GigSmart founder and co-CEO, Ted Catino, developed the device-based job platform to connect freelancers with interesting and well-paying job opportunities. An innovative entrepreneur and successful businessman, Ted Catino advocates for families to embrace a positive work-life balance.
Having the flexibility to adjust work hours to make more time for family, personal interests, or education is essential to an employee's well-being and productivity. Highlighted below are some ways workplaces can encourage a better work-life balance among their employees.
1. Teleworking. If the majority of an employee’s tasks can be done remotely, offering opportunities to work outside of the workplace can greatly improve employee well-being. This is especially beneficial for workers with long commutes or who have young children at home.
2. Flexible Start and Finish Times. Instead of requiring all employees to be present from 9 to 5, many companies only obligate staff to be in the office for an eight-hour period. Employees can, therefore, create their schedule based on their own preferences. Early risers can work from 6 am to 2 pm, while working parents can schedule a later start time in order to drop their child off at school.
3. Paid Time Off Policies. Paid Time Off policies combine all vacation, sick days, and personal days into one timebank that employees can draw from to take a day off. Employees do not need to inform their manager of the reason for requested time off and they can be used for any purpose.
Ted Catino has enjoyed a lengthy career as an entrepreneur that includes being named an Ernst & Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in 1995. Ted Catino leverages this experience and a BS in accounting from Miami University as the founding partner and co-CEO of GigSmart in Cincinnati, Ohio.
GigSmart leverages smartphone technology to provide an innovative worker and volunteer solution for job seekers and organizations. The application, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, matches employers with job seekers and then facilitates a seamless and efficient hiring, payment, and review process.
The firm currently offers two smartphone applications, GIGSMART Get Workers for employers and GIGSMART Get Gigs for job seekers. The GIGSMART Get Gigs application allows workers to create a profile and receive on-demand job requests, all while avoiding the lengthy interviews and vetting processes found in most hiring solutions.
The application currently maintains a 4.8 star rating (out of 5) on the Apple App Store, with reviews praising its easy to learn and efficient functionality. Other reviews have highlighted the ability to add different job titles and set custom rates. For additional information on the GIGSMART Get Gigs app, visit www.gigsmart.com.
Theodore “Ted” Catino has created and overseen successful businesses for more than 20 years. In 2016, Ted Catino and his wife, Becky, co-founded GigSmart, where they help organizations to navigate the on-demand economy. GigSmart is a mobile application that enables users to seek flexible employment and provides charitable organizations with an effective method for managing their volunteers needs.
GigSmart provides charities with a no-cost method of managing their current volunteer workforce while increasing their access to new group of volunteers. Through GigSmart, charities gain access to the application’s database of available workers, many of whom can begin working immediately.
In addition, charities that are shorthanded for an event can use the app to fill their volunteer needs on the spot. GigSmart can also connect charities with parents who wish to volunteer with their children, students who need to earn service hours for school, and retirees who desire a means of giving back to their community.
The recipient of a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Miami University, Theodore "Ted" Catino is an entrepreneur who founded Specialty Auto Finance Company and is a founding partner of Boston's 625 Investments, LLC. Ted Catino's latest venture is GigSmart, a mobile application which connects employers with individuals seeking short-term, flexible employment.
According to Intuit, the company which owns TurboTax, gig workers comprise roughly 34 percent of the United States workforce. Additionally, the company predicts that, by 2020, gig workers will make up 43 percent of the economy. Referencing the growing number of freelance workers within the transportation industry, the company's CEO, Brad Smith, believes self-employed work has increased opportunity in other industries as well.
Data from a joint study between Intuit and Emergent Research shows that, led by online enterprises, there are nearly four million conventional gig workers in the country. That number is expected to rise to 7.7 million by 2020, although it is difficult to determine how many workers use gig employment as a full-time job as opposed to a part-time way to generate supplemental income. Official numbers are expected to be released by the US Labor Department in 2018.
Three years later, they bought out the investor and established lines of credit for $500,000. This amount grew over 25 years to some $300 million. The company eventually built ties with several thousand dealers in 30 states and hired 125 employees.