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MBO Partners Recognized as Largest Provider of U.S. Independent Contractor Compliance and Engagement Services for Second Consecutive Year

December 16, 2014
Market Wired

In a multi-billion dollar market, MBO Partners leads the industry in the U.S., affirming the need for a strong, credible infrastructure to support engaging independent contractor talent.

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Self-employed find it's not easy to get a mortgage

December 04, 2014
Los Angeles Times

Despite often earning higher incomes, self-employed borrowers have a harder time getting a mortgage than their salaried peers, according to a new study out Thursday. And as the ranks of the self-employed grow, that's hindering the housing recovery.

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The Cure for the Common Staffing Ailment

November 21, 2014
Healthcare Business Today

Today 30 million Americans are exercising their freedom to work independently, some choosing to add independence as a side gig, while others use it as their primary source of income. With the increased resource demands on the health care industry these proud, bold independents are a vital link in your staffing strategy.

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The Difference Between a Solopreneur and a Side-Gigger

November 09, 2014
Entrepreneur

There are 30 million Americans working as freelancers or independent workers. But, there are huge differences within this independent, entrepreneurial cohort.

One big divide: the solopreneurs and the side-giggers. 17.9 million "solopreneurs" work more than 15 hours a week independently, according to MBO Partners' annual State of Independence in America report. Meanwhile, side-giggers take independent side jobs, working an average of 11 hours a week.

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Is The Future Of Work All About Freelance And Independent Workers?

November 06, 2014
Forbes

According to a recent SAP and Oxford Economics report, 83% of executives say their companies are increasing their use of contingent workers. Intuit reported that by 2020 40% of American Workers will be freelancers. Another recent report from MBO Partners found that today there are approximately 30 million independent workers and that by 2019 this number will grow to 40 million. Clearly there is something going on here with millions of people in America and around the world shifting towards this new model of working.

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Secrets to Getting Word-Of-Mouth Recommendations Without Asking

October 29, 2014
Forbes

If you’re not getting most of your business by word of mouth, you’re leaving money on the table.

Many small business owners have a hard time asking for recommendations. They feel awkward asking clients to promote them, because it seems self serving. If you are shy about doing this, here are some strategies that will make others want to help you grow your business.

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A Handshake and a Drink in a Digital World

October 24, 2014
Huffington Post

If you are in business in the 21st century, you've heard from multiple sources that you need to have an optimized digital presence if you hope to succeed. This message may ring a little louder if you are an independent worker. But what does an "optimized digital presence" even mean?

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State of Independence in America

October 21, 2014
The Future of Work

The future of work is here and it is 30 million strong and growing. The latest data counts 17.9 million as full-time solopreneurs, with an additional 12.1 million part-time “side-giggers.” Together, they are contributing more than $1 trillion to the American economy and changing the work landscape.

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Shifting Structure, Sleepless Nights

October 17, 2014
Oil & Gas Monitor

For many, the shifting work landscape has caused more than a few sleepless evenings. The growth of the contingent workforce has shone light on a myriad of workforce issues that will require thoughtful solutions.

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MBO Partners’ Gene Zaino on the Rise of the Independent Worker (Part 2)

October 15, 2014
Spend Matters

Spend Matters recently interviewed Gene Zaino, president and CEO of MBO Partners, on his firm’s recent study looking at the rise of independent workers in America. In Part 1 of the interview, Gene began to share his thoughts on key takeaways from the MBO survey, surprise findings from the report and what it means for government and tax policy. Today, we continue our discussion with Gene.

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MBO Partners Gene Zaino on the Rise of the Independent Worker: Men, Women and Surprise Findings

October 13, 2014
Spend Matters

I recently had the chance to ask Gene Zaino, president and CEO of MBO Partners, to share his comments and thoughts on his firm’s 2014 State of Independence in America workforce study. In this two part-series on Spend Matters, we feature Gene’s perspective on the topic.

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Freelance Still Runs On Word Of Mouth

October 11, 2014
Working Woman Report

Fragment the economy into ever-more efficient units, freelancers who can start and stop assignments on a moment’s notice. Toss in 21st century technology, communication that can pass job assignments around the world in less than a second. And you know that means futuristic ways of connecting people to work. Yet as the number of independent workers continues to expand, the most common way they find assignments and get work is … word of mouth?

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The Freelance Workforce and Services Procurement: What is Your Share of $1 Trillion in Spending?

October 10, 2014
Spend Matters

MBO Partners just released its 2014 State of Independence in America workforce study. The report should be a wake up call for procurement teams and leaders to factor in this growing group of professionals into their overall services procurement strategies.

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Old-fashioned Word-of-Mouth Still Rules for Freelancers

October 10, 2014
Inc.

Online marketplaces have a long way to go before they make a significant dent in how most freelancers find work, according to a new report.

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The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth

October 09, 2014
Harvard Business Review

We may well be entering a new age of work, in which tasks can be sliced into bite-sized chunks and allotted online to freelancers all over the planet. But we’re not quite there yet, according to a new survey conducted for MBO Partners, which provides back-office services to independent workers — which it dubs “solopreneurs.”

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Study: Indie-workers pushing US economy

October 07, 2014
BizReport

New numbers out from MBO Partners indicates not only are more people freelancing, but that freelancers, entrepreneurs and 'solo'preneurs are helping to push the US economy.

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Start-ups fueling the ‘freelance economy’

August 14, 2014
CNBC

A number of start-ups want to help potential employers leverage the skills of some of the 90 million Americans that are "out of the workforce."

New technology platforms are connecting Americans with freelance work and fueling a growing part of the economy that accounts for $1.2 trillion in annual income, according to MBO Partners, a consultancy firm that focuses on what it calls "independent workers."

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Provade and MBO Partners Announce Strategic Partnership

July 31, 2014
PR Web

Provade, Inc., an industry leader in enterprise Vendor Management System (VMS) development for global contingent and SOW workforce management, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with MBO Partners, the leading provider of management services for independent professionals and the clients that engage them.

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For Digital Temps, A Safety Net Emerges

July 29, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

Companies such as TaskRabbit Inc., which matches freelance helpers with odd jobs, boast they are transforming the world of work, giving people the freedom to do what they like when they like.

Yet that flexibility comes at a cost: such work typically lacks the safety net of benefits, wage protections or job security that are afforded to those with more permanent arrangements.

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Study: 1 In 2 Professionals Will Be Independent Contractors By 2020

July 24, 2014
AOL Jobs

MBO Partners projects that 1 in 2 American workers will either move to independent work, or spend at least part of their working hours as self-employed professionals by 2020. The study showed some very good reasons why more of us might want to ditch being employees and embrace becoming businesses-of-one. Here are a few...

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Top 9 Misconceptions of Independent Contractor Engagement

July 21, 2014
Business Tips

Independent contractors can be a viable resource for growing your business, fitting seasonal demands and often adding in-demand or specialized skills. However, it is vital to have a compliant process for engaging independent workers or risk wage and hour violations or tax reclassification. Typical approaches often make faulty assumptions, doing nothing to reduce your risk profile. Below are the top 9 misconceptions about independent contractor engagement.

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America’s Independent Workforce: Small Business, Big Growth

July 18, 2014
Fit Small Business

America and independence go together like Mom, apple pie, and baseball – it’s just something you think of when you think “America.”  The growing number of Americans who identify themselves as independent workers continues to rise. The third annual MBO Partners State of Independence report, published in 2013, indicates that more and more people are choosing to work independently.  

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The Circle of Life: Applying Zen to the Project Economy

July 16, 2014
The Huffington Post

Bloggers and reporters alike are responding to post-recession America with a similar refrain: the traditional 9-5 job is dead. If you listen, you can hear the bagpipes playing an accompaniment to the doom and gloom future painted for the j-o-b.

Should we be running for our bomb shelters and setting fire to our resumes?

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Are You Ready To Be A Contract Worker? Now Is The Time To Prepare

July 10, 2014
Forbes

In the next 10 to 15 years, as many as half of American professionals could be contract workers, meaning they earn income from a variety of organizations rather than working full time for one organization. Given how quickly this trend is taking hold in the United States and the fact that only a minority percentage of the American workforce has past or current experience with contract employment, individuals who expect to be gainfully employed through mid-century have a steep learning curve.

