The Gig Academy

The Gig Academy

In each episode of the Gig Academy Podcast, we’ll invite industry leaders to discuss the evolution of the gig economy, its legislative demands, and how you can scale to meet the new demands. We'll also dive into their vision on the future of the independent contractor ecosystem.

Episodes

May 20, 2022 49 min

Non-compete agreements. Non-solicitation agreements. Inventions. And confidentiality.  

As a company that relies on independent contractor workers, are there any implications in requiring these legal agreements?  

Or, as an IC or gig worker, are you required to sign these agreements if it hinders your independence?     

Our host, Nick Hancock, breaks it down for us in his interview with Kristen Johnson, Esq., managing partner of th...

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Selecting the best health insurance coverage is difficult for anyone, especially for independent contractors who are usually too busy on the road to do extensive research and price comparison. That’s why Openforce partnered with The Insurance Desk, a team of licensed health coverage consultants who help inform ICs of the options available to them in a direct, no-nonsense approach.     

In this episode, host Nick Hancock interviews ...

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There has never been a greater demand for delivery and courier drivers. Although capacity is overwhelming, it’s also presenting an incredible opportunity for both ICs who are looking to grow their small businesses, and for established transportation companies looking to engage with more ICs to keep up with increasing capacity and to expand into new verticals.    

In this episode, host Nick Hancock interviews delivery and courier s...

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Tax season is upon us which means many people are scrambling to find a tax preparation resource who understands the nuances of 1099 workers in the transportation industry. Or, they’re struggling to get organized. Or worse – they're sticking their heads in the sand and avoiding taxes altogether. 

That’s why Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions is here to help you! They understand trucking, transportation, and logistics. The Equinox...

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Openforce is proud to announce its recent partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking, a non-profit organization that is raising up a mobile army of transportation professionals to assist law enforcement in the recognition and reporting of human trafficking, to aid in the recovery of victims and the arrest of their perpetrators.   

In this harrowing episode, hos...

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This impactful episode features a can’t-miss discussion with Rob Slack, Industry Relations Executive at Openforce, and Doug Grawe, the newly appointed General Counsel at Openforce. Rob’s article titled “5 Transportation Industry Projections to Watch in 2022” was recently featured in the CLDA fall magazine, so we wanted to keep the discussion going while the article is hot off the press!   

In this year-end episode, host Nick Hanco...

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James Eberhard is the CEO and Founder of Fluid Truck, a Denver-based tech company transforming the vehicle rental experience. Fluid Truck leverages innovative technology to offer easy, efficient, sustainable truck sharing for businesses and individuals. Under James’ leadership, it has accelerated into the fastest growing technology company in Colorado. 

In this episode, host Nick Hancock interviews James to discuss how his unique ...

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Spencer Tenney is President and CEO of the Tenney Group, an industry specialized merger and acquisition advisory firm that has been dedicated to transportation since 1973. Tenney Group’s core business is sell-side representation services for trucking and logistics companies with annual revenues ranging from 20M to 300M. 

In this episode, host Nick Hancock interviews Spencer to discuss the unprecedented amount of M&A activity i...

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Mike Giaccone is the CEO of Assemblers Inc.–a rapidly growing, nationally recognized company with retailer partnerships across the United States. Hear how Mike, who began his career with retail giants such as The Home Depot and Lowe’s, saw the need for expanding customer service by offering delivery AND assembly. And so, Assemblers Inc. was founded in 1998.   

As a game-changer in the industry, Assemblers, Inc. now sets the standa...

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“Taking the smallest step is better than not taking a step at all.”

Almaurice Russ is the owner and CEO of Bon Voyage Enterprises, a family-owned company that provides delivery services in Maplewood, NJ, serving the tri-state area.

In this episode, host Nick Hancock interviews the incredibly inspiring Almaurice on the steps he took, as well as the challenges he faced in his entrepreneurial journey.

If you’re listening and you’re...

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Driver shortages have been an issue for the past several years, but especially since the pandemic.

In this episode, Jennifer Dube, Director of Vendor Services at SDS Rx, and Brad Crank, Director of Operations at Crossroads Courier, discuss the current challenges surrounding driver recruiting and retainment in the transportation and logistics industry. Hear how they’ve gotten creative with recruiting tactics and advertising, and ho...

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Compliance and insurance are often complex and confusing processes for the transportation industry. Is your business is in the best position to navigate them with minimal risk?  

In this episode, Bryan Paulozzi, CIC, Vice President at Risk Strategies, and Rob Slack, Industry Relations Executive at Openforce, discuss the current challenges surrounding compliance and insurance in the transportation and logistics industry. They addre...

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In this episode, Mike Fiorito, Board Member and Strategic Advisor at Openforce, Alexander Rafla, Vice President at Clarendon Capital, and Jeff Newhouse, Partner at Newhouse Law discuss the different types of buyers in the market, what’s required for a successful sale, how buyers approach valuations, plus several other recommendations to consider when seeking to sell or hunting down a new acquisition.

The Gig Academy host

Nick Ha...

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