The American workforce already has 34% of its population dedicated to freelancing, a testament to the gig economy - and it's no longer out of the norm for companies to hire freelancing teams out of the continent. More and more academics and scientists alike are joining in on this trend, and Kolabtree, the global freelancing platform, is giving these organizations a better avenue to hire these workers, whether they're from NASA, MIT, or Cambridge University.
PhD-level expertise in niche areas is hard to find, and when it is accessible, it is often unaffordable. Startups, SMEs, and nonprofit organizations are unlikely to have full-fledged R&D departments or in-house, full-time scientists. Kolabtree helps these businesses hire PhD-qualified freelance scientists and researchers for short-term projects.
Kolabtree receives over 100 projects a month, from a variety of organizations around the world including government organizations, nonprofits, CROs, startups, and publishers. Some of the most commonly requested services are literature searches, scientific writing, data science and statistical analysis.
The platform has facilitated several unique, cross-country collaborations. A Norwegian dermatologist hired a statistician from Italy for help with the statistical analysis of a study being prepared for journal publication. The managing director of a life sciences company based in Belgium hired a Canadian researcher for a comprehensive literature search on a specific aspect of lung cancer. A food startup in Californiahired an experienced food scientist from North Carolina to help stabilizing the shelf life of their mayonnaise product.
But what's in it for the freelancer?
Dr. Richard Bradford, a freelance statistician registered on Kolabtree, says, "Kolabtree provides a platform that allows me, and freelancers like myself, to review and consider projects that I might like to get involved in. As a freelancer, your primary obligation and therefore the focus of your attention and energy should be on the client and the client's needs. Kolabtree is an excellent solution that makes the freelancer's life easier and therefore engagements more enjoyable and rewarding."
The uberization of the economy means that talent, expertise, and knowledge are no longer bound by lines on a map. Kolabtree allows organizations and individuals to recruit without restriction from a readily-available resource pool that spans 700 countries. Companies no longer have to fish in the local pond, but can cast their nets overseas to access the best talent.
"Since we launched in 2015, we've seen a strong and consistent increase in the number of freelance scientists, as well as in demand for their services. Organizations use Kolabtree as a one-stop resource to get quick help from experts on a budget of their choice. In some cases, we've helped businesses cut costs by up to 50%," says Ashmita Das, Co-founder and CEO, Kolabtree.
Edited by K. Fanning