead and minimum IT cost. The WAX610 works seamlessly with NETGEAR Insight managed switches, routers and network storage, and is also compatible with previous generation WiFi client devices and Access Points (WiFi 5 (802.11ac) or WiFi 4 (802.11n)).

WAX610Y is the best complement to WAX610 for use in outdoor settings. NETGEAR WAX610Y is designed to provide advanced WiFi connectivity in harsh environments including prolonged exposure to sunlight, cold, frost, snow, rainfall, hail and humidity. The WAX610Y is rated IP55 which supports continued operation in adverse weather conditions with temperatures that range from -20C to 60C and is ideally suited for construction sites, loading docks, school yards and restaurants with outside dining.

“While the WiFi industry has made progress in recent years in increasing speeds by leaps and bounds, small businesses still face challenges in managing connectivity with increased traffic and users. Capacity continues to be a challenge, namely, supporting multiple concurrent users for small businesses, and NETGEAR is here to help solve the unique business cases that SMBs face,” said Richard Jonker, vice president of SMB product line management for NETGEAR. “This requirement is particularly acute for SMBs where very high throughput to each individual device may not be paramount.”

“Wireless access points should be providing different levels of network connectivity for a large quantity of client devices, with good throughput, stable connection, and robust responses to environmental changes. The WAX610 and WAX610Y Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Access Points deliver on the capacity, speed and performance demands of today’s small businesses,” Jonker added.

With updated WiFi 6 technology such as OFDMA, upstream and downstream MU-MIMO, and increased speed, coverage, and capacity, you can be confident that you are getting the highest performance WiFi for years to come. Plus, you get the assurance that you can now add more connected devices to your business WiFi network without any slowdowns or dead zones.

Unprecedented WiFi Security for Businesses

Small and medium organizations are now able to provide enterprise-level security without the enterprise cost. The Insight remote management solution helps with easy configuration and maintaining the security of the network.

  • WPA3 for the highest level of WiFi connection security
  • Eight separate wireless networks (SSIDs) can be used for administration, employees, customers or guests and IoT devices (WiFi surveillance cameras, thermostats, door locks and sensors) with separate and secure VLANs
  • Dynamic VLAN per RADIUS user assignment, a feature specially designed for businesses who use RADIUS to efficiently manage user accounts and access

NETGEAR Insight Remote Cloud Management Solution

Unique and advanced features in the Insight Managed devices include:

  • Instant discovery and setup of your Insight Managed Wireless Access Points
  • Centralized configuration of wireless networks, SSID, WiFi security and roaming policies and VLAN tie-ins with switches, ports and PoE, for efficient and secure networks
  • Remote monitoring and simplified ongoing firmware management of your Insight Managed devices (WiFi, switches, routers, NAS) with performance dashboards, alerts and troubleshooting features including remote reboot
  • Single pane-of-glass multi-device, multi-network, multi-site and multi-tenancy remote monitoring and notifications

To learn more about how the Insight Remote Management Solution can help enhance network management for small business, please visit the Insight Demo on NETGEAR.com.

Availability:

NETGEAR Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Access Point (WAX610) is available and shipping today in the US and Europe with the following pricing:

WAX610-100NAS in the US for $179.99 USD

WAX610-100EUS in Continental Europe for 189.99€ and the UK at £174.99 GBP

NETGEAR Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Outdoor Access Point (WAX610Y) is currently available via pre-order and will be shipping in both the US and Europe within the quarter:

WAX610Y-100NAS in the US for $249.99 USD

WAX610Y-100EUS in Continental Europe for 269.99€ and the UK at £249.99 GBP

For more information about the latest advancements to NETGEAR’s next-generation of advanced wireless devices, please visit NETGEAR.com/business/wifi6.

1 up to 70% increased speed on the 2.4GHz band and up to 30% on the 5GHz band compared to equivalent WiFi 5 Access Points.

7-foot distance. 2×2 11AC AP and 2×2 AC client doing a file download from a local NAS: Speed is 623 Mbps (5ghz), 113 (2.4Ghz)

7-feet distance. 2×2 11AX AP and 2×2 AX client doing file download from a Local NAS: Speed is 815.7 Mbps (5Ghz), 194.7 (2.4Ghz).

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR® (NASDAQ: NTGR) has pioneered advanced networking technologies for homes, businesses, and service providers around the world since 1996 and leads the industry with a broad range of award-winning products designed to simplify and improve people’s lives. By enabling people to collaborate and connect to a world of information and entertainment, NETGEAR is dedicated to delivering innovative and advanced connected solutions ranging from mobile and cloud-based services for enhanced control and security, to smart networking products, video over Ethernet for Pro AV applications, easy-to-use WiFi solutions and performance gaming routers to enhance online game play.

The company is headquartered out of San Jose, Calif. with offices located around the globe. More information is available from the NETGEAR Investor Page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the NETGEAR blog at NETGEAR.com.

©2020 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, Nighthawk, Nighthawk Pro Gaming and the Nighthawk Pro Gaming logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.

* Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR’s business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR’s products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR’s products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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Stivo Simple Boy: Huge Gig That Changed My Parents’ Lives

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Kenyan Musician Steven Otieno, AKA Stivo Simple Boy on Monday August 3, gave insights on his musical journey including how his family had benefitted from his talent.

Speaking in an interview on Jalango TV, the Heshimu Ndoa hitmaker stated that since his songs went mainstream, he had landed a number of opportunities to perform.

He recalled that the most he had been paid for a performance was Ksh 50,000 for an event at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) which he used to help his parents living in the countryside.

“My parents live in ushago (countryside) where they have water problems, so I sent them the money to dig a well to easily get water for their home use,” he disclosed.

Kenyan musician Stivo Simple Boy on April 11, 2020

Kenyan musician Stivo Simple Boy photographed on April 11, 2020

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Stivo Simple Boy further stated that his parents were proud of his music career noting that it was not the case when he first started.

“My parents used to complain to me when I tell them that I want to do music and they would tell me that it was witchcraft. These days they are very supportive,” he stated.

He further addressed online comments he had been getting, touching on his appearance. The musician noted that he had learnt to deal the negativity having grown up in Kibra which had given him tough skin.

“When you do something, not everyone will love you. I will continue to work to please my fans,” he stated.

He maintained that music is his passion adding that he will use it to keep campaigning against drug abuse and crime that have affected many young people in Kibera slums due to unemployment and poverty.

Stivo Simple Boy advocated for young people to put in hard work in their various hustles and avoid ills such as drugs and crime.

During the interview, the rapper made it clear that he was not currently dating and he was content with life at the moment.

He further stated that he was looking to grow his music and even source for collaborations with international artists.

Watch the video of the interview below:



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