Get ready for the launch
Does anyone else remember that dance track from the 90’s? Get ready for the launch…do do do do do do, do do do do do do…doooooooo! Get ready for the launch! We’re really showing our age(s) now!
But that’s how excited we are. 90’s rave excited!
We have finally taken ownership of our brand new flexible working platform, which, with a little spit and polish, will be ready to launch.
But what does that mean for you? And what is a flexible working platform anyway? Read on for answers!
What is That Works For Me?
That Works For Me is a supportive and affordable flexible working platform that provides skilled individuals and businesses the opportunity to work together. It is for people who want flexible work.
It’s brought to you by Jessica Heagren, ex-City Exec, tea addict and mother to three children under five. That Works For Me was inspired by the epiphany that you can’t have it all. Not in a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 job anyway. Jess roped in best friend and programme director extraordinaire , Nicola Good, and her wordsworth sister, Gemma Blake, to create something that would change that, making flexible work available to everyone.
What is a flexible working platform?
Our flexible working platform lives on our website. It’s a place where businesses and recruiters can post flexible roles and projects instantly. Anyone in need of flexible work can quickly and easily set up a profile showcasing their skills and setting out how and when they want to work. They can then apply for roles, or quote on projects, all at the click of a button.
How does it help businesses?
For businesses this means you have access to an enormous pool of talent that is currently untapped, because they don’t fit the archaic notion of work only being from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. You have what you need, when you need it. These experts will allow you to grow your business at the rate you choose, without over-committing yourself to full-time, expensive employees.
Oh and did we mention that we don’t work on commission?! You’re welcome.
Who does it help?
People like us and like you – people with families and priorities outside of work. People who need flexible work (all of us then!). Our customers are…
– Full-time parents seeking flexible work
– Working professionals looking for flexible work
– Business owners in need of help and resource
We also recognise (and have a lot of love for) the specialist recruitment market already doing a great job at finding flexible roles. So we’ll be working with these guys too to make sure there is a good flow of roles coming your way.
How does it work?
You choose your preference when you register – looking for work, looking for help or recruiting for others. This will set your ‘My Account’ view up as you need it when you log in. Select your free or affordable package based on what you are looking for (sign up below to receive our special joining offers!).
Use the search functionality to browse roles, projects or people. Search by skills, hours or sector. If you don’t find exactly what you need, you can save your search and set your alerts so when people or opportunities pop up that match your search criteria, you’re the first to hear about it. If there’s someone or something you really like but it doesn’t quite fit right now, save them for later. Good, hey?
If you would rather people and opportunities come to you, there’s also another way.
If you’re looking for work, set up your profile outlining what you’re looking for, including, most importantly, how many hours you have available. Tag your profile with all your hard-earned skills and experience so that potential employers and clients can easily find you. Freelancers can add their one-line bio and service offerings, and our clever search tool will put their profiles in front of the right people looking for help.
If you’re a business looking for help, set up your business page and then add the projects and roles you’re looking to fill, tagging the skills you need. Then sit back and wait for the applications to roll in. And for recruiters, use your client management tool to keep tabs on your roles.
All roles and projects are managed through the projects and roles area of your account, which is tailored to the preferences you set. Applications and quotations are easily managed and updated, and the internal messaging service gives you instant access to new colleagues.
Finally, once everyone is happy with the project, the accounting assistant enables billing and payment for projects completed with easy management of invoices. You can even keep a record of expenses here.
The whole platform is quick and easy so you can focus on the more important things. Like the rest of your life!
Are there other benefits?
We describe ourselves as being a supportive and affordable platform, which means we’re not crazy expensive and we do everything we can to help you.
Hiring is a massive decision for all businesses, especially SME’s. And fitting work around your family, in a new or existing role, is almost always daunting and difficult. So we have put together a range of member benefits which we think will help – we offer coaching, training, insurance, CV or business of the week – there are loads.
Then of course there is our amazing Make It Work Community site full of blogs from flexible working experts and stories from people just like you, talking about how they Make It Work.
We want you to be confident in your choices around working flexibly, and for us to help deliver them.
Sounds amazing, right? So when will it be available?
If it feels like we’ve been banging on about this for a while, it’s because we have. We want to give you a flexible working platform that works and makes you want to come back.
The first round of development and testing is complete. It’s not perfect. But we’re constantly making changes and we always will be. The main functionality we planned on launching with is there. And that, my friends, is what we’ll be launching with!
So That Works For Me will be officially launching….drum roll please….by the end of October!
This is just the beginning. And hopefully the beginning of something big. We want to change the landscape of flexible working. So all that is left for us to do is try and fill it with roles, projects and people.
What can you do to help?
Oh we’re so glad you asked! We need you lovely people to help us out. Launching something like this is a little ‘chicken and egg’ Without jobs, people won’t come back. And without people, we won’t attract jobs. Help!
You can support us now by subscribing (below) to our mailing list and asking your friends to do the same – shout from the rooftops to all the people in your life you know could benefit from flexible working (that’s everyone, by the way!). Then as soon as we’ve launched you can all register and we can see all your lovely faces on your profile and business pages!
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