About the Independent Consulting Blog

On these pages, we’ll be exploring the complex and rapidly evolving business and regulatory conditions surrounding the use or independent contractors, consultants, and 1099s. Companies of all sizes that engage independent contractors are subject to myriad risks and responsibilities for using 1099s.



The Art of the Handshake


Four Things All ICs Have in Common

by jmiutz

The economy is changing, and every year more and more people are making the shift from traditional to more project based and independent work. As this workforce grows, its newest members continue to bring new and unique experiences to the idea of working independently. People are finding success in independence in many shapes, forms and levels, but even with this growing sense of diversity, there are still some commonalities that all ICs share:

Shades of Independence

by MBO Partners

30 million independents. 40 million by 2019.

As major news outlets begin to catch on, it's become impossible to ignore the American independent workforce. Four years of research at MBO has resulted in the most comprehensive data available on this workforce, and our newest study has produced eye-opening findings.


Pizzapreneurs Part III: Better Ingredients, Better Business

by Jay Miutz

It seems that the true titans of delivery pizza were all born and bred in the Midwest, and John Schnatter, the real name behind Papa John, is no exception. Raised in Indiana, Schnatter got a business degree from Ball State University but returned home shortly after. Schnatter’s father had been running Mick’s Lounge, a tavern and pool hall, for most of John’s life and the young entrepreneur decided he would buy into the business and make it a family operation.

Pizzapreneurs Part II: Tom Monaghan, Delivering Success

by Jay Miutz

In our last installment of Pizzapreneurs we looked at the Pizza Box Baron Mike Ilitch, a hometown hero of Detroit and the undisputed king of carryout.

Pizzapreneurs: Mike Ilitch & The Big Money Behind Little Caesars

by Jay Miutz

Michael llitch was born to two Macedonian immigrants in the heart of Detroit in 1929, a place he would only leave twice in his lifetime. The first was during his four years as a U.S Marine and the second was during his short career as a minor league baseball player. After both of these paths ended, he returned home permanently and over time, became the pizza king of The Motor City.

5 Business Buzzwords

by Jay Miutz

Some people say that business itself is a language, and whether or not that statement is true, there sure is a lot of language in business. Whether you are wheeling and dealing, presenting big data or simply driving home a point - it is effective and beneficial to understand buzzwords. They keep us interested, engaged and informed, and can often aid in brevity.

Kramerica Industries

by Jay Miutz

Amongst the barons, billionaires and multi-millionaires that fill the pages of today’s Forbes Magazine, one highly influential captain of industry has been overlooked. Whether you know him as H.E. Pennypacker, Dr. Martin Van Nostrand or The Lord of the Manor, the man we have come to know simply as Kramer deserves a spotlight in the business world.

Investing in Athletes: The New World of the Jock Exchange

by Jay Miutz

With World Cup fever having died down, the NFL pre-season coming around the corner and the MLB in full swing, much of our attention turns to the huge numbers that athletes will be making this season. With some of the biggest contract signings in sports history taking place this year, some athletes are considering a new option – becoming IPOs.

Categories: Investing

Staying Sharp: Do Brain Games Actually Work?

by Jay Miutz

We’ve all been there; you’re in a meeting, or maybe halfway to your stop on the subway, when you break out the ol’ smartphone. Sure, maybe it’s not perfect social etiquette, but you quickly quash that concern by flipping through your apps. You’re on a mission to find that Quizzical App, or Brainstorm, or Brain Buster or Brain-something or another and justify your actions.

A Productivity Report

by Jay Miutz

As far as business is concerned, whether you work in an office, a cubicle, independently or even from home, one giant cement wall always seems to be in your way – productivity.

Categories: Productivity