4th December 2019

Last week was not only what felt like the darkest one in Sweden this year, it also happened to be the week when we arranged the second meetup with our business network. This time, the meetup was arranged in collaboration with our friends at Wint and Nordnet. 

With keynote speakers such as Caroline Säisä and Ulrika Ahl from Wint,  Maja Ginsburg and Ashraf Habash from Anaspire as well as healthcare entrepreneur Victoria Boethius at Vegatus and Alexander Gustafsson from Nordnet, our guests were in for a packed evening! The event was fully booked and we’re delighted that so many also showed up, despite the weather of the day: pouring November rain (!).

Networking events tend to divide people into two groups: the ones who loves them, and the ones who dreads them.  Regardless of which group you feel most drawn to today, we presume that you might agree with us that as a freelance business owner, networking is not really optional. Rather, getting out every now and then to meet and greet ought to be an integrated part of your business. 

But how do you crack the mingle code then? Well, based on our study of all the brave entrepreneurs, speakers and curious consultants we met up with last week, there are several ways of doing this. With December and all its mingles coming up, we decided to compile a quick list with a few tips!

Here you go, ready to be applied at once – here’s 3 survival tactics for your next business mingle: 

1. Be prepared so that you can be your best you. And no, with that we don’t mean that you need to upgrade your whole wardrobe or get a haircut prior to a mingle. However, making sure you feel good is a great way to ensure that you won’t be focusing on your looks during the evening. Instead of considering if that piece of lettuce is stuck between your teeth or if your shirt is smelly, you will be able to relax and actually focusing on who’s in front of you. 

2. Getting too many questions and starting to feel uncomfortable? Need a little breathing break? We hear you. 

If it’s been a while since you were “out and about”, talking about yourself can feel exhausting and overwhelming.

“I’m sorry, I feel like we got caught up now only talking about me. Please, I’m curious to find out about you/what you said about X earlier. Tell me more, what does it mean to work with X./how did you end up doing this/ when did you decide to pursue X/who are you teaming up with…“.

See what we mean? Be honest about your need to shift focus for a while, then immediately take the lead as well. Remember, you can always use this classic phrase when you need to turn things around!

Then, of course adapt your follow up questions based on the current situation. The examples above are just to give you a few ideas on how to get started. 

3. Clear goals for your networking efforts. Set up goals based on who YOU are. Not based on what your bestie or sales team would do. 

Is it a really bad day but you can’t postpone? Well, perhaps a suitable goal for today may be to just show up and talk to a maximum of three people? If you know there will be an important connection at your mingle, then focus mainly on that person. Connect in any way that comes natural to you. Thanks to all digital solutions today, following up has never been easier.

Natural born networker? Then you don’t need our advice above, but perhaps it’s time you challenged yourself even more. What could you do to improve yourself? Maybe you could lend a social hand to someone nervous you meet and help him or her to relax a bit?

What’s your best networking tips? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below and let us now. 

Last but not least, in case you missed our mingle last week, new meetups for freelance consultants are coming up next year! Sign up for Brainville and our newsletter and we’ll let you know when the next one will be 🙂 

All the best and good luck with your December efforts 😉

/Your friends at Brainville

Konsultrapporten Q1 2021
15th April 2021

Due to popular demand we’ve published a Konsultrapporten for the first quarter 2021 and there are a few clear trends.

This report is exlusive for our members and mainly contains statistics. If you’re curious about the development of current rates, roles, skills, competence areas then login and download the report. The download link will appear on your dashboard if you have setup the dashboard!

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Brainville sponsors Friska Nacka 2021
7th April 2021

Personal health is always important, but the pandemic has almost highlighted it. A lot of us don’t get that oh so important daily stroll to the office anymore, so we need to do something else. But what?

If you live in the Stockholm area we suggest that you try Friska Nacka. We love it because it lets us get that stroll or jog we need so much after sitting still an entire day. It has a very low threshold and is open to everyone. And you’re welcome to join our team, just look for Brainville when registering!

Since Brainville was founded in Nacka we decided to sponsor this year’s event! Come join us 🙂

Mikael Subotowicz - Ework Group
26th February 2021

Eworks’ enormous growth in the Danish market with a more than doubled market share, measured in the number of published assignments, is one of the major exclamation points of this reporting period. We asked Ework Group Denmark manager Mikael Subotowicz five questions to find out more.

Read the complete article in Konsultrapporten!

Knepigt kommunikationsköp på muterande marknad
25th February 2021

Growth hacker, språkkonsult eller content creator, vem gör egentligen vad? Och hur säkerställer du att du faktiskt får den hjälp du egentligen var ute efter? Branschglidningarna inom marknad- och kommunikationsbranschen kan ge även den mest luttrade beställare gråa hår – Brainville tar hjälp av Karin Netzell på Hammer & Hanborg för att få pejl på de vanligaste konsultrollerna.

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Konsultrapporten H2 2020 - available for all users now!
24th February 2021


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Manuel de Verdier
22nd February 2021

Kompetensbristen har blivit ett populärt begrepp, men handen på hjärtat – är det verkligen kompetensbrist det handlar om? Likt ett par för trånga jeans som för länge sedan passerat bästa passformsdatum envisas arbetsgivare fortfarande med att försöka klämma in arbetstagarna i önskat format.  I en anställning.  Det skriver Manuel de Verdier, vd för Brainville.

Nyfiken på att läsa mer? Kika i Realtid, där vår VD Manuel var med i en debattartikel idag: https://www.realtid.se/debatt/dags-att-overge-illusionen-om-anstallningen-som-universallosning#rekrytering

Håller ni med? Passa på att visa det i vårt inlägg på LinkedIn!

Konsultrapporten H2 2020 - available for all users now!

