Our founder and CEO, Rolf Ritter, was interviewed by Bloomberg Radio during the Small Business Expo in Boston this past week. He was eager to explain how the sharing economy will fix the broken market for work, by introducing a new business model that takes advantage of the flexibility now available in the workplace.
Rolf explained that the current market for work is broken, because talented employees spend far too much of their day in cubicles and lengthy meetings; this stagnation at the office lowers productivity and job satisfaction while increasing job frustration. The technological changes of the last few years, especially the ability to work from almost any location thanks to mobile technology and cloud-based systems, has made it possible to transform the workplace into a flexible, dynamic work environment that is not limited by geographic location or traditional business office hours. Instead, employers have the option to hire freelancers, who are more enthusiastic about their work and more knowledgeable in their content areas, which will free up time and space in the office and in the budget for the business tasks that matter most to the owner. By outsourcing to talented freelancers, there is great benefit to employers and freelancers.
When asked about the unsteady nature of freelance work, Rolf explained that using a trusted broker, like People as a Service, will alleviate many concerns that freelancers may have. A broker who works with the employer and freelancer can ensure that payment is made in a timely manner, and can coordinate project details so that there is clarity and understanding between all involved parties.
Rolf also had the opportunity to explain why our process of assessing freelancers truly sets us apart from other outsourcing platforms. Other platforms might offer lengthy lists of freelancers, and some may even have a rating system for the freelancers, but Rolf explained that 90 percent of the ratings are 4 or 5 stars, which does not give an employer very much useful information. Instead, People as a Service gets to know our talent, regardless of where they are in the world, and has them complete a test project that allows us to have a true understanding of their abilities and work ethic. We also work with them during their first project, to ensure the highest quality service to our business clients. This oversight, along with our understanding of business needs, allows us to provide a reliable and innovative experience to our clients and to our freelancers.
In addition, Rolf explained that People as a Service invites business clients to become members, which allows them regular access to our talented virtual workforce. It also allows us to recommend the best-fit freelancer, at the ideal price for both parties, without regard to commissions or any other bias. In this way, our clients can be sure that the freelancer being recommended, who also does not pay any fees, is the best person for their job.
We appreciate having the opportunity to discuss our innovative business model of the future with the lovely people at Bloomberg Radio.