INSTAWORK LAUNCHES ACROSS CHICAGO

The Leading On-Demand Staffing App Brings More Economic Opportunity to the Windy City For Gig Workers and Hospitality Businesses

Chicago, IL (June 20, 2019) - Instawork, the leading on-demand staffing app for gig workers and hospitality businesses, announced today its expansion across Chicago to help create economic opportunity for local workers and hospitality businesses. The gig marketplace enables local residents to find high paying work fast and helps businesses find quality workers.

Over the past several months, Instawork has announced $30 million in funding and now operates in six U.S. markets: the Bay Area, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Greater Phoenix.

Following the company’s launch in Las Vegas last week, Chicago was the next logical market for Instawork’s expansion due to extremely high demand from thousands of local professionals and businesses requesting the marketplace. In addition, Chicago’s hospitality industry employs nearly half a million professionals and was the fastest growing industry last year, increasing three percent since 2018.[1] Chicago is also one of the largest markets for specialized independent professionals with 185,000 workers who collectively earned nearly $6.7 billion in 2017.[2]

“Chicago is known far and wide as having one of the strongest tourism and hospitality industries in the country,” said Kenneth Luu, General Manager of Instawork, Chicago. “Nearly five million people[3] work in Chicago and nearly 60 million people[4] visit this City every year. We believe Instawork can help support the growing demand on each side of the marketplace in Chicago.”

The top reasons Professionals come to Instawork are the flexibility around where and when they want to work, higher pay, and substantial shifts. In fact, over 50% of Professionals are referred by friends and family, and on average, Chicago Professionals make $90 a shift. The top reasons Partners come to Instawork are to find great talent quickly, and to create, manage, and schedule a flexible workforce at the touch of a button. Instawork Partners receive immediate feedback on their gigs with 97% matched with qualified Professionals within 24 hours. Instawork is very easy to use and Professionals and Partners can set up a free account in minutes.

As a growing gourmet catering company who specializes in elevated experiences, we often have last-minute requests and event needs, and Instawork has helped us out in a pinch. The website and app are easy to use and our representative is so helpful," said Zach Greatting, Founder & Sommelier of Brix Catering & Events in Chicago. "We've had nothing but great feedback from our clients when we've used Instawork and will continue to call on them in the future."

Instawork, available on Android and iOS in English and Spanish, is currently focused on serving the needs of the hospitality industry, connecting thousands of Instawork Professionals and business Partners every day. On Instawork, businesses can book staff via the mobile app or desktop by selecting from a roster of prequalified, on-demand professionals. The app encourages both Professionals and Partners to rate each other on five-star scale after a gig to help match similar gigs in the future with those who are best qualified. The convenient mobile marketplace also provides real-time location tracking before the gig begins. Partners also have the ability to request the most qualified staff to come back to future gigs.

"Instawork has been nothing but excellent in helping me find the jobs that match my skill set best,” said Emmanuel Gutierrez, Instawork Professional in Chicago. “The flexibility ensures I have time to focus on starting my own business and the gigs pay very well. Every time I book a gig, I know I am creating lasting, professional relationships with each business I help."  

Those interested in learning more about Instawork and becoming an Instawork Professional or Partner should visit www.instawork.com or download the free apps.

About Instawork:

Instawork (www.instawork.com) is the leading on-demand staffing app for gig workers and hospitality businesses available on Android and iOS in English and Spanish. Thousands of professionals and partners use Instawork every day across the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Chicago areas. Instawork is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and Bangalore, India. Instawork is a privately held company with the backing of prominent investors including Benchmark, Spark Capital, GV, Burst Capital, Y Combinator, Tuesday Capital, SV Angel, and Liquid 2 Ventures. For additional information and company images visit: www.instawork.com/about.


[1] https://www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/summary/blssummary_chicago.pdf

[2] https://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2018/05/09/chicagos-gig-economy-one-of-the-largest-in-the.html

[3] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_16980.htm#35-0000 

[4] Choose Chicago 2018 Annual Report