Once associated with more creative fields like music, writing, and design, freelance talent has in recent years expanded into essentially every sector of the economy, thanks to the internet. Even so, many hiring managers rely on old “knowledge” about freelancers in building their teams. Often, this means avoiding freelance talent entirely.
To prove freelancers are worth your time, we’ve debunked six common myths about them:
A majority of the US workforce will freelance by 2027, according to findings in the “Freelancing in America Study: 2017” released today by online staffing marketplace Upwork and the Freelancers Union.
The fourth annual study estimates that 57.3 million Americans are freelancing (36 percent of the U.S. workforce) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy, an increase of almost 30% since last year. Freelancers are predicted to become the U.S. workforce majority within a decade, with nearly 50% of millennial workers already freelancing.
AllWork is taking a page from Uber’s playbook and is looking to connect beauty brands and retailers with the right sales talent through a new app.
“For many retailers, creating an experience and touching consumers is a way to win at retail and give customers a reason to come into their stores,” said Glenn Laumeister, chief executive officer of AllWork, a platform that helps find and manage in-store retail talent.
Based on promising results from the existing AllWork platform, we’re taking our services to the next step with this month’s rollout of a mobile app. Not only does the mobile app provide access to talent when and where it is needed, it is a mobile management tool for all aspects of managing the beauty business. Having a mobile app is key for Millennials who are glued to their phones, but also want flexible work schedules. They can work when they want and be notified faster than by e-mail or phone.
“We’ve found a large need in the retail industry for companies to optimize their labor spend in the same way they’ve implemented technology to optimize their supply chain, marketing, and other business functions,” Laumeister said. “Our technology has the ability to help our clients significantly reduce their labor expenses while also increasing sales by ensuring they’re able to staff their stores based on real-time needs.
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On Sept. 28, the first-ever Beauty & Money conference was held right in AllWork’s hometown of New York City. The Beauty & Money Summit is a one-day event with the sole mission of connecting executives from strategic buyers and financial buyers with beauty brands. As part of the conference, 12 beauty brands and companies were handpicked by a selection committee, and AllWork was honored to be one of them.
At the start of the 21st century, social media wasn’t even a part of our vocabulary. Now, almost two decades later, it’s an integral and inescapable part of our everyday lives. The way the world works has changed as a result of the major influx of new technology. All industries from home design to healthcare have become part of the revolution – and recruiting is no exception.
Over 94 percent, the vast majority, of professional recruiters participate in social networking with the intention of acquiring talent, and more than half of employees say social media presence played a role in choosing a new employer.
There are a lot of thoughts running through a retail manager’s head at any point in time. From scheduling employees to balancing inventory levels, it takes hard work to run a successful store. Fortunately, the innovative culture of the digital age we are living in means there are new solutions to make nearly anything work more efficiently. With inventory management systems, managers can stay on top of their inventory and optimize a strategy based on the ebb and flow of business. So why aren’t workforce management systems just as popular?
We wanted to share a recent research report conducted by Catalyst Investors, who took a look at the on-demand talent market and the rise of the freelancer economy. AllWork has been included among the most important platforms for helping the retail industry leverage the growing freelancer workforce.
Now the largest segment of the US workforce, Millennials are changing the way companies recruit and retain top talent. In a rapidly growing, competitive job market, Millennials are looking for a job that not only fulfills their salary requirements but one that aligns with their passion. A position usually needs a positive environment, room for growth, and flexibility. These values are listed over and over again on Millennial “must-have” lists. But before you can interview the perfect candidate, the biggest hurdle can actually be the application process itself.
Everywhere you look on social media, there seems to be a new mega-influencer, with their hundreds of thousands of followers, and a brand close by willing to pay them top dollar for just one post with their product. They have become the marketing world’s new “celebrities”. There was a time not too long ago when celebrity partnerships were the key to a product’s success. When fragrance companies wanted a successful perfume launch, all they needed was a top celebrities’ name on the bottle. But the game has changed. Sales in the U.S. mass fragrances celebrity products have dropped by half since 2000 showing a clear distrust in the way consumers view traditional celebrity endorsements.