Gig Economy

 Shine Sheds Light On Gig Economy Challenges

In France, freelancing is no easy task.  Sure the gig economy has its lures — among them flexibility and the pursuit of work one enjoys doing.   But in that country, administrative tasks are arduous, relatively speaking, when striving to be a freelancer amid a gig economy that is three million workers strong in France.

The tasks require registering as a micro company, filling out any number of forms, estimating and paying taxes — and, of course, chasing clients for payments.  It’s not just for Uber, but everything from photography to consulting.

In an interview with PYMNTs, Shine CEO Nicolas Reboud delves into the tasks that can be streamlined with the help of the startup acting as co-pilot.

Fresh off a funding round that saw the company raise 8 million euros in Series A investments, Reboud spoke to PYMNTS about the current state of the gig economy.

“You never know what you need to do, what you should be doing.  It’s pretty daunting,” he told PYMNTS.  The company was born from an experience Reboud had with one of his previous companies, Printic, and through relationship that shone a spotlight on the minutiae of freelancing — and what could be fixed.  One thing is for sure: A helping hand can help speed the process.

Shine is offering up an app that helps users become freelancers in France over a short span of a few minutes.  The company’s tool kit app lets freelancers juggle tasks from registering a company to calculating taxes to keeping track of clients – and establishes that designated bank account as well.

“We get people started to register as a freelancer” he said to PYMNTS, and so in a matter of minutes they can open their bank account and fill out the legal forms, and then start working.

Find out how here.



The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.