Author: Ben Shanbrom

It’s the content! How to write a business plan for your consulting career

In our recent post 6 Fearless Steps You Can Take to Grow Your Consulting Business, we discussed the importance of creating a functional business plan for your independent career. It’s an item that looms large over many solopreneurs, a daunting presence that elicits feelings of resignation before we’ve even put pen to paper. As I’ll explain in this piece, if you write a business plan that is truly tailored to your own consulting career, it likely will not be the headache you’ve been dreading. This is the plan and the roadmap you — and you alone — need to succeed. It’s the...

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Establish Yourself and Get Jobs on Upwork

We recently covered eight of the best job websites for freelancers and gig economists and weighed their individual strengths and weaknesses. Now we’re diving a little deeper and providing an express tutorial for getting jobs on one of the biggest freelance marketplaces available online. This guidance will not only help you get jobs on Upwork, but also on many comparable job indexes like Freelancer and Guru. It can feel like an uphill battle getting that first gig. But with some strategic self-promotion and smart planning you can cut through the noise and make it happen! Research your market and pitch your...

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6 Fearless Steps You Can Take to Grow Your Consulting Business

There’s something quite romantic about the solopreneur — so much so that entrepreneur and founder of Alphametic SEO agency Matt Capala wrote an entire book based on the parallels between the modern day solopreneur and the ronin — the lordless samurai of feudal Japan. It’s an interesting point of comparison — in many ways solos truly are the wanderers of the modern age, cut loose from their corporate masters. We take a lot of pride in our independence, but what happens when samurais want to expand their endeavors? How do they live by the code and break out of the hourly...

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Freelancing Is A Two Way Street — You Need to Qualify Leads!

Being approached by a new client can be very exciting. The prospect of new work and a sizable project fee is always alluring but before you send back the contract, take some time to assess the situation. The gig economy is not a one way street — clients have to earn your trust as well and it’s essential that you know how to vet them. This article covers six pivotal considerations that will give you the tools you need to successfully qualify leads. Do you trust the client and believe in what they’re doing? This is a question I’ve struggled with....

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When Do I Begin Freelancing Full-Time?

Have you been day-dreaming about quitting your full-time job and making the leap to freelance? It’s a huge temptation for many of us and could be the right move. However, you first need to consider some crucial factors before doubling down on your side-hustle. One of the greatest curiosities we have as consultants and aspiring independents is the big existential question: “when do I start freelancing full-time?” It’s a timely concern — a recent study by Upwork and Freelancers Union found that nearly 54 million Americans as of 2015 call themselves freelancers and 50 percent of that total has no...

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