For a variety of reasons (discussed at length in previous posts), there has been a huge increase in the number of freelancers / contractors in the digital analytics world. Now that the economy is coming around and headcount is being freed up in corporate America I am personally curious to see if the pace of growth in the interim talent marketplace continues.
Our team has launched several initiatives to address the need for interim web analytics and digital media resources, including our Contractor Exchange and our just launched Facebook Page for Web Analytics Contractors.
Additionally, I wanted to send out a list of resources for freelancers or those interested in “putting out a shingle”. Here goes:
IQ Workforce resources (lets get the shameless plug right out front):
Contractor Exchange: Post your profile and we will market you to our global network of analytics and marketing execs
Job Board: All of our latest contract and full-time opportunities
Fan Page: Our NEW home on Facebook
IQ Blast: leading bloggers, jobs, news, interviews, polls, surveys… exclusively for the web analytics and digital media communities: BiWeekly
Benefits: One of the hardest things to give up from your FT gig…
Health and Welfare Benefits
California Media Workers Guild
Fidelity: Roll over your 401(k) and sign up for a SEP-IRA (allows you to sock away as much as $45k/year PRE-TAX).
Networking Opportunities: These are a few of the best events to meet new people, share ideas and pick up new projects.
LinkedIn Groups: There are hundreds of relevant groups on LinkedIn. Here are some that we belong to:
Web & Marketing Analytics Group – IQ Workforce
Search Marketing Group – IQ Workforce
Business Intelligence & Analytics Group
Online Marketing, Web Analytics and E-commerce Group
SAS & Analytics Users
Search Engine Land
Search Marketing Salon
Web Analytics Professionals
Job Board Consolidators to search for contract job postings:
LegalZoom: Basic legal services, like setting up a corporation, LLC or generating common legal documents.
Great Articles with dozens of resources, including: time keeping, billing, project management tools, business tools, niche job boards, advertising and marketing…
Freelance Switch: 101 Essential Freelancing Resources
Mashable: 85+ Tools & Resources for Freelancers and Web Workers (more of the same, but done Mashable-style, which is to say better)
Tutorial Blog: 20 Resources for Freelancers (In case you have an insatiable appetite for freelance resources, this is another list of 20 resources)