A massive corporation can pick up the phone and call its Nerd Department and have 20 guys in blue jeans working a computer project in a hour.
In small business, a problem like that probably means the boss has to learn a new skill. Unless…
Unless the boss takes advantage of the fantastic new resources online that offer help from pointy headed nerds and MBAs for not so much money.
These days you can contract with an MBA to price your products, draw your logo, or do a variety of business calculating including financial modeling, competitive analysis and marketing for a fraction of what a consulting company would charge.
One of the new companies is Skillbridge. Two-thirds of the 300 freelancers listed on Skillbridge have an advanced degree. To get listed on Skillbridge, professionals submit their resumes to be evaluated. When a company lists a job, the site comes back with a list of specialists who have been singled out because of their experience. Companies pay a commission of 10 to 20 percent.
For smaller companies this is gold. One company estimated that a small consulting company would have charged him $20,000 for work don in 35 hours by a Skillbridge MBA for $1,500.
Their services are especially popular with startups, small businesses, and companies on lean budgets.
The companies can choose someone who is hyper specialized and work with them only for the exact amount of time they need.
HourlyNerd charges $25 to $75 an hour to rent out one of their investment bankers, MBAs or nerds.
For even lower prices, try Odesk.com for contractors based around the world.