Monthly Archives: October 2018

Reality Check: The Darker Side of the Independent Life

In my last post, I listed a few of the things I love about being an independent. But, as with most things, there is a darker side. Here are a few things that you give up when you step into the ranks of the independents.

Steady pay check. In academia, they say publish or perish. In the gig economy, it would be safe to say the mantra is produce or perish. If you aren’t working, you aren’t getting paid. Period. And, every client pays on a different timeline. I have some clients who pay within two weeks, others within thirty days, and I have one … » Continue Reading.

Why I LOVE Being an Independent…

I’ve been an independent consultant for ten years and I love it! Here are just a few reasons…

Every day is bring-your-dog-to-work day. My guy’s name is Ocho and I love him—even when he barks while I am on conference calls.

I work based on my energy. As a farm kid, it’s in my DNA to rise early. My most productive hours are 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. When I worked in an office, I spent my most productive time getting ready for work, driving to work, chatting with people on my way to my cube, and often getting caught by people with “fires” to put … » Continue Reading.

First, You’ve Gotta Have An Expertise

I’ve spent a chunk of the last seven months writing a book, So… You Want to Join the Gig Economy. Now what? Tales From a Freelance Veteran–available in January. As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about what has helped to propel me through the last 10 years of my life as an independent consultant and what someone who is pondering making the leap might want to consider.

First and foremost, you need to have an established expertise. It may seem obvious, but there are many people out there who want to start a side hustle who don’t have an expertise, but try it anyway…

I … » Continue Reading.