The 1099 game is "find the program manager"

In my Going 1099 book, I outline three different methods to landing your first 1099 gig.

They are very distinct but in all three methods, you need to figure out who the contractor program manager (PM) is in order to do a deal. They are the person that has the authority and responsibility to make staffing decisions on the contract for the company.

Trying to convert your job into a 1099 role? Your boss may be the PM.

Trying to network your way into a 1099 role? Your former government client might introduce you to the PM he works with.

Trying to "apply" for 1099 roles? You might eventually interview with the PM.

Once you have met the program manager, it's a matter of demonstrating how you will make their lives easier with their government customers and communicating that you'd be happy to do it as a 1099.


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I wrote a book about becoming a 1099 solo federal sub-contractor. I cover three different methods to getting your first 1099 gig and how to have discussions with the program manager about it.

You can read more about it here:

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

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