Under the bombastic name of collaborative economy and sentences of the likes of Be your own boss, we can find loads of services that intend to be the dog's bollocks and the new 21st century Do It Yourself concept with the only intention to disguise harmful practices the workers' rights. Just imagine, a company registered in a tax haven that allows creative accounting that decides to give a minor discount to a service offered by a self-employed worker in precarious conditions whilst getting out of the equation whoever offered the service previously. You're the customer and before you even realize your boss is going to be kicking you because he's found someone willing to do your job for under $500 per month.
How to become an Amazon driver
Amazon is a company that definitely fits into the previous description and its app called Amazon Flex allows us to become one of its lucky and privileged drivers and delivery men. Thanks to the latter you can sign up as a self-employed worker and spend your life traveling around delivering parcels. This is how Amazon described this service:
At Amazon Flex we give you the chance to increase your income by helping us out delivering parcels. You only need a car, an Android or iOS phone, and a few free hours.
So you drive over to the company's logistics center, you collect the orders, and you take them to the buyer. The mobile app tracks the entire process: routes, maps, references, addresses... This service allows anyone to work for two hours a day making between $18 and $25 per hour, but if you're self-employed you already know all about how much money you'll have left after paying:
- Your self-employment taxes.
- Your transport and maintenance expenses.
- And are you sure it will only take you a couple of hours?
Anyhow, it sounds great but if you ever want to move out of your parents', have your own home and finally emancipate, you're better off spending your money locally instead of sending it to tax haven.