What did you do before enrolling at UNC and what have you been up to since?
Before going to UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School for my MBA, I worked for a couple different internet companies in NYC, including an internet service provider where I was the Director of Marketing and an IT consulting firm where I was the Director of Business Development.
After graduating I worked for Williamson McAree Investment Partners providing stock selection and allocation strategies and for Hamilton Park Capital where I conducted due diligence and execution related to a portfolio of early stage investments. Then I was brought in by owners of a privately held USDA food plant experiencing heavy losses as the COO to work on turnaround advisory work. Most recently, I’ve done strategy and business development consulting for New Growth Horizons.
How did you hear about HourlyNerd?
I read about HourlyNerd in the New York Times. The article mentioned a couple HourlyNerd competitors but after checking them out, I thought HourlyNerd was much easier to navigate and it gave you feedback quicker.
How has your HourlyNerd experience been thus far?
I’ve had a really great experience and have now completed four projects. At the onset, I could tell that HourlyNerd was still formulating a business model and strategy but I’ve enjoyed it from the beginning. I certainly want to make money but I also want to be a part of the growth in this new area of independent, project-based consulting marketplaces
Tell me about your first project. How did you know what to bid? How did you pick the work? Do you pick projects that you know you’ll do well or do you look for learning opportunities?
The first two projects were really research oriented. It involved calling different folks to find information in different areas of interest. I picked the project because I knew I was qualified and likely more qualified than other people on HourlyNerd.
One reason why I was successful being chosen was because I was able to articulate why my background was relevant to the project. I love the fact that there is a 1,000 word limit on the bid because it forces you to articulate why you are qualified in a concise fashion. It’s also important for the other party to see how you think through milestones.
Why do you do projects on HourlyNerd?
Flexibility is the major benefit to me. I can do projects in between other work. Most are short term in nature and I can easily complete them on nights and weekends. It’s also very interesting to work with new business in different industries