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INDEPENDENTS’ DAY

July 07, 2014
Live Agendas

Casey Marshall is part of a growing sect of workers without a home — tinkerers, thinkers, developers, designers and storytellers who are shunning the ever-elusive gold watches and hefty retirement packages of corporate employment and riding the wave of the recession from cubicles to coworking spaces and coffee shops.

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The Self-Employment Surge and How Professionals Can Best Prepare

June 23, 2014
Brandpoint

One in two American workers are projected to be self-employed by 2020, according to MBO Partners. While the shifting economy has surely pushed some people into independent work, many have chosen it. Career goals for contemporary professionals are changing and given how quickly this trend is taking hold in the United States, today's employees who aspire to be tomorrow's contract workers need to prepare now to navigate this changing landscape.

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Rise of the 'flex' economy

June 08, 2014
The Christian Science Monitor

The American labor force is undergoing a fundamental shift as more people become freelancers, contract workers, and part-timers – bringing new flexibility but also new insecurities.

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Connecting With the Independent Worker

June 01, 2014
Successful Meetings

According to consulting firm Accenture, between 20 and 33 percent of the U.S. workforce is now composed of freelancers, contractors, and temporary workers, up from 6 percent in 1989. MBO Partners, a firm that services independent contractors and the corporations that employ them, predicts that number will grow to 50 percent by 2020.

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Why freelancers need a code of ethics

May 30, 2014
Fortune

In a business world filled with ambiguity, creating clarity around your ethical or behavioral standards can seem like a quaint notion from a bygone era. Yet freelancers and independent contractors need these “rules of engagement” to establish boundaries and general “rules of the road,” says Sara Horowitz, president of the Freelancers Union.

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Is A Perfect Storm Fueling the Contingent Workforce?

May 27, 2014
Recruiting Blogs

In 2001, Dan Pink published a bestselling and forward-thinking business book titled Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. By all current reports, that future has arrived.

If the millennial generation will become predominantly free agents, how will this impact recruiting and HR over the next decade?

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The Latest Cheerleader to Sue a Football Team Says She Made $2 an Hour

May 21, 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Florida this week, Manouchcar Pierre-Val says that the team paid $100 for every game she worked. She had to spend up to 15 hours a week at unpaid mandatory practices and dozens of hours at corporate and charity events for which she received little or no pay, according to the complaint. In all, Pierre-Val was paid less than $2 an hour, her lawyer told the Tampa Bay Times.

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Trust Each Other, The Sharing Economy Is Here to Stay

May 16, 2014
Forbes

Airbnb may have won the latest round in its legal battle this week, but it’s clear the backlash against the sharing economy is just beginning...Given the immense popularity and recent negativity, it’s worth taking a step back, examining what the sharing economy is and whether it’s truly helping or hurting us.

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Glass Ceiling Smashed By Freelancing Moms

May 09, 2014
Forbes

In a reversal of the age-old gender pay gap, women are making more money than men in part-time jobs. Female part-timers earned $10 more in median weekly salaries than their male counterparts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Contrast this to full-time work, where men still generated 15% more than women in overall median weekly earnings.

It’s all part of the radically changing nature of work. And working moms are driving the transformation.

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Future of work: how the freelance revolution is changing the meaning of a ‘day job’

May 08, 2014
Business Review Weekly

Across Australia many employers have realised that developing and promoting an appealing working environment is an effective way to both attract and retain staff.

But even these efforts are proving insufficient in gaining the services of an increasing number of Australians, who are cashing in job security for a more flexible working lifestyle.

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For many Americans, 'temp' work becomes permanent way of life

April 21, 2014
CNBC

For Americans who can't find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it's a dead-end route.

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How to Create Long Term Value for Your Clients

April 13, 2014
Yahoo! Voices

Completing projects timely and to the clients expectations should be a given. You want and need to create a long lasting relationship with your clients that sets you apart from every other freelancer out there. If you believe that you are the only person who can fulfill a project, you are already in trouble. So how do you keep your clients coming back? 

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7 Tips For Freelancers To Stay Organized

April 10, 2014
Business Insider

Many freelancers work from home, have multiple bosses, and have to juggle multiple projects at once.

That makes staying on top of everything especially challenging. Here are seven field-tested tips for freelancers to stay organized.

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America's under-valued workers

March 26, 2014
Fortune

With the growth of freelancers and contract workers, the government needs to de-emphasize its focus on full-time jobs.

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For Digital Nomads, Work Is No Longer A Place And Life Is One Big Adventure

March 25, 2014
ValueWalk

Merav Knofer is among a growing number of people who consider themselves “digital nomads,” or professionals who are independent of specific locations, who use a Web-based toolkit of Skype, Google Docs and social media to work and collaborate from wherever, whenever -- be it on a beach in Thailand or, in Knafo’s case, overlooking a rice paddy in Bali.

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Six Booming Freelance Jobs For A New Life Direction

March 24, 2014
ValueWalk

Are you stuck between jobs, frustrated by what opportunities are out there and longing to start something of your own?  You are not alone.

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Do you think start-ups are just for the young?

March 21, 2014
ValueWalk

When you think of famous entrepreneurs, if you’re like most of us, you think of young twenty-somethings who come up with groundbreaking ideas fresh out of college or even while they are still in school. However, when it comes to the statistics, we are wrong.  

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Why freelancing is here to stay

March 21, 2014
Keppie Careers

While the news about the growth of the independent workforce continues to hit the blogosphere and traditional media outlets, some job seekers still haven’t embraced the opportunity to actively focus on sustainable, independent work. 

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WORKING: Good Buddies, Good Business Partners?

March 21, 2014
GPB News

A study last fall from the consultants at MBO Partners found nearly 18 million independent workers nationwide. No doubt some of those people are running businesses with their friends, even though that can be fraught with challenges.

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The 10 Best Cities For Freelancers

March 06, 2014
Business Insider

NerdWallet recently did a study that determined the best cities for independent workers based on three factors: the percentage of residents with self-employment income (50% of the score), the affordability of the median rent cost (25%), and the affordability of the median health care cost (25%).

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Staffing firms are partnering with online platforms in different ways

February 27, 2014
Staffing Industry Analysts

While some staffing firms have begun making strategic investments in online staffing platform businesses to get a closer look, others are engaging more directly and actively. The following four cases are examples of both approaches.

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Where Are All the Self-Employed Workers?

February 07, 2014
Harvard Business Review

Along with a bunch of other, more headline-grabbing numbers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that 14.4 million Americans were self-employed in January. Of those, 9.2 million were unincorporated self-employed workers and another 5.2 million were incorporated.

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Why Entrepreneurs Are Among the Happiest People in The World

February 06, 2014
Huffington Post Canada

It is an enormous and important achievement that we are openly discussing mental health and its costs to the economy but what if the investments we are making are not enough because they are based on yesterday's economy rather than the economy of the future?

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Is going solo the new career track for parents in PR?

February 06, 2014
PR Daily

Perhaps because of my own experience and network, it seems public relations has become a viable career that many former corporate practitioners have successfully carved out as independent workers. In other words, our career tracks haven’t been derailed and our families see us a lot more.

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How to Identify Great Contract Candidates

February 06, 2014
Recruiting Blogs

As contract staffing becomes a long-term business strategy in many organizations, companies are increasingly turning to recruiters to find the best contract candidates. But what does the best contract candidate look like?

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Engaging the 21st Century Independent Professional Workforce: Developing a New Work-Arrangement Intermediation Ecosystem

February 06, 2014
The Research Platform

I recently did a paper on how MBO Partners is positioning itself to address the 21st century requirements for intermediating “work arrangements” between high skilled, highly paid “independent professionals” and the enterprise organizations that will increasingly require their services.

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Finding your Zen at work: Rethink full-time

February 05, 2014
CNN Money

We hear much about the jobless, and that those who've found work should simply be grateful. However, Americans aren't happily employed. More than half, 70%, of U.S. employees reported last year that they were actively dis-engaged or not engaged in their work, according to a Gallup Poll.

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How to Make Money Writing Online by Becoming a Freelance Writer: Interview with Ben Gran

February 01, 2014
Sixty & Me

In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I speak with Ben Gran, a successful freelance writer, about how to start a writing business while still working or considering retirement.

