GIVING SOLO PROFESSIONALS PRESENCE

The Jills of All Trades

Giving Solo Professionals Presence

The Jills of All Trades
By Kate Bast | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun, Styled by Julie Mierkiewicz

Megan Boswell and Corinne Neil first met at a neighborhood meetup, and that was all it took for an idea to spark between them. The inspired duo launched their business and online platform called The Jills of All Trades to connect independent female professionals with each other and businesses on project-based work. They hope it will become a national, even international one-stop shop—“a powerhouse of online talent,” says Neil (right).

It fills a need, says Boswell (left), in this age of the shared economy, where companies are trying to figure out how to embrace workers who are less tethered to their jobs thanks to technology and a desire for greater flexibility, balance and different ways of collaborating and sharing resources.

The pair has worked in both the corporate and freelance worlds. Of the latter, they deeply know: “It’s hard,” says Neil, “to do the work while also hunting for the next job and trying to self-promote when you’re only one person.” The Jills’ platform removes that barrier, getting female contractors, freelancers and consultants out of those limited work silos and into a visible network with large-scale promotion power.

The Jills’ network is membership based. Boswell and Neil help each member curate her professional bragging rights, with bios, statements and headshots. Member Jills connect with each other at events and meetups, and have the benefits of a built-in peer network, for community, but also for potential collaboration on each other’s projects. Interested businesses connect directly with each Jill—there is no middle man, or woman—and Boswell and Neil also offer a fee-based connection curation service for clients.

The Jills’ broad talent pool includes creative types like designers and photographers, along with business strategists, attorneys, engineers and even postdoctoral scientists looking to market their expertise to the corporate world.

But it’s not just a job network. At its core, says Boswell, “It’s about women championing other women.” thejillsofalltrades.com.

Catch The Jills of All Trades’ co-founders Boswell and Neil at BRAVA’S THRIVE Conference April 28 at The Edgewater. They’ll share great advice and inspiration for independent workers in their presentation, “Work Silo, Not Solo.” Details and tickets: thrivewithbrava.com.

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