These jobs come without attachment

'There are great reasons to be a temp, but it's not for everyone.'

When Cherie Daniel, a website designer based in Bristol, was an agency employee she relied on occasional freelance work to supplement her income. When that agency folded, she started to rely on it for much more. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



WORKFORCE

These jobs come without attachment

'There are great reasons to be a temp, but it's not for everyone.'

PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
NO STRINGS: Cherie Daniel, owner of website-design firm CCInspire, formerly used freelance work to supplement her income. Now she runs her own company and contracts out specific work.
PBN FILE PHOTO/NATALJA KENT
TIGHT SHIP: Miriam A. Ross runs her own legal firm, keeping one counsel in-house, Kevin P. Braga, pictured above, and hiring temp clerical help when needed.
Photo
1
2
Posted 8/27/12

(Editor’s note: This is the third in an occasional series of stories that will feature the companies and industries creating jobs in the region.)

When Cherie Daniel, a website designer based in Bristol, was an agency employee she relied on occasional freelance work to supplement her income.

When that agency folded, she started to rely on it for much more.

“[The freelance work] morphed into me saying, ‘This might really work; I think I can do this,’ ” Daniel said. “I made the jump to, ‘Let’s do this on my own.’ ” At CCInspire, which she officially launched last year, she’s almost alone – but not quite. A semi-exclusive partnership with CCInspire Hosting, run by former colleague Adam Gerhard out of New Hampshire, allows her to focus on design work, including for several Rhode Island tourism organizations. Gerhard handles the technical aspects Daniel otherwise would have to hire an in-house person to handle.

Daniel’s business model – handling almost the entire business herself and contracting out task specific or temporary work – is increasingly being embraced by entrepreneurs who want to start out small and, more or less, stay that way.

“It’s something that we’ve been seeing pretty consistently for the last two or three years,” said Adriana Dawson, state director of Johnson & Wales University’s Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. “We’ve been seeing a lot more activity with the ‘onesies’ coming in and exploring entrepreneurship and creating a home-based or micro business and doing well.”

In March, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training’s most recent available statistics, 49.5 percent, or 15,684, of private employers in the state have between one and four employees.

The 5,699 businesses employing zero workers – meaning a one-person shop – represent 18 percent of private employers.

“I wouldn’t do it any other way,” said Julie Lancia, who 12 years ago founded ALX Group, an interior design firm in North Providence. “[And] from a business standpoint, it just makes sense.”

Lancia’s business needs require some flexibility and independence.

Next Page
No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News