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5 Career Trends for 2014

January 29, 2014
Talk Business Magazine

As the way we work continues to change, I believe we’ll see the following trends in 2014:

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Hiring Temporary Workers? 4 Tips to Keep Things Legal

January 28, 2014
UpCounsel

Many business owners need to hire temporary workers for all sorts of short-term projects, and these days there are more qualified workers available than ever. Some are retired, others prefer to be self-employed, still others come to you by way of temporary agencies – all of them have significant skills that can be used to complete a project, solve a problem with highly specialized skills, or fill gaps in your business’ workforce.

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MBO Partners Recognized as Keystone Platform for the Future of Work

January 27, 2014
Yahoo Finance

As work preferences and arrangements continue to dramatically evolve, traditional engagement methods appear unsuited to meet the needs of workers and organizations. Andrew Karpie, Chief Analyst at the Research Platform and the foremost industry expert on online staffing and new workforce models, describes MBO as uniquely positioned to be the leader in establishing a 21st century engagement enablement platform that meets the needs for organizations and the rising independent professional class in a new report on the sector.

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What Musicians Can Teach Us About the Challenges of Being Your Own Boss

January 17, 2014
Forbes

When you work for yourself, as do musicians and a growing sector of the economy, you bear the responsibility for how your career pans out. And it’s not always an easy burden to bear.

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The Work Market-SAP Deal: What Does It Really Mean (for Staffing)?

January 10, 2014
Staffing Industry Analysts

Work Market recently announced a deal with global enterprise software giant SAP. This deal not only indicates that large enterprises are reaching out and engaging with online staffing platforms to access needed talent, it also demonstrates that there are many new ways in which this can be happening (especially as enterprises more and more adopt flexible, extended workforce models). 

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Is The Tech Industry Going Independent?

January 02, 2014
The Syber Group

The tech industry is undergoing a shift toward a more independent, contingent IT workforce. And while that trend might not be cause for alarm for retiring baby boomer IT professionals, it could mean younger and mid-career workers need to prepare to make a living solo.

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34 Small-Business Predictions For 2014

December 30, 2013
American Express Open Forum

Most small-business owners eagerly anticipate the arrival of the new year. We’re entrepreneurs—we’re not afraid of the unknown. In fact, we welcome it.

But we also try to gain every advantage we can. To that end, I’ve spoken with 11 experts and entrepreneurs to get their perspectives on 2014 and what lies ahead for your business.

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The Elevator Pitch

December 30, 2013
Blogging Calwell

I’ve learned a lot about this thing called “independent contracting”. Today, many see this as something they want to do. On an average day, I see a number of elevator pitches from various companies and individuals – many of them I have started to invest in.

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Tech Industry Sees A Shift Towards Independent Workers

December 24, 2013
The Guru Review

The tech industry is undergoing a shift toward a more independent, contingent IT workforce. And while that trend might not be cause for alarm for retiring baby boomer IT professionals, it could mean younger and mid-career workers need to prepare to make a living solo.

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Your next job, next year, may be self-employment

December 23, 2013
Computer World

The tech industry is seeing a shift toward a more independent, contingent IT workforce. And while that trend might not be bad for retiring baby boomer IT professionals, it could mean younger and mid-career workers need to prepare to make a living solo.

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Disrupting Employment: 2014 Career Trends

December 19, 2013
Digital Talent Recruiters

The following was written and published by Gary Swart, CEO at oDesk. We wanted to share the post with you as it contains many outstanding, research-backed insights. Without further ado, we invite you to read Gary’s article with an open mind and in context of your own personal situations. 

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Work Is No Longer a Place

December 19, 2013
InIt Call Technologies

Technology is rapidly democratizing where and when we work, and even who we work for. To see rapid disruption in our expectations of what employment looks like, you have only to recall the backlash that Yahoo’s work from home ban caused in February 2013. Imagine similar pushback a generation ago over being brought back into an office… it wouldn’t have happened.

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Top 3 Workforce Predictions 2014

December 19, 2013
Competing in a Shrinking World

These predictions from MBO Partners are supported by the research of my soon to release book BOOMERVILLE: Getting off the Corporate Merry-Go-Round. How strong these pivots will be is unknown, but the rise of the blended workforce and the Gig Economy is apparent.

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Reimagining Where and How We Work: Local 64 provides the ability to ask questions, exchange ideas and share a common workplace

December 18, 2013
Montpelier Bridge

In the past 20 years, the amount of change in every aspect of our lives has been staggering. How we work is no exception. MBO Partners (MyBizOffice), a company that supports independent consultants, recently published its annual “State of Independence in America” report, revealing that currently 40 percent of workers have worked or are working as an independent.

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Coherency in contradiction

December 18, 2013
Deloitte University Press

This report examines life in the Big Shift by exploring some of the tensions and intrinsic contradictions arising from the accelerated pace of technology and information flows. We'll examine the conditions that are amplifying these contradictions and suggest ways to find opportunity within them. By reframing contradictions as complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, leaders may discover a greater ability to adapt and innovate in a complex, dyanic world.

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‘Bring your own worker’ and other trends for 2014

December 16, 2013
URLinkedUp

“Bring your own worker,” employers as partners and self-employment are among the top three trends for 2014, predicted by MBO Partners, a provider of business services to independent contractors as well as independent contractor payrolling and compliance services.

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The Two Types of Portfolio Careers

December 12, 2013
Business News & Economy Articles

Theres no doubt the traditional career path of staying with a single company, or a small number of employers, and rising through the ranks until you retire is no longer viable for most people. One option that's becoming increasingly common is the portfolio career. 

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Moving for Movies

December 10, 2013
GeNYU

Working in film often means constantly searching for the next job; when one movie or TV show completes, or gets cancelled, they are unemployed again. Paszkiewicz is a freelancer, one of 43 million workers today, according to the Freelancer Union. The numbers are growing at such a rapid pace that by 2020 there will be more freelance workers than regular employees.

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Entrepreneurship: A Timeless, Ageless Passion

December 09, 2013
Forbes

It strikes me, despite our perceptions and preconceived notions of who an entrepreneur is, or what he/she “looks” like, the universal passion for entrepreneurship is not the sole territory of the young.

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Everyone Should Plan for Self-Employment

December 03, 2013
Small Business Labs

The Forbes article Why Everyone Needs a Business Plan covers what we feel is a very, very important topic - that most Americans, at some point, will be self-employed. The reason we see this topic as so very important is we are constantly interviewing people who've lost their jobs, are struggling to find new jobs, but have done no preparation or thinking about how they can earn a living on their own.  

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Latin America: The Rise of the Millennials

December 03, 2013
Formar Hub

Across the globe, a new generation is coming of age – a generation irrevocably shaped by the collaborative nature of the internet and the pervasive influence of social media. Known as “Generation Y” – or, more often, simply “Millennials” – this generation, made up of young people born between 1983 and 2000, is already beginning to make its mark.

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Need Help Launching Coworking Office Space?

November 29, 2013
Officing Today

If you look around at the alternative workspace industry one trend is clear: entrepreneurs and mobile workers are flocking to coworking office space around the world. Some business centers have already incorporated the model and others are exploring their options.

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Why Everyone Needs A Business Plan

November 26, 2013
Forbes

If you work in corporate America, you probably spend a lot of time thinking like a chess player. What happens if raises this year are terrible? Should talking to a headhunter be your next move? How will you outmaneuver the merger that just got announced?

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You Might be Surprised at the Current State of Independent Workers

November 08, 2013

Call them freelancers, self-employed or independent – people who work for themselves have been the subject of much debate since the Great Recession hit five years ago. Are today’s independent workers entrepreneurs, or just people who can’t get jobs and are forced to fend for themselves?

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Freelancers Are Getting Pulled Into Worker Misclassification Fights

October 22, 2013
Bloomberg Business Week

America’s 17.7 million independent workers will earn about $1.2 trillion this year, according to a study published last month by MBO Partners. Employers will tell you the rising freelance economy is good for workers, who get to set their own hours and work in their pajamas.

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The Next Wave of Remote Workers Are Independents

October 15, 2013
Midsize Insider

According to MBO Partners, from 2011 to 2013 the number of independent workers in the United States grew 10 percent to 17.7 million people earning a total annually of $1.17 trillion. The number of workers is projected to reach 24 million by 2018, a vast pool of talent that is far greater than the local prospective employees within a reasonable commuting distance for a business.

