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More Gig Economy Workers Can Now Get Paid on Demand

Stripe, the payment processor that powers many on-demand apps, adds an instant-pay option for all marketplace customers.
Lyft at its San Francisco Headquarters showcasing Lyft cars, the Glowstache, the Lyft app, Lyft passengers and drivers on February 3, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
Photographer: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Lyft

The gig economy is built on people offering their services on demand. Now more of them will have the option of getting paid just as quickly. Inc., Instacart Inc., Postmates Inc. and several other marketplace providers will soon start giving workers the chance to cash out their earnings immediately, instead of waiting for the usual weekly deposit. That's because Stripe Inc., the payment processing service that underpins many of the on-demand companies, will introduce the feature to all customers for a fee.