Is everyone meant for gig work?

Yes, the Gig economy is growing bit by bit everyday, and the future trends are moving to almost half of the global working population will in some way do gig work in the future.

But are really everyone meant for gig work? I would say NO! At least when it comes for full time gigs! For side gigs yes.

I was talking to a senior full stack developer at a SaaS product company, where he have been for ages. This guy had been there and seen the products evolve (or watch his babies grown, as he puts it). With the knowledge that there is a huge demand for experienced full stack developers out there, and some lack of motivation, he felt that it was time do something else. So he quit, and started to apply for full-time jobs at different software consulting companies in his area.

With his skill set, it wasn’t that hard to get an interview, and to go far in each of every recruitment process. Each company offered him management positions, working with the latest technologies, a good salary and other perks. But something was missing. There were too many “babies” to take care of, and he couldn’t really see them go to “school”. He could only “feed” the baby, and then move on to the next one, and the next, and the next…..

This is the typical person which I would expect to succeed in the gig economy, either as a freelancer, or as part of the contingent workforce. But no. At least not for full-time gig, unless his WHY changes. But then he wouldn’t be true to himself. He’s a Product daddy, and loves to watch his products grow. But to disrupt his spare time, he runs a business as a side gigger. This is his perfect mix, he can choose all the perks and benefits as a full-time employee by day, and like Batman, enjoy the side hustling by night.

And yes, he landed a new job, at a different SaaS product company, but that’s a totally different story.

How many % are you meant for gig work? Share your story with me.

Malmö Freelancer Meet up

Isolation and to not have anyone to discuss business with (except for clients), are two major issue in the life of freelancers. Therefore Im more than happy to attend at the first organised Freelancer meet up in Malmö at the co-working space the Ground.

“We are the future of work, robots can do our creative work”  – Nikki

+30 freelancers showed up with different backgrounds and expertise areas. The majority worked within some sort of creative roles (live visuals, photography, voice overs, videos etc). Really cool to meet so many talented people that are really working with their true passion. 

Discussions during the evening were mainly in regards to sales:

  • How to find clients
  • How to find the big clients
  • How to get paid and not work for free

And also time management. Yes you are your own boss, and you work with creative work. The struggles here comes from you set your own schedule and you have deadlines (and sometimes not the courage to say no to projects). So why should you get out of bed early (or at all?!)? Am I working or just watch stupid cat videos on Youtube? 

This was a really good event to gather people with the same interest. I really enjoyed their positive attitude and kindness to everyone, even though many of them are competitors. Thanks for a great organised event! 

Is talent endagered due to trust issues?

A few weeks ago I attended a conference  about Growth, and how technology is a great contributor to this. I had two key take aways from this day:

  • Talent is a scarce resource and almost endangered
  • Trust is crucial for the well-being in a country, and a positive GDP

The endangered talent

Everyone (except me) felt that finding and recruiting your next talent is really hard. For me all this discussion was on a level if you compare the sales of CD’s to Spotify. Things have changed! Of course people still wants to be full-time employed, and recruiters still do a pretty awesome job (and will do over many many more years). But don’t expect to receive hundreds of applicants for every postion (unless your the hottest company out there).

Another concusion from all the debate was also that there’s a big gap between the supply of talent graduated from the Uni’s, and the demand from the market. Especially in terms of IT-competence. And also, the schools are in some cases teaching old techniques and not the latest ones (since they need to have a research based education).

But challenge your beliefs. Use the power of the gig economy instead. Use talents from all over the world, let them work remotely, train your organization from the gig workers expertise. Is it really necessary to speak your native language to solve this issue? What will be the impact of your company of not finishing or delaying this project?

Trust

Another interesting lesson from the day was from the PhD in Economics who lectured about trust, and how trust has a positive correlation of the society. The economies seems to be more healthy if there’s a high level of trust among the citizens, i.e. strong GDP.

What made me a bit sad in terms of trust was after I read this article about the lack of demand of Quantum computer researchers. Yes they are not that many in the world within this nische, but they do exists. Very common for those brainiacs is relocation. And here’s the true barrier, the immigration process. The immigration process takes forever.

Why?! People that have this expertise and the access to this technology could (if the person have this agenda) easily hack super secret governmental servers in just a few seconds, and distribute the findings to its origin country. At least that’s on of the beliefs

Imagine what would happen to the future of computers, technology etc if trust existed. In my opinion, build trust to co-create magic and not chaos.

For us that are not into the Quantum field, I guess our trust issues comes more from working remotely…..

The Robots are here to stay

This weekend I really felt the importance of re-skilling my skills continuously. Why?! Have you seen the Chinese Humanoid News Anchor? Cool? Scary? Or both?

I think it did a pretty awesome first day at work. Don’t you think? The lip sync will get better. But this is really cool, if you ask me. Soon this technology can be used in various other professions. SOON! It’s time to put the learnability hat on again, and start to enrich yourself with new knowledge. I’m not ready to be obsolete yet!

Here’s the 10 most emerging jobs by 2022 according to World economic forum:

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I’m in both Sales and Marketing today. But will that be enough in the future, especially when you see a Humanoid like the Chinese one? Why limit myself to just one role? Number 8-9 sound like me as well. And yes I would like to learn the rest as well. But I know myself, I’m too restless to do some code!

We’ll see. But I won’t let a robot take my job! Stay relevant and keep on re-skilling is my plan.

What’s your plan when the RPA consultant have done their jobs?

PS. everybody doesn’t embrace new technology…..DS.