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The Top 6 Reasons Independent Work is Here to Stay

September 18, 2013
U.S. News & World Report

While the news about the growth of the independent workforce continues to hit the blogosphere and traditional media outlets, some job seekers still haven't embraced the opportunity to actively focus on sustainable, independent work. Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO Partners, a business platform to help independent professionals succeed, says he believes that independent work is here to stay.

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What You Need to Know About Being Self-Employed

September 13, 2013
Fox Business

Finding a full-time job in the current anemic job market still remains a challenge, so many are creating their own positions and becoming their own boss.

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Independent Work Force on the Rise

September 12, 2013
Business News Daily

The number of Americans choosing to work for themselves rather than someone else is on the rise, new research shows. Nearly 18 million Americans are now spending at least half their time working as a self-employed independent contractor, up 10 percent from 2011, a study by MBO Partners revealed. The result: they're generating $1.2 trillion in total income.

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Why Everybody's Going Freelance

September 12, 2013
Fast Company

More Americans are declaring their independence: as in the 17 million that self-indentified as indepenendent workers--as in freelancers, temps, self-employed consultants and the like--as of May 2013, up 10% from 2011.

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In The Future Will We Be Working For An Algorithm?

September 12, 2013
Forbes

One of the best panels I attended at last month’s SXSW V2V was titled the “Future of Work: Evolve or go Extinct”. SXSW did a fantastic job and assembled an outstanding panel, and there were some really awesome quotes which I’ve shared below, along with some of my thoughts.

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Counting America’s Freelance, Ahem, 'Self-Employed' Workers

September 11, 2013
Business Week

The rise of the freelance economy gets plenty of attention. Getting a handle on how many U.S. workers fit into this bucket is harder than you’d think.

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MBO Partners and Work Market Announce Online Staffing Partnership

September 11, 2013
Staffing Industry Analysts

MBO Partners and Work Market announced today a partnership signaling significant change in the online staffing segment. The partnership creates MBO Work Market, a new managed contractor cloud solution that combines MBO’s engagement platform with Work Market’s technology platform.

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More Workers Choose Independence

September 10, 2013
Wall Street Journal

U.S. employers have been adding jobs since October 2010, but a growing segment of the workforce isn’t interested in applying.

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Report: Women, Boomers Leading the Freelance Charge

September 09, 2013
Biz Report

The Internet isn't only letting families and friends stay better connected. It is now pushing deeper employer/employee relationships - in the form of freelance/independent work. According to new data out from MBO Partners, the number of people freelancing or working independently is up 5% over the past year, with women and Boomers leading the freelance way.

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The Two Sides of MBO Partners: Things May Not Always Be What They Seem

August 30, 2013
Staffing Industry Analysts

 For a variety of reasons this past year, I have begun to look differently at MBO Partners.

 

Part of the reason is that I tend to be curious about “contingent workforce intermediation businesses” in general, and especially those that don’t seem to conform to the norm. Ironically, a big part of MBO’s business is about ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations (and a good twist of irony will also pepper my interest).

 

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Why Digital Disruption May Put You Out of Your Job And Into An Entrepreneurial Career

August 23, 2013
Forbes

Digital disruption is motivating major corporations to tear up their legacy playbooks and go social as they seek the secret sauce for providing great customer experiences (CX). This, in turn, is accelerating demand for people with advanced web development and modern marketing smarts, as companies work feverishly to outflank competitors.

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Does The Future Of Work Spell Doom For Entrepreneurs?

August 22, 2013
American Express Open Forum

To find the talent they need, more companies are hiring people on a per-project basis. But are these freelancers true entrepreneurs--or just workers trying to make a living?

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The Future of Work

August 20, 2013
LInkedIn

In the last decade, we’ve seen massive disruption in the world of work — in fact, I would argue that we haven’t seen changes of this scale since the Industrial Revolution. This has generated lots of discussion, with everyone from economists and futurists to university deans and thought leaders and of course professional themselves weighing in.

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The 3 Hottest Growth Opportunities in Staffing

August 02, 2013
Staffing Industry Analysts

There’s no denying that the way talent is recruited, retained and evaluated is changing before our eyes. What does that mean for tech companies, consultants and other service providers in the space? Growth opportunities. The vendors that can help organizations navigate and optimize today’s new way of handling talent are primed to experience significant business growth.

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How to Compete in a Freelancing, Crowdsourcing Economy

June 12, 2013
U.S. News & World Report

If you're looking for jobs, you are intimately familiar with the tight market, but have you thought about the reasons why there may be fewer openings in your industry? It may not be because there is less work, especially if your skills are in demand. Instead, perhaps your industry is following the growing trend of hiring freelancers and contract workers to get the work done instead of advertising for full-time help. What does the workplace of the future look like?

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Half of project managers will be independent workers by 2020!

June 12, 2013
Projectation.com

In the May issue of PMI’s PM Network magazine, there seems to be an indication that at least half of the American workforce who call themselves project managers will be independent workers.  This is based on a study by MBO Partners which “showed that half of the U.S. workforce may be made up of independent workers by 2020.  There are currently more than 16 million independent workers in the country—a number the report expects to reach 70 million in the next decade.”    The executive summary of the study sums up the situation quite well.

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Video: Number of Freelancers Growing in the U.S.

June 07, 2013
CNN

See video here.


Career Watch: The Growth of Consulting

May 21, 2013
CIO-IN

Peter Cannone, the CEO of OnForce on the technology consulting workforce answers a few questions around on why CIOs should use their skills to explore the world of consulting.

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Career Watch: The growth of consulting

May 20, 2013
Computer World

Business growth uncertainty has greatly accelerated companies' use of the IT contract workforce, and we expect this trend to continue. A recent study by MBO Partners forecasts that independent workers will account for more than 50% of the workforce by 2020. 

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Freelance for Hire

May 15, 2013
Project Management Institute

In the not-so-distant future, the majority of employees may be freelancers, consultants and independent workers. The ranks of the unaffiliated are growing around the world, no longer limited to creative careers such as writing or graphic design. (Story from May 2013 Project Management Institute Magazine)

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Kick-Start Your Independent Career: 5 Tips for Millennials

March 12, 2013
Business Insider

As unemployment for young people continues to remain high, more and more Gen Yers are looking to blaze their own career paths—and, specifically, many of them are choosing to go solo as consultants or freelancers.

Continue reading here.


Ready to Chuck Your Corporate Job? Solopreneurship Is a Growing Movement for Women

February 26, 2013
Forbes

In my current exploration of women’s leadership in all business arenas, and in researching how women are thriving in a wide range of professional settings, I had the pleasure of speaking recently with Aassia Haq, Chief Marketing Officer – MBO Partners and Former CEO – ALUMRISE, Inc.

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Independent Work May Be Inevitable

February 19, 2013
Harvard Business Review

I never intended to disrupt my career over and again, eventually becoming a free agent. And yet it turns out that the odds were pretty good that I would disrupt myself out of corporate life — and that you might, too.

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The Rise of the Project Economy

January 08, 2013
EPM Channel

With the fiscal cliff behind us and 2013 ahead, many Americans are coming to terms with the fact that the relationship between employees and employers has changed.

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Twelve Tips for Taking Control of Your Work Life

December 18, 2012
Forbes

How do you set yourself up in an independent career, with enough guarantees of success? For a lot of people, fear of failure is an insurmountable barrier to taking control of their work lives, yet the independent sector has attracted 17 million Americans now (and more of us will have to look to ourselves as the number one source of work in the future).

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How to Successfully Navigate an Independent Career

November 29, 2012
American Express Open Forum

As unemployment for young people continues to soar, more and more Gen Y-ers are looking to blaze their own career paths—specifically, going solo as consultants or freelancers. The second annual State of Independence in America workforce study by MBO Partners reveals that the independent workforce in the U.S. will grow to 23 million strong in the next five years alone.

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Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

November 19, 2012
Forbes

What’s the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th, Ashoka’s founder, Bill Drayton, is giving his predictions in an interview with David Bornstein from the New York Times.

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Declaration of Independents

November 16, 2012
Small Business Trends

Are you an “independent worker?” Maybe you call yourself a freelancer, independent contractor, solopreneur or self-employed. Recently, MBO Partners surveyed workers from this growing group, which they define as people who work at least 15 hours per week in nontraditional, nonpermanent full- or part-time employment. The resulting report, Independent Workforce Index: The State of Independence in America, has some fascinating findings about who America’s independent workers are, why they decided to strike out on their own, and what their futures hold.

