A Rant on the Gig Economy and Working Yourself to Death

Often, I am very grateful to Carol Roth for letting me post a rant on her award-winning blog. Two clients sent me the same article, and it made my blood boil both times I looked at it.

We keep hearing about the “gig economy” – but the definition of what that actually is can be fluid, to say the least.

I bring some sanity to an insane world and discuss why being a commodity isn’t sustainable, and how people can work themselves to death in any situation (corporate or entrepreneur).

You can read “Agency and the Gig Economy: Don’t Be an Idiot” here.

3 Speaking Gigs in 7 Days Is a Bit Much

I was one tired speaker after this busy week of three speaking gigs within one week. Yikes!

But I am pleased to report that I was able to inspire many job seekers to see possibility, which is the reason I get out of bed in the morning.

Here’s where I spoke:

Community Career Center
Talk: Productivity: The Secret Sauce for Successful Job Search
March 16, 2017 • Naperville, IL, USA 10:00-11:30 AM CST

Community Resource Center
Talk: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff (1-hour talk)
March 20, 2017 • Lake Forest, IL, USA 1:30 PM CST

Success Job Club at the McHenry County Workforce
Talk: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff (1-hour talk)
March 22, 2017 • Woodstock, IL, USA – 1:00-2:30 PM CST

Webinar with MBO Partners – Starting a Solo Consulting Business

Oh my goodness, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I thoroughly enjoy working with solo consultants, helping them grow practices doing work that they love with clients they love to work with.

It was a blast to do this webinar with MBO Partners, a company that provides back-office support to consultants.

The first time I gave this presentation several years ago I called it “Off the Cliff: Is There a Net?” Here’s the presentation deck:

And here’s the webinar recording:

2016: Year in Review

Mira Vista

Snow-capped mountains ring Rancho Mirage

A lot of people were looking forward to dropkicking 2016. I have to say John Oliver’s skit had me doubled over laughing (and I watched it at least five more times over the next few weeks).

Still, there were some highlights, so here’s the recap. It’s always therapeutic to go through this exercise.

Overall, I had 19 speaking gigs and published lots of blog posts on topics related to career transition and small business. I am very proud of the content I created this year.

Major Client Wins

I might call this the year of the underdog. The clients I was able to help the most had lost their faith in themselves, or had been in an extended transition.

  • I helped a client who had been out of work for almost three years get back to work in six weeks.
  • I helped a client leverage her experience and land a great opportunity with a 70% pay boost.
  • I helped a client who had been out of work for 18 months land a project at a Fortune 50 brand in a little over a month.
  • I helped a stay-at-home dad of 15 years get back to work.  
  • I did a rush rework of a resume, positioning a client for a change of industry, and she immediately got into the interview cycle for a great job and received the job offer.
  • I helped an IT project manager who never really gelled in corporate gain enough confidence to try going out on his own as an independent consultant.
  • I helped one client go from entrepreneur to employee – and then to independent consultant.
  • I re-launched many more professionals who had lost confidence in their skills.

Winter 2016

view from tapas place

Eating tapas outside in downtown Palm Springs

I started the year in Palm Springs, one of my favorite places. That wasn’t too bad. I was there for a week, escaping the Chicago freezing weather.

Everyone was looking at me like I was nuts when I went swimming because it was only 65 degrees out, except the Canadians at the hotel – they understood. Continue reading