Author: Shari Shallard

New to the Gig Economy: Notes from An Indi Who Just Took The Plunge

In August, a tweet from Mike Mierendorf caught our eye: Day 1 of being an independent consultant begins. Of course, we at Nation1099 were intrigued. How would Day 1 go? And Day 2? And Month 1? And Month 2? So we gave Mike a little time to get his hands dirty before asking him about what’s it like to be new to the gig economy. Mike’s background covers a wide swath of creative and business endeavors. He graduated in 2006 with a BA in print journalism and a minor in modern history from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His first...

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Be Great at Selling What You Do: A Marketing Specialist On Standing Out in Today’s Gig Economy

For many of us finding our place in today’s gig economy, there was some set of circumstances that pushed us in an unexpected — but ultimately wonderful — direction. In her article, How a Really Dumb Promise Turned Into a Company, Brittany Bullen expresses how chance led her to a uniquely collaborative endeavor. “The trick to entrepreneurship is that very few of us can build a scalable business alone,” she writes. “Opportunity often presents itself in a moment of chaos and in order to capitalize on that opportunity, we need each other.” Bullen’s piece tells of her journey from...

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“Embrace the Gig Economy” – How This Business Planning Consultant Is Thriving

Joe Kennedy — who proudly proclaims he’s been a 1099er for decades — is the founder of QB-LA Quickbooks Los Angeles, which offers accounting, finance and business planning services to small businesses in southern California. With an MBA in Marketing from Penn State University, Kennedy discovered early in his career that the entrepreneurial path in the gig economy was for him. Kennedy, like many independent consultants, acknowledges he gets much of his business through his website and referrals.  And in a previous article in this site, he wrote about how freelancers can pitch themselves to companies looking for permanent...

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Building a Virtual Team To Serve Clients – Advice From An Agency Operations Expert

Solopreneur Jayne Heggen knows the power of asking hard questions. They are essential, she feels, in guiding clients through the chaos and helping them stay on the path to success. That’s the purpose of her consultancy, the Heggen Group, which relies on an evolving virtual team to serve her clients. These are approaches for which Heggen’s own career — with time spent in music and gymnastics as well as roles in accounting, process design, operations and marketing — has uniquely equipped her. As CEO of her own consultancy, Heggen designs and implements practical strategies for the operations of businesses ranging from small companies...

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