Thriving in the Gig Economy and the Hourly Nerd
So I am working on a new book, "Thriving in the Gig Economy", a subject I happen to know a lot about from my experience at M Squared Consulting. That said, though, there are many new players since the days when I ran M Squared. As fodder for my book, I am walking the talk and exploring new platforms and using gig economy resources along the way.
I have registered as an expert at a number of sites. The most remarkable experience was with Hourly Nerd. (Really, they thought that was a good name, but I digress.) The Hourly Nerd pitch is that the consultants or "nerds" on their platform come from only select business schools. To underscore this, they ask that all potential consultants sign up using their business school email.
Now there is the rub. When I went to business school, email had not yet been invented. I know I date myself, but that doesn't make me any less qualified as a consultant. I must say, to Hourly Nerd's credit, they responded immediately when I pointed out that I did not have a Haas Business School email since that would have been impossible in 1985, and since I knew that they were not intending to discriminate against older MBAs, there had to be another way for me to apply. Needless to say I was vetted rather quickly after that.
In my 3 weeks of being in the nerd ranks, I have received 2 inquiries, neither of which was really appropriate for me. Since I chair a not for profit humanitarian NGO, I received a request to do research for another non-profit in a totally different field. Clearly they need to work out the difference between functional expertise and industry expertise in their algorithm. The second was a bit more on point, looking at employee utilization in consulting firms. However, since the consulting firm I ran was a hybrid firm, providing independent consultants, gig folks or nerds in their parlance , to projects my expertise was not quite on point. As they say, three is a charm, so I wonder what might come next...
In the meantime, I am securing some programming talent in this gig economy as well as research time from some other platforms. I am intrigued to experience the customer side...I will keep you posted.