Freelance Economy News Roundup V1
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5 September 2018 / Freelance Economy

Freelance Economy News Roundup V1

Gone are the days of working 9-5 in a cubicle or office. From remote workers to freelancers, consultants, and everything in between - distributed workforces are now shaping the future of work. How do we know? Not only do we hear about it every day from the companies we work with, but we read about it in articles and online discussions.

At Kalo, we’re excited to be at the forefront of this major shift and we think it demands attention. That’s why we’re bringing you this new series. We’ll be regularly publishing a roundup of hand curated industry news and articles about the freelance economy. 

Freelancer News

54% Working in the Gig Economy Say It Takes Too Long to Get Paid -Small Business Trends
The results of a new survey found that although the gig economy is growing , freelancers are not being paid fast enough.  

Caviar will cover medical costs for injured couriers
Square's restaurant delivery service will provide Occupational Accidental Coverage to cover costs of injuries occurring on the job picking up and delivering food.

The Career Freelancer Status Report" Results from the Nation1099 Survey, 2018 - Nation1099
Nation1099 asked it's freelancers and independent consultants to share their experience and provide a picture of the emerging “career freelance” professional .

Gig economy workers need benefits. These companies are popping up to help -CNNTech
Explore how companies such as Alia, TrupoStride Health, Zego, and Bunker are stepping in to provide freelancer benefits and insurance.

Facebook, Paladin, and 28 other companies who want freelance workers in 2018 - Business Insider 
Business Insider put together a list of 30 companies with the most freelance opportunities based on a report by Flexjobs

Google Runs on Freelancers (but Doesn't Give Them All the Great Perks) -
For the first time in its 20-year-history, Google employed more freelance workers than full-time employees. This article contrasts the difference in the perks offered based on freelancer vs full time status.

Managers, Here's How To Engage Freelancers To Do Their Best Work - Forbes 
Six freelancers share their thoughts on a variety of topics including what 
work they take on, the clients they choose to work with, and how they do their work.

Remote and Distributed Work

Case Closed: Work-From-Home Is the World's Smartest Management Strategy  -
A contributor for wraps up the continued research on the topic and concludes there's currently no smarter management strategy than allowing employees to work from home for a variety of reasons including: raising employee productivity and reducing payroll costs.

Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics - TechCrunch
What are the challenges and benefits of a remote culture? Get insights from thought leaders the Zapier, Buffer, Basecamp, and Automattic on the topic.

55% of Remote Workers Now Telecommute Full Time - Small Business Trends
A new survey found 2018 remote working statistics 

 Freelancer Management

Gartner Hype Cycle for Procurement and Sourcing Solutions, 2018 - Gartner
Gartner published their updated Hype Cycle report and listed Freelance Management Systems in the "On the Rise" category.

"FMS is an emerging market with projected high growth potential. FMSs enable organizations to locate, negotiate with and collaborate directly with on employee professionals to short- and long-term resource requirements".

Kalo News

Kalo named a finalist in the TechCrunch Europa awards. - TechCrunch
Kalo was a finalist in the 'Hottest Enterprise, SaaS or B2B Startup' category. The Europas are the premier awards for Europe’s hottest tech startups.


Stay Connected

Thanks for checking out our roundup of all the latest news and important happenings in the freelance economy. If you have industry news to share, we’d love to hear about it. Reach out to be included in future roundups. 

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Ron Toledo

Ron Toledo

Head of Marketing at Kalo

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