Category Archives: Gig economy

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.

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…

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Why I love tax time

Well, Hartke Designs made it through our ninth tax season. And as crazy as this sounds, I love tax time! Here’s why…

I LOVE that Hartke Designs, with many thanks to our treasured clients, generates income for extremely talented instructional designers, project managers, developers, and graphic designers. And, it’s not until I tally up all the totals for our accountant do I really see just how much.

According to MBO Partners, State of Independence in America report, in 2015 36% of independents hired other independents equalling $101B or 2.4 million full-time workers. And if our numbers are any indication, I bet that number has increased in the … » Continue Reading.