“E-lancers, freelancers, and assorted contract laborers are taking on discrete assignments that would once have been handled by full-time employees. Recognizing that financial crisis or no, people still need things done, entrepreneurs are brokering tasks for the un- and underemployed.”
That’s what Inc.com’s Trendwatcher John Gerzema said in the fall of 2011, and he was right.
A few really cool sites that have cropped up that deal in the task market and they’ve been doing extremely well, as have the taskers who have jumped on the peer-to-peer bandwagon.
But something’s missing.
He writes, “according to my company’s data, 48 percent of Americans believe that since the financial crisis, we have become more capable of starting our own businesses. But as work becomes atomized, perhaps people should think smaller—about individuals rather than companies and tasks rather than accounts. Ambitious entrepreneurs can always build out that landscaping service or car-detailing shop when the economy rebounds. Meanwhile, worker-bee networks are a way to monetize skills at a time when (with apologies to Norma Desmond) the need is big. It’s the jobs that got small.”
He’s almost got it. Almost.
We don’t see a line between small tasks and building out your own service shop. Service businesses do small tasks. If a girl’s got a knack for lawn maintenance and desire to build something that’s all her own, why should she take on small jobs and wait for a brighter day to own her own business? Every time she trims someone’s bushes, she’s landscaping isn’t she?
Earnest.com empowers people to live their dreams now. To take ownership of their talents and skills and to build something that’s entirely their own without having to wait for that magical day when the bills are paid, the economy is good, supplies are cheap, the college funds are all set, and the laundry’s done.
Speaking from experience, the laundry’s never done. That day will never come.
We make it cheap and simple for people to start and grow their own service businesses so that they can build on the small jobs that they do and use them as stepping stones to get where they’re going, faster. Whether your pants are clean or not.