Author: Ben Shanbrom

The Ultimate Guide To Hiring Subcontractors

Feeling a little swamped? Outsourcing pieces of your workload to other trusted freelancers and colleagues means more clients, more billable hours and less grunt work (if you’re doing it right). If you’re looking to take the next step in growing your consulting business, sourcing and on-boarding additional help may be the critical next step for you. But how do you know when it makes sense to hire subcontractors and how do you actually go about finding them? We’ll cover it all below! Are you passing along A LOT of referrals? Your clients love your work and they love you — in fact they...

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5 Signs Your Gorilla Client Has You Locked In A Cage

The solo’s gorilla client is truly a product of our time. Before the days of the booming gig economy, we didn’t need to think about the amount of income we generated from one client to the next. If you were an employee in a standard office place the most you probably had to worry about individual clients was just your time allocation and general performance. If a client left, it was typically your employer’s problem, not your own. But now that we are, in effect, our own employers with direct relationships to our clients, we feel the concern of...

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How to Buy Errors and Omissions Insurance

We recently covered a topic many of our readers have expressed interest, confusion and curiosity about: the ever mysterious realm of professional liability coverage. You can read the full post — Do Freelancers Need Errors and Omissions Insurance? — but the gist is that it’s an important protection for consultants and solopreneurs that can be pretty affordable, especially relative to the value it adds. So perhaps it’s time for you to buy errors and omissions insurance. How do you find the right policy for you? What do you look for in a carrier? In this post we’ll dive into the nitty-gritty of E&O...

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Ready to Travel While Freelancing? Do These Things Before You Leave

If you’ve ever done a quick survey of the search term “freelancer” in Google images, you’ll quickly come across the deeply romanticized version of the “consulting life” we know as a culture. Being able to travel while freelancing sounds like a surreal dream to many indies — you know, the one where you’re relaxing on a hammock in front of a far-away beach while sending a client email or two and queuing up a new series on Netflix. Isn’t that dandy? One of my favorite pieces we’ve run here so far at Nation1099 is Kathleen Krueger’s Can Freelancers Really...

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Stop doing that! 4 Bad Habits Keeping You From Getting Better Projects

A huge part of getting better projects is the nitty gritty of “getting out there” and “working hard” — these are external focuses. These are actions we take and ways we interact with others. However, to make significant progress in our careers, sometimes we need to turn the lens back on ourselves and examine what really isn’t working. In this companion piece to our recent article on attracting new clients, we will dig deep and be honest about the ways we may be sliding off track and how we can get ourselves moving in the right direction again. 1. You...

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