• 8 Insights into The Future of Work

    We’ve seen a copious amount of change in our lives. Take a ride with us as we predict the future – the future of work.

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  • 3 Easy Ways YOU Can Stand Out And Build A Personal Brand

    As the war for talent becomes more fierce, building a personal brand has never been more important. In fact, building a personal brand is the best way to help create job security for yourself. To learn more about how to stand out from everyone else, I spoke with Dorie Clark, who […]

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  • Should You BE Afraid Of The Freelance Economy?

    The American dream has always been about independence. But as more Americans earn their living in one-person businesses, economists such as Robert Reich and Larry Summers are getting worried about what it means for so many people to fly solo. Reich tackled the demise of the traditional job and the growth of what government officials […]

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  • Why the Future of Work is Scary: What You Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms

    As we fast approach the 2016 election cycle, the future of on-demand work platforms is at a crossroads, with Uber, TaskRabbit and other market leaders facing..

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  • 5 Ways HR Can Remain Relevant in the Freelance Economy

    By Jason Averbrook The strategic use of freelance talent will gain momentum as processes emerge to help organizations shop for workers with specific skill sets.

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  • Unintentional Entrepreneurs Find Satisfaction in Self-Employment

    High unemployment rates have spurred the growth of unintentional entrepreneurs and Self-Employment. Frustrated by months of fruitless job hunting, people who lost their jobs during the recession have been reinventing themselves as self-employed entrepreneurs. For many, what started as an act of desperation has become a more enjoyable alternative to the corporate 9-to-5 rat race. Eric Ewald of Cary, North Carolina is an excellent example of these unintentional entrepreneurs. Profiled by Bridgette Lacy on NewsObserver.com, Ewald is a former environmental engineer for the petroleum industry who launched a pet sitting service and couldn’t be happier. “Self-Employment was a very organic transition,” Ewald

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  • Will Freelancers Take Over From Full-Time Employees?

    A popular topic of discussion around the freelancer economy is the idea of full time employment disappearing. In other words, is it realistic to think that in the near future everyone is going to be a freelancer and we won’t have any full time employees anymore?  […]

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    I believe many people are confused about the #futureofwork and what it means for companies to rely heavily on a fluid workforce that allows them to minimize their cost and maximize their nimbleness or nimble response to markets and circumstances that their company faces. The most interesting aspect of this is how they will interface with freelancers, contract workers, knowledge workers and gig workers

    Taking a note from the film industry where massive multi-million dollar projects pop-up run for a few months to year and then disband, I believe this will be the similarity between traditional business and the new contract worker economy.

    In the evolution of the future work the HR department will not be the mundane “simply hire them and fire them” department but rather more like a talent agency within the organization to find and manage the right people to get projects done quickly and efficiently. Imagine a manager is assigned to develop and distribute a new product. Rather than turn to a bunch of stationary employees sitting in cubicles 9 to 5 to get the job done he determines the types of expertise and skills he needs and sends a request to his human resource contact. His HR rep utilizes a marketplace of expertise to find both known and unknown experts within budget and that are rated highly to join the team for the duration of the project. The HR rep acts as a talent agent fielding requests for expertise and filling those needs across the organization using marketplace tactics. What’s the end result? The organization quickly scales up and down to deal with new opportunities and threats while minimizing their cost and overhead for unnecessary labor.

    Experts can and will maximize their income by working many and varied projects simultaneously or sequentially depending on their preference. Ratings and recommendations will be merit-based and efficient which can maximize a contract workers income in the next job/project search.

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  • Why Do People Become Freelancers?

    “Intuit projects that by 2020 40% of Americans will be freelancing, a study by the Freelancers Union found that 34% of the American workforce is already freelancing, and MBO Partners found that there are currently almost 18 million full-time independent workers today. Clearly something big is happening here and this trend […]

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    There are many reasons that someone decides to become a “freelancer” ( I hate that word because it lumps unskilled labor, skilled and knowledge workers in to the same basket). in his article & video Jacob Morgan (@jacobm) asks Why does someone become a Freelancer? I thought I’d add my $.02 …

    Jacob, these are all good points you make about the benefits of becoming a freelancer, but I think that you are dead on when you talk about the reason someone becomes a freelancer is because of some significant event in their life, either they got laid off, software ate their job or they could never find a job that suited them… usually because they were unwilling to relocate to where the jobs were. In my case it was 9/11. I was working in NYC on September 11th for a mega-financial institution in the tech division. Many of the executive IT from many of the financial services IT departments were at a conference at Windows of the World in Tower 1 when the attacks started I only made it as far as Times Square. The result, the IT departments were left leaderless and to compound things a few months later the company restructured and most of the IT division was laid off. So what I saw was some of the best and brightest laid off due to tragedy, corporate politics and opportunism.

