Steve Lohr's recent article in the New York Times on hiring tutors from India (Hello India, I need help with my math) shines a spotlight on the increasingly popular trend of outsourcing consumer services. The article focuses on one offshore tutoring company and also touches upon the practice of hiring virtual personal assistants.
We've seen this trend reflected in our marketplace as well. Take a look at the numerous Buyers on oDesk who are currently seeking personal assistants. These assistants can help busy professionals with a variety of different tasks, including managing databases, preparing documents, taking calls, and booking travel arrangements. Already there are more than 2,000 providers on our network available as "personal assistants."
What is particularly startling about the trend highlighted in the New York Times is that many of these new outsourcing clients are young. Really young. They're kids seeking homework and exam help from tutors working on the other side of the globe. This next generation is primed for a working world without borders. Computer savvy, comfortable with communicating online and already experienced in the world of offshoring, by the time this generation hits the workforce, there will be no hesitation in finding outsourcing solutions. They won't hesitate to look for creative ways to outsource their business tasks and personal lives, leading to further growth in the outsourcing realm.
We have one thing to say: Generation Y (and beyond), oDesk will be ready for you