Rekordhögt antal uppdrag och annonsörer – den svenska konsultmarknaden trotsar pandemin och fortsätter växa, konstaterar konsultmarknadsplatsen Brainville som för sjunde gången kartlagt marknaden och i dag publicerar Konsultrapporten. Under det andra halvåret 2020 ökade andelen nyregistrerade egenkonsulter på Brainvilles plattform till över 75 procent. Även demografiskt blev bokslutet dramatiskt då allt fler av de svenska 65-plussarna nu ger sig ut på konsultmarknaden.   

– Från titelfloskel i karriärkretsar åter till ordets verkliga innebörd, det finns goda skäl att ompröva begreppet ”senior” kompetens när ålderskategorin 65-plussare nu tar en tydligare plats på konsultmarknaden. Under 2020 var användarna i åldersgruppen 65+ tre gånger fler hos oss än under 2019, och andelen användare som är 45+ har gått från 35 % till 51 %. Möjligen är det effekterna av att många äldre konsulter förlorat sina uppdrag i svallvågorna av pandemin som vi nu ser. En välbalanserad mix av åldrar, kön och etnicitet utgör ingredienserna för välmående arbetsplatser och i och med den omdiskuterade kompetensbristen tror jag att efterfrågan på senior arbetskraft kommer att öka framöver. För den som är på jakt efter it-kompetents finns just nu gott om senior expertis tillgänglig, säger Manuel de Verdier, vd på Brainville.

Brainville, som är en oberoende mötes- och marknadsplats för konsultuppdrag, har för sjunde gången granskat den nordiska konsultmarknaden. Resultaten presenteras idag i Konsultrapporten H2 2020 som nu finns tillgänglig för nedladdning.

– Trots pandemin nådde antalet uppdrag för fjärde rapportperioden i rad ett nytt ”all time high”. Vi passerade för första gången 10 000 uppdrag i Sverige. Antalet annonsörer var också det högsta någonsin. Marknaden fortsätter alltså att växa, trots pandemin, säger Manuel de Verdier.

Sedan 2017 har Brainville gett ut Konsultrapporten och kontinuerligt granskat utvecklingen på både den svenska och nordiska konsultmarknaden. I samband med att mätningarna började uppgick andelen nyregistrerade frilansare på Brainvilles plattform till 42 procent. Under pandemiåret ökade andelen från tidigare drygt 60 procent (2019) till 75 procent. Även andelen distansuppdrag har ökat rejält under 2020. Innan pandemin uppgick andelen till knappt 1 procent av uppdragen. Fluktuationer har förekommit under året. Andelen distansuppdrag stabiliserade sig dock på drygt 14 procent i samband med årsskiftet 2020/2021.

Kort om Konsultrapporten
Konsultrapporten publiceras två gånger per år. Konsultrapporten H2 2020 är baserad på faktiska uppdrag som publicerats på Brainvilles plattform, uppmätta och rapporterade under det andra halvåret 2020. Under det andra halvåret fanns det cirka 18 000 bolag registrerade på Brainville och det publicerades konsultuppdrag i Sverige till ett totalt värde om 10 MDR SEK. Under helåret 2020 publicerades konsultuppdrag i Norden till ett totalt värde om 25 MDR SEK.  

För frågor eller mer information, kontakta gärna:

Manuel de Verdier
Vd, Brainville

Largest consultant provider H2 2020 - Top 10
18th February 2021

🎈 The top-10 list “Largest consultant provider in the Nordics H2 2020”:

1. Ework Group / Verama
2. ÅF / AFRY
3. ProData Consult
4. SHAYA SOLUTIONS AB
5. Enmanskonsulterna
6. Sverek Bemanning
7. Upgraded People AB
8. Centric / Centric Care
9. Sigma
10. GAZELLE GLOBAL CONSULTING LIMITED

The list is based on number of published assignments.

All the winners of H2 2020 are presented in the upcoming edition of “Konsultrapporten”. If you’re interested in reading about trends, statistics and interviews regarding the Nordic market for freelancers and consultants, sign up for it here!

Best job posting quality H2 2020 - Accuro
15th February 2021

🏆 The winner of “Best job posting quality” H2 2020 is Accuro (again!) – Congratulations! 🎉🍾🎈

“Accuro is a freelance recruiting agency that understands the importance of good job descriptions. By doing this, we set the foundation for our screening and hiring processes.

Good job descriptions help in the following ways:

1. Job applicants can quickly and easily assess if they are a good fit for a particular role.

2. Our expert recruiters use these job descriptions to formulate questions for the screening and interview processes.

As a recipient of this award, we graciously say thank you to Brainville for giving us the forum from which we can post our roles, place more candidates and make our clients happy.

Accuro has had nothing but success posting our roles on Brainville, and we look forward to what the future holds.

Celeste GenoveseAccuro ApS

All the winners of H2 2020 are presented in the upcoming issue of Konsultrapporten If you’re interested in reading about trends, statistics and interviews regarding the Nordic market for freelancers and consultants, sign up for it here!

8th February 2021

🏆🎈 The top-10 companies with the “Best reply frequency H2 2020”:

1. Webstep AB
1. InSourceIT Konsultförmedling AB
1. Seequaly AB
4. Tingent
5. Sourcing Network
6. Advanze Consulting Group AB
7. 4Real AB
8. Expleo Group
9. Prevas AB
10. Randstad Sweden

As always, we can’t stress the importance of replying to job applications enough – it shows respect for the applicant, i.e. the freelancer or consultant and helps build long term relationships and respect for your brand.

All the winners of H2 2020 are presented in the upcoming issue of “Konsultrapporten”. If you’re interested in reading about trends, statistics and interviews regarding the Nordic market for freelancers and consultants, sign up for it here!