The destruction and rebuilding of traditional job roles has been one of the largest economic shifts of the last decade. Some, like car manufacturers, have been broken into their component parts and mechanised; humans rarely need to step onto the production line these days. In other industries shrinking budgets have meant workers now need more skills than ever before. Journalists in 2015 are expected to be writers, broadcasters, researchers, fact-checkers, sub-editors, coders, social media experts and more.
Software is eating the world claimed famed tech investor Marc Andreessen in 2011. At the time many disagreed with his assessment, but four years on it’s almost impossible to refute. Every aspect of our working and personal lives is ruled by lines of code - everything from grocery shopping to dating.
Are you thinking about ways to improve your business's marketing strategy in 2016? If so, then you need to start building a freelance workforce now. In this post, we'll give you five reasons you need freelancers as you move into the new year.
Keeping costs down in the agency world is a competitive advantage, and for most businesses their staff costs are their greatest outgoing. By relying less on full-time staff and more on an on-demand pool of workers you can exchange fixed permanent staff costs to flexible freelance costs.
We sat down with Joseph to get to know him and his creative process. This is what he said:
There's no denying that mobile gaming has taken off in a big way. Whether free to play or paid; ad-supported or by in-app purchases; casual or hardcore, or somewhere in between – opportunities abound out there.
Every great creative project starts with a well thought out brief. It’s your cornerstone; your bedrock and most importantly if you work with handpicked freelancers, your way of expressing expectations, goals and defining “success” for your project.
There’s no shortage of freelancers out there, but how do you ensure you hire the right one that can bring a competitive edge and an exceptional specialized skills set to your business? How do you enlist a true artist and not an impersonator?
Talented freelancers are found round the world. Competition among businesses is fierce and that has led to the demise of both the interview and the "test" work of yesterday. If you are in the market for a quality freelancer, these are surefire ways to tell a great candidate from a good one:
It isn’t easy running a startup; nor is it any easier to run an entrepreneurial team at a large company.
Consultants-turned-entrepreneurs Jackson Boyar and James Lu Morrissey know both stories well. Before co-founding international mentorship and cultural integration support network Shearwater, the two were Associates at global strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting.
Entrepreneurs can learn a lot from management consultants who frequently encounter complex business issues, collaborate with different teams and take a structured approach to problem-solving.
Here are three important things they learned as consultants which prepared them to build their own business.
The hasty decisions a business owner makes early on can have grand repercussions months – even years – down the road.
Something as seemingly trivial as a domain name cost my company, Blank Label, $6,000.
This is hardly an exhaustive list, so when you’re done reading, feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments.
Hopefully you’ll benefit from learning some of the foolish things I’ve seen and done.
Starting a business is one of the most challenging, yet most fulfilling things you could ever do.
In the process of starting up and growing a company you learn a wide variety of new things, including – but not limited to:
-Incorporating your business
-Setting up business banking
-Hiring (and firing)
-Setting up and managing a marketing budget