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How To Thrive In An Era When All Jobs Are Temporary

October 11, 2012
AOL Jobs

Temporary and contingent workers are on the rise. The independent workforce has grown to 16.9 million from 16 million in the past year, according to research by MBO Partners, which provides business services to consultants. As companies realize that they can hire contractors for certain services instead of paying for full-time workers, more people will find themselves becoming freelancers, either by choice or by necessity.

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The Face of Today's Independent Worker

October 04, 2012
American Express Open Forum

Having your own business was once a rarity. 

I remember when I first took the leap. I’d go to a party and tell people what I did, and oohs and ahs would ensue. The admiration bestowed on me then was similar to that of a movie star or a neurosurgeon. Most could not even imagine being their own boss.

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Older workers find livelihood in temping

September 21, 2012
MSN Money

Growing numbers of older Americans who have struggled to find work in the wake of the Great Recession are doing something they once considered unthinkable: They are taking temporary jobs.

And this is one of the best job moves they can make, according to Kerry Hannon, author of the new book "AARP Great Jobs for Everyone 50+" (Wiley).

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Seven Ways To Better Manage Your External Talent

September 20, 2012
Forbes

Earlier in the week I reported on a conversation with Gene Zaino at MBO Partners. MBO help bridge the gap between independent workers and companies that need to use and manage a contingent workforce. Back then I was presenting a list of tips for the freelance worker. Here Gene and I are discussing how companies can manage the contingent workforce more effectively – and get better results.

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'Solopreneurs' capitalize on changing workplace

September 20, 2012
OC Register

Almost 17 million Americans are now "solopreneurs," 900,000 more than in 2011, according to the second annual "State of Independence in America" career study by MBO Partners. And another 27 million U.S. adults are considering a shift to this form of work.

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IT Free Agency: A Migraine For Managers

September 11, 2012
InformationWeek

Hear that steady clomp, clomp, clomp? It's the sound of another nearly 1 million Americans who in the past year alone have willingly hoofed it out of traditional employment and into the ranks of a happy and growing workforce of free agents. As of this very moment, that workforce stands at an estimated 16.9 million strong.

Read more here.


Who Are The Happiest Workers in America (And Who Is Getting Happier)?

September 07, 2012
Forbes

Who are the people that really look forward to going to work everyday, who get a profound sense of satisfaction from what they do, who are in jobs they choose and at an income level that is good enough? Could it be a role as counter-intuitive as the software quality assurance engineer, as revealed by Careerbliss? Or is it something even more unexpected?

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Making a Living, One Project at a Time

August 27, 2012
The New York Times

Registering with an agency that lists projects for high-level professionals is one way to find work. But most career project professionals use their own networks. “Ninety percent of the people we work with get their work from those they know,” says Gene Zaino, chief executive of MBO Partners in Herndon, Va., which provides back-office support for independent consultants.

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NEVER BE BORED AT WORK AGAIN

July 19, 2012
CBS MoneyWatch

Boredom is epidemic in the workplace. One recent study of British office workers found that one in four experienced chronic boredom serious enough to make them lose concentration. Yet one class of workers seems to suffer much less from such woes: free agents.

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New Labor Market Reality: Gigging is the New Full-Time Job

July 10, 2012
Fox Business

Whether it’s surviving a job loss, cultivating your professional skills or wanting a more autonomous work/life balance, many workers are turning to “gigs” and “gigging” to make ends meet in the rough labor market.

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Tips To Juggle Working Independently & With Your Team

July 02, 2012
Glassdoor

With so much work turned over to independent contractors, you may think that your fireworks finale skill-set could be your ability to work independently.

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Want to Be Happy as an Older Worker? Branch Out on Your Own

June 07, 2012
US News & World Report

When we think of independent workers, we tend to think of younger people in the middle of their careers. But MBO Partners' State of Independence in America report reveals that a full 30 percent of the independent workforce are baby boomers.

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What Ambition in Women Looks Like

May 08, 2012
Huffington Post

The first time I heard Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, say that women lack ambition, I thought, "She's an executive, not a researcher. This idea will be disproved." Yet she continues to be given a platform to tell this story. People continue to listen. This is another low blow to high-achieving women.

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Baby Boomers: America's Hottest Group Of New Entrepreneurs

May 03, 2012
Forbes

Guest post written by Gene Zaino
Gene Zaino is CEO of MBO Partners.

Aging in America has changed – and I for one, think it’s for the better. We are living and working longer and feeling good while doing it. Was it Oprah who first said, “50 is the new 40?” I see it at MBO everyday as I watch expert professional Baby Boomers leave corporate full-time positions to become America’s hot new entrepreneurs.Continue reading here.


Women dominate offline independent work too

May 02, 2012
GigaOm

Women make up the majority of online freelancers, consultancy Zinnov recently revealed when it surveyed 30 of the top online hiring platforms. But how about the world of offline independent work –do women dominate there as well? Independent work consultancy MBO Partners released its own findings today (complete with the requisite infographic) indicating they do.

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The Rise of the Supertemp

May 01, 2012
Harvard Business Review

How big is the phenomenon today? McKinsey research in 2011 found that 58% of U.S. companies expect to use more temporary arrangements at all levels in the years ahead (nearly triple the number that plan to offshore more jobs). And although good data about independent workers are hard to come by (the government is curiously uninterested in tracking this trend), some estimates are instructive. Sixteen million Americans are working independently today, according to research by MBO Partners, which manages back-office infrastructure for independent workers. That figure is expected to rise to 20 million over the next two years. There’s no easy way to separate out highly paid managers and professionals, but if we assume that they account for just 10% of the total (the share of American adults with graduate degrees), the day may soon come when the U.S. has 3 million high-end temps—the 1% of the population that the pollster Mark Penn says can create a “microtrend” with the power to change the culture.

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How to be a "Boomerpreneur"

May 01, 2012
Money Magazine

Marguerite Cole had long wanted to start her own business but figured she’d wait until age 60, when her home would be paid off. When a 2009 restructuring at Microsoft cost her her job as director of sales strategy, however, the then-47-year-old moved up her plan. With only six months of severance and a monthly mortgage bill, she needed income fast.

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Boomers: The New Independent Workers

April 12, 2012
Fox Business

We’ve all dreamed of being our own boss: calling all the shots, having no one to report to and creating your own hours and work schedule.

During my time in the workforce, I ran my own business twice: in the 1970s I owned a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise and operated it for seven years. After I sold it, I took the profit and embarked on a fairly new business concept at the time: tanning salons. I opened one of the very first tanning salons in New Jersey. At first business was booming, but soon the trend caught on, and tanning salons opened on just about every corner in the state and I knew it was time to move on. Now I am enjoying retired life and my independence.

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Independent work: Not a young person’s game?

April 02, 2012
GigaOm

Asked to picture the phenomenon sometimes called the gig economy or freelance nation, many people would probably imagine the relatively young and hip, toting their laptops to coffee shops and coworking spaces in particular urban hotspots. But are tattooed and youthful designers, developers and writers in places like Austin and Brooklyn really the heart of the trend towards increased independent work?Continue reading here.


A Quick Guide for 'Solopreneurs' at Tax Time

March 08, 2012
Entrepreneur.com

Filing your taxes as a "solopreneur," or one-person business, can be more complicated than the process for an employee with a single W-2 form. If you don't know what you're doing, a misstep could really cost you in the form of forfeited tax refunds, a painful audit process, late penalties or interest for underpayment.

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5 Tax Tips for Independent Professionals

March 08, 2012
Small Biz Daily

No one looks forward to tax season, but tax payment and reporting burdens may be even greater than usual if you’re one of the approximately 16-million-strong independent worker pool in the country today.  Proper tracking of your business expenses, income  and tax payments are all key challenges facing independent workers. Getting this right is also a critical factor in protecting your status as an independent business (both for you and the clients you serve) since we are in an environment of increased government scrutiny of worker misclassification.

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Wisdom of the Crowd

March 01, 2012
Staffing Industry Analysis

Change is in the air. For an industry that’s already evolved significantly from the “Kelly Girl” days, the future promises more change to come. So what’s in store?

