Statista predicts that by 2027, freelancers will account for 50.9% of the total U.S. workforce, which could save U.S. businesses more than $2 trillion in benefits and office space costs. Two trillion in the U.S. alone! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – flash teams* are the future of creative workforce 🚀
*flash teams = virtual teams usually consisting of freelancers
Are flash teams response to the market unpredictability?
Because of global challenges, upcoming recession and innovation speed like we’ve never seen before, it is hard to predict how the market will react in the following days. And that’s the challenge for all businesses. How can one hire employees without having a clue what will happen tomorrow.
Now, here the freelancer teams (or flash teams) come into play. They allow companies to quickly assemble and disassemble teams for project-based work. That makes them more agile and adaptable to changing market conditions, which can lead to faster innovation and better outcomes. And huge savings if the market is falling.
Don’t want to manage a bunch of freelancers?
Sure, it’s never easy to hire the right specialists. Nor it is easy to manage them as a team. Especially if they are based in different parts of the world.
The thing is that you can hire freelancers together with management. For a fix monthly fee you get a fully-managed team of superheroes to help you accomplish your mission. Check out this article, I’ve explained the service in detail there.
NASA + freelancer teams = 💜
It’s no secret that NASA is turning to freelancer teams in order to solve complex problems.
One of the great examples is their 2016 project. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used a flash team approach to develop an innovative AI-based space exploration technology called the Artificial Neural Network for Deep Space Navigation (DeepNAV). DeepNAV was a complex and ambitious project that required expertise in areas such as computer vision, machine learning, and spacecraft navigation.
JPL assembled a team of freelancers with these skills from platforms such as Upwork, Freelancer, and Toptal, who worked collaboratively with JPL’s internal teams to develop and refine the technology. Using the flash team approach allowed JPL to access a diverse talent pool with specialized skills that they may not have had in-house, while also accelerating the development process and reducing costs.
The project was a success, and DeepNAV has since been used to enable autonomous navigation of spacecraft in deep space 🚀
This success story demonstrates the potential of flash teams to bring together specialized expertise from around the world to tackle complex projects and achieve breakthrough results 💪
So, freelancer teams are the future of creative workforce. Yet, the future is now.
Let’s ride the wave 🏄♂️