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Sidekicker & Uber





Powering the future workforce. 

Founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber’s app seamlessly connects users to the nearest available private driver. Uber is currently in over 208 cities around the world, including New York, London, Paris and growing across Australia. Uber is currently available in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Geelong! Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to evolve the way the world moves. 

Using the Sidekicker platform to access local talented people, or ‘Sidekicks’, the Uber team in Australia are able to pull in the additional resources and skills only when they need them. As Simon Rossi, Uber’s General Manager, stated “Having access to our own Sidekicks on demand has helped Uber grow rapidly in Australia while keeping our core team lean but well supported.”

One of the core roles the Sidekicks have played with Uber is assisting with the on-boarding of its ridesharing drivers.  Safety remains one of Uber’s top priorities and every ride sharing partner is screened and on-boarded by Uber’s team. The on-demand use of Sidekicks allows the Uber team to focus on these core activities. 

Apart from providing a head office solution, Uber also utilises the network of Sidekicks as a promotional solution. Uber engaged Sidekicks in a sensational promotional campaign that allowed lucky fans of the famous Gelato Messina to order the delivery of their favourite ice cream via Uber. It was a cold day in July down under but demand was high. Sidekicks hit the road with their drivers to deliver the packages in Melbourne and Sydney.

This promotion introduced many people to Uber for the first time. Paired with Sidekicks who have been trained on the Uber platform, they delivered a personable, hands-on experience demonstrating the simplicity of Uber.





Benefits Uber experience using Sidekicker:



Access to an on-demand community of handpicked, interviewed and screened talent that have the skills and resources they need.

Dedicated account managers who are on hand to understand their business and provide the support they need. 



Integrated payment and invoicing function that reduces paper work and administrative cost when paying their contingent workforce. 





If you would like to learn more about how Sidekicker can help your business and the variety of services we offer contact our customer success manager Jacqui - jacqui@sidekicker.com.au
Sidekicker & Uber





Powering the future workforce. 

Founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber’s app seamlessly connects users to the nearest available private driver. Uber is currently in over 208 cities around the world, including New York, London, Paris and growing across Australia. Uber is currently available in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Geelong! Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to evolve the way the world moves. 

Using the Sidekicker platform to access local talented people, or ‘Sidekicks’, the Uber team in Australia are able to pull in the additional resources and skills only when they need them. As Simon Rossi, Uber’s General Manager, stated “Having access to our own Sidekicks on demand has helped Uber grow rapidly in Australia while keeping our core team lean but well supported.”

One of the core roles the Sidekicks have played with Uber is assisting with the on-boarding of its ridesharing drivers.  Safety remains one of Uber’s top priorities and every ride sharing partner is screened and on-boarded by Uber’s team. The on-demand use of Sidekicks allows the Uber team to focus on these core activities. 

Apart from providing a head office solution, Uber also utilises the network of Sidekicks as a promotional solution. Uber engaged Sidekicks in a sensational promotional campaign that allowed lucky fans of the famous Gelato Messina to order the delivery of their favourite ice cream via Uber. It was a cold day in July down under but demand was high. Sidekicks hit the road with their drivers to deliver the packages in Melbourne and Sydney.

This promotion introduced many people to Uber for the first time. Paired with Sidekicks who have been trained on the Uber platform, they delivered a personable, hands-on experience demonstrating the simplicity of Uber.





Benefits Uber experience using Sidekicker:



Access to an on-demand community of handpicked, interviewed and screened talent that have the skills and resources they need.

Dedicated account managers who are on hand to understand their business and provide the support they need. 



Integrated payment and invoicing function that reduces paper work and administrative cost when paying their contingent workforce. 





If you would like to learn more about how Sidekicker can help your business and the variety of services we offer contact our customer success manager Jacqui - jacqui@sidekicker.com.au

Sidekicker & Uber

Powering the future workforce.

Founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber’s app seamlessly connects users to the nearest available private driver. Uber is currently in over 208 cities around the world, including New York, London, Paris and growing across Australia. Uber is currently available in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Geelong! Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to evolve the way the world moves.

Using the Sidekicker platform to access local talented people, or ‘Sidekicks’, the Uber team in Australia are able to pull in the additional resources and skills only when they need them. As Simon Rossi, Uber’s General Manager, stated “Having access to our own Sidekicks on demand has helped Uber grow rapidly in Australia while keeping our core team lean but well supported.”

One of the core roles the Sidekicks have played with Uber is assisting with the on-boarding of its ridesharing drivers. Safety remains one of Uber’s top priorities and every ride sharing partner is screened and on-boarded by Uber’s team. The on-demand use of Sidekicks allows the Uber team to focus on these core activities.

