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028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy

According to global freelance matchmaker, Upwork, 57.3 million people freelanced in 2017.  In 10 years, they predict that the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.  As a small business owner, this means you will likely have more freelancers rather than employees performing work for you.  Managing these dispersed, virtual teams can be challenging.  This is where Sherry Heyl comes in.  In this episode, Sherry shares how she was inspired to start Amplified Concepts as a share economy solution for freelancers.  By pooling freelancers, she’s able to provide them back-office support resulting in reduced overhead for them and reduced project costs for you.  She also shares best practices for managing virtual teams of freelancers so important deadlines are met without sacrificing quality.  You’ll definitely want to download this episode!

Special Guest: Sherry Heyl, Founder of Amplified Concepts

Show Notes:

    • What Exactly is the Sharing Economy? – an article describing the various types of “new economies” including share, freelance and gig economies
    • SherryHeyl.com – Sherry’s site highlighting her professional skills
    • Why Hire Us – get help managing your team of freelancers
    • Freelancers Union – promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services
    • Fiverr.com – on-demand freelance services
    • UberConference – communicate seamlessly with your freelance team with state-of-the-art conference calling features that integrates with several apps like Slack, Salesforce, and LinkedIn
    • Upwork – find and vet premium freelancers for your next project

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 007: Staffing Up While You Scale Up: Tips for Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business
  • Episode 026: Finding Your Niche to Build an Empire

 

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023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business

Jim Stroud is a man of many talents.  Over the past decade, he has built an expertise in sourcing and recruiting strategy, public speaking, lead generation, video production, podcasting, online research, competitive intelligence, and online community management and training.  He combines all of these skills to bring a fresh approach to help companies attract and retain top talent.

In this episode, Jim describes how to use tools like video and LinkedIn to “bait” or kickstart your sourcing process.  He shares some specific examples he used to help tech giants like Google and Microsoft’s Canada Development Center to recruit and retain quality job candidates and how you can apply these to your small business.  In fact, Jim encourages you to use your company’s smaller size and agility to further humanize your sourcing process as long as you remember to craft job descriptions from three angles.

This episode is chocked full of free and low-cost resources for you to consider using in attracting and keeping top talent as your business continues growing.  It’s definitely an episode you’ll want to download and keep for future reference.

Special Guest:  Jim Stroud, Founder & CEO of The Jim Stroud Show

Show Notes:


Related Episodes:

  • Episode 007: Staffing Up While Scaling Up – Tips for Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
  • Episode 009:  Business Coaching vs. Consulting – 9 Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Guidance
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative

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