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.”
This year, 35 percent of non-farm and non-government workers will be either full- or part-time freelance, according to MBO, projecting that number will grow to 44 percent in 2020.
Start-ups that connect freelancers with work touch virtually every part of the economy. They go far beyond the example that’s perhaps most familiar—UberX and Lyft, which pay car owners to drive. UpCounsel gives individuals and companies access to top attorneys at lower rates than a law firm would charge.
Rev is a freelance transcription and translation service. HomeJoy screens housecleaners who can be hired by the hour. And any stay-at-home mom or college kid that’s heading to the grocery store can make extra money working for grocery delivery service Instacart.
Scripted is a marketplace for writers that screens applications from experts in a range of fields who can write. It then connects writers with companies ranging from big brands such as Trip Advisor to small businesses like law practices or doctors’ offices, which pay from $50 to $1,000 per article or blog post.
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