F.A.Q.

What opportunities are available with NextWave Advocacy?

NextWave is actively recruiting two types of independent contractors to contribute their skills to our projects:

  • Organizers who educate citizens about political issues during telephone conversations and motivate them to make their voices heard.
  • Writers who produce original, persuasive letters and media submissions based on recorded conversations with citizens.

What type of work would I be involved in?

NextWave works on public policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Our clients hire us to find people who agree with their stance on a particular issue. We, in turn, hire independent contractors to get these advocates involved in the political process. Often, they make their voices heard by writing letters to public officials.

  • Organizers reach out to citizens from a list prepared by NextWave over the telephone and talk to them about the issue.
  • Writers create original, persuasive letters and media submissions based on the recorded comments of participating advocates.

We guarantee that this work involves absolutely NO sales or fundraising.

So will I have to sell anything?

Never. NextWave isn’t in the sales or fundraising business. We only gather information so outside contractors can conduct outbound calls to educate people about current policy issues and engage them in the democratic process. No sales. No fundraising.

Can you tell me more about NextWave’s issues and clients?

NextWave works on a variety of public policy issues, ranging from health care and energy to taxes and defense.

Our clients include companies, trade associations representing entire industries, and advocacy groups and coalitions formed around a certain topic.

We are a non-partisan firm. This means that we do not select clients based on a specific political leaning, whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent. We work on issues across the political spectrum.

Are my own political views taken into account?

You will not share your own political views as part of your work. Organizers speak with citizens over the phone about policy issues. They ask questions to uncover the individual’s viewpoint, but Organizers do not share their own perspective. Writers create letters and other grassroots communications to reflect the advocate’s opinions, not their own. In other words, you may work on projects in which you agree with, disagree with, or have no opinion on the client’s stance.

At NextWave, we do, however, respect every independent contractor’s world view. Contractors may always decline a project if they prefer not to work on the issue.

How do I get work through NextWave?

Clients hire NextWave to organize a grassroots campaign. We gather information about the issue and likely advocates and look to our network of independent contractors to reach out to those advocates. Contractors who accept the project are then provided information and training on the issue, and they build a work schedule within the program’s parameters.

Do I have to work on any project I am offered?

No. Organizers and Writers are independent contractors, who have the right to accept or decline any project. Sometimes contractors decline a project because it doesn’t fit their schedule. Other times, they prefer not to work on a particular issue. That’s ok. Independent contractors should be aware, however, that other project opportunities may not be immediately available, depending on current client demand.

How long do projects last?

Each client campaign is different, so project length will vary. Most projects last a few weeks, while some last a few months. We do our best to predict and inform contractors about when the project will end. Due to the nature of this business, however, it is not always possible to do so.

How do I schedule my work on a project?

Once you are assigned a project, you will have access to the project calendar to build your schedule. Available hours are posted, and you sign up for the times you would like to work in 1-hour blocks. Each work session must be at least 2 hours long. For example, you might sign up for 2 hours on Monday from 9 AM to 11 AM and 5 hours Tuesday from 3 PM to 8 PM. But you could not sign up for just 1 hour on Monday, or work 4.5 hours on Tuesday.

When can I work? Can I work during regular business hours? In the evenings? Over the weekend?

Different NextWave projects operate within different time windows. And sometimes the hours of a project change as the campaign develops.

Some projects may be active only during regular business hours, others mostly in the evenings, and still others all day long. It depends on the audiences you are contacting, as well as the time zone of the state you are targeting in relation to your time zone. The majority of projects have some evening and Saturday hours available.

Most contractors for NextWave find that they are able to fit projects around the other commitments in their lives. Some flexibility in the hours you can work is helpful.

How many hours are required?

When a full schedule is available, we request contractors to commit to 20 or more hours per week. As mentioned above, every work session must be at least 2 consecutive hours.

Can I work on multiple projects?

Absolutely! Independent contractors may work on two or more projects simultaneously. When you first become an independent contractor providing services for us, NextWave will ask you to focus on one project. If things go well over time, however, you can work on multiple projects as they become available.

What happens when the project is over?

After a project is completed, NextWave may be in touch to offer you work on new campaigns according to your performance, accountability and knowledge base.

How do I get paid?

Our contractors are retained on an hourly or per-project basis. Our cloud-based systems track the time you work. NextWave issues payments weekly, and direct deposit is available.

What equipment do I need to be an independent contractor?

Independent contractors work from home using their own desktop or laptop computer, broadband internet connection, headset, and printer. The minimum specifications required to work with NextWave’s systems are included on the “Requirements” page of this website.

Do you reimburse for my internet connection or computer, headset, or printer purchase?

No. As a contractor, you provide your own tools and equipment to complete your work.

How do Writers submit their work?

NextWave has our own web-based system, which Writers use to compose and submit their work. The system also tracks time spent automatically, so Writers do not need to invoice us for each piece.

How do Organizers make calls?

We use a cloud-based platform for making calls, which you will connect to over the internet. There are no long-distance fees associated with making calls over our system. Independent contractors are only responsible for supplying an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to ensure a quality connection and a USB headset.

