Tampa, FL

As credit card balances are at record highs, flexible work provides Tampa residents a way to pay down debt


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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, leaving many of us looking for ways to pay for our holiday shopping sprees. Everyone has a holiday wish list - and yours may be finding a way to pay your credit card bill. 

Workers in Tampa can now fund their holiday spending with flexible work opportunities. Apps like Instawork have recently announced availability in the metro area. Accordingly to the company, flexible work opportunities allow residents to build a schedule that leaves lots of time to spend with family and friends, with is important during the holiday season.

In the Tampa metro area, the average hourly pay rate for flexible work $16.52 per hour – well over the state’s minimum wage of $11.

While Florida recently upped its minimum wage by a dollar as part of its six-year plan to bring the minimum wage to $15 by 2026, flexible workers can earn more right now. Residents don’t have to wait years to achieve the increased level of income that they need right away. You can get fast access to higher pay rates, which is helpful well beyond the holidays with current inflation and a potential recession looming.

Hustling at the holidays

More than 60,000 people in Tampa are already using flexible work with businesses across the area. 

While many people use flexible work to make extra cash, thousands of others use it as their full time job - and don’t ever plan to go back to answering to one single employer day after day. 

James, a single father, wants to maximize time with his kids while providing for them and doing work that he loves. His background as a sous chef (managing a team of over a hundred people!) made him the perfect candidate for flexible shifts in food service. 

He told us, “I love flexible work and will likely never go back to a full time job again. It gives me the flexibility I need to take care of my kids and pick and choose when I work. It’s by far the best work platform I’ve tried.”

James also loves meeting new people through flexible work apps and the camaraderie with his fellow Pros and the Partners they serve, saying that “it's almost like a small family of Professionals that you can't find in your everyday service industry.”

Common roles for Instawork in Tampa include general labor, counter staff/cashier, warehouse associate, line cook, and event servers.

Businesses can access quality workers

Over 30 data points are used to best match local workers with businesses that need their skills and experience. Both hourly workers and businesses are encouraged to rate each other on a five-star scale after each shift to help match future shifts with those who are best qualified. 

Businesses using flexible workers experience:

    • Quick access to qualified workers in their community
    • Improved operational efficiency with quality and reliable staffing
    • Increased customer loyalty due happier staff and better experiences
    • Time saved on administrative tasks, returning focus to other top priorities

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