Duke Ligon, the former senior vice president of Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corporation, is now the owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, which he founded in 1970. Duke Ligon previously served as executive director of Love’s Entrepreneurship Center at Oklahoma City University.
Love’s Entrepreneurship Center helps