Last year, in the New Yorker’s dive into whether the sharing economy would persist, writer Nathan Heller compared the gig economy to the “Conscious III” people from Charles A. Reich’s 1970 book The Greening of America who “simply do not imagine a career along the old vertical lines.” The gig economy aligns well with the desire for flexibility and pushback on traditional work hours. Though the share of the population participating in it varies depending on how you define the term — from less than 5 percent for strictly online platforms like Wag and Airbnb to 40 percent for any type of freelance or contract work — the consensus is that those numbers will continue to grow. So how are all these gig workers faring financially?