As sharing economy gigs go, shopping for Instacart is a pretty good deal. Instacart classifies in-store shoppers - those who fill orders in-store and hand them off to Instacart drivers or on-site customers — as traditional employees. That gives these shoppers a guaranteed base wage and certain legal rights, such as protection under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, not afforded to independent contractors. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Instacart shoppers’ take-home pay, though highly variable, is better on average than that of sharing economy gigs that don’t pay hourly wages. If you’re intrigued, here’s what you need to know about becoming an Instacart shopper.