• Hollywood and the Future of Work
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    Imagine you’re sitting in your corner office looking over strategy and product development for the next 12 to 18 months. Surrounding you are your CXO team, as well as, a host of executive level project managers. The remainder of your staff and management is made up of on-demand workers collaborating on a project by project basis on discrete time tables with fixed budgets. This is the future of work. Does this sound fantastical, too futuristic or downright crazy? This type of organization already exists … and it’s responsible for producing a variety of projects grossing billions of dollars on a

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  • Productivity Hacks For Freelancers

    Freelancing can be one of the most rewarding professions — you’re your own boss and have the freedom to schedule your own day.
    But freedom does have its pitfalls, which is why many freelancers struggle to maintain the productivity they need to excel at the job.

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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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  • 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 […]

    Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.forbes.com

    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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  • 4 Ways To Get More Freelance Work | CAREEREALISM

    When you decide to go it alone as a freelancer, you accept the fact that you’ll no longer be spoon fed work. Here are some ways to get more freelance work.

    Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.careerealism.com

    The basics of freelancing represented in these tips.  Fairly easy to do, but also easy to forget.  

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  • A (Proven) Freelancer’s Guide to Growing Your Business | OkDork.com

    Most freelancers start out their business like this: They get great at what they do. They build a website that talks about their expertise They set up their social media profiles and start promoting at people.

    Sourced through Scoop.it from: okdork.com

    Great info for starting your freelance business on Zoondy.   Really like the tip, “Start by getting into the head of the people you want to get hired by”.

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  • Can Job Hopping Can Help Employment Opportunities?

    Ever since the demise of the 30-year career at a single company, job expectations have been in a state of flux. Today’s new employment reality is that workers can expect to not only work for several different companies during their lifetime; but they will most likely have careers in several completely different fields. Job security has become a rare and precious commodity; sought by all, achieved by few. As we noted in our previous post, job hopping is the new norm. Once considered a resume negative, the right kind of job hopping can actually improve your opportunities for employment, as Jennifer Merritt of

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  • Could a Professional Freelance Workforce Solve Unemployment Problems?

    The American workforce is going through another period of metamorphosis that like the computer era and automation will forever change the employment landscape. Survival business practices adopted out of necessity during the Great Recession are becoming permanent, resulting in a leaner business model that is less dependant on full-time employees. Rather than adding staff, businesses are contracting for limited services with professional freelancers. Home is the new office; and professional telecommuting jobs, the new employment paradigm. The ascendency of mobile communication and cloud computing has made many of the traditional jobs lost during the recession obsolete and those that remain

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  • Finding Freelance Professional Jobs- What You Should Know- Part 2

    If you’ve ever thought of chucking your 9-to-5 job for exciting freelance professional jobs on Zoondy, it’s best to take of the rose-colored glasses first and take a realistic look at the lifestyle you’re considering adopting. Freelance professional jobs do offer many benefits, but success also requires considerable personal discipline, flexibility, networking skill and plenty of hard work. Being your own boss, setting your own work hours and choosing projects that excite you may sound like the best possible job; and it can be — for the right person. But the lifestyle of a self-employed freelancer is not for everyone.

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  • Looking for Freelance Professional Jobs? Here’s What You Need to Know- Part 1

    Freelance professional jobs, virtual jobs and professional telecommuting jobs are on the rise.  We are becoming a nation of freelancers. By the end of the decade some experts predict that the number of independent workers in America could grow to 65 to 70 million, five times greater than it is today! While freelancing may sound glamorous, those who succeed learn some hard business lessons along the way. On MastheadOnline.com, Vanessa Santilli shared lessons learned during her first year as a freelance professional to which we’ve added some insights of our own (see our previous post for more freelancing tips and find additional tips on

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