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The New Age of Hiring

Last week we blogged about the importance of thinking differently.

We discussed the Sharing Economy, whereby people from around the country collaborate daily. We mentioned the difference between hiring a full-time assistant and contracting out part-time, project-by-project assistant work (which, by the way, could be done by someone on the East or West coast; in the North or South).

Today we are going to elaborate on the concept of hiring virtual talent. First, we must define it.

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Think. Think Different.

There's an old saying that goes, If what you're doing isn't working, do something else. This is what we're all about at PredictiveTalent. We think about work in a different way and we want to share our thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world. This new way of thinking is about to make a big appearance -- and bigger impact -- in the workforce.

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Should I Be a Specialist or a Generalist?

Everywhere we look we see that small business owners are opting for contractors instead of full-time employees. From Inc Magazine to Entrepreneur.com to Fast Company, this change is flooding content channels. (Here’s an example). And in fact, we’ve seen the number of contract hires in PredictiveTalent soar in the past couple years.

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What Does the Ability to Work Anywhere do to the Marketplace?

We’ve seen a lot of changes in recent years with the ability to work for anyone from anywhere. Countless executive assistants are picking up gigs as virtual assistants, helping small business owners run their businesses from the comfort of their home, a coffee shop or even a faraway destination. The same goes for accountants, graphic designers, website builders and more.

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How Can We Do It Better?

Small business owners strive day in and day out to learn one thing: How can I do this better? “This” could mean communicating with customers, providing better services, understanding your niche, making more money … you get the point. One thing we’ve learned, after 13 years in the business, is that bringing on help is one of the simplest (yes – simple!) ways to do better in all respects.

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Our Beef with oDesk and Elance

The influx of worldwide collaboration has a lot to do with sites like oDesk and Elance creating a marketplace where anybody could do any job from anywhere in the world. It’s a neat idea and is a convenient way for small business owners to get jobs done (such as design, proofreading, copywriting, web creation, and more). But there’s something about these job boards that rub us the wrong way.

The issue we have with online work teams like these is twofold:

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Are you Using Our Job Board The Way You Should?

Small business owners: Are you utilizing PredictiveTalent to its full advantage? We're a job board, but in a way we're so much more than that. If you need some support with email management, language translation or word processing, we've got a talented, competent professional waiting for you. Just a little reminder of how this works:

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Calling All Freelancers!

We know how it goes being a freelancer: you’re never quite sure who your next gig will come from, what it will require and how you’re going to get it all done. We understand because we’ve been there, which is why we created PredictiveTalent! We match freelance workers with jobs ranging from executive assistants, bookkeepers, appointment setters and more.

Register with us at www.predictivetalent.com so we can get you placed with one of our top notch clients!

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We’ve Got Talent!

Are you a business owner looking to broaden your services while spending your time working on what requires your attention? We’ve got talent for you! Our talent specializes in supporting busy business owners with administrative support, QuickBooks, research, scheduling … you name it! If you want to scale your business but aren’t keen on the idea of bringing on full-time staff, give us a call at 952.921.8813. We’d love to chat with you about how we can help you grow your business by matching you up with pre-screened, highly qualified virtual talent!

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