Author: Robert McGuire

The Inspiration for Nation1099: What Independent Consultants Need To Know To Succeed

Where does an independent consultant go to learn? The inspiration for Nation1099, our new site for independent consultants and freelancers, started with questions that a group of freelance professionals had while growing their businesses. In our mastermind sessions, over lunch and at the bar after movies, we would update one another on our search for insights and advice, and we would find ourselves wondering things like: What does Michael Porter’s Five Forces Analysis look like for a one-person IT consultancy? What does a blue ocean strategy look like for an industrial designer working on a project basis from their home office?...

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The Future of Work Is the Future of Self: How the Work In Place Movement Is Supporting Remote Workers

Michael Erard, a writer and linguist, touched a nerve in June with an interesting opinion piece in the New York Times business section arguing that “remote workers” — a growing part of the overall workforce — are undervalued and that employment laws and policies are outdated in ways that disadvantage these workers. He goes on to propose a different term — work in place — and to announce the launch of a new organization that will advocate for policies to benefit people who may be teleworking or telecommuting, engaged in flex work or working in shared workspaces, from home or...

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