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For business owners, the tinsel and trappings of the holiday season also indicate it’s time to pin down your business plans for the coming year. While you should always be looking toward the future, the new year provides an opportunity to reflect, appreciate and lay the groundwork for a successful year for you and your team. When considering where to put your focus over the next 365 days, here are the top areas small businesses are investing in.
The jobs picture is a news item that gets a lot of attention. Deserving more attention are the opportunities that can come to people if they work online. The online work economy reflects how the physical location of any person or object has less meaning that it ever has. We say the network is flattening but our sense of geography is changing, too. It's another sign of how significant the trends are that we follow in cloud computing and virtualization. The job data from oDesk shows how the ecosystem for online employment connects to trends we see on the Web and in the mobile markets. It also shows the connections between different job categories. The demand for Web developers is tied to the need for people with social media expertise. The need for networking technology expertise is part of what drives demand for more software. So if you are looking for a job we have some advice: Rest your weary feet and take a seat. There are jobs to be found online.
Temporary workers are starting to look, well, not so temporary. Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, raising concerns among workers and some labor experts that temporary employees will become a larger, more entrenched part of the work force.
Online work is creating an economy of opportunity–where work is not linked to location, but to skills, experience and abilites. This shift towards a flexible, on-demand workforce is becoming an established hiring model for companies of all sizes to get more done with less, scale to meet demand, and increase efficiency. For workers, this allows them to manage their own work-life balance, get paid based on merit, and access an entire world of work opportunities.
The dawn of the contract technology worker era is here, and it’s blossoming in numbers never seen before, finds two reports. Mobile development in Android, iPhone and Facebook, HTML5 and Adobe Flash skills are hot now and in 2011. Hourly rates on two of the largest freelance job boards, however, show not much more earnings than an assistant manager’s rate at Starbucks.
Natalie Sisson always on the lookout for tools, products and services that help her streamline her business and save time and money. It’s all part of her master plan to free up time and run her business from anywhere in the world. So without further ado here are six of her top tools that you should know about and use for your business.
Much of the anger over offshoring is aimed at big multinational companies like IBM, which have been shifting a growing number of jobs overseas, and their clients, many of which are also large global companies. But a Contra Costa Times article spotlights an interesting trend: startups that hire contract workers in low-cost countries through online job sites.