Apart from providing a head office solution, Uber also utilises the network of Sidekicks as a promotional solution. Uber engaged Sidekicks in a sensational promotional campaign that allowed lucky fans of the famous Gelato Messina to order the delivery of their favourite ice cream via Uber. It was a cold day in July down under but demand was high. Sidekicks hit the road with their drivers to deliver the packages in Melbourne and Sydney.

This promotion introduced many people to Uber for the first time. Paired with Sidekicks who have been trained on the Uber platform, they delivered a personable, hands-on experience demonstrating the simplicity of Uber.

Benefits Uber experience using Sidekicker:

  • Access to an on-demand community of handpicked, interviewed and screened talent that have the skills and resources they need.
  • Dedicated account managers who are on hand to understand their business and provide the support they need.
  • Integrated payment and invoicing function that reduces paper work and administrative cost when paying their contingent workforce.
  • If you would like to learn more about how Sidekicker can help your business and the variety of services we offer contact our customer success manager Jacqui - jacqui@sidekicker.com.au

    Meet Jacqui Bull 

Sidekicker Co-founder

The future of work is where workers can move fluidly from one company to another, from project to project. People will be finding work through their social and professional networks and skilled market places such as Sidekicker. Their online presence will essentially be their CV and their social networks will be their references.  

I met Tom, my co-founder when we were both on the commerce committee in Uni. It was very nerdy of us but we became great friends. In the interim of finishing my degree at University and starting as a business advisor at Deloitte, Tom and I started on the initial phases of Sidekicker. 

Once we started getting into the thick of the idea, I was pretty much hooked on it. I decided not to start the traditional graduate accounting career path which was an interesting conversation to have with my parents. It was a hard decision to turn down a Business Advisor role at Deloitte, however the opportunity to start my own business was extremely appealing.

5 months ago, I headed up to Sydney to launch Sidekicker there. The Australian startup community is really upbeat, vibrant and supportive. Everyone is working towards the common goal of increasing the number of successful Australian startups. It’s wonderful to see that all of us genuinely want to see each other succeed which helps foster a supportive learning community. 

At Sidekicker, we’re focused on finding innovative ways to attract, recruit and empower the best talent to bring them onto the platform. Workers want highly relevant jobs that suit their skills and what they’re looking for. They’re empowered by working with great people on awesome projects rather than a traditional career path of working your way up in an organisation. 

For an organisation, it’s going to be really exciting when a company can just scale up and scale down their resources as projects come and go. It’s going to be more agile and fluid. Businesses will be able to run leaner teams and have easier access to the skills and people they need only when they need them. 

We’re going to make the future of work a reality by providing the technology and platform that facilitates the connection between businesses and their perfect worker.

Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’









First Name      Company      Email
    Meet Jacqui Bull 

Sidekicker Co-founder

The future of work is where workers can move fluidly from one company to another, from project to project. People will be finding work through their social and professional networks and skilled market places such as Sidekicker. Their online presence will essentially be their CV and their social networks will be their references.  

I met Tom, my co-founder when we were both on the commerce committee in Uni. It was very nerdy of us but we became great friends. In the interim of finishing my degree at University and starting as a business advisor at Deloitte, Tom and I started on the initial phases of Sidekicker. 

Once we started getting into the thick of the idea, I was pretty much hooked on it. I decided not to start the traditional graduate accounting career path which was an interesting conversation to have with my parents. It was a hard decision to turn down a Business Advisor role at Deloitte, however the opportunity to start my own business was extremely appealing.

5 months ago, I headed up to Sydney to launch Sidekicker there. The Australian startup community is really upbeat, vibrant and supportive. Everyone is working towards the common goal of increasing the number of successful Australian startups. It’s wonderful to see that all of us genuinely want to see each other succeed which helps foster a supportive learning community. 

At Sidekicker, we’re focused on finding innovative ways to attract, recruit and empower the best talent to bring them onto the platform. Workers want highly relevant jobs that suit their skills and what they’re looking for. They’re empowered by working with great people on awesome projects rather than a traditional career path of working your way up in an organisation. 

For an organisation, it’s going to be really exciting when a company can just scale up and scale down their resources as projects come and go. It’s going to be more agile and fluid. Businesses will be able to run leaner teams and have easier access to the skills and people they need only when they need them. 

We’re going to make the future of work a reality by providing the technology and platform that facilitates the connection between businesses and their perfect worker.

Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’









First Name      Company      Email

    Meet Jacqui Bull

    Sidekicker Co-founder

    The future of work is where workers can move fluidly from one company to another, from project to project. People will be finding work through their social and professional networks and skilled market places such as Sidekicker. Their online presence will essentially be their CV and their social networks will be their references.

    I met Tom, my co-founder when we were both on the commerce committee in Uni. It was very nerdy of us but we became great friends. In the interim of finishing my degree at University and starting as a business advisor at Deloitte, Tom and I started on the initial phases of Sidekicker.

    Once we started getting into the thick of the idea, I was pretty much hooked on it. I decided not to start the traditional graduate accounting career path which was an interesting conversation to have with my parents. It was a hard decision to turn down a Business Advisor role at Deloitte, however the opportunity to start my own business was extremely appealing.

    5 months ago, I headed up to Sydney to launch Sidekicker there. The Australian startup community is really upbeat, vibrant and supportive. Everyone is working towards the common goal of increasing the number of successful Australian startups. It’s wonderful to see that all of us genuinely want to see each other succeed which helps foster a supportive learning community.

    At Sidekicker, we’re focused on finding innovative ways to attract, recruit and empower the best talent to bring them onto the platform. Workers want highly relevant jobs that suit their skills and what they’re looking for. They’re empowered by working with great people on awesome projects rather than a traditional career path of working your way up in an organisation.

    For an organisation, it’s going to be really exciting when a company can just scale up and scale down their resources as projects come and go. It’s going to be more agile and fluid. Businesses will be able to run leaner teams and have easier access to the skills and people they need only when they need them.

    We’re going to make the future of work a reality by providing the technology and platform that facilitates the connection between businesses and their perfect worker.

    Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’




    Notes on the future of work from Tom Amos, Sidekicker CEO:

Life for the Modern Worker

The labour market is in for a huge shake up over the next decade and things are going to change dramatically for workers. We are already seeing a fractionalisation in the workforce as more and more people are taking up temporary work, caused broadly by two factors:

1. Workers are looking for more control in their lives.

2. Full time opportunities may no longer exist as more organisations are looking increasingly towards greater flexibility in their overheads.

This structural change will have widespread ramifications and it is important that society is ready to deal with this change. At Sidekicker, we are trying to help this transition and are noticing the following challenges for the modern worker:

GROWING A PERSONAL BRAND

The modern worker will be required to grow a personal brand through online mediums as they move from employer to employer. These online profiles will become their credit scores around a skill set.

The strength of these profiles will dictate the rate an individual will charge and the demand for their services and it won’t be limited to creatives. If you are a hospitality professional, a brand ambassador, an accountant or even a lawyer, you will see a high increase working for employers around projects or fixed term roles.

These online profiles will highlight your skills, experience and most importantly, ratings & reviews from jobs you have completed. This profile will become your capital and your livelihood.

[[MORE]]

BEING PART OF A COMMUNITY

Communities of talent based on skill sets will allow the modern worker to develop their skills, networks and professionalism which will play an increasingly important role in supporting modern workers.

Communities will need to be more than online groups as humans crave social interaction. Coworking spaces such as inspire9, The Hub, Electron Workshop and York Butter Factory in Melbourne to name a few are already providing an offline community that provides freelancers and entrepreneurs the community and social interaction of larger organisations.

ENSURING REGULAR AND CONSISTENT PAY

The greatest challenge for the modern worker will be managing inconsistent cash flow and ensuring payment for services provided. We are seeing freelancers treated as a supplier which can mean payment terms of 30+ days. The modern worker will need to ensure that payment is via credit card and billed on installments. Companies like Uber and Airbnb have lead the way of the “Virtual Wallet” and payment occurs with a click of a button.

SAVING FOR RETIREMENT

As modern workers regularly move from one employer to the next around projects and assignments, it is imperative steps are taken to ensure superannuation is being contributed. Too many existing freelancers are simply not putting any funds into their super for a variety of reasons including a lack of understanding.

The modern worker will need to look for more agent type companies that manage all of the tax and superannuation requirements in the same way that current employers do. The structural changes will be a challenge for the modern worker and at Sidekicker, we are implementing the support and education to support these workers.

Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’









First Name    Company    Email
    Notes on the future of work from Tom Amos, Sidekicker CEO:

Life for the Modern Worker

The labour market is in for a huge shake up over the next decade and things are going to change dramatically for workers. We are already seeing a fractionalisation in the workforce as more and more people are taking up temporary work, caused broadly by two factors:

1. Workers are looking for more control in their lives.

2. Full time opportunities may no longer exist as more organisations are looking increasingly towards greater flexibility in their overheads.

