On-demand freelance lawyers
Companies, Connecting talent, Future of Work, Services

On-Demand Lawyers

On-Demand Workers ‘Gone Wild.’ We are not talking about the retired guys driving Ubers or a stopping by our house to fix your wifi. Now there’s On-Demand freelance lawyers. And other White Collar folks are rapidly joining our On-Demand Society. Not just as individuals consuming services. They are not providing them. UpCounsel, a start up in my home town, is a good example. It is something very close to an for Lawyers — a market place that offers experienced lawyers to do micro-tasks. Think of a bit like high end Mechanical Turk for Lawyers. Or like Doctors On Demand.

Today’s UpCounsel’s job board listed the following:

  • Trademark Registration needed at a fixed fee of $645
  • Single Member LLC Formation at $595
  • Commercial Lesse Review starting at $950

I also tested it out — looking for a lawyer who can help me license an application  I developed to a large public company. (I need advise on how to protect my software, how to price it and also how to go about writing up an agreement). After I entered my zip code and some information about the project, it displayed a bunch of lawyers and their contact info to me. It felt a little like Match.com (I know cause I met my wife on that service).

This is not my wife, but you can see what I mean (sorry if this sounds sexist)

Lawyer from UpCouncel

Unlike Match, UpCouncel’s A-La-Carte approach offers assistance at discounted prices. It also enables lawyer to focus on the areas they are most passionate about. Upcounsel manages all the electronic paperwork and also ensure the lawyers are paid. What’s the appeal for lawyers involved? Predictable Income? Another channel to reach clients? Another way to deal with the touch economy they are dealing with. As the NY Times recently wrote about   school graduates are burdened with debt and are finding it difficult to find work. (For a good research report on this issue)

This White Collar approach will seep into other businesses. We will see more and more highly trained and educated doctors, lawyers and other professions. The question is how will this approach impact these industries. Will it be like Uber and turn industries upside down?

Probably not for a while. I researched two competitors tonight:

  1. Attorneyfee.com, but their website down (permanently?)
  2. QuickLegal, but after being live for over a year, it is only available in California and its blog has not been updated since June.
Companies, Connecting talent, Freelancers

New Research: On Independent Workers

My friends at Emergent Research just came out with their 5th Annual Report on America’s Independent Workforce. Extremely valuable information for companies thinking about how to incorporate Giggers into their work force.


  • The number of independent workers aged 21 and up stands at 30.2 million in 2015, divided between 17.8 million Full-Time Independents and 12.4 million Part-Time Independents.
  • There are another 11.9 million occasional independents, bringing the total number of adults in America working independently (either on a regular or ad hoc basis) to 42.1 million.
  • 2.9 million (or 16%) of the 17.8 million Full-Time Independents reported that they earned more than $100,000, up 45% from 2 million in 2011.
  • Only 9% of Full-Time Independents said they were doing independent work for reasons beyond their control, down from 15% in 2011.
  • The single most-often cited factor for working independently was “the ability to control my own schedule.” (61%)
  • 72% of Independents report “doing something I like is more important than making the most money,” while 65% say “flexibility is more important than making the most money.”
  • Nearly half, 45%, report that they make more money working on their own than they would in a traditional job.
  • In 2014, independent workers generated more than $1.15 trillion of revenue—equal to nearly 7% of U.S. GDP.
  • 16% of the self-employed workforce, or about 2.8 million, plan to build a bigger business over the next 2-3 years.
  • By 2020, the number of independent workers in America is expected to grow to 37.9 million.
  • In 2015, 43% of those currently working full-time as Independents report that they feel more secure working independently, up from 33% in 2011.
  • The percentage of independent workers who are worried about their future has decreased markedly, from 40% in 2011 to 27% in 2015.
  • Millennials accounted for 30% of Full-Time Independents in 2015—up from 12 percent in 2011.
  • 64% of women said flexibility was a key reason they chose to become independent, compared with 53% of men. •
  • 43% of Part-Time Independents say they are working solo to pursue a passion or interest.

This last point is key and should provide a wake up call to employers — that they could loose more and more employees if they don’t try connecting ‘the work’ to what interests the employees.

Who's Afraid of Uber?
Connecting talent, Freelancers, Politics, Services, Uber

Who’s Afraid of Uber?

<p>Nothing to fear.</p> Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg There’s a lot of worry around about the "gig economy," a fear that Uber-type jobs are " driving inequality " and could be bad for workers . Everywhere you look it seems that some columnist is fretting about what Uber means for the […]

Pickaxes And Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure For The On-Demand Boom
Connecting talent, Finding Jobs, Services, Technology Platforms

Pickaxes And Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure For The On-Demand Boom

On-demand economy startups have raised over $9.4B since 2010 to provide mobile-powered services across many categories, including food-delivery, shipping, and transportation.

But while consumer-facing startups like Uber and Shyp capture investor and media attention, another less glamorous subset of companies will provide the infrastructure and services to enable their services. In 2011, Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz wrote about the “shovels” opportunity that follows most major technology trends:

“For most technology trends, the number of successful companies created in gold mining and pickaxes are comparable, yet the gold mining businesses tend to get much more attention.”

Within the gold-rush world of on-demand, startups providing “pickaxes” are focusing on a few key categories:

  • Route / vehicle optimization & logistics: Companies helping on-demand startups and/or other firms to manage and analyze delivery operations, routes, and assets. This category includes firms like OnFleet, which manages delivery operations for on-demand startups such as Meadow and Boxbee; as well as Dispatch, which offers products and back-end feature sets to bring businesses into the on-demand economy.
  • Background checks: Startups in this category, like Checkr, are leveraging APIs to automate background checks, enabling a quicker screening process for on-demand workers.
  • On-boarding / 1099 economy: A host of companies are helping on-board, track and/or pay freelancers, contractors, and short-term rental hosts for the various on-demand platforms. These companies are working both with on-demand startups and directly with workers. Zen99, for example, provides tax and insurance forms, as well as health insurance, to independent contractors.
  • App promotion / deep links/indexing: Companies providing connections between apps to drive installs and app-to-app integration. Button, for example, powered a recent partnership allowing users to order an Uber directly from Foursquare‘s app.Looking for data on on-demand mobile services? Check out the CB Insights Venture Capital Database free below.Pickaxes And Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure For The On-Demand Boom


Connecting talent, Finding Jobs, Freelancers, Ondemand Platform, Services, Technology Platforms, Uber

How Digital Platforms Like LinkedIn, Uber And TaskRabbit Are Changing The On-Demand Economy

We’ve been inundated with stories about how advances in technology will change employment — from the rise of the “on-demand economy” to the effect of artificial intelligence and automation on jobs. A June report from the McKinsey Global Institute, however, makes a strong case that one particular application of technology is not only having a healthy effect on jobs and productivity, but could also add $2.7 trillion to global gross domestic product in the next decade.

– Huffington Post

Editors Note: There’s an opportunity to have commerce platforms that match freelancers with customers, such as Uber.


We’ve been inundated with stories about how advances in technology will change employment — from the rise of the

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.huffingtonpost.com