I’ve been using Elance for a long time – I find great talent, pay the talent and manage the work. What’s interesting is that while the economists are looking at the “employment” numbers what many are missing is the community of talent that many small businesses are leveraging through sites like Elance, oDesk and Guru.com
Elance took a survey of its users which indicated, not surprisingly at all, that 84% of businesses said that hiring online gives them an advantage over competitors.
While it might be challenging to hire EMPLOYEES for a variety of reasons, hiring contract workers and gaining that expertise precisely when you need it and for how long you need it is an advantage. Of course hiring a full time employee is also an advantage as well – but today we’re talking about hiring contractors.