We’ve all been affected by the “gig economy” one way or another. This might be through the way we travel (Uber or Lyft), buy our groceries (Instacart) or hire any number of other services. Or, for an increasing number of workers in the United States and around the world, the gig economy may contribute to some or all of their income.
While there is great uncertainty in many industries and in the economy at large, companies of all sizes still need viable plans to maintain strong workforces, whatever the outcomes might be. Because of the many unknowns we’re all dealing with — from how long COVID-19 restrictions may last to any long-term ramifications of the pandemic — it is imperative that organizations maintain increased fluidity in their staffing strategies.
Like a toolbox, having a diverse workforce brings a greater wealth of ideas, approaches and problem-solving capabilities. In my career, I've worked as a consultant to help companies of all sizes — from Fortune 100 corporations to small nonprofits — optimize their employee experience to drive organizational growth.
As a hiring manager or business owner, you have a lot on your plate. You have to draft up job descriptions, spend time sifting through resumes, go through phone screenings, and conduct either a virtual or in-person interview. Even hiring…
Freelancers comprise over one-third of the workforce in the United States, and their numbers will continue to grow, reaching a projected 50.9% by 2027, according to the recent Freelancing in America Survey (slide 18). This means that some of the most talented in-house workers will likely make the jump to being contractors, and attracting them to work on your projects and teams will become increasingly important.
Almost any business can benefit from the extra help of freelancers and contractors. Not only do these flexible employees require less overhead (they typically get paid hourly or per project and then are finished once the task is complete), but oftentimes they can be located anywhere in the world, which makes finding the right match easier simply because there’s more talent to choose from.
Hiring used to be one of the most important parts of running a successful business. Hire the right person, and everything goes smoothly. Hire the wrong person, and you quickly regret not choosing someone else. Of course, hiring is still an incredibly critical component of business success. Unfortunately, too many businesses rush the process, especially when it comes to choosing a freelancer to work with.
An increasing number of individuals are choosing to make their money as freelancers, rather than opting for more traditional types of employment. In fact, today it’s estimated that close to 40% of the entire labor force is taking advantage of the “gig” economy by working as a freelancer. For businesses, this poses a huge advantage because it allows for more specialized workers to be brought in for specific projects, rather than having to keep them on payroll year after year. Of course, working with freelancers comes with its own set of problems, including knowing who is the best candidate for the job.
Good entrepreneurs are quick to credit their teams for their successes. They understand that much of what makes a startup work lies in the teams they manage to build. At Moonlighting, we’ve unfortunately witnessed entrepreneurs who have picked the wrong…
With one in three workers taking on freelance jobs, the chances of needing a freelancer to assist you—in outsourced projects for your business or for knocking out your personal to-do list—are strong. But if you’re new to hiring freelancers, you…