The Gig Economy: Freelancer Best Practices

The Gig Economy

It’s no secret that the modern workforce is changing. In an era where more value is being placed on workplace autonomy, flexibility and freedom, the gig economy is becoming the new normal. So much so, that 36% workers work in the gig economy (in some form or another). As a product of technology, the gig economy has helped create a buyer’s market for both job seekers and companies that utilize the services of independent workers. 

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What to Expect: Work Trends for 2020

There has been a LOT of talk this past year about The Future of Work and what this new workforce will look like. There’s no denying that the way we work has changed drastically throughout the past decade and will continue to do so in the year to come. But what exactly should companies expect? While no one is completely sure, there are a few trends that stand out as we move into 2020.

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Flexibility is Key to Finding Top Retail Talent

The evolution of the Gig Economy has demanded a drastic shift in the way companies hire and retain their employees. Retailers are finding themselves right in the middle of this shift by needing to adopt on-demand technology in order to staff their stores. Retail workers are at the heart of the business. Without them, sales would simply stop. And what do retail workers want more than anything else? Flexible schedules.

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College Graduates Need a New Skill: Adapting to the Gig Economy

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the world of work that today’s college graduates are facing is vastly different from the one of their parents’ generation. Long gone are the days when you joined one company, stayed for the next 30 years, and retired with a gold watch. In fact, among jobs held by workers with ages from 25 to 34, the median tenure is just 2.8 years.

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Skilled Freelancers Now Earn More than 70% of Workers

Surprised? According to a new study released just this month by Upwork and Freelancers Union titled Freelancing in America 2019, freelancers performing a skilled services earn a median rate of $28 an hour, which is more than 70% of workers in the overall U.S. economy. The desire for flexibility is driving this huge growth with 57 million Americans now a part of the freelancer economy. That’s an additional 4 million people who chose to transition to freelance since 2014.

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How to Utilize On-Demand Staffing for the Holidays

Hiring for the holiday season is already well underway, and if you’re a brand supporting your retailer partners with staff, then you know how difficult it can be to hire and schedule such an enormous fleet of seasonal workers. When staffing, especially during the critical hiring season, it can be tough to create a balanced schedule to make sure you have enough talent in the right place at the right time.

Here’s where creating an on-demand workforce comes in to save your team valuable time and resources. An on-demand staffing model will allow you to tap into the skills of your entire workforce, both your existing employees and the flexible employees, while streamlining operations, cutting costs, increasing sales, and give you actionable data and insight in real-time to make better business decisions. 

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Summary: SIA Gig Economy Conference 2019

By Glenn Laumeister, CEO AllWork

I just returned from the Staffing Industry Analyst annual Gig Economy conference in San Diego and here is a brief summary of what I learned.   First, San Diego is an amazing city with probably the best weather in the world and I would say my #1 choice for a conference — so much better than Vegas!

Now, about the world of staffing — there were three main themes that were discussed in roundtable and panel discussions by leaders representing staffing/temp agency, online/gig platforms, and enterprise buyers.

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Why the Future Of Work Needs To Be Flexible

Future of Work

By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

What’s driving the movement for workforce flexibility? Millennials. According to a new study by Bentley University, 77% of Millennials say that flexible work hours would make the workplace more productive for people their age. The Millennial generation is made up of people born between 1981 and 1996 meaning that there are roughly 73 Million Millennials in the US workforce today. 

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30 Million American Now Rely on the Gig Economy

30 Million Americans Now Rely on the Gig Economy for Their Income

There are some incredible new numbers this week from a report just published by insurance giant MetLife Inc. In it, they found that about 30 million Americans rely on “gig work” as their primary income source, and 67% of full-time employees indicated that they’re looking to move to more flexible work in the future rather than their current fixed traditional jobs. In addition, the report also found that another 15 million supplement their traditional, full-time work with freelancing.

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