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.