See the “Requirements” page for more information on minimum internet speeds and recommended headsets.

How do I submit my hours and invoice for my work?

The systems contractors use to perform their writing or organizing work also track time spent. NextWave issues payment to contractors weekly. Direct deposit is available.

I’m not very technical. Can I still be an independent contractor?

If you are familiar with using computers to search the internet, compose emails, and use online applications, such as Facebook, you likely have the necessary computer savvy. Most contractors do not find computer knowledge to be a barrier in quickly setting up their home office and connecting to and learning our systems.

Technical support is also supplied by our cloud-based provider, Five9.

Do you provide training?

Yes. We provide access to a library of self-paced training videos to help orient you to your role and our technology systems. Once you are assigned to a project, background on the issue and other materials are provided. You will also be assigned to a Team Leader, who is available to assist you.

Do I have to pay to use NextWave’s systems?

Absolutely not. NextWave does not charge anything for independent contractors to be part of our network or to use our systems to complete their work.

Can other people in my household use WiFi while I work?

This will depend on your internet provider and the bandwidth you have, as well as on the types of internet use others in your household demand. It also depends on where you have your home office set up with a wired internet Ethernet cable.

Depending on the service they purchase, some contractors find that their internet will not support other family members streaming HD video, for example, while they work without it affecting call quality. Independent contractors are solely responsible for ensuring adequate connection speeds to perform the work required for a NextWave project.

Do contractors need to have prior political experience?

No. Most Organizers and Writers who contract with us have not worked in politics or the grassroots industry before. Many have a general interest in public policy and current events, which makes the job interesting for them.

I want to be a Writer. Do I need to submit professional writing samples?

No. Portfolio or writing clips are NOT required to sign up with NextWave. We do find many successful contractors have had some background in writing. Part of our Writer screening process requires taking writing assessments, and these will give you ample opportunity to demonstrate your command of the English language.

Can I apply to be both an Organizer and a Writer?

Once you have demonstrated success in one role, you may submit your request to perform other services.

What is involved in the Sign Up Now process for Organizers?

Click on the “Sign Up Now” button and submit your information as instructed. If you meet our basic requirements, you will receive an email inviting you to call for a brief voice audition over the phone. Successful contractors are then invited for a telephone meeting. Assuming you are a good fit, you will receive an independent contracting agreement to review and sign so you can begin providing services.

What is involved in the Sign Up Now process for Writers?

The sign-up process for Writers is similar to the one for Organizers. Click on the “Sign-up Now” button and submit your information as instructed. You will register for and take brief grammar and writing assessments. If your assessments meet the requirements, you will provide more information about yourself. We will screen your information, and if you look like a good fit, we will invite you to participate in a telephone meeting. If you and NextWave agree to engage in an independent contractor relationship, you will receive an independent contracting agreement to review and sign.

How will I know if my independent contractor submission is accepted?

NextWave will communicate with you via email at each stage of the process. You will receive an email letting you know whether or not your initial submission meets our basic requirements. If it does, next steps will be outlined in the email.

How soon can I start making money?

That depends. Once you sign an independent contracting agreement, you will complete a self-guided training, which takes a few hours over about three days. After training, you will be offered the next available project.

Depending on client demand, a project may be available immediately. If so, you’ll quickly train on the issue, build a schedule, start work, and receive payment at the end of your first week.

Are there any fees to become part of your network?

Absolutely not! We are a grassroots firm, which engages independent contractors only for our current, active campaigns. We are pleased to invite talented individuals to provide services for us, and we impose no artificial barriers to finding the best people to serve our clients.

What do I do if I have questions during the screening process?

Our email address will be included in every communication to you. You can contact us at any point at jobs@nextwavedvocacy.com. Please note, however, that we are interested in determining how well contractors can follow instructions and work independently, without significant oversight or input from us. The screening process has been designed accordingly.

How do I know if I’ll be a successful contractor?

If you’re a great communicator, can follow written instructions and work independently, and have a drive to succeed, you’re the type of contractor we need! The best way to find out if you have what it takes is to sign up.

I have other questions. What do I do?

A telephone meeting is part of the screening process for all successful independent contractors. It’s a great time to ask any specific questions you may have regarding your situation and how this independent contracting opportunity fits in.

In the meantime, you can contact us with general questions at jobs@nextwaveadvocacy.com. Please allow us some time to respond to inquiries. Although we are seeking contractors for virtual work, our recruitment office does not operate around the clock. We will respond during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time.

How do I know if I’ll be a successful contractor?

If you’re a great communicator, can follow written instructions and work independently, and have a drive to succeed, you’re the type of contractor we need! The best way to find out if you have what it takes is to sign-up.

I have other questions. What do I do?

A telephone meeting is part of the screening process for all successful independent contractor. It’s a great time to ask any specific questions you may have regarding your situation and how this independent contracting opportunity fits in.

In the meantime, you can contact us with general questions at jobs@nextwaveadvocacy.com. Please allow us some time to respond to inquiries. Although we are seeking contractors for virtual work, our recruitment office does not operate around the clock. We will respond during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time.

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