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College of Marin Career Education | Gig Economy Certificate Program

Career Options

The Gig Economy refers to freelance opportunities working in a variety of careers, as a consultant or contractor. Gig economy careers include:

  • Computer Programming
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Culinary Arts
  • Film Production
  • Music

Career Profile

Part-time, on call, and self-employed individuals have consistently represented a sizable portion of the labor force. Census estimates from the 1990s and 2000s, a steady one-third of workers worked in part-time positions — and this number continues to increase.

Freelance professionals:

  • Must be savvy entrepreneurs able to multi-task.
  • Need good time management and entrepreneurial skills.

Plan your Education

Download the Gig Economy Career Pathway flyer.

Freelance marketing consultant working from the home

Available Certificate

Skills Certificate, Gig Economy – 7 units

  • Requirements:
    • BUS 121 – Entrepreneurship
    • BUS 160 – E-Commerce & Online Business
    • COUN – 134 Self Employment Strategies
  • Time to Complete: Can be done in as short as 1 semester.

Did you know? BUSINESS COACHING is included in the program! When you enroll in the Gig Economy certificate, you’re eligible for free training and coaching from business professionals, including the SBDC.

Why College of Marin?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career in real estate.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • Location & Scheduling Convenience: COM has two campuses in Kentfield and Novato. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available for a wide range of scheduling needs.
  • Small Class Size: Most business classes have 20-30 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Gig Economy Program

Michael Cairns (415) 860-3733

Business & Information Systems Dept.

  • Christine Li (415) 457-8811 x7579
  • Norm Pacula (415) 457-8811 x7407
  • Nancy Willet (415) 457-8811 x7497

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the gig economy?

The workforce has seen rise to freelancers, independent contractors and entrepreneurs who work in short-term discrete jobs or ‘gigs,’ often performed remotely by individual proprietors, partnerships, or corporations without employees. This massive trend is a global phenomenon dubbed the “gig economy.”

A study by Edleman Berland reports that 34 percent of the American workforce – or 53 million people – are working as freelancers who “have engaged in supplemental, temporary, or project-based work in the past 12 months and are adding $715 billion annually to the economy through their freelance work.”

A separate study by Intuit estimates that 40 percent of the workforce will be made up of freelance workers by 2020.

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites to start your studies in the Gig Economy. However, good working English is essential.




How do I get started?
To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)




See College of Marin Enrollment Services or Apply Online

  • Contact a Counselor today at
    • (415) 485-9432
What does a certificate in the Gig Economy prepare me for?

The certificate prepares you for careers where you work as an independent contractor or business owner, managing your own career. Gig skills include a wide range, including:

  • Computer Programming
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Culinary Arts
  • Film Production
  • Music