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Topic: Talent

4 Strategies to Make Freelancers a Valued Part of Your Team

Aug 1, 2017 / by Michael Burdick

If the digitally spawned Postmates, Airbnb, and TaskRabbit have taught us anything, it’s that the global workforce is changing faster than Clark Kent in a phone booth. The gig economy has led to numerous shifts in the business world, with workers embracing freelance opportunities en masse.

Workers have embraced the newfound independence that freelance work allows, and employers have realized that they don’t always need to recruit full-time staff. This is particularly true for growing businesses or industries that see a surge of demand at various times of the year. Freelance workers and companies stand to reap tremendous rewards if they’re able to develop and execute these partnerships.  Read the full article on HuffPost here.
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Accounting Is Flawed, and Financial Disruptors Are Licking Their Chops

Jul 31, 2017 / by Michael Burdick

The world has changed since the 1950s, but you wouldn’t know it by the processes of a typical accounting firm. Most cling happily to antiquated operating procedures, with barely an acknowledgment of the shifting sands of a cultural, social, and workplace revolution brought about, in part, by a wave of top Millennial talent.

Like them, love them, or loathe them, Millennials are a force to be reckoned with, especially for sectors not prepared for disruption — like accounting.

Millennials and their truly unique perspectives on what work is, should be, and will be are providing a wake-up call across all trades. Those in the accounting and finance worlds would be wise to listen and learn the Millennial mindset.  Read the full article, published by the Observer, here.
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How To Avoid Costly Mistakes When Staffing Your Finance Team

Jun 13, 2017 / by Michael Burdick

When it comes to financial activities, trust and credibility matter. They affect how well your financial team performs, your company’s reputation, and, ultimately, its bottom line.

Whether we’re talking about your own financial team or third-party vendors, it’s essential to look beyond basic capabilities and performance. Carefully consider personal integrity when vetting anyone who will represent your company, and work to ensure your leadership and policies reward the right actions.

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Tags: Finance, Talent

5 Departments to Outsource as Your Business Takes Off

Jun 1, 2017 / by Michael Burdick

When most entrepreneurs launch a business, they assume they’ll handle everything on their own. Marketing? Naturally. Sales? Of course. Web design? No problem.

That’s fine and dandy when you’re a small operation based in a garage, but what happens when your pet project balloons to dozens of hires? Administrative tasks pile up until it’s impossible to focus on the most important aspects of your business. Suddenly, going it alone isn’t quite as realistic.

Rather than get bogged down with details, you should recruit employees to take on more responsibilities and outsource duties that don’t play to your strengths. The upfront cost might make you drag your feet, but trying to be a jack-of-all-trades will inevitably make you a master of none. Read the full article here. 

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The Gig Economy: Generations of Talent Up for Grabs

How many people do you know who play some kind of role in the gig economy? The likelihood that a friend or family member finds writing work on Upwork or branding work on squadhelp, makes jewelry to sell on Etsy, drives a Lyft, rents out their home on Airbnb, or uses their CPA license to help growing businesses manage their finances on Paro is rapidly increasing. In fact, a recent study predicts that by 2019 independent workers could make up to 50% of the workforce. At the same time, traditional companies are struggling to find talent. What gives?

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Tags: Talent