Subsisting with your smartphone as your only employer isn’t as easy as Uber wants to make it look, but -- as either you, your neighbor, or your best friend has surely already learned -- it’s doable if you use the right tools. A whole industry has sprouted from that reality -- and two of its whiz kids are spinning out their solutions right here in LA.
First, a bit of background: it should be no surprise that LA’s become ground-zero for the new side-hustle-as-day-job game. Long before Uber modeled the technology to farm out any service with a couple swipes, LA was already the proverbial home of the side job, since anyone who moved here with a bus ticket and a dream spent all their non-dream hours tackling odd jobs anyways.
Broke actors and musicians were often waiters, handymen, personal assistants, drivers, nannies, and general lackeys; since the advent of Uber, there’s the ability to make some money working on those on-demand apps for everything: dog walking (Wag!), errands (TaskRabbit), grocery shopping (Instacart), takeout (DoorDash), every restaurant and retail random (Postmates), laundry (Washio), and many more. It was just a matter of time before someone took all these mini-industries -- and made an industry out of making sense of them. Which is where Harry Campbell comes into play.