Bankruptcy & How It Impacts Gig Work

Gig work has become a popular alternative to traditional employment, with millions of people choosing to earn their livelihood through freelance, part-time, or short-term jobs. This type of work is known as gig work and falls under the umbrella of the gig economy. However, while gig work provides a lot of flexibility and freedom, it also comes with its challenges, particularly when filing for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy is a process that allows individuals to gain relief from overwhelming debt. However, gig workers (especially those who may not have consistent income) face a unique set of circumstances when filing for bankruptcy. Gig workers may face difficulties in proving their income, tracking their expenses, and meeting the requirements of the bankruptcy process.

What happens when you file for bankruptcy as a gig worker? Find out more about the benefits and potential challenges and how bankruptcy attorneys can help you navigate the bankruptcy process by protecting your rights. Whether you are a gig worker or considering becoming one, this article will provide valuable insights and advice.

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Examples Of Gig Work

Gig work encompasses many freelance and short-term jobs, many of which can be performed using a smartphone or a computer. Some of the most common examples of gig work include the following:


Ride-sharing is a popular gig work option for those who own a vehicle. Drivers use their vehicles to provide transportation services to riders through apps. These services have revolutionized the taxi industry and have made it easy for people to access transportation on demand. Drivers can choose their hours and work as much or as little as they want, providing flexibility.

Food Or Package Delivery

Another popular gig work option is food and package delivery. Drivers use their cars or bikes to deliver food, packages, or groceries to customers through mobile apps. This is excellent for people who enjoy being on the road and earning money while staying physically active. It also offers the flexibility to work anytime, including during peak hours when delivery demand is high.

Pet Care

Pet care is a growing area of gig work that involves caring for pets, including walking, feeding, and providing companionship. Various apps can connect people with pet sitters and dog walkers, making it easy for people to find trustworthy and affordable pet care services. This gig work is perfect for people who love animals and are passionate about providing care and attention to pets.

Home Cleaning & Handyman Services

Home cleaning and handyman services are other popular areas of gig work. Some platforms connect people with gig workers skilled in various tasks, including cleaning, organizing, painting, and repairing. This gig work suits people who enjoy working with their hands and have experience in a particular trade.

Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is a growing area of gig work that allows people to teach and mentor students from their homes. Numerous online services connect students with experienced tutors who can help them with their studies. This gig work is perfect for people who are knowledgeable in a particular subject and have a passion for teaching and mentoring.

These are just a few examples of today’s many gig work opportunities. Regardless of which type of gig work you choose, it is essential to understand the benefits and challenges of this work style and how it may impact your finances, including your eligibility for bankruptcy.

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Gig Work

Gig work offers opportunities and challenges for those who participate in the gig economy. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of gig work is essential before deciding if it is the right choice.

Advantages Of Gig Work

  • Flexibility: One of gig work’s most significant advantages is its flexibility. Gig workers can create their schedules, choosing when and where they want to work. This allows them to balance work with other commitments, such as family or education, and to work at times that suit their lifestyle. It also allows workers to work around other responsibilities or challenges, such as disabilities or caregiving responsibilities.
  • Control over earnings: Another advantage of gig work is the control that gig workers have over their earnings. They can choose which jobs they accept and increase their profits by working more hours or taking on more challenging or high-paying jobs. This gives gig workers more control over their financial future and can provide financial stability for those who are self-employed.
  • Work from home: Many gig work opportunities can be performed from the comfort of home. This can be a significant advantage for those who live in remote areas or have mobility issues. It can also save time and money on commuting costs and provide a more comfortable work environment.

Disadvantages Of Gig Work

  • Lack of benefits: One of the most significant disadvantages of gig work is the lack of benefits. Gig workers are typically classified as independent contractors and do not receive benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, or unemployment insurance. This can leave gig workers vulnerable to illness, injury, or job loss. This can make it more challenging to plan for their financial future.
  • Irregular income: Another disadvantage of gig work is the irregularity of earnings. Gig workers may experience fluctuations in their income due to changes in demand for their services or other factors beyond their control. This can make budgeting and planning for the future complicated and make it challenging to secure loans or other forms of credit.

