Author: Ben Shanbrom

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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How to Smartly Raise Your Rate (and Handle Unsustainable Clients)

Across the gig economy we hear a lot of advice about standing up for fair compensation and not allowing thrifty clients to have their way with our time and mental stability. It’s easy enough to tell that schmuck who’s been ungratefully bossing you around for the last six weeks to take a hike (in a professional manner), but what if the people in question really aren’t nightmare clients? What if these clients were a couple of your early breaks that really helped you get your business off the ground and now unfortunately take up more of your time than you...

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Setting Up For Success At The Start of a New Project – The Initial Consultation

Client relationships have long been compared to the dynamics of a healthy romance. Whether or not you buy into the fluffy parallel, so much of the projected success of an independent contractor-client relationship stems from that first big interaction — not unlike the high stakes “first date.” In many ways the initial consultation sets the expectations on both sides and either creates a dynamic of trust going forward or a shaky foundation that can hinder progress and stir up frustration on both sides across the lifespan of the project. We’ve put together a big-picture checklist of topics you should make...

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