Category Specific: HR & Temp Labor Delivery Models

158: Scaling the Power of Freelancers and Independent Contractors w/ Gene Zaino

Today, I am joined by Gene Zaino, the founder and CEO of MBO Partners. MBO Partners are at the forefront of the gig or the project economy. I was delighted to welcome Gene onto the show to discuss a little bit more about the gig economy – particularly in the context of knowledge-based workers.

We discussed how organizations can start thinking about taking advantage of an on-demand workforce. And if they already are, what are some of the things that they can do to take it to the next level?

“Today, it’s the whole new world. It’s like companies are building platforms based on using gig workers. Companies are realizing that’s where the real talent is, and individuals are finding that they have a better life. They can manage their work and life. In fact, they even feel healthier being more of an independent contractor.” – Gene Zaino

Highlights from the Show Include:

  • Gene explains what is motivating the increase in talent accessible via the gig economy.
  • Gene talks about how MBO Partners meets the needs of enterprises looking for non-traditional sources of talent, but also the needs of freelancers.
  • Gene shares how repeat specialization supports the formation of talent marketplaces with consistent offerings and cost structures.
  • Gene explains the difference between tactical gig work and highly skilled (or knowledge) gig work.
  • Gene talks about the complex localized/regional rules and regulations governing freelance work.
  • Gene provides an overview of how companies at all points on the third party services maturity spectrum can benefit more from the gig economy.

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.