Without an employer, gig workers are also responsible for paying their own income taxes.

  • Lack of job security: Gig work also provides no job security. Gig workers can be hired or fired at any time, and their income can be impacted by weather, economic downturns, and changes in demand for their services. This unpredictability can be stressful for those who rely on gig work as their primary source of income and can make it more challenging to plan for the future.
  • Unpredictable expenses: Gig workers are responsible for their costs, including vehicle maintenance, gas, and insurance. This can be a significant burden, especially for those who rely on gig work as their primary source of income. The cost of doing business can add up quickly, and gig workers must be prepared to handle these expenses to succeed.

Gig work offers advantages and disadvantages, and it is essential to carefully consider these factors when deciding whether or not it is the right choice for you. Additionally, it is crucial to understand how gig work may impact your finances and eligibility for bankruptcy and to seek the guidance of a Bankruptcy Attorney if necessary.

The Precarious Nature Of The Gig Economy: Exploring The Impact Of Bankruptcy On Freelancers And Independent Contractors

How A Bankruptcy Attorney From Lincoln-Goldfinch Law Can Help

Gig workers face unique challenges when it comes to filing for bankruptcy. They need to work with an attorney who understands these challenges and can provide the appropriate guidance. Our bankruptcy attorneys (and the entire team at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law) are ready to help gig workers navigate the bankruptcy process and ensure their rights are protected.

Understanding The Impact Of Gig Work On Bankruptcy

Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law understands how gig work can impact the bankruptcy process. We work with all of our clients, to explain how  irregular incomes (when applicable)may affect their eligibility for bankruptcy and how to provide the necessary documentation to support their filing. Our legal team is also here to help all of our clients strategize so that tracking expenses becomes a smoother process.

Help Keep Track Of Gig Worker’s Finances

 Our Bankruptcy Attorneys can help gig workers keep track of their finances by helping form a  budgeting and financial plan for the long term, and navigate bookkeeping.

Navigating The Bankruptcy Process

Our bankruptcy lawyers are here to assist gig workers through bankruptcy and help them understand their options. They can explain the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and help gig workers determine which type suits them. Moreover, we can help gig workers understand the Means Test and how it applies to their situation.

Providing Legal Representation

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is alongside you every step of the way. It is a privilege to provide legal representation to gig workers throughout the bankruptcy process. Whenever we represent a client, we are ready to assist our clients (such as gig workers) in filing the necessary paperwork to represent them in court. This can be especially important for those facing legal challenges, such as foreclosure or repossession, as an attorney helps clients understand their rights and defend their interests.

Protecting Gig Workers’ Rights

We are here to explain how bankruptcy laws apply to freelancers and ensure everyone’s rights are protected. Gig workers face unique challenges when it comes to filing for bankruptcy, and they need to work with a lawyer who understands these difficulties and can provide the appropriate guidance. Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is here to help you thoroughly understand how gig work can impact the bankruptcy process. 

We are honored to guide our clients who are gig workers through the process by providing legal representation, helping them keep track of their finances, and protecting their rights. 

Get Help From Lincoln-Goldfinch Law

Reach out to Lincoln-Goldfinch Law so you can start your journey to financial wellness. We are ready to guide individuals through the complexities of the bankruptcy process, no matter the source of their debt. Don’t hesitate to contact Lincoln-Goldfinch Law today for a consultation and take the first step towards a fresh financial start.

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About the Author: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

I am the managing partner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the detained families seeking asylum. After my fellowship, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration, such as greencards and naturalization, deportation defense, and humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job. After the pandemic we began offering bankruptcy services in addition to immigration I realized how much lack of information there is in financial literacy resources in Spanish.

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