For starters, we’ll see more projects being crowdsourced, more hiring in the cloud, more use of technology, more independent workers and the increased use of vendor management systems. In short, more of everything.

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The Future of Work

February 28, 2012
US News & World Report

In the cartoon The Jetsons, the future of work involved video conference calls and robot employees. While only half that formula has come true, we continue to evolve in the workplace. According to MBO Partners, a company that connects independent workers with employers, the future will focus on independence.

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Freelancers Multiply as Economy Struggles

February 24, 2012
The Street

BOSTON (MainStreet) -- Throughout the jobs crisis, as unemployment rates peaked in the double digits, there was one area spot of sorts growing demand: growing demand. Freelancers are in great demand, and the ranks of the self-employed are growing.

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Tax Tips for the Solopreneur

February 21, 2012
Portfolio.com

No one looks forward to tax season, but tax payment and reporting burdens may be even greater than usual if you’re one of the approximately 16-million-strong independent workers in the country today.

Continue reading here.


Why Americans are Choosing to Work Independently

February 15, 2012
The Small Business Advocate

Many people are turning their skills in to a product they can sell instead of seeking employment. Gene Zaino joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the issues around choosing independent contracting over traditional employment, including pricing your work.

Listen here.


Going Solo: Understanding the Bill Rate Question for Project Management Professionals

February 03, 2012
Project Management Institute

Before you establish your bill rate,get educated on the various approaches that are used to set this important number. This article provides an overview of three generally accepted approaches, helping define a bill-rate strategy for a project management professional considering going solo.

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Starting A Business After 50: 5 Things You Need To Know

January 30, 2012
The Huffington Post

Starting a business after the age of 50 is obviously a lot like starting a business at any age. All companies pretty much have the same rules for achieving success -- find a new idea; treat customers well; deliver value; outpace the competition.

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HR cluing in to dealing with independent workers

January 16, 2012
GigaOm

Just a few weeks ago here on WebWorkerDaily, we rounded up a number of blog posts and articles complaining that the good folks in HR just haven’t gotten their heads around the growth in virtual teams and are still scrambling to devise policies surrounding remote work. Commentators on the post were pretty uniform in their negative assessments of HR, but not everyone has bad things to say about how quickly big companies are adapting to the rapidly changing way we work.

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Goodbye Jobs, Hello Independents

January 06, 2012
American Express Open Forum

In the United States, we hear a lot about job creation. Perhaps we should stop thinking in terms of jobs for 2012 and start thinking about independence—as in independent contractors.

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The Year of the Multitaskers’ Revenge

December 31, 2011
The New York Times

IT’S a far different work world today than it was even 10 years ago. Technology and the economy have converged to create a set of priorities and preoccupations that are unique to our times. Here are just a few workplace and employment issues that are likely to stir debate, frustration and a search for solutions this year.

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BizProf: What Independent Consultants Need to Succeed

December 26, 2011
The Republic - Small Business Professor

Dear Professor Bruce: I am thinking of starting my own consulting business after working for 10 years in a large organization. What factors should I consider before deciding whether to go out on my own?

A: Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO Partners, a consulting firm based in Herndon, Va., offers some excellent advice when considering the transition.

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5 Trends That Will Topple The Traditional Workforce

December 22, 2011
Forbes

The entrepreneurial spirit has always been deeply embedded in the American culture, but it’s now flourishing in a new and exciting way. American workers, craving flexibility and autonomy, are turning in larger numbers to independent work, and in doing so, changing the entire landscape of how we view employment. These pioneering professionals have blazed a new trail creating a work path that is deeply fulfilling and intellectually stimulating while allowing them the work-life balance that so often eludes the traditional workforce.

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5 trends driving the future of work

December 13, 2011
ZDNet.com

As the year draws to a close, you may be assessing your career plans against the backdrop of holiday hoopla and the uncertain employment climate. To get a leg up, grab an eggnog and read on to learn about trends that could change how you'll be making a living in the years to come.

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Video: Quit Your Job and Go Solo

December 08, 2011
ABC News Now

How to succeed in business on your own. Five tips from MBO Partners CEO, Gene Zaino.

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By 2020, independent workers will be the majority

December 08, 2011
GigaOm

Freelancers, consultants and other independent workers account for 16 million people in the country now and will become a majority by 2020, predicts Gene Zaino, the president and CEO of MBO Partners, which connects independent worker with employers. The company, which recently conducted a survey of independent workers, said that based on existing trends, there is expected to be 65 to 70 million independent workers in the next decade, comprising more than half of all employees.

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The Future of Work: Fiercely Independent and Agile

December 07, 2011
GigaOm

In the 2011 inaugural MBO Partners Independent Workforce Index, a study of independent professionals in America, it is clear that the cataclysmic workforce shifts of the past decades have fueled a new kind of productivity, wealth and personal growth opportunity for American workers and companies. A new breed of entrepreneurial experts is a shining, silver lining in an otherwise gloomy workforce picture. And it’s time to unleash the potential of this innovative, entrepreneurial, and fast-growing group. The future of independent work in America is both promising and here to stay, but there are real obstacles we must keep in mind if we are to realize the potential.

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Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? Just About Everyone.

December 06, 2011
Portfolio.com

Want more evidence that American workers are becoming enamored with the entrepreneurial lifestyle, check out this number courtesy of Aflac: 77 percent of adults employed full or part time, but who don't work for themselves, want to leave their jobs and become entrepreneurs.

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Shaky Economy Be Damned, Say Independent Workers

December 06, 2011
Small Business Trends

Many of our readers are independent workers. That includes freelancers, solopreneurs, consultants and contractors. If you don’t get paid an annual salary by someone else, we’re talking to you. MBO Partners released its report entitled “The State of Independence in America” today. The research took a look at the American independent worker, her motivation for going independent, and what she thought about the future.

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How To Run A Business When You're The Only Employee

November 23, 2011
Business Insider

These days, independent consulting is one of the fastest-growing sectors in small business. Becoming a solopreneurs, or business of one, is attractive for a number of reasons. Working as an “IC” – the industry jargon for these one-person operations, offers experienced professionals freedom, flexibility and increased personal income.

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The Coin of the Realm of a Consultant is Confidentiality

September 28, 2011
Small Business Advocate

Confidentiality and trust are everything to a consultant. Gene Zaino joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the small business consulting and services sector, including how critical are confidentiality and trust to success.

Listen to Gene's interview here.


For American Workers, It's The Age Of Independence

September 26, 2011
Forbes.com

Jobs and the economy loom large today in the American consciousness. Small business has understandably gained national recognition for its role in the overall economy, and potential for job creation. Yet, the large and influential independent workforce – those who work on their own and offer their acquired knowledge and skills to the open market – has received little more than a passing nod. Many assume independent work is a temporary stop between unemployment and the next job for American workers. Our company MBO Partners’ new landmark study is finally showcasing the real ‘state of independence’ in America, providing the first national baseline about this growing, strategically significant (if often overlooked) segment of the workforce.

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Go Independent, Some Strings Attached

September 26, 2011
Portfolio.com

Millennials are driving the project economy, opting for freelance or consulting work in lieu of traditional full-time employment. But the lure of picking and choosing their clients comes with risk.


How Gen Xers and Millennials Work Today

September 06, 2011
Portfolio.com

The ranks of those who call themselves independent contractors could explode over the next two years—28 million Americans are considering making such a switch, adding to the 16 million U.S. workers who now fit into the category—a new study released today by MBO Partners finds.

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Wait for the job market to recover? Some workers can’t

September 06, 2011
msnbc.com

The theory has it that disgruntled employees across the nation will start sending out their resumes once the weak economy turns around. But some workers can’t wait that long. They feel overworked, underpaid and unappreciated right now, and things are so bad for them that they want a new gig now.

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Study: Workers would work more for company rewards

September 06, 2011
BizReport

Nearing the end of summer, many company managers may be struggling with the needs of their employees. Fitting in last minute vacations, offering more flexibility so workers can get their children ready to return to school are two big issues this time of year. The results of Staples new workplace productivity analysis may give companies even more to think about for 2012. Continue reading here.


