New online job sites are helping small business employers find short-term job seekers for a variety of jobs. Unlike traditional online job sites which work to match employees and employers for part-time or full-time work, the new job sites have a primary focus on specific temporary tasks which need to be completed.
The models of these new job sites, known as peer-to-peer job sites, focus on fostering connections between small business employers with local job seekers who are looking for temporary work. Some peer-to-peer job sites offer forums where members can teach, or attend, local classes (in person) on just about any subject as well.
The growing popularity of recent peer-to-peer upstarts underscores the benefits to both small business employers and employees; small businesses that are unable to hire permanent full-time or part-time workers can find employees as needed instead, and employees who are searching for flexibility or extra side jobs can quickly find want-ads for their niche and skill level.
Like many online sites, peer-to-peer job sites function by building their membership database which includes both employers and job seekers. Employers can post job tasks which need to be completed, and the budget and time limitations for the tasks, and job seekers bid on the tasks. To protect both parties, the online sites often hold the payment for the job in escrow until the job is completed – then it is released to the employee. Both employers and employees can rate one another and leave comments about the hire/work experience too.
Results from the most recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index may highlight why upstart peer-to-peer jobs sites are quickly gaining in popularity. According to the results:
When small business owners were asked “Why are you not looking for new employees?” 71% answered they were worried revenues/sales would not justify adding employees and 53% answered they were worried about cash flow or their ability to make payroll. Additionally, 66% of small business owners answered that they were not hiring due to concerns about the current state of the U.S. economy.
Peer-to-peer job sites however address the worries of small business owners head on. Now, small business owners who need periodic or temporary work, or even extra help during busy seasons or the holidays, can find employees with the right skills and experience without having to commit to the expense of a permanent hire.
Darren Dahl. “Peer-to-Peer Job Sites Inspire Micro-Entrepenuers.” Reuters (2/13/2012). http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/us-peer-idUSTRE81814F20120213?type=smallBusinessNews
Dennis Jacobe. “Health Costs, Gov’t Regulations Curb Small Business Hiring.” Gallup Economy (2/15/2012). http://www.gallup.com/poll/152654/Health-Costs-Gov-Regulations-Curb-Small-Business-Hiring.aspx