I feel bad for college graduates. They pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an education and a piece of paper. They send their resume to dozens of companies and wait for a reply.
Then they wait some more. They continue waiting, waiting, and waiting. As they wait, their debt does not go away.
Their living expenses don’t suddenly stop until someone offers a job. Stress levels rise. Self-confidence falls. As if that is not bad enough, there is a bigger problem with waiting.
The act of waiting leads to reactive professional growth. In other words, your skill set building does not start until you get the job.
This does not have to be the case, and the rising freelance market across the United States shows young professionals are ready for change. Once stigmatized as laziness or unemployed, the word “freelancer” is starting to shed these negative connotations. But don’t believe me, let’s look at some data.
There are 53 million freelancers in America today. By 2020, 50% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers (this does not mean they are all full-time freelancers, but one of every two workers will be freelancers in some capacity). This on-demand work, instant gig economy is moving more and more into independent professionals that are using mobile and technology to create ecosystems of work they enjoy.
Who says you can’t drive an Uber in the morning, design websites all afternoon, and cater your own food company at night? The old economy would lead you to believe that you should pick one job, work hard for the next 40 years at that company, and then retire. Not the new economy. The more diverse your skill set, the more opportunities come your way.
Founded by the visionary and high-energy Sebastian Gyr, Tispr envisions and embraces this alternative kind of workforce. For this reason, Sebastian and his team created Tispr, a hyperlocal mobile marketplace that connects talented independent and skilled persons with others who need their services. Tispr has become the number one mobile marketplace that directly connects consumers with suppliers.
This local approach to creating an ecosystem of mutual value re-personifies work. The services range from web developer and UX designer to less traditional roles like underwater scuba photographer, Italian pantomime clown, and custom made hand-crafted box maker. Not sure what to do on Friday night? Call a clown to come over and perform at your apartment for a few friends and you.
This platform is the first step to unifying a fragmented workforce. Currently, millions of people are hustling in cafes, reaching out to friends and past clients to find work. This hustle-1099 economy has turned into an invisible workforce. Tispr will make it visible again, locally and in the palm of your hand. Imagine if you were running late to a party and had no time to do make-up. With the click of a button, a make-up artist could be at your house, doing what he or she loves. What if you were a copywriter, and as the make-up artist was applying her creative flair to your eye shadow, she told you she needed someone to help her write copy for her new website. Congrats, your interview starts right now. I’d say you have a good shot at getting the job, too.
If you think about companies like Airbnb, Uber, Getaround, and other crowd-sharing companies, they are eliminating waste. They are taking unused resources and creating value. These platforms do so with cars and apartments (for now). Tispr does the same thing with humans, namely their skills and talents. When millions of people’s untapped talent has a place to go, we are in for a real treat.
As Tispr says, “let’s talk work.” Where can I sign the contract?
Because I am ready!
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