It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans are considered contingent workers, meaning they work for organizations on a non-permanent basis as freelancers, independent contractors, temporary workers, or consultants. By 2020, some forecasts have the portion of contingent workers rising to 50 percent of the American labor force.

The Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCWC) is invested in offering resources and services that encourage the success of Independents and “Micro” Business Owners in Northern Colorado.

Nearly one in three working Americans is an independent worker. That’s 42 million people!

Resources

Independents can access resources that assist in finding gigs, marketing, business classification & taxes, co-working in Northern Colorado, and professional development.


Are you an Independent Contractor?

Otherwise known as a freelancer, solopreneur, self-employed, free agent or consultant.

The Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development recognizes the important role that Independent Contractors play in the local and national economy. There are numerous benefits to being independent (vs. an employee) and just like any profession or career, Independents must devote time and resources to developing their business activities. This page is dedicated to resources for the Independent. Drop us an email if you know of other resources that are useful for you.


Business Workshops

There is always something to learn when you are self-employed – regardless of whether you are a newbie or a seasoned professional!

Other community resources for workshops include:


Professional Development & Networking

As an independent contractor, it is important to connect with others in your industry and learn about relevant business topics.

The Rocky Mountain Innosphere offers opportunities for networking and professional development that may be relevant to your sector or industry. See their Calendar of Events which includes events at other organizations and facilities.

Chamber of Commerce Events:

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development offers two opportunities for businesses to engage in learning and professional development.

  • Roundtables: Network & discuss talent management resources & trends.
  • Workshops: Learn tangible talent management tools & strategies.

Finding Projects

Independent contractors must market themselves and actively seek out projects. These resources are match-matching sites – matching projects and independent contractors.

  • KDragonfly is a Fort Collins-based matchmaking site.
    • If you are seeking work as an Independent, create a profile. Various levels of membership are available including a free option.
  • The Contractor’s Toolkit will assist you with your business set up and provide tips and tools to help with your ongoing success. Included in the Tool Kit are business forms and templates to utilize while performing on a 1099 Contract basis. $49
  • Elance – You can find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers. Free membership accounts are available.
  • Guru – offers the opportunity to market sought-after skills to a global audience. Free membership accounts are available.

Coworking in Northern Colorado – Work among other independent contractors!

Fort Collins

  • Digital Workshop Center - Digital Workshop Center has been a local center for education and professional development and is now a community center with coworking and private office space - a place for you to work, learn and grow your business! 1 day/week, 3 day/week, 5 day/week coworking options and private offices available.
  • Cohere – Collaborative shared office space and coworking community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote employees and workers in Fort Collins.
  • The Hive – Collaborative share office space in the heart of downtown Fort Collins for creative and web professionals.
  • Jefferson Study – Whether you are independent, a contractor, or a remote worker, Jefferson’s Study provides the affordable alternative to working at home.

Loveland

  • Armory – The Armory is a shared work space that provides an atmosphere where we can accomplish more together than we could on our own. We are a group of freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, and creatives. Our goal is to cultivate a collaborative and creative environment for our members.

IRS Classification & Taxes


Health Insurance / Benefits / Member Organizations

Freelancers Union serves the needs of the growing independent worker sector. They bring freelancers together to build smarter solutions to healthcare, retirement, wage security, and other broken systems. The Union offers insurance and benefits, community connections, political action, discounts and resources tailored for the independent worker.


Are You Hiring Independent Contractors?

Register with KDragonfly (specializing in Northern Colorado), Elance or Guru.

Do you know of another resource for Independents? Drop us an email.


References in this web site to any specific commercial products, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by LCWC. LCWC is not responsible for the contents of any “off-site” web page referenced from this server.

Business Contact Info

Contact a Consultant

LCWC Business Development
200 West Oak St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 498-6665
business@larimer.org

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