The Highest Paying Gig Jobs of 2018


An alumna of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Becky Catino has served as the co-CEO of a specialty auto finance company in Mason, OH. Today, Becky Catino is the co-founder and co-CEO of GigSmart, a mobile-based platform that matches employers with workers in the gig economy.

Which jobs are commanding the highest wages in the gig economy? sought to answer this question in a recent study. From its findings, it is clear that technology-related jobs command the highest earnings, underlying the fact that gig workers with deep skills and expertise in high-demand fields can enjoy attractive compensation while still working flexibly.

According to the research, the highest earning gig job was in deep learning/artificial intelligence, which garnered an average compensation of $115.06/hour. It was followed by those skilled in blockchain architecture ($87.05/hour), robotics ($77.48/hour), ethical hacking ($66.33/hour), and cryptocurrency ($65.37/hour).

Notable mentions in the top 10 were Final Cut Pro editing ($37.12/hour) and Instagram marketing ($31.23/hour). Final Cut Pro X is Apple’s video editing software, while Instagram is a social media site focused on sharing images and short videos. While the two gig jobs do require computer knowledge, they are not the preserve of software engineers. That means they can be learned by many people and can open the door to high wages.

These skills and more can be added to your Worker profile in the GigSmart app. Coming soon to the App and Google Play store.


American Volunteerism is Encouraging


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Leaning on her strong background in founding and growing startups, Becky Catino is the co-CEO of GigSmart, a mobile staffing platform. At GigSmart, Becky Catino oversees operations which include helping charities find ready volunteers for their work.

Since the days of Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father of American Volunteerism, Americans have positively embraced volunteering. They volunteer to support religious groups, nonprofits, charities, social and healthcare organizations, and educational institutions.

Data from the Corporation for National Community Service shows that 25.3 percent of Americans volunteer every year. That’s about 63 million people lending a helping hand to society annually. On average, each volunteer clocks about 32.1 volunteer hours, adding up to more than 2 billion hours annually. The data also shows that Americans volunteer about the same number of hours across all age groups, meaning younger generations are learning the values of volunteering and reaping its benefits, which include better health and well-being, deeper community inclusion, and enhanced civic participation. If you would like to join the 25 percent of Americans who volunteer annually, GigSmart can connect you to a charity in need of your services.

IKEA Embraces Freelance Workforce Model with TaskRabbit Acquisition

Becky Catino is the co-chief executive officer and co-founder of GigSmart, a mobile application that connects businesses with gig workers. An accomplished entrepreneur, Becky Catino maintains an interest in effective staffing strategies.

Companies such as IKEA are turning to the potential of the freelance workforce model to create effective solutions to challenges. For instance, some IKEA customers find the process of assembling the brand’s furniture to be a daunting task.

In order to improve the assembly process, IKEA moved to embrace the freelance workforce model by acquiring TaskRabbit in September 2017. A marketplace that matches freelance labor contractors with customers, TaskRabbit offers assistance in completing everyday tasks, such as moving, cleaning, and handyman work.

TaskRabbit and IKEA previously partnered in November 2016 to create a pilot program in London designed to connect IKEA customers with freelance workers who could offer help in assembling their furniture.

IKEA’s acquisition of TaskRabbit allows it to address the assembly issue while avoiding the inherent challenges of creating new departments, policies, and infrastructures required for handing the problem internally.

Bengals Select Wide Receiver John Ross in First Round of NFL Draft


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A graduate of Ursuline Academy and a Woman of the Year honoree by the institution, Becky Catino is an entrepreneur and a board chair for Cincinnati’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul. When she isn’t pursuing business opportunities such as her mobile application GigSmart, Becky Catino enjoys attending Cincinnati Bengals football games.

The Bengals missed the National Football League (NFL) playoffs in 2016 for the first time in six seasons and finished outside of the top 10 in teams’ receiving yards. In an effort to boost their offense, the Bengals used their first-round pick, ninth overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft to select the speedy wide receiver, John Ross. Though he had health concerns heading into the draft, Ross was one of the most explosive wide receivers available and should help the team’s offense in 2017.

Ross debuted as a freshman with the University of Washington in 2013 and was used sparingly in his first two seasons. He underwent knee surgery to repair two meniscus tears in January 2015 and later aggravated the injury, which caused him to miss the entire 2015 season. However, he returned healthy in 2016 and had a career year in which he caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball eight times for 102 yards and one touchdown.