This structural change will have widespread ramifications and it is important that society is ready to deal with this change. At Sidekicker, we are trying to help this transition and are noticing the following challenges for the modern worker:

GROWING A PERSONAL BRAND

The modern worker will be required to grow a personal brand through online mediums as they move from employer to employer. These online profiles will become their credit scores around a skill set.

The strength of these profiles will dictate the rate an individual will charge and the demand for their services and it won’t be limited to creatives. If you are a hospitality professional, a brand ambassador, an accountant or even a lawyer, you will see a high increase working for employers around projects or fixed term roles.

These online profiles will highlight your skills, experience and most importantly, ratings & reviews from jobs you have completed. This profile will become your capital and your livelihood.

[[MORE]]

BEING PART OF A COMMUNITY

Communities of talent based on skill sets will allow the modern worker to develop their skills, networks and professionalism which will play an increasingly important role in supporting modern workers.

Communities will need to be more than online groups as humans crave social interaction. Coworking spaces such as inspire9, The Hub, Electron Workshop and York Butter Factory in Melbourne to name a few are already providing an offline community that provides freelancers and entrepreneurs the community and social interaction of larger organisations.

ENSURING REGULAR AND CONSISTENT PAY

The greatest challenge for the modern worker will be managing inconsistent cash flow and ensuring payment for services provided. We are seeing freelancers treated as a supplier which can mean payment terms of 30+ days. The modern worker will need to ensure that payment is via credit card and billed on installments. Companies like Uber and Airbnb have lead the way of the “Virtual Wallet” and payment occurs with a click of a button.

SAVING FOR RETIREMENT

As modern workers regularly move from one employer to the next around projects and assignments, it is imperative steps are taken to ensure superannuation is being contributed. Too many existing freelancers are simply not putting any funds into their super for a variety of reasons including a lack of understanding.

The modern worker will need to look for more agent type companies that manage all of the tax and superannuation requirements in the same way that current employers do. The structural changes will be a challenge for the modern worker and at Sidekicker, we are implementing the support and education to support these workers.

Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’









First Name    Company    Email

    Notes on the future of work from Tom Amos, Sidekicker CEO:

    Life for the Modern Worker

    The labour market is in for a huge shake up over the next decade and things are going to change dramatically for workers. We are already seeing a fractionalisation in the workforce as more and more people are taking up temporary work, caused broadly by two factors:

    1. Workers are looking for more control in their lives.

    2. Full time opportunities may no longer exist as more organisations are looking increasingly towards greater flexibility in their overheads.

    This structural change will have widespread ramifications and it is important that society is ready to deal with this change. At Sidekicker, we are trying to help this transition and are noticing the following challenges for the modern worker:

    GROWING A PERSONAL BRAND

    The modern worker will be required to grow a personal brand through online mediums as they move from employer to employer. These online profiles will become their credit scores around a skill set.

    The strength of these profiles will dictate the rate an individual will charge and the demand for their services and it won’t be limited to creatives. If you are a hospitality professional, a brand ambassador, an accountant or even a lawyer, you will see a high increase working for employers around projects or fixed term roles.

    These online profiles will highlight your skills, experience and most importantly, ratings & reviews from jobs you have completed. This profile will become your capital and your livelihood.

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    Meet Tom Amos – Sidekicker CEO

We believe building a great business relationship requires sitting down and getting to know who you are working with. We would like to share a bit about ourselves with you and get to know more about you as we grow. To kick off our new Meet the Team series, we invite you to sit back and read some insights from our CEO, Tom Amos.

A note from Tom:

The future of work has reached a turning point and businesses need to adapt to flourish. If you notice what’s been happening over the past two years, more and more of the workforce are quitting their corporate jobs to become freelancers. Studies show that by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be made of contract-only, project based employees. With the increase of millennials coming into the workforce, that number will continue to rise. The future of work challenges the convention of how organisations have been run and I aim to enable this change through Sidekicker.After a great start to my career as an accountant at Deloitte for 3 1/2 years, I felt I had accumulated enough knowledge on the fundamentals of running a business to start my own. Along with my co-founder Jacqui Bull, we started Sidekicker in Melbourne 18 months ago. At Sidekicker, we want to enable the community to work on what they’re passionate about and give them a new way to earn income and live a good life while building a career portfolio. [[MORE]]The Sidekicker platform allows small and medium enterprises to hire skilled workers on demand. We know that organisations with the best talent will succeed in the long run and we want to support freelancers and entrepreneurs by providing the infrastructure they need. With the backing from our supportive group of investors, we raised our first round in January 2014 which led us to new hires and expansion to other cities in Australia. One of our investors, Pete Williams, who I met at Deloitte has been instrumental in shaking things up  for us. We also brought on two advisors, Simon Terry and Ross Hill to guide us on building a sustainable business. We are currently implementing Sidekicker 3.0 and over the next few months you will get to experience a new way to hire or become a Sidekick. We will play a major role in shaping the future of work in Australia and I invite you to join the future with us. 

Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’









First Name    Company    Email
    Meet Tom Amos – Sidekicker CEO

We believe building a great business relationship requires sitting down and getting to know who you are working with. We would like to share a bit about ourselves with you and get to know more about you as we grow. To kick off our new Meet the Team series, we invite you to sit back and read some insights from our CEO, Tom Amos.

A note from Tom:

The future of work has reached a turning point and businesses need to adapt to flourish. If you notice what’s been happening over the past two years, more and more of the workforce are quitting their corporate jobs to become freelancers. Studies show that by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be made of contract-only, project based employees. With the increase of millennials coming into the workforce, that number will continue to rise. The future of work challenges the convention of how organisations have been run and I aim to enable this change through Sidekicker.After a great start to my career as an accountant at Deloitte for 3 1/2 years, I felt I had accumulated enough knowledge on the fundamentals of running a business to start my own. Along with my co-founder Jacqui Bull, we started Sidekicker in Melbourne 18 months ago. At Sidekicker, we want to enable the community to work on what they’re passionate about and give them a new way to earn income and live a good life while building a career portfolio. [[MORE]]The Sidekicker platform allows small and medium enterprises to hire skilled workers on demand. We know that organisations with the best talent will succeed in the long run and we want to support freelancers and entrepreneurs by providing the infrastructure they need. With the backing from our supportive group of investors, we raised our first round in January 2014 which led us to new hires and expansion to other cities in Australia. One of our investors, Pete Williams, who I met at Deloitte has been instrumental in shaking things up  for us. We also brought on two advisors, Simon Terry and Ross Hill to guide us on building a sustainable business. We are currently implementing Sidekicker 3.0 and over the next few months you will get to experience a new way to hire or become a Sidekick. We will play a major role in shaping the future of work in Australia and I invite you to join the future with us. 

Interested in finding out more about how the future of work might affect your business? Enter your details below to receive our free white paper ‘The freelance revolution and how your business can benefit.’









First Name    Company    Email

    Meet Tom Amos – Sidekicker CEO

    We believe building a great business relationship requires sitting down and getting to know who you are working with. We would like to share a bit about ourselves with you and get to know more about you as we grow. To kick off our new Meet the Team series, we invite you to sit back and read some insights from our CEO, Tom Amos.

    A note from Tom:

    The future of work has reached a turning point and businesses need to adapt to flourish. If you notice what’s been happening over the past two years, more and more of the workforce are quitting their corporate jobs to become freelancers. Studies show that by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be made of contract-only, project based employees. With the increase of millennials coming into the workforce, that number will continue to rise. The future of work challenges the convention of how organisations have been run and I aim to enable this change through Sidekicker.

    After a great start to my career as an accountant at Deloitte for 3 1/2 years, I felt I had accumulated enough knowledge on the fundamentals of running a business to start my own. Along with my co-founder Jacqui Bull, we started Sidekicker in Melbourne 18 months ago. At Sidekicker, we want to enable the community to work on what they’re passionate about and give them a new way to earn income and live a good life while building a career portfolio. 

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    Are you approaching business (and life) like Homer Simpson?

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    We love Homer Simpson because he’s funny, not because of his work ethic at the Nuclear Power Plant. And while we continue to laugh, we must strive to never, ever, run a business in the way that Homer would. 

    Here are a few Homer inspired pointers to guide your business in the right direction:

    "Oh, so they have internet on computers now!" 

    Get digital

    Homer Simpson isn’t the brightest crayon in the box but that’s no excuse for your business to be behind in the times. Technology is constantly changing so it’s vital to stay ahead of the competition and keep your company relevant, functional and efficient in today’s business environment.

    Updating technology may seem daunting at first but breaking the task up into stages can be very helpful.  Your first step is to identify and appraise your existing systems. And then, to assess what is working, what isn’t and where changes can be made to increase efficiency and expand your client base. You may wish to call on the expertise of a digital agency or bring in new specialised, contract staff to assist in the transition into the digital world.

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