    All the wasted productivity and expertise tossed out made me feel there had to be a better way. We started experimenting with the on demand economy and after some successes and failures decided that the future was not to focus on the “gig economy” for all of the issues you see now; labor issues around categorizing workers and squeezing the freelancers on fees. Rather, we built an Expertise Marketplace called Zoondy to take the lost productivity and expertise of knowledge workers and put them in a peer-to-peer market to sell their expertise and experience to companies and individuals that need it.

     So in the end it wasn’t just about becoming a freelancer to was about building an ecosystem that was designed to go far beyond gig workers and skilled tradesmen. A place where you would be comfortable selling YOUR expertise. I think that it is great that you leverage your time and energy by outsourcing your design work, laundry pick up and your assistant. But I would have to believe that you recognize that it will take different types of “talent” marketplaces (unkilled/gig, skilled and knowledge workers) if the economy is going to truly transition into its full potential in the #Futureofwork

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  • The Future of Work & The State Of The American Contract Worker In 2015

    freelancers and employers continue to struggle when it comes to determining fair compensation for freelance work. With few benchmarks and standards to draw from, rates can vary widely between employers for similar work, compensation arrives at inconsistent intervals, and there are no formal means to settle disputes between employers and their non-full time staff

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    @fastCompany has got this dead right! While I hate the term “freelancer” the concept that the overall workforce will become more fluid and able to set their own agenda while still being able to earn a fair compensation for their expertise is paramount to the concept of #futureofwork. However, I agree that the biggest struggles are too find a way to determine the fair compensation for work is done by creating this system of benchmarks and standards.

    The most efficient way to do this is by using the platform that is the intermediary between the contract worker any employer. which is why platforms for the new #futureofwork like Zoondy.com (@zoondy_com) exist to make the transition to this new work paradigm as easy as possible.

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  • Freelancing is a Dirty Word!

    VideoNext week I will be keynoting the Staffing Industry Analysts Conference and the focus of my talk is going to be the freelancer economy. This is perhaps one of the most exciting and impactful trends that is going to disrupt organizations over the next few years. Today it’s estimated (according to the […]

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    Jacob really has his finger on the pulse of the “future of Work” and it is a great article/video series. However, what we need to start discussing is the definition of what the word freelancer really means. In many instances Freelancers or everyone that is “freelancing” is somehow lumped into an unskilled or semi-skilled position

    and freelancers are thought of as an unskilled or semiskilled individual to be taken advantage of by Large corporations like Uber or task rabbit or a low paid creative like a designer or website builder that you can hire for $99.

    However there is a level of “freelancer” that should be thought of more as a individual entrepreneur or a highly skilled “hired gun” with expertise earned from years of experience in the very trenches of the business world. Lumping them into the same category as unskilled workers performing tasks on demand is neither fair nor true.

    What we need is a new definition of individuals who sell their expertise at fair market value to corporations/companies/individuals that can afford it.

    Imagine being able to hire the very brightest and best experts to help your business on a particular project or deal with the crisis simply by clicking a button on your smartphone. Fully vetted experts ready to work for you in a moments notice. How fast could your business ? In the past companies spent millions of dollars hiring big consulting firms to come in and throw freshly minted MBAs at systemic business problems. Consulting was a luxury good only to be afforded by the wealthiest corporations. In the end the CEO would get a voluminous document paid for with hundreds of hours of time that he could then take to the board and throw down on the table to support his particular business strategy regardless of whether it was driving the company into the ground or not.

     The world is changing and hiring full time employees that sit idle for a good portion of their working lives is neither practical nor necessary any longer. The skills you need as a business owner are to hire only the barest minimum of full time workers to run the infrastructure of your business while hiring experts as needed to complete the projects you need.

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