Forbes columnist Brian Rashid makes a great point. When someone is looking for a job, they’re caught in a time wasting, reactive form of professional growth since their skill set gets stuck on hold as they wait for a job. The emerging gig economy offers a way out of this numbing stasis by elevating freelancing to a legitimate career choice as a fluid — maybe even enjoyable — environment in which you can develop a diverse array of work skills. According to Rashid, there are currently about 53 million freelancers in America these days, and by 2020, it’s estimated that 50% of the workforce will be on-demand workers.
And how will these temporary gigs be found? One interesting idea comes from a company called Tispr, which is developing what they call a “sustainable, reliable, and safe ecosystem to instantly connect, collaborate, and work.” Their job marketplace is built around the company’s mobile iOS Tispr app that will soon also be available for Android devices.
Within the app, freelancers list whatever it is they can do as “offers.” An offer includes whether you’ll be providing a service remotely or locally (based on the app’s knowledge of your location). Tispr is currently set up for over 40 different loosely defined service categories. People who need jobs done use those categories to make requests in which they describe what they need and where they’d like it done. Tispr automatically matches requests with offers and sends freelancers notifications about opportunities, after which a bidding process between freelancer and client can begin. Tispr doesn’t take a cut or guarantee anyone’s legitimacy.
As the gig economy takes over, innovative network systems like Tispr’s are likely to become central to people careers, creating responsive frameworks within which work can get done and money can be made.Continue reading...