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What is a Freelancer Management System (FMS)?

Wednesday, Sep. 17th 2014

If you are a Human Resources or Procurement executive, you may be hearing the new acronym “FMS.”

As we are the first Freelancer Management System, let me take a moment to explain the basics of FMS.

Especially if you use a MSP/VMS solution, the time is now to familiarize yourself with the benefits of an FMS to gain a highly effective (cost-reducing) extended workforce program.

FMS is a private cloud-based SaaS platform to allow enterprises in all industries to engage, manage and pay an extended workforce which can include:

  • Freelancers
  • Independent Contractors
  • Retirees
  • Alumni
  • Interns

An FMS offers:

Work Management Tools: includes job templates and work routing rules as well as complete visibility into your worker’s capabilities, work history and performance.

Talent Consolidation: Assimilates your company’s existing labor pool or allows you to build an entire network from scratch with your entire extended workforce program consolidated onto a single platform.

On-Demand Job Filling with Smartphone Mobile Apps: Provides a direct connection between you and your extended workforce with visibility into skills, quality and proximity factors.  OnForce’s mobile app iOS and Android can reduce time to fill a job to within minutes of posting a work assignment.

Risk Mitigation: Collects and analyzes all of the data related to a work event and provides analytical evidence of compliance that mitigates the risk of misclassification.

Consolidate Invoicing, Administration and Reporting: Eliminates virtually of the manual processing of freelancer payments and 1099 administration.  Consolidated invoicing can be performed through an existing MSP tool set–reporting all work history and associated costs to the MSP for consolidation.  All administration and reporting is done under the umbrella of the MSP.

Timekeeping and Payment: Prevents rogue spend by consolidating your extended workforce onto a single platform, bringing cost traceability to the individual, the work performed and the supporting organization.  Timekeeping and invoicing are virtually eliminated as workers are paid through the software via a prefunded account that results in payments within days.

That’s it in a nutshell.  To learn more, download our whitepaper, The Freelancer Management System: What is required For The Next Frontier of Enterprise Contingent Workforce Management. The Freelancer Management System: What is required For The Next Frontier of Enterprise Contingent Workforce Management.  Just click on GET THE WHITEPAPER.

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5 reasons a Freelancer Management System (FMS) will make your life easier

Wednesday, Sep. 3rd 2014

Are you a Human Resources, Procurement, or Talent Acquisition Manager? This blog’s for you!  Why will a Freelancer Management System rock your world?  Here are 5 reasons:

Freelancer Management System Benefits

1)  Manage your freelancer and independent contractor information and performance ratings in one cloud-based platform.  No more “Hey, I need that tech we used last time. I think his name was Joe?  How do we find his information?” Organize your talent network you have built over the years in ONE place.  Freelancers can be accessed in minutes.  No more searching databases or even paperwork to find and engage that talent.

2)  Happier freelancers make for happier Human Resource employees. By engaging, managing and paying your extended workforce in one place, you are able to connect with workers faster (even via their Smartphones!) and pay them in a more timely manner—who doesn’t like that?

3)  You can integrate an FMS into your current MSP and VMS programs.  Simply incorporate the FMS so that you can easily expand your extended workforce beyond agency temp workers to manage workers that typically work on your short assignments—ranging from hours to days at a time.

4)  No matter your industry, an FMS can benefit your company.  Enterprises employing a high number of freelancers in the information technology, media, oil and gas, health care, and education industries have already been able to simply the hiring process, retain the most qualified talent and lower labor costs considerably.

5)  Gain a competitive edge.  The freelance market, according to an Intuit study, will comprise of 40% of the US workforce by 2020.  As your need for freelancers expands, having one solution to effectively:

  • Locate
  • Engage
  • Manage
  • Retain
  • Pay

this extended workforce will significantly cut down on time, effort AND (it’s worth repeating) lower labor costs.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of FMS.  For more information, click here and download The Freelancer Management System: What Is Required For Contingent Workforce Management.

