I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

20% minimum

Published 25 days ago • 1 min read

You may be considering going 1099 because you want a substantial increase in your income.

But if you would be happy with a 20% raise, even if you had to still be a W2 employee, I would seriously consider just getting a new job.

If you're an employee and you are looking for a big raise, one recommended tactic is to simply look for a job at another company that pays more.

It's possible to re-negotiate your compensation at your current company, but once you are working at the company, you are part of their system and are subject to the system's limitations.

These may include policies like no off-cycle raises, required ranking against other employees, etc.

Getting a new job avoids these problems because you simply filter for higher paying roles and only accept offers that pay more.

But, if you know you'll be unhappy even with a 20% raise, you should consider going 1099.

Every company has problems, and going 1099 can get you around those problems.

Going 1099 means less bureaucracy, more autonomy, and the feeling that you control (or at least, have more influence), over your future earnings and lifestyle.

It's relatively easy to get a 20% pay bump by switching jobs. But it's much harder to get a 20% pay bump, the ability to take Fridays off, and not have to deal with nonsense company policies.

If you're interested in learning how to get your first solo 1099 federal sub-contract, check out my book:

Going 1099: How to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time

I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

Going 1099 is a book that teaches you how to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time. I wrote it because quite a few people have asked me how they can become a 1099. I figured it was best to write a single book that I can send them and that I can share with others who are interested. This newsletter goes out Monday - Friday and covers topics that will help you succeed in starting and maintaining successful 1099 career.

Read more from I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

My coffee breaks weren't quite like this but you get the idea. One of the reasons I wanted to go 1099 was because I'm not really a team player. I like to do my own thing. I always rolled my eyes at company parties at social events. They always seem forced and awkward. So going 1099 was right for me. BUT, there is a risk you can isolate yourself. Going solo means you actually need to be more deliberately social than if you work for a bigger company. This WSJ article wrote about a Swedish...

3 days ago • 1 min read

If you want to make it as an actor, LA is probably your best betI live in the Washington, DC area, the center of government and therefore government contracting. There are thousands of government contracting companies and billions of dollars flowing through contracts here. If you want to be a solo 1099 federal sub-contractor, this is the best place to be. But what if you don’t want to live in the DC area? That’s totally okay, but you need to be aware of the tradeoffs. You might have a smaller...

4 days ago • 1 min read

Here's a great Tweet that resonates with my own experience: Sahil Bloom @SahilBloom If you want to win: 1. Be diligent to spot tiny openings 2. Be relentless in diving through them If you think that the opportunities are just going to be staring you in the face, wide open, you're crazy. Every great story starts with a tiny crack. Spot it. Dive through it. 7:46 AM • Feb 6, 2024 123 Retweets 993 Likes Read 68 replies I exploited a tiny opening to get my first 1099 gig. Here were the...

5 days ago • 1 min read
Share this post