Self-Employed Workforce Gains Momentum

September 06, 2011
Channel Insider

Most IT solution providers understand the value of independent contractors. If they aren't working as one themselves, they often use these contractors and consultants to bulk out their rosters without adding the cost and liability of bringing on extra full-time workers. Now a recent survey by MBO Partners, a firm that specializes in acting as a consultant for the consultants shows how much the trend of self-employment has grown. MBO surveyed over 1700 independent and regular full-time employee workers to capture these findings.

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The Entrepreneurial Renaissance And The Rise Of The Independent Workforce

July 13, 2011
Fast Company

Blogger Shawn Graham discusses how entrepreneurship and small business has played a vital role in our social, political, and economic landscape, but until the recent economic downturn both had taken a back seat to "big corporate" on the national and global stage. Now things are starting to change.

MBO Partners CEO Gene Zaino is quoted in the article.

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The 7 Things You Need to Know to Win as an Independent Consultant

July 11, 2011
Business Insider

The business landscape has never been more conducive for independent consultants (IC).  Businesses are operating with a leaner workforce and relying on contractors for flexibility, and specialized skills. Reducing fixed costs positions organizations to withstand the vagaries of the economy and adjust quickly to shifts in market demand. This new project based economy has created an environment ripe with opportunity for professionals who have the skills, tools and fortitude to succeed as an
independent professional – or “IC.”

Diversifying your income stream, creating your own work-life balance, choosing your clients and projects are just a few of the reasons that many professionals are attracted to the idea of independent consulting. 

For more than 25 years, I have run a business that serves the independent consulting market. In that time, I have observed firsthand very distinct success factors. While there are many variables that can contribute to success, there are also commonalities. Below is my checklist of traits and tools common to those who are successful businesses of one.

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Going Independent- How to Find Freelance Work

June 22, 2011
abc NEWS

In this interview, Gene Zaino shares tips on going independent.

 

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Why America is Going the Way of the Freelancer

June 22, 2011
Fortune Magazine

While it's often less expensive upfront to hire independent contractors, it comes with considerable risks. Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO Partners, describes the challenges.

Interview by Tara Moore, reporter

FORTUNE -- There's a change in the culture of 'work' in America, and the A.D.D., anxiety-ridden professional is faring better than his tenure-tracked counterpart. Yes it's cheaper to hire independent consultants, with no benefits, but companies are now more susceptible to compliance risk.

Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO Partners, an independent consultancy services firm, says companies hoping to keep down labor costs by banking on independents now realize the tightrope they're walking. Running lean could end up meaning running up massive unforeseen tax bills or inviting lawsuits.

We asked Zaino, currently serving on the expert advisory board of the Human Capital Institute, to walk us through how the corporate world is dealing with reinvented careers.

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The Joy of Contracting: Many Employers, No Safety Net

June 21, 2011
Daily Finance
 
In today's stuttering economic recovery, the job market remains at center stage -- from President Obama's urgent meeting with his Jobs Council to spur private sector hiring to a slew of cover stories on career reinvention. But while the traditional hiring remains tepid, there is a sector whose strength isn't necessarily fully counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that does seem to be experiencing real growth: Independent consulting. At this point, going it alone may not just be a good move, it could be your only move.

Once you make the switch, you may find yourself smiling: There are indications this growing segment of the workforce may also be the happiest. According to the Gallup Healthways Well Being study showed the highest happiness rates among self-employed people and business owners. The self-employment trend is booming with boomers. A Charles Schwab survey finds as many as 9.5 million Americans are considering coming out of retirement and going back to work in some capacity, and AARP reports 79% of baby boomers say they don't plan to stop working at age 65.

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Time To Hang A Shingle? The Era Of Independent Consulting

April 11, 2011
Forbes

Posted by Eric Savitz

It may not be a good time to be an employee, but surprisingly it’s a great time to be self-employed or an independent consultant. At least, that’s what Gallup found in a recent study on Americans and their overall happiness. The upshot of the Gallup Healthways Well Being study was that American adults are generally more happy, except when it comes to work environment. In the work sector, employees are just generally feeling grim, a reason for the steep decline.

Self-employed or independent workers are a bright spot in the otherwise grim workplace result. I’m not at all surprised by their high happiness level, because I’ve been running a business that serves the independent consulting market for more than 25 years, and I see this happiness effect firsthand.

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Auditors crack down on 'independent contractors'

March 29, 2011
CNN | Nancy Mann Jackson

(CNNMoney.com) -- If your business uses independent contractors, get ready for new scrutiny. Hoping to boost tax revenue, the IRS and many state governments are cracking down on how companies classify their workers. When employers report wages for independent contractors on IRS form 1099, rather than a W-2, they aren't required to pay unemployment insurance, worker's compensation insurance or payroll taxes for them. But the rules governing which workers are genuinely "independent" are strict -- and often flouted. The Internal Revenue Service launched a program last month that will randomly examine 6,000 companies over the next three years for employee misclassifications. The federal government estimates it will raise $7 billion over the next 10 through tighter enforcement. The IRS audit program is just the beginning of what will be "a new era of compliance," says Gene Zaino, president and CEO of MBO Partners, a services firm that specializes in the independent contractor market. "Most states are now sharing data with the IRS, and many have set up task forces specifically [to address] misclassification. It used to be that if a business ran into trouble with a state labor department or with the IRS, the issue was isolated. Now, any kind of audit or compliance finding can set off a domino effect where the other agencies will get in on the action. " Getting audited can be scary even for businesses that keep everything by-the-book. Chris Daly, co-owner of Kinespirit fitness studios in New York City, got an audit notice in January from the New York State Department of Taxation's Unemployment Insurance Division, which wanted to probe Kinespirit's use of contractors. Like more than 30 states, New York has run out of money in its unemployment compensation fund and is borrowing from the federal government to keep paying claims. "We knew we were doing it right but that doesn't mean we weren't concerned," Daly says. "We understand the situation states are in; unemployment insurance is a needed tool, and we understand the need to fund that tool. And there are companies out there that don't want to fund their share." Kinespirit classifies its managerial and administrative staff as employees and its fitness trainers and instructors as contractors. The audit process was exhaustive, but the company emerged clean. Following the rules: So what's the correct definition of an independent contractor? It depends on who you ask. Some business advisors say a true independent contractor is employed by a separate corporation or legal entity, either one they own or a third-party firm. That rules out freelancers who don't formally set up a business structure to house their 1099 income. But hewing to that definition didn't work for Mega Builders, a Chicago-area construction company that got hit with a $328,500 state fine in December on the grounds that it had misclassified 18 of its employees as independent contractors. The company allegedly forced its workers to incorporate, even though they didn't operate bona-fide businesses, says Jeffrey Risch, an attorney familiar with the case and a partner at the St. Charles, Ill., firm SmithAmundsen. In his audit, Daly says the state examiners seemed most interested in whether his so-called independent contractors were able to control their own schedules and the manner in which they perform their work. But for 352 Media Group, a Gainesville, Fla.-based Web development firm that recently reorganized the way it handles independent contractors in order to ensure compliance, one of the important issues was where the work is completed and who owns the equipment used. "We used to have contractors working in our office on regular schedules and using our equipment, which was cause for concern," says Geoff Wilson, 352's president and CEO. "Thankfully, when we hired a new HR director, she discovered this problem and worked with our contractors to either convert them to employees or make sure they were doing the proper things to maintain their contractor status." That included using their own equipment, working out of their own home or office and taking on jobs for other clients. While the IRS publishes guidelines for determining worker classification, the IRS factors are "similar, but not identical, to tests relied upon by other agencies, such as worker compensation and unemployment insurance agencies," says Susan Bishop, attorney at Campbell, Calif.-based Pratt & Associates. "Factors from all applicable agencies should be considered when making a decision." If you're not sure whether your independent contractors are properly classified, review the appropriate guidelines from your state and the IRS, or -- better still -- consult a local tax attorney or accountant to help you sort it out. You can request a determination by the IRS by filing Form SS-8, Bishop notes. Third-party firms like MBO Partners also advise employers on contractor issues for negligible fees. Like Mega Builders, firms that are audited and found to be incompliant can face steep fees. The best course of action is to examine your worker classifications now, before a government entity gets involved. "Using contractors offers a lot of benefits, but you have to make sure you're doing it right," says 352 Media's Wilson. "You don't want the government to come calling and decide you owe a lot of back taxes for classifying contractors incorrectly. Be vigilant about reading the government's contractor classification guidelines and make sure your contractors actually fall within them."


