Today’s rapidly evolving business landscape has redefined the traditional notions of how employees think about work and employment. The rise of the on-demand economy has ushered in a new era where freelancers are taking center stage, redefining how work gets done. The on-demand workforce, characterized by independent contractors, remote workers, and gig economy participants, offers a range of benefits and opportunities for businesses willing to tap into its power. It may be time for your organization to explore the untapped potential of the on-demand workforce and start to understand how it might be able to transform your business.Continue Reading
For over a decade, people have been tossing around the term “The Digital Age of Business.” Today, everyone has access to countless versions of software and augmented-reality options to perform marketing tasks. Nearly every day, a new mobile app pops up and promises to give you access to all the tools you need to promote your brand, product, service, or even yourself. With just a little time and a meager budget, we’re just a few clicks away from creating and launching a campaign to drive traffic to our website. However, investing in digital ads without relevant knowledge or strategy often leads to wasted resources and low returns.Continue Reading
In today’s fast-paced business world, people get stressed and exhausted. It’s no longer just a case of the Mondays; burnout is a common challenge that affects both leaders and employees. In most workplaces, people find constant pressure to deliver results, meet deadlines, and stay ahead of the competition. This work-related stress can significantly affect employees, even the most experienced business leaders. To avoid burnout, many in the workforce reach for the most common magic potion: caffeine. However, there is another, more powerful solution. No, not a double shot of espresso. This other business secret weapon can help you and your team avoid burnout while simultaneously revolutionizing your operations: freelancers.Continue Reading
Let’s be honest; over the last decade, the workplace has changed. It’s not simply that executives no longer rely on Blackberry or Palm; the whole landscape has experienced significant transformation. Gone are the days when cubicle-laden offices and 9-to-5 jobs were the only options. With the rise of the gig economy, flexible talent and remote workers have become an integral part of a global workforce. However, building solid relationships with freelancers and full-time employees remains essential for successful businesses despite physical distance and differing work arrangements.Continue Reading
With prices for everyday items on the rise and most Americans facing the tightening of their belts, people are searching for creative ways to increase their income. After exhaustingly checking the sofa cushions for coins, many people have turned to gig work to help make ends meet. As a result, the gig economy has rapidly transformed the traditional workforce, with more and more individuals seeking freelance work to supplement their income. In fact, a recent study found that nearly half of American workers have a side hustle and are participating in the gig economy in some capacity.Continue Reading
Cell phones didn’t eradicate telephone calls, but when did you last use a rotary phone?
While companies continue to tighten their belts, lay people off, and cut full-time positions, the gig economy is growing. As a result, contractors and companies are finding the flexible talent model to be a sustainable approach to the current employment landscape.
The rise of the gig economy has revolutionized the way we think about work and employment. As more and more people seek flexible work arrangements and more companies turn to contract workers to fill staffing gaps, augment team skillsets, or for specialized projects, freelance marketplaces are becoming an increasingly crucial component of the modern economy.
The current pandemic is dramatically impacting American small businesses and entrepreneurs. According to a recent report, almost 7.5 million of America’s approximately 30 million small businesses may be forced to close permanently over the next several months. However, many believe that – like other “black swan” events – the COVID-19 pandemic will fuel the next wave of innovation, and more resilient and world-changing startups than ever before.
What is an Entrepreneurial Edge?
Entrepreneurs are constantly seeking an edge, an advantage. In fact, most entrepreneurs are wired to look at the world from an opportunist’s perspective and are regularly working an angle, an approach, or a way of attacking a business opportunity that others have missed or have left exposed.
An Introduction to a Series of Articles
(1st article in a series)
THE FUTURE OF WORK IS HERE
Many organizations and thought leaders are attempting to predict the future of work during this time of unprecedented change. We are experiencing the end of the Industrial Era and the rapid rise of the Age of Digital Dominance. This article summarizes a series of articles written to add information and energy to a growing movement committed to finding solutions that will drive economic development and prosperity for workers, businesses and communities in rural and middle America. The other articles include: 1) The Transformation is Inevitable: 2) Winners and Losers; 3) Organizations of the Future; and 4) The Age of Digital Dominance. (Author note: These articles were originally written six months before Covid-19 hit. The pandemic will only accelerate the trends described).