Shaping the future of business?
Business outsourcing and web based collaboration have taken off with a bang since the recession, with bold statements like ‘all you need is an iphone’ coming from the industry press.
The development of the cloud has allowed businesses to spring up like o-desk, a web-based company to which businesses can submit jobs, for registered people to work on regardless of where they are in the world. It allows people to actively work together on a project, instead of emailing ideas back and forth, acting as a virtual office. And it’s certainly flourishing; o-desk reported 22 million hours billed in 2011, by 2012 this had risen to 35 million, and all of this growth has been entirely organic…
The intuitive nature of businesses like this allows companies to work with the best people for the job, even if they are 10,000 miles away. And added to that, it allows expanding small businesses who couldn’t otherwise afford the office space, to grow their business without some of the overheads demanded by traditional office working.
But aside from the benefits for businesses, employees are given a far greater sense of flexibility, and a huge range of diverse jobs to choose from, providing they have the skills needed.
For many, since the economic turbulence of 2008, part time work has become a reality, and this allows many of those struggling to find work, to take on a range of jobs online, to supplement their income.
In short, web-based collaboration is changing the traditional notion of work- people are saying goodbye to 9-5 in the same office, for the same company week on week, and welcoming the diversity and agility that comes with online working.
And this is all thanks to mobile devices, and the operability of Cloud computing. Without it, none of this would be possible… so is time you got on board with the cloud?