Author: Ben Shanbrom

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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Health Insurance for Freelancers — The No-Nonsense Primer

If you are watching the politicking around the ACA (a.k.a. Obamacare) and what it will mean for health insruance for freelancers, you’re probably pretty confused. In addition, open enrollment periods come along occasionally that put a ticking clock on your search for health insurance that suits your gig economy work. There’s a lot to know and plenty to consider when choosing the right plan. Let’s cut through some of the worry and survey the best options available to the self-employed independent contractor. Do I reaaaallly need health insurance? You sure do! In addition to the basic purpose of health insurance...

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Scale Your Business: Lessons in Growth from a Virtual Assistant

Gina Horkey is a full-time business writer and virtual assistant who, like many of us, made a significant career shift in the last couple of years toward a work arrangement and lifestyle that better suited her personal needs and interests. Horkey describes herself as a “married, millennial mama to two precocious toddlers” as well as a professional writer and webpreneur. Her migration from office warrior to digital maven might feel familiar in many respects to the indis in our readership, but it’s exactly the kind of story we find most interesting at Nation1099 — exploration of the forces that...

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