Andrea A (Kellogg)
What did you do before enrolling at Kellogg (Northwestern University) and what have you been up to since?
Before I came to Kellogg I worked for the Gerson Lehrman Group for 3 years doing research for hedge funds in the health care space (the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device industries). Then I moved to South Africa and started my own business [The Ubuntu Institute]. The company is a social enterprise and we initially focused on designing culturally sensitive HIV campaigns.
While in South Africa, I also set up an international exchange program for North American college students to come to South Africa for volunteer consulting projects….similar to HourlyNerd! The management fees for the exchanges helped to sustain our non-profit activities. After getting the organization up and running, I was ready to come back to the U.S. and was accepted into the class of 2011 at Kellogg.
Since graduating I’ve been working as a Director at a global health strategy and management consulting firm.
How did you hear about HourlyNerd?
One of my good friends (a non-MBA) saw a Huffington Post article on HourlyNerd and thought I would be interested. I checked it out but I was extremely busy at the time so didn’t do anything for a while. But I am interested in starting another venture so went back to see how HourlyNerd operated.
After exploring the site, I decided I wanted to be a part of the community and help small businesses owners while utilizing my expertise to do so.
How has your HourlyNerd experience been thus far?
HourlyNerd is a great platform! While I am new to the community (have only taken on one project so far), there are interesting projects posted and I plan to remain involved in the future.
Tell me about the first project you did – 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 project I worked on involved calling 120 doctors to gather information. I picked the project because it was something I had experience with in the past. In order to bid, I looked at the questions provided, figured out how long it would take and thought about a fair hourly rate based on my background and experience. The owner and I had lots of back and forth and used the platform to communicate – in the end we combined three similar projects she had posted and I “won” the project with my combined bid. Overall, I found that the project descriptions and bid instructions very clear and helpful.
Best of all, was that from the moment I set up a profile -- within an hour -- I had secured a project! It was certainly a surprise.
For now, I’m going to stick with projects that I’m comfortable with and focus on delivering quality rather than trying to learn new skills (mostly since my time is limited right now).
Why do you do projects on HourlyNerd?
To me it is all about being a part of the community and helping small business owners while making some extra money on the side. I think that the business owner was very satisfied which was encouraging. The additional income will also be helpful when I launch my next venture. I’m thankful to have been introduced to HourlyNerd – it’s a great and easy to use platform. I hope to see its continued growth.