Consulting Disruption Leading to Opportunities for Independents

Small Business Labs

 Think of them as a specialized Elance or oDesk that connects independent consultants with buyers. These firms have lower cost structures than traditional consulting firms and pass these savings on to clients. According to well known innovation and strategy guru Clayton Christensen, the consulting industry is on the cusp of disruption.

2013 147

Coworking in India

Small Business Labs

India is the second largest player in freelancing after the US, according to Elance, an online service that connects freelancers to projects, with average earnings of about $15 per hour and rising.

2015 197

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Why You Shouldn’t Hire Your Virtual Assistant on Guru.com

Tips From T. Marie

Places like Craigslist , Guru.com and Elance. Sites like Guru and Elance are bidding wars, plain and simple. And seriously, getting the job done right the first time, quickly and painlessly will end up costing a lot less than having a $2 assistant do the project incorrectly, make corrections or possibly make a mistake that costs you your reputation. I recently read an article by Ryan Lee called “ The REALITY of Outsourcing and Virtual Assistants ”.

2011 122

How to Avoid Being Named in a Fancy Hands Type Lawsuit

Tips From T. Marie

Which begs the question, how ethical is it to take advantage of a situation like the one at Fancy Hands, Fiverr, Guru, Elance and other services that so many have turned to for extremely low cost virtual services?

2015 166

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

 Expect more niche online marketplaces like Elance and Task Rabbit to connect independent workers with the organizations looking to tap their services; more educational programs and government support for starting and operating a self-employed business; more services and tools to help manage a solopreneur business; and more coworking and solopreneur-oriented commercial workspaces.  Below is our sixth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.

2013 205

How to Find (and Utilize) the Best Virtual Assistant For Your Solo Business

The Solopreneur Life

Larry: How much do virtual assistants cost? Larry: Off topic slightly, but are the oDesks and eLances of the world hurting VAs and the rates they can charge? S olopreneurs frequently ask me questions about virtual assistants. I turned to Amy Wright, CEO of AmyWright.biz for answers.

2012 236

5 Ways Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Are Bootstrapping Their Companies

Small Business CEO

Luckily, there are a number of affordable tools and strategies that cost little but deliver big, which is ideal when your business is on a budget. With social media and similar forms of marketing, this is a fun and highly cost-effective strategy. Starting a small business is hard.

2012 81

Six Ways to Get More Juice from Your Freelancer | Men With Pens

Men With Pens

It might cost a bit more but it tells freelancers you believe in their great work and you believe in them. Everyone wins, and it’s a simple, zero-cost, low-effort gesture that makes all involved feel good. Do use sites like Elance.

2010 65