I have a particular interest with the gig economy and how technology platforms can help connect buyers with a pool of on-demand sellers, much like Uber has been doing for years.
We are now witnessing this in the world of accounting as well.
This started to come to fruition with the launch of QuickBooks Live where QuickBooks connects small businesses with bookkeepers (I write about this here
and you can see how this service is now priced in the US here
And just last week I had an interesting demo with the team at Worklayer
who certainly aren’t hiding what they are doing:
“Worklayer enables professional service firms to “uberize” their workforce by cataloging their services and routing those services to either our gig economy or their employees.”
If you’re in a pinch and need to add capacity quickly or just want to outsource lower level work, you can simply login to the platform, fill out a small questionnaire for the service you need help with and Worklayer will spit out a fixed price and will connect you with a CPA or EA from their gig economy pool.
I asked them about ensuring quality control and what I found interesting is that anyone in their gig pool needs to have performed 1000 tax returns first on their sister platform, Taxfyle, geared towards consumers needing help with taxes.
Once they hit 1000 returns, they’ll be eligible to join Worklayer and from there they need to maintain a 4.8/5 rating to maintain their status.
To me, this certainly looks like the future…
And now to this week’s Future Firm Top 5.