Author: Ben Shanbrom

How to Find a Mastermind Group for Freelancers . . . Or to Start and Run One Yourself

Struggling to kick some bad habits in your gig economy career or take things to the next level? A mastermind group could be the answer you’ve been looking for! In addition to the many benefits associated with the practice, we’ll explore below how to find a mastermind group and how to run a mastermind group your own. As freelancers and solopreneurs, we put such a burden on ourselves to succeed that we often feel paralyzed without the support of the peers we might have had in traditional jobs. You are not alone in going freelance, but you can feel alone. When you’re working...

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The Best Marketplaces for Independent Consulting Jobs

Based on the headlines, many people assume that the gig economy is all about service level work on on-demand apps. But most freelancers work in independent consulting jobs that use high-level skills and extensive professional experience. The bulk of the gig economy is made up of knowledge workers. We looked at this more closely in The Ultimate Guide to Gig Economy Data: A Summary of Every Freelance Study We Can Find. Some of the highlights include:  Accenture looked at the state of the workforce and independent consulting  and found that 85% of business executives intend to expand their use of...

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Find and Choose the Best Coworking Spaces For Your Freelance Work

If you’re thinking about looking at coworking spaces, you might feel overwhelmed with the options, especially since some of them may be more suited to startups and other small businesses rather than for independent contractors. Also, you might be reluctant to choose a coworking space because,  as a freelancer who is working from gig to gig, your own business model is probably based on near-zero overhead and paying yourself a hundred percent of every contract. But the expense of a coworking space can make sense for freelancers in some limited situations and even be a boon. In this article,...

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How This Freelance Cartoonist Builds Business Through New Channels

Chaz Bottoms is an award winning animator/filmmaker and freelance cartoonist based in Cleveland Ohio. His films have premiered nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in Vibe Magazine, Saint Heron and on AspireTV. He is currently freelancing for various short films, as well as developing an animated series and an animated feature. Tell us about your specialty as a freelance cartoonist? I produce good, ol’ 2D hand-drawn animation for various projects. I have done animation production for music videos, web series, special effects and commercial spots. My style is cartoony and fun with an emphasis on design. What are...

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How Many Different Freelance Careers Do You Know Of? We’ve Found Over 130 So Far

Freelancing isn’t just for writers and graphic designers anymore. If you haven’t checked in on the gig economy lately, you may not have noticed that a wide variety of freelance careers are now possible — and more every day. The gig economy is growing because the nature of work is changing. Professionals want more flexibility and control over their own fate. Employers (including individuals) want more flexibility in how they hire. And technology is making it possible to “go freelance” in some surprising ways. Ambitious and creative people are building freelance careers in fields you might not expect. Sometimes the...

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