How to Start a Small Business

Moonlighting as a Part-Time Consultant

January 23, 2018

There are many benefits to independent consulting—flexible hours, unlimited earning potential, the freedom to choose your own clients and projects—and these benefits have made this career choice increasingly popular. In fact, our 2017 State of Independence in America study found that the independent workforce currently stands at nearly 41 million people. However, not everyone who is drawn…

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What’s My Type? Defining The Independent Worker

January 18, 2018

There are a myriad of words, phrases, and terms used to describe independent workers. Are you a freelancer, self-employed, independent consultant, independent contractor, side-gigger, on-demand worker, solopreneur, or some combination thereof? To both the outside world and the independent worker, these terms can be quite confusing. Many have conflicting definitions, particularly when it comes to…

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Five Independent Career Questions for George Hallenbeck

January 11, 2018

The decision to pursue an independent career can be both exciting and scary. The rewards of being your own boss, working flexible hours, and the ability to pursue what you’re passionate about are great, but as an independent, you also assume the challenges, risks, and infrastructure of running a business. In his webinar, Going Independent: Are You…

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Five Industries to Consider as an Independent Contractor

November 22, 2017

If you’re considering going independent, one big question you should ask is: are my skills in demand? Building a successful business is not only dependent on having great service offerings, but you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work as well. The following are five popular industries for independents—but don’t worry if…

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What are My Rights as an Independent Contractor?

November 14, 2017

A guide to the rights you have as an independent contractor.

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Debunking 10 Independent Contracting Myths

November 7, 2017

The ability to work when and where you like, be your own boss, and turn your passion into a career make independent work broadly appealing, but that doesn’t mean it is for everyone. Running your own business can be stressful and it will require more than a few long hours. Nevertheless, people are often hesitant…

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Putting Your Expertise to Work: Consulting After Retirement

October 4, 2017

Big career changes such as retirement can be unsettling for even the most accomplished professionals. But if you’re like many people who still feel like they have great work to do, you can use your transition to retirement as an opportunity to launch a profitable and fulfilling career as an independent consultant, joining a 41 million-strong workforce of…

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A Guide to Commonly Confused Independent Workforce Terms

September 27, 2017

As the independent workforce continues to grow and evolve, so does the vocabulary of terminology surrounding it. Here are a few of the most commonly used and confused terms you’ll come across in the industry. W-2 vs. 1099 Worker classification is a complicated issue that has a big impact on contractor engagement. W-2s and 1099s…

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What to Include on a Professional Invoice

August 18, 2017

An invoice may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of powerful communication tools for your small business, but an invoice that is put together well can enhance your professionalism, make a good impression, and lay the groundwork for a continuing business relationship. An invoice is a permanent record of the…

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Are You Ready to Quit Your Day Job? When to Make the Leap to Independent Consulting

July 13, 2017

In today’s blog post, we explore several key factors that can help an individual determine if (and when) making the leap is right for you. Financially, How Do I Know When I’m Ready? There’s no magic number needed to quit one’s job and make the leap to self-employment, but typically one should save between three…

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