Obama Cracks Down on Use of Contractors

February 18, 2010
Inc.com | Courtney Rubin

President Barack Obama's proposed 2011 budget suggests tough times ahead for employers who rely heavily on independent contractors in order to keep down labor costs. If the budget is approved, the Internal Revenue Service will add 100 new enforcement personnel as part of a $25 million plan to crack down the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Though it's a mere drop in the $3.8 trillion spending plan, it's expected to more than pay for itself: Obama claims stronger misclassification enforcement will add $7 billion to the federal bank account over 10 years. The issue is particularly hot when you consider that 50 percent of jobs created during the economic recovery are contingent labor, according to figures from labor law firm Littler Mendelson. Obama's plan also comes on the heels of several other policies designed to close the $350 billion tax gap the president says is caused by noncompliance with tax law. In November, for example, he issued an executive order to reduce improper payments to contractors by "intensifying efforts to eliminate payment error, waste, fraud and abuse in the major programs administered by the Federal Government." This month the IRS also began a three-year audit of 6,000 companies (2,000 per year.) And don't assume the agency is only interested in big targets -- unlike routine employment tax audits that often are triggered by questions about company returns, the 6,000 audits are being chosen by statistical sampling -- luck of the draw. And if you aren't chosen this round, you may be soon. "It's essentially a recon mission in preparation for a much bigger onslaught, and they've said as much," observed talent management firm MBO Partners' 1099 Risk Blog. Estimates are that companies can hold down labor costs by as much as 30 percent if they use independent contractors, because they don't have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, provide vacation or sick leave, pay for workers' compensation and unemployment compensation insurance, or worry about minimum wage or overtime provisions. (Employers also get a break on potential legal headaches – among other statutes, independent contractors aren't protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination.) It's a gamble, though: The price is steep for companies found guilty of misclassification. In 2000, Microsoft had to hand over nearly $100 million in taxes, missed payments, and penalties. On top of the federal legislation, at least half of states are getting tough, too – and again, small companies aren't immune. New misclassification legislation and stricter enforcement in Illinois, for example, resulted in a $328,500 penalty in December against a Chicago-area housing contractor that failed to keep proper records and tried to pass off 18 workers as contractors instead of employees. The math: civil penalties of $1,500 per day for 218 total days of misclassification plus $1,500 for the poor record-keeping. Similarly, in New York, a 2009 taskforce uncovered 12,300 cases of misclassification, resulting in $6 million in employment taxes and penalties. There's also increased court scrutiny – and increased potential for lawsuits. MBO Partners estimates that the resulting civil and class action lawsuits could cost businesses an eye-popping $8 million – and that's per worker. Warned labor lawyers Brian LaFratta and Joel Rice of Fisher & Phillips: "The heightened governmental attention to these issues will also lead to more private civil lawsuits, as the damages available in such cases make them attractive to plaintiffs' attorneys." How to avoid costly mistakes? According to the New York Times, truck drivers, construction workers, home health aides and high-tech engineers top the most-misclassified list. The problem is that there isn't a universal definition of employee, and what you actually call the person in an employment agreement is irrelevant. The acid test of "employee" versus "contractor" is how much control he or she has over the scope of his or her job, and the person's exposure to costs and risk. Confused? The IRS has published this information and these 10 tips. Plus there's even an IRS form (Form SS-8) you can file to get the agency's advice on the subject. If you think you've already erred on the wrong side, it's better to fix it before the IRS comes calling – and, because penalties can be charged by the day, to fix it sooner rather than later.


Meet Gene Zaino: Strategic Talent Acquisition

May 26, 2009
HCI

This is the seventh post in a series on the presenters that HCI, along with a great group of partners, is bringing to talent leaders from across the globe to discuss how recruiting transforms business. (Meet Arie Ball, Matt Driscoll, Cody Horton, John Quinones, Carla Muskat and Jay Lash.) Meet Gene Zaino- President and CEO of MBO Partners. Gene is an avid entrepreneur who graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE). After four years with KPMG Peat Marwick as a CPA and management consultant, he spent 20 years building, merging and selling various consulting companies, some funded by financial luminaries Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Austin Ventures and Goldman Sachs. He serves on the advisory board for the Human Capital Institute and has led executive seminars at the Project Management Institute, the Institute for Supply Management, and the Military Officers Association of America. What makes you the most excited about talent acquisition today? "What’s most exciting about talent acquisition in today’s world is watching the transformation of the talent landscape unfolding in real time. The world is changing rapidly, and there’s this massive talent shift away from the traditional career focused on who your employer is, toward a more entrepreneurial kind of career where the individual is focused on growing their own talent, developing their own path. I call this ‘Talent Equity.’ And what makes this even more interesting is that, more and more, some of the most talented and desirable candidates aren’t even interested in full time hire. They may be operating as independent consultants, offering their unique and valuable services to more than one client at any given time. They are most interested in investing in their ‘Talent Equity.’ Getting these people recruited and engaged in a way that appeals to them is a new emerging challenge for talent acquisition professionals everywhere." What makes you the most frustrated? "I am sometimes amazed at how ’stuck in a rut’ the traditional talent acquisition community is. So many people are operating out of an older model of talent management that doesn’t reflect how work is being done today. What’s even more frustrating is that almost a third of the US workforce can be considered contingent now, and HR / talent management professionals – including recruiting — don’t even have a “seat at the table” when it comes to selecting, engaging, and managing this segment of the workforce. They often don’t have access to hiring independent consultants and contractors (an area of responsibility often in the hands of procurement departments), and they really have the handcuffs on when it comes to leveraging their retiree and alumni talent communities." Share with us a highlight of your upcoming presentation. "Our panel on contract talent is going to dig into these issues, and present the other side of the ‘total workforce’ question – the segment of your talent resources that can only be engaged on a contract basis. The plan is to educate and empower talent leaders to get up to speed with these dramatic workforce changes, and take the driver’s seat for managing ALL of an organizations’ human capital – not just the so-called ‘full time hire’ side of the equation. Sometimes we use the analogy of the ‘dark side of the moon,’ or the big chunk of the workforce that talent leaders cannot grasp hold of, and we want to illuminate that darkness." How does recruiting transform an organization? "The future of recruitment can make or break an organization, especially if talent acquisition leaders can start leveraging their expertise in recruiting and engaging the contract workforce. I envision a future where HR and recruiting can intelligently manage an organization’s talent, from top to bottom and stem to stern, regardless of the legal or contractual nature of the engagement method. The best practices for getting the right skills and competencies in the right places of an organization need to get applied to this ‘dark side of the moon,’ and the effect will surely be transformational to the competitiveness and agility of organizations in today’s economy." You can follow Gene on Twitter, MBO Partners on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn and read MBO blogs.


Gene Zaino Featured on "Leaders Spot" Podcast for Business Leaders

March 25, 2009
The Leaders Spot

Gene Zaino, CEO and President of MBO Partners, joined Rebecca Blacksmith on her podcast, The Leaders Spot, a show featuring interviews with business leaders from well known and emerging companies nationwide. Zaino explained his own leadership philosophy and talked about how that spirit helped MBO Partners become a leader in the contingent workforce community. He also discussed the MyBizOffice technology and how it has revolutionized the way independent consultants run their businesses safely and successfully.


Clear Path for Contract

January 01, 2009
Future Pharmaceutical

The pharmaceutical industry is not immune to the risks of engaging contract employees. Rejoining the workforce as an independent consultant is an increasingly attractive option for retirees, particularly those leaving a career at a pharmaceutical company. Gene Zaino, President and CEO of MBO Partners, discusses the best way to manage independent contractors while mitigating the risk involved with utilizing a contractor vs employee. Download a copy of the Future Pharmaceuticals issue featuring Gene Zaino here. Listen to the interview here.


Close Encounters of the Tax Kind: Use Independent Contractors Without Alienating Regulators

April 01, 2007
Contingent Workforce Strategies Magazine

MyBizOffice and CEO Gene Zaino are highlighted in the April 2007 issue of Contingent Workforce Strategies Magazine in an article by Subadhra R. Sriram. In the article, Sriram details the IRS’s current efforts to crack down enforcement on independent contractors (and the companies that engage them) in order to recoup a portion of the $345 billion annual tax gap. The article recommends MyBizOffice as an expert organization specializing in contractor compliance and risk management.