Dread selling yourself? This hot new freelance trend may be your answer

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Jody Greenstone Miller, co-founder and CEO of Business Talent Group, has teamed up with global search firm Heidrick & Struggles to bring indie talent to big companies.

One of the biggest challenges for freelancers is winning new business. Even the most experienced pros often dread pitching new clients to win projects—a job that was often done by the sales or business development team in previous corporate careers.

Some of the most sought-after free agents may not have to hustle up work in the same way in the future. More big companies are looking for high-level freelancers the same way they find other talent: through headhunters.

In a new partnership that reflects the trend, Heidrick & Struggles, a Nasdaq-traded, global executive search firm, announced it is collaborating on an exclusive basis with Business Talent Group (BTG), a high-end marketplace for on-demand independent talent. Heidrick & Struggles will give its clients access to professionals in BTG’s network for project-based assignments.

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DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ

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On October 16-20, 2017 the DaVinci Institute will host its first ever Freelance Academy course as a kickoff for the world’s first Freelance Colony, a coworking community inside the Institutes Westminster headquarters.

A recent report by MBO Partners showed that 3.2 million freelancers are earning more than $100,000 annually. This is up 4.9% from 2016.

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Elance debuts Private Talent Cloud to drive freelance revolution

By 2020, 40 percent of labor in the U.S. will be comprised of contingent/independent workers.

The federal jobs report that came out recently may have looked bleak, but there is a large and growing group of people who have a sure place in this economy — freelancers. And Elance had debuted its Private Talent Cloud to help companies hire, manage, and pay their freelancers on demand.

 

 

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6 reasons why half of us may soon be freelancers

Shane Snow and his cofounders started Contently in 2010 because they saw the world of journalism shifting. Where newspapers and magazines once provided stable, salaried jobs for reporters, writers and editors, they now largely shun fixed costs for an employment model that relies on an increasing percentage of freelancers.

 

 

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The future of coworking and why it’s not just for startups and freelancers anymore

Coworking is not just for entrepreneurs or freelancers anymore.

Do you define your workplace as fun, friendly, inspiring, collaborative, or productive?  If you don’t, then you may need to ditch your desk and head for the nearest coworking space.  According to Deskmag’s annual Global Coworking Survey, you don’t need to be an entrepreneur or freelancer to gain the benefits of coworking.  Seventy-one percent of participants reported a boost in creativity since joining a coworking space, while 62 percent said their standard of work had improved.

 

 

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Companies Hiring More Freelance Workers as the Trend Reshapes the American Workforce

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Freelance workers already make up 20% of the labor force, a figure that will rise to 25% as early as next year.

Lancaster Advertising in Lewisville, Texas, used to have 15 employees, two office buildings and a loss on its balance sheet.  Today, the firm has no staff, no buildings and a healthy profit. Owner Ken Lancaster draws from more than 100 freelancers worldwide and works from his house, his boat or coffee shops.

 

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Freelancers: Work for Full Price or Free, Never Cheap

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How much should you charge?
Common advice given to new freelancers dictates they should never do work for free. Designer Paul Scriven offers a smart counterpoint, suggesting that freelancers should either “work for free or for full price. Never for cheap.”His reasoning:

If you do a job for free you can control the expectations of the client. You can tell them what the boundaries are and what they should expect of you. When they aren’t paying anything they don’t want to overstep those boundaries to piss you off. They are thankful for any work that they can get out of you…

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The Mini-Shift Trend: An Effect From the Incredibly Shrinking Work Shift

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Millions of workers are taking multiple part-time or freelance jobs

Laid off in the depths of the recession and unable to find another full-time job, writer Tamara Rice pieced together a new kind of workday for herself: three to five “mini-shifts” lasting one-and-1/2 to three hours each.

 

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Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

Can Twitter Fix an Economy in Crisis?

In search of a future for Brentwood, CA … and the U.S. work force

Raymond Alvarez:  Earthquakes, a great flood, fires – seemingly nothing could stop the rocking ’90s and California’s Contra Costa County, an area bounded by high tech companies to the south and industrial giants in the north.

Then came the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, the real estate bust.

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