The CB Insights blog's Pickaxes and Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure for the On-Demand Economy covers the growing array of companies aiming to provide support services for on-demand economy companies and their workers.
“For most technology trends, the number of successful companies created in gold mining and pickaxes are comparable, yet the gold mining businesses tend to get much more attention.”
The CB Insights chart below shows the 35 firms by type of support they provide.
We've pointed out several times in the past that there is a growing set of infrastructure companies making it easier and safer to be an independent worker.
Our post The Growing Independent Worker Ecosystem looks at a mix of firms helping independent workers and The Infrastructure Behind the Rise of Crafters, Makers and Hobbypreneurs cover firms helping these types of independent and small businesses.
The on-demand economy is getting an enormous about of attention these days. But the numbers clearly show traditional freelancers and independent workers vastly outnumber the people working in the on-demand economy.
So while the on-demand economy is certainly important (and growing rapidly), don't forget about the rest of the independent worker sector.