Author: Ben Shanbrom

The Best Marketplaces for Independent Consulting Jobs

A few years ago Bloomberg posed the question, “Why hire an MBA, when you can rent one?“ With 85% of surveyed business executives in 2016 voicing their intent to expand their use of freelancers in the next year, it seems the corporate world has taken this question to heart. This means a lot of opportunity for freelancers in the independent consulting market. As more niche professionals graduate from the standard work tract into the new horizons of the gig economy, they need more help navigating the complex nuances of the independent consulting space. This means finding creative ways to get the work volume they need...

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How A Freelance Illustrator Primes His Creativity

Dejvid Knezevic is a freelance illustrator and designer from Slovenia. Over the years he has honed a unique style inspired by the concept of human thoughts and emotions conveyed in a visual environment. Tell us about your freelance illustrator services. What’s your niche? My specialty is illustration work in a very specific style — ink illustrations finished with digital elements. I always look for a story in a piece of artwork. I find them to be most important, so every art or design piece has to have some symbolism, some concept or story behind it. I find that to be the...

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A Freelance Documentary Photographer Talks “Getting Out There”

Todd Henry is a freelance documentary photographer originally from Pennsylvania, who now resides in Auckland, New Zealand.  He enjoys shooting documentary style photographs, as you can see from his Soply portfolio. He says he particularly enjoys learning about other cultures, skateboarding and traveling. Tell us about your services and your clients. What’s your specialty? I provide a variety of photographic services to clients including lifestyle photo shoots, some light commercial work, as well as photographic coverage of events. I would say that my specialization lies in the documentary photography/ visual storytelling realm.  I really enjoy shedding light on lesser-known issues and topics,...

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Demystifying Consultant Pricing Models (Finally)

Last time we discussed how to figure out the value you provide to your clients with four simple questions. Once you understand your own value, you can approach your work for your clients and your negotiations from a position of confidence. But consultant pricing can still be a mystery for many solos. The default starting point for freelancers is typically an hourly rate — that’s probably the way you’ve been paid in previous jobs. Alternatively, you may be considering trying flat-rate pricing or value-based pricing. You’ve probably heard more established freelancers talking about both of those approaches — though they both...

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How an Independent Photographer Took the Plunge to Full-Time Freelancing

Harry Voglhuber worked for many years in the IT department of an international company before setting out on his own as an independent photographer. While still working at his full-time day job he started taking courses at the Prague School of Photography in Austria. When he did launch his freelance photography business, he want “all in,” as you’ll read below, and looking back he has some interesting insights about when to to do that and when to ease in with a side hustle. Harry also has developed a fun and playful style of photography as you’ll see from the examples he...

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