Newly single in April, a former stay-at-home mom turned to gig work. It hasn’t been enough.
At 6:30 each morning, Katrina Perkins’ alarm goes off.
By 7 a.m., she is searching for deliveries to make through the grocery-delivery app Instacart. By 10 a.m., she opens the DoorDash app to find work there as well. She picks up and delivers orders through Uber Eats throughout the day, too.
For 12 hours a day, seven days a week, Perkins scrolls through, refreshing the three apps on her phone, looking for orders that will be worth the time and money.
But more often than not, Perkins said, those are difficult to find.
Through Step Up Suncoast in Manatee County, Perkins has found some more help. The Season of Sharing fund paid $1,800 toward her rent in January.
That assistance afforded her a moment of pause to try to build up a financial buffer.