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Businesses Hiring More Freelancers

Small Business Labs

No doubt not by coincidence, the company that sponsored this research - Elance  - recently announced a tool to help mid-sized companies do just that.  Elance's announcement came shortly after MBO Partners (an Emergent Research client) and Work Market announced a similar offering called The Managed Contractor Cloud.

Online Talent Marketplaces Continue Rapid Expansion

Small Business Labs

There are several interesting new data points on the increasing use of online talent marketplaces like Elance-oDesk,, etc.

Excellent Presentation Explains Online Talent Marketplaces

Small Business Labs

Online work arrangement platform (OWAP) is Andrew's fancy term for online talent marketplaces like Elance-oDesk,, etc.

The Emergence of Freelancer Management Systems

Small Business Labs

  Freelancer management systems are different from online staffing platforms such as Elance, Odesk and in that they go beyond just facilitating one-to-one engagements between indidviaul buyers and sellers of freelance talent.    Instead, an FMS facilitates firm wide engagement and deployment model.

2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

Online talent marketplaces such as, Elance - oDesk, and others. million U.S. Only 9% reported being dissatisfied.

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1

The Verticalization of the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

This industry started with generalist sites like Elance that connect a wide range of workers with people looking to hire help. One clear signal that an industry is expanding is when participants start to specifically target niche, specialized or vertical market segments. One comes from the online talent marketplace space.

Computer Programming Bootcamp Is A New Way To Change Your Career Practically Overnight

Dumb Little Man

Do you hate your job? Do you want a career change for whatever reason? But I'm going to share with you a new way to change careers, and do it fast.

Is the U.S. Becoming Less Entrepreneurial?

Small Business Labs

  Using contingent labor has gotten easier and more effective due to the growth of online talent exchanges such as Elance and oDesk, improvements in collaborative technologies for managing non-employees and growing numbers independent workers available for hire. We think entrepreneurship is alive and well in America.   2.

Measuring the Impact of the Invisible Economy of Independent Work

Small Business Labs

There's a growing view that the way economic statistics are collected and analyzed fails to reflect the economic and jobs impact of independent work - especially independent work created by new economy companies like Airbnb, Etsy and Elance.  They also claim they generate 4,580 jobs in NY city. million U.S.

The Growing Importance of Talent Agents

Small Business Labs

   - Online Talent Exchanges such as Elance and oDesk.  Most people think of talent agents and talent agencies only work with movie and sports stars.    But with the growth of independent workers (consultants, freelancers, contractors, etc.), million Americans in temporary jobs. Freelance Independent workers

The Role of Side Gigs in an Uncertain Economy

Small Business Labs

According to Elance, 25% of their global freelancers are side giggers  and the percentage is even higher for their U.S. We've been spending a lot of time looking at side gigs. These are 2nd (or even 3rd) jobs or side businesses started by people to augment their regular employment or activity. How would we care for our child?

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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. According to well known innovation and strategy guru Clayton Christensen, the consulting industry is on the cusp of disruption. The implications for firms and their clients are significant. million U.S.

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

Below is our sixth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  Last year's trends and links to our trends lists from prior years are available here. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.25% to 2.75%.  range. Technology  1. The New Data Democracy.  

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Why Are Women the Majority of Freelancers?

Small Business Labs

  This is consistent with  our research on U.S. independent workers.  We found that women comprise 53% of this group.

Why You Shouldn’t Hire Your Virtual Assistant on

Tips From T. Marie

Places like Craigslist , and Elance. Sites like Guru and Elance are bidding wars, plain and simple. I recently read an article by Ryan Lee called “ The REALITY of Outsourcing and Virtual Assistants ”. But he also included a few items that I felt the need to comment on, both on his post and now here in this post. Think Again.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Are Bootstrapping Their Companies

Small Business CEO

Accountants, web designers and marketing people can be hired online at places like ODesk and Elance. Starting a small business is hard.

7 Convincing Reasons for Working as a Freelancer

Dumb Little Man

Freelancing offers a whole new world of opportunities. It takes a lot of courage to leave an office job and become a freelancer. Don’t get this wrong.

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The Rise of Fixed Term Contract Workers

Small Business Labs

  A new study by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk adds more information on this type of work. According A few weeks ago we reported on the trends that are leading to more workers being on fixed term contracts, which means employment relationships with their employer that terminate after a specific period of time. 

The Rise of Online Micro-Job Markets

Small Business Labs

  Elance , for example, has been around for well over a decade.  There's a growing number of online marketplaces designed to connect people who are willing to pay for small tasks to be done with people willing to do them.    Coffee and Power calls these "Work Clubs" and so far there's only one. 

How to Avoid Being Named in a Fancy Hands Type Lawsuit

Tips From T. Marie

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Rogers wishes the companies were a bit more transparent about the payment structure. I’m like why?

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The Growing Role of Technology Based Talent Intermediaries

Small Business Labs

  The author calls MBO Partners a "work arrangement intermediation platform" that share traits with the online staffing firms like oDesk and Elance. The Two Sides of MBO Partners: Things May Not Always be What They Seem is an interesting article from Andrew Karpie from the Staffing Industry Analysts.

