Summer is an especially hectic time for many industries. Restaurants and shops frequently extend their hours of operation to accommodate increased foot traffic from students who are out of school for the season. Outdoor-based businesses take advantage of good weather and longer daylight hours to get in as much work as they can. This upswing in business means that companies ...more
Freelancers, contractors and consultants know the drill: Order coffee, find a seat (hopefully with an outlet), dutifully carry your laptop to the bathroom with you, and then flee to the next coffee shop when Wi-Fi begins to cut out and/or someone annoying sits next to you. Repeat. It’s not a productive way to run a business. And yet it’s what ...more
There is a noticeable shift in the labor market with employers increasingly using part-time and temporary workers.
Companies view labor more as inventory that is to be hired when they need it and let go when they don't need it.
This is evidenced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics June report which shows part-time jobs soared by almost 800,000 ...more
The traditional 9-to-5 job is starting to fall in the ranks as the most common type of job schedule. Instead, a new breed of worker is rising as the dominant force in the talent pool, willing to work whenever and wherever they are needed.
This shift in how people work developed out of two main things: first, technology has made ...more
The freelance economy is booming, as more and more professionals are choosing the flexibility that comes with a freelance career. In fact, studies have shown that 15 percent of the workforce now identifies as "contingent labor" -- i.e., freelancers and temp workers -- and that number continues to grow. There's never been a better time to take the plunge toward ...more
Years ago, I worked Sunday brunch at a busy Manhattan restaurant. I left the shift approximately $250 richer, feeling beat, but in a good, hard-earned way. The next morning, my alarm would go off, and I’d rise and prepare for the first of five days in the office. My second job allowed me to travel a reasonable amount, sock some ...more
The holidays are upon us and many hard-working people take on seasonal party and banquet to earn needed holiday cash. Have you ever considered tending bar or another food and beverage job? What do you have to gain besides the extra income?
There is honor in all work so don’t let the ill-informed judgments of others diminish your self-respect. By ...more