Potential CIC SIG Meeting Topics

The following is an unordered list of topics that might interest your chapter's CIC SIG members. If you have an idea for a great meeting topic, please contact the CIC SIG Manager.
  • Marketing, services, self-promotion
  • Low-cost marketing (see www.stcrmc.org/documents/open/freelance-FAQ
  • Taxes, 1099s for subcontractors, CPS
  • Hourly rates, estimating, W-2 vs. 1099
  • Contracts, fixed vs. hourly, writing, legal requirements
  • Locating clients, need for independents, new business areas
  • Internet networking, PIC home page, list server
  • Client relations, disputes, problem-resolution, value added
  • Insurance, liability, health
  • Rates, raising without losing clients, value of tech writing
  • Business management, office organization, expanding, with a household
  • Negotiating, rates, work locations, fixed bids
  • Writing proposals
  • Estimating projects and project calculation
  • Sole proprietor vs. incorporation
  • Professional and technological skills: improving for home workers
  • Telecommuting, promote, trends, how to
  • Legal issues
  • Collections, encouraging on-time payments, billing, late fees
  • Subcontracting, working with agencies, educating agencies
  • Collaboration, working with other independents, sharing overload
  • Training, affordable retraining
  • Innovative communications technology: keeping up with and using
  • Becoming an independent, case studies
  • Saying no to too much work
  • Time management, project management
  • Bidding on projects, fixed-price bids
  • Computer maintenance and back-up information
  • Tax issues
  • Writing proposals
  • Sharing resources (websites, books, publications)
  • High-speed Internet access options for small businesses
  • Creating a professional image
  • Creating and maintaining a portfolio
  • Financial planning (consider having a professional financial planner speak)