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Joyce Lain Kennedy

Gig driver? Research is essential

DEAR JOYCE: I am between jobs and could use extra cash. A friend suggests I temporarily become a driver using my own car to work for Uber or Lyft. Advice? -- B.T.

Companies like Uber and Lyft, which connect cars with passengers on mobile apps, treat workers as independent contractors. The pluses and minuses of driving as an independent contractor are far too wide-ranging and complex for a brief treatment here.

My advice is to spend the amount of research hours you need to come to a wise decision. Balance the positive factors you find listed on the companies' websites, www.uber.com and www.lyft.com, with the...

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