Coworks - A Social Online Talent Marketplace

Small Business Labs

Instead of offering talent buyers a large number of potential hires like an Elance or oDesk does, it connects buyer and sellers of talent  based on personal connections and recommendations. Coworks is a new online talent marketplace with a twist. " The site works on a referral model.

Why are There More Non-Employer Small Businesses?

Small Business Labs

 Good examples of this include the growth of talent marketplaces like eLance and oDesk and the ability to contractually access world class business infrastructure through services like Amazon's AWS. Scott Shane's post Should We Count Non-Employer Businesses? small businesses don't have employees.   3. economy.

The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Doer

Dumb Little Man

The ubiquity of businesses such as Elance, Angie’s List, and Fiverr makes finding reasonably-priced freelancers and contractors to delegate to much easier. Sometimes we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about our ideas, dreams, and aspirations. Unfortunately, such ideas rarely get implemented. Write the vision. Make it plain. John F.

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Fiverr Joins Task Rabbit in Targeting Businesses

Small Business Labs

Online talent marketplaces like Elance and oDesk have seen substantial growth over the past couple of years.   Most interesting is a new focus on supporting small business micro-task buyers. This is our passion at Fiverr – helping people make money on their own terms, and to have fun while they’re at it. These moves come as no surprise.

Coworking in India

Small Business Labs

I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces. Inc42's Top 28 Coworking Spaces in India.

The Two Types of Portfolio Careers

Small Business Labs

The rapid growth of "gig" and peer to peer commerce sites - think TaskRabbit, Gigwalk, Fiverr, Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, Elance, etc. - There's no doubt the traditional career path of staying with a single company, or a small number of employers, and rising through the ranks until you retire is no longer viable for most people.

Startups and the Growth of Online Staffing

Small Business Labs

Online staffing firms and marketplaces like Elance, oDesk and continue to report substantial growth in jobs posted, jobs placed and money paid to service providers.   Elance recently reported that over $750 million has been spent on its platform and they are over 3 million registered freelancers.

Jinglesmart - Online Project Marketplace for the Jingles Industry

Small Business Labs

  The best known of the firms in this industry are probably oDesk and Elance.   A wide variety of talent can be hired at oDesk or Elance, everything from computer programmers to virtual assistants to writers.   But there are a growing number of industry vertical job and project marketplaces springing up.

How to Set Your Copywriting Fees and Earn What You’re Worth

Men With Pens

Another discussion was with an associate who said he saw freelance projects on Elance with bids of $50 for sales letters and $5 for blog posts. Today’s post is a killer, and it comes to us from none other than Dean Rieck , a copywriter I respect for his straightforward attitude and damned smart advice. Enjoy! Working for $5? Say $700.&#

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The Growing Independent Worker Ecosystem

Small Business Labs

This ecosystem includes a wide range of firm types, including: Talent marketplaces : firms like Elance , Odesk and that connect independent workers with those interested in hiring them. The growth of the independent workforce (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.)   Contingent Workforce Freelance Independent workers

Offshore, Team, Solo: A Client's Challenge to get the Help he Needs

Virtual Moxie

You might (again, depending on how you feel about it) choose to let your VA know know that you’d like her to use offshored VAs, or people from Fiverr , or Elance , or Odesk to handle one-off, very specific projects. A new one here at VMoxie… a Pick Anastacia’s Brain question from a client! Henry wrote: I’m so confused. that would hurt.

Contract Jobs Dominated Job Growth Since 2005

Small Business Labs

The media is also surprised that most of this growth came from off-line activities instead of online platforms like Uber and Elance

Improving the Job Market With Big Data

Small Business Labs

" This is changing as sites like LinkedIn, oDesk, eLance and others provide job seekers the ability to create profiles that are widely and easily accessible. Interesting article from John Horton at oDesk  on the Digitization of the Supply Side of the Labor Market. " I agree. from Harvard.   Big Data trends

Are Traditional Jobs Going to Disappear?

Small Business Labs

  A couple of related indicators of this are:  - Firms like Elance , oDesk and MBO Partners - leaders in providing independent workers - have decent numbers of traditional employees. Regular readers know we believe the number of independent workers (freelancers, temps, etc.) is going to continue to grow. Our reasons are: 1.

Set Yourself Apart from the Competition » Make or Break Moments

Make or Break Moments

The first project – transcribe a one hour speech from an audio file. Hourly rates ranged from $2 and change to over $46. Shriram joined my team.

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

The Solopreneur Life

Larry: Off topic slightly, but are the oDesks and eLances of the world hurting VAs and the rates they can charge? Amy Wright. Laughter).

Four Tips for Monetizing Your Online Marketing Blog

Andrea Kalli

With a few hundred dollars and some hours spent on Elance, you can easily program and design your own marketing tool. Andrea I know, I

A New Way To Think About Bribery-Based Business Models

Small Business CEO

This community interaction mechanism is so addictive that it’s been integrated into Ebay, Amazon, Elance and many ecommerce sites for customer engagement. It seems like every week, I hear about another start-up with a bribery-based business model. But sure enough, a few months later, they all vanish just as quickly as they appeared.