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Jordan Anderson, an Instacart full-service shopper in Portland, Oregon, started her job in April 2019. At first, she was making enough to sign a lease on an apartment. By December, however, she was borrowing money for rent.

But it’s not because Anderson couldn’t get enough work.

“I’m grossing around $2,000 a month and netting about $1,200,” Anderson said. “That’s about a 50-hour week, to pull in $500 to $600 a week.”

Anderson’s profits are low, she said, because even though she works long hours for Instacart, the company has her classified as an independent contractor.



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