Gig Economy Retirement Planning | Nasdaq

JIG workers, like everyone else, are entitled to a pension. The self-employed, contract workers, the self-employed, temporary workers, on-call employees, and people with side businesses constitute an important component of our economy.

Currently, it is estimated that 57 million Americans work in temporary jobs. Since March of last year, freelance and freelance marketplaces like Gigspot and Upwork have reported user growth. The self-employed may make up half of US employment by 2023. Statista reported data from a 2018 survey in January that 27% of full-time workers have no retirement savings.

About 57 million Americans do a gig. From the self-employed to the self-employed. We should all be able to retire well. how? People ask questions.

A lack of employer-sponsored 401K, unexpected income, and insufficient financial advisor can make long-term financial planning difficult and intimidating.

But this does not have to be the case. Temporary job workers may save for retirement and enjoy benefits that are not available to full-time employees. However, many self-employed people are already planning to retire.

How can I save for retirement?

Before you get paid, start saving for retirement. Whether you work full time or as a side business, retirement is an expense to consider. Calculate your rates accordingly, says Misty Lynch, CFP. She adds that it’s important to set and maintain the appropriate fees early on, because beginners often cut back on the prices for their services or take on whatever work is available.

If you want to make $30 an hour, charge $50 from your customers. With a little planning, you’ll achieve your net hourly goal while saving for retirement. As long as you know how much money you want to keep after all the other financial responsibilities, this strategy can work. Savings don’t seem to cancel out your daily needs. Wudan Yan, a freelance journalist and business consultant, says incorporating retirement into your business strategy has made it sound more rewarding. She co-hosted The Writer’s Co-op, a freelance podcast, with Jenny Gritters. To cover all expenses and benefits payable to the “employee you”, the “employer” must charge an adequate fee to the customers.

Is there a better option in the temporary jobs economy?

No HR department or company will force you to auto-enroll in this 401K plan. Gretters cites this as a major reason why many self-employed people lack retirement accounts. It’s not as simple as checking the box, and no one will “invite” you to do it. Contract and career workers still have plenty of retirement options. Lynch explains that anyone who earns income can contribute to an IRA.

Online services like Fidelity or Charles Schwab make it easy for freelancers to open an IRA or Roth IRA. It’s easier than most people think. However, both accounts have annual contribution limits of $6,000, and a Roth IRA includes income restrictions. A Solo 401K or SEP-IRA is a good option for contract employees who earn too much to contribute to a Roth IRA. These programs are designed for business owners, even if you are the only employee.

What should I give?

Like many financial conversations, it will depend on the individual’s position. Jan contributes a maximum of $6,000 annually to a Roth IRA. It helped see it as the cost of one huge article or a few projects over the course of a year. Others may donate monthly, bi-monthly, or on any other schedule that suits them. Lynch emphasizes thinking about the end result. Some people simply want to work for a limited time, or perhaps they want to save as much as possible. Knowing your end goal, whether it’s money saved or time worked, allows you to “reverse-engineer” it back into your monthly or annual budget. I also mentioned that donations may vary by income.

I only work as a freelancer for a while.

Others are freelance professionals who use temporary job work to supplement their income between full-time jobs. In any case, Lynch advises opening and financing a retirement account as soon as possible. She says there is no negativity, unless you think constantlyIts temporary. Even if it is temporary, you are setting yourself up for future success.”

How can I “catch up” without saving?

Contracted employees may go years without contributing to their retirement. Even if it takes longer to start saving, there are ways to make up for it. The best thing to do is start a Lynch tip. She warns people not to try to save more than they need to make up for lost time. Then, if you say, “Now I should put in 20 percent,” you’ll probably stop. Start small and increase your donations as you go.

Is there more to know about the retirement of the temporary jobs economy?

Gig employees have complete control over their retirement plan, just as self-employed individuals do. Unlike a workplace-sponsored plan, where your company may have already chosen a broker and investment alternatives, Lynch says you can make all the choices. While it may take a little more effort up front, absolute control over your retirement plan is a value you shouldn’t overlook. In short, you can delay paying taxes — but you can’t make them go away.

Written by Peter Daizem for

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