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Top 3 lessons for business success from former Red Sox player Jimmy Fabiano

Tuesday, Aug. 26th 2014

From Professional Baseball to Business, My Lessons Learned

jimmy_fabiano_blockTrue, baseball is America’s favorite pastime but it also can teach us how to succeed in the workplace.  Take it from one who knows firsthand. James Fabiano (a.k.a Jimmy), OnForce’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales, gained valuable experience during his former career as a Boston Red Sox player. Recently, I asked Jim to share his expertise on leadership and sales. He reflected on what he would have done differently to make it to the big leagues and how he has used his experience to make it in the big leagues in business. Here he shares his advice:

1) Build your own personal brand. In baseball, a manager wants to know, “What kind of player are you? Do you excel at defense, offense and what can you bring to the team to help us win?” Similarly, in business, people want to know who you are and what you can do to help the company succeed. Focus on building your brand. Be known as “that” person for a specific position or role in the company. For example: “He/She is excellent at closing new deals or outstanding at providing superior customer service and can help us hit our numbers. Figure out who you “are” and promote it!

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2) Advocate for yourself. Interestingly, when I played high school and college baseball, many people advocated on my behalf. Once I got to the Red Sox, I had to learn to advocate for myself. When I got to professional baseball, the whole game changed, and it suddenly became clear that if I didn’t promote myself and what I brought to the team then I would be sitting on the bench. At that level everyone is good so you need to let people know that you are ‘that person’ who can do ‘that job’ and deliver for the team. If you don’t, the next player or business colleague will. Don’t miss your opportunity to let your manager or company know who you are and what you are ready to deliver.

3) Practice. I was told that one day a guy got off a bus in Boston and asked someone “What’s the best way to get to Fenway Park?” The other person said, “Practice, man!” I was so impressed when I got to the Red Sox to watch big league players like Carl Yastremski. Carl had already played 20+ years in the big leagues and was still the first guy in the batting cages every morning during spring training. In baseball and in business, you need to work hard at your job but also find ways to constantly improve. The most successful athletes and business colleagues I have ever worked with never stop practicing and trying to get better at what they do. Don’t take your success for granted. Continue to find new ways to raise your game!

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OnForce to showcase Freelancer Management System at Staffing Industry Analyst’s CWS Summit Las Vegas 2014, Oct 8-9

Friday, Aug. 22nd 2014

OnForce to showcase Freelancer Management System at Staffing Industry Associations's CWS SummitMembers of the OnForce team will attend Staffing Industry Analyst’s (SIA) CWS Summit Las Vegas 2014, Oct 8-9, at the Mirage Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

SiA’s Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit helps human resources, procurement, IT and category managers develop actionable strategies to improve their use of contingent work.

We will be featuring OnForce’s Freelancer Management System (FMS), our private, cloud-based Freelancer SaaS solution for managing an enterprise’s independent workforce. Our FMS is the 1st software platform to integrate into the current MSP and VMS landscape and provide a way for enterprise Contingent Workforce programs to expand their reach (beyond agency temp workers).

The following members of the OnForce team will be on hand:

  • Peter Cannone, CEO
  • James Fabiano, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales
  • Julie Semler, Senior Director, Enterprise Accounts

James Fabiano will moderate a special roundtable on “Online Staffing and the Contingent Workforce -Technology” on Thursday, October 9th at 11:00 AM.  Would you like to join us?  REGISTER HERE.

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OnForce at CompTIA ChannelCon 2014

Wednesday, Aug. 13th 2014

Don Anderson, OnForce VP of Operations at ChannelCon 2014Members of the OnForce team attended CompTIA’s ChannelCon, which took place Aug. 4-6, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.

ChannelCon is a big annual training and partnering experience for the IT channel. Attendees learn about IT industry news and the latest training offered by CompTIA.

The following members of the OnForce team met with OnForce Pros as well as OnForce Buyers:

  • Don Anderson, VP, Operations
  • Nancy Alm, Regional Vice President of Sales
  • George Harris, VP Business Development
  • Justin Gonzalez, Network Account Coordinator

“ChannelCon offered us a great opportunity to meet and greet new and old friends/peers.  I was especially pleased with the traffic at our booth. It gave us a chance to share OnForce news with current and prospective customers. Additionally, It was great to meet many of the Independent contractors who work on our platform and hear their feedback,” explains Nancy Alm.

As a yearly ChannelCon exhibitor, we are able to give our customers and IT professionals free admission to the show floor.  Join us next year Aug 3-5 in Chicago for ChannelCon 2015

Are you currently an OnForce IT Professional or Buyer?  If not, SIGN UP HERE.

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