I was re-reading the Fast Company article on the gig economy and the results of the Workforce for the Future report by the Aspen Institute when I came across this comment and had to stop and think for a minute. “According to 2016 Workforce for the Future Survey, having gig positions means they are able to onboard new talent and off-board unneeded skills without the burden of employment taxes and paperwork.” So if we are talking about only employing for the core competency of the business, then all the rest would be outsourced to contractors. OK, but….
There is already a business model of outsourcing components of functional activities (bookkeeping, human resources elements such as getting work permits, etc) from enterprises to specialist firms. As we create the gig economy, there is more than likely to be a market for unneeded skills as a commodity, perhaps as a Service (UNSaaS?).
What if someone would create a marketplace that consolidates all of the freelancers with those unneeded skills so that they could commoditize them and offer them as a bundled service with other elements, like the foresaid bookkeeping and permit acquisition? And this marketplace, based on the amount of work contracted through the marketplace (tiered model), could be the one to offer benefits for the contractors?
A thought. I am always on the lookout for new business models, perhaps this one is an interesting structure……