/  Archives
Browsing Category

Remote Work

An Intriguing App for Finding Gigs in the Gig Economy

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.

Robby Berman

Robby Berman is a reporter, father, and musician who creates and discovers good stuff for the Internet world.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Continue reading...

Obama Addresses Workplace Issues in State of the Union Speech

Obama state of the union 2016

President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.

President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday night, speaking on a variety of topics from the cost of education to the strength of the U.S. military. At a few points during the speech, Obama focused on work and how the labor market has changed over the years. Here are four key quotes from his speech about work:

“It’s not too much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package for 30 years are sitting in this chamber.”

Obama was referring to the benefits that members of Congress (and perhaps the Supreme Court justices) receive, like a defined benefit pension plan and Congress’ above-average base salary of $174,000 per year. Companies don’t offer defined benefit pensions anymore, and wage growth has been largely stagnant, only recently beating inflation, according to the U.S Department of Labor. Obama went on to remark, “[For] folks in their 40s and 50s, saving for retirement or bouncing back from job loss has gotten a lot tougher.”

“It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when you lose a job, or you go back to school, or you strike out and launch that new business, you’ll still have coverage.”

Obama was referring to the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare. Before the passage of the law, which requires U.S. citizens to carry some form of health insurance, many workers would lose insurance after a job loss.

“The point is, I believe that in this new economy, workers and start-ups and small businesses need more of a voice, not less.”

In part due to the rise of small start-ups in the tech sector, the face of corporate America is changing. Obama may have been hinting that politicians in Washington are willing to work with sharing economy start-ups like Uber or Instacart (and perhaps the people who work for those companies) on regulatory issues.

“We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private sector job creation in history. More than 14 million new jobs, the strongest two years of job growth since the 1990s, an unemployment rate cut in half. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. That’s just part of a manufacturing surge that’s created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years.”

It’s true — a government report released Tuesday showed that nearly 3 million people quit a job in November, the largest number since April 2008. The labor market is increasingly turning toward employees, which might cause employee retention problems for some organizations.

Neal McNamara

Neal has spent a decade working as a newspaper reporter, which is one of the worst jobs in America job according to some career websites, but he actually likes it a lot.

More Posts

Follow Me:
LinkedIn

Continue reading...

THE TOP 7 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT REMOTE WORKERS

iStock_000063645575_Small-2Lazy, distracted, out of touch — these are just some of the stereotypes about remote workers. But the stereotypes aren’t even close to true. In fact, research has shown quite the opposite. When considering whether to allow remote workers at your own company, check out these seven most common misconceptions about remote employees. 

Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

More Posts

Follow Me:
TwitterLinkedIn

Continue reading...

The Best Reason to Work Remotely


THE-FREELANCERS-LIFE-IN-13-PICTURES4__880-2Diana Mocanu never wanted to work in an office environment, so her becoming a remote freelancer was no accident. To her, that career choice is the ticket to the big, wide world, and she sent her story in to Bored Panda in the hopes her choice might inspire others to dare dream outside the box. Way outside the box.

As Mocanu points out, “We live in the world of advanced technologies, so distance doesn’t matter any more.” Not only can you freelance from anywhere, but she makes it a point to do just that. As encouragement to others, she offers up pictures of her, hard at work, somewhere in the Balearic Islands.

Robby Berman

Robby Berman is a reporter, father, and musician who creates and discovers good stuff for the Internet world.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebook

Continue reading...

7 Reasons Working From a Coffee Shop Is Extremely Distracting

Working from a coffee shop is cool, right? RIGHT? Everybody does it. That’s what millennials do. That’s what the work environment is like these days. Just find a Wi-Fi signal and get after it. No need to worry about the various distractions that may come along with your choice of “office” for the day. Well, you can be the judge of that.

Taylor Sade

Taylor Sade is a reporter, humorist, and digital-media guru. Since graduating college, he's worked as a freelancer for Distractify, CollegeHumor, Uproxx, and ThoughtCatalog — giving him a unique perspective on the culture of remote employment.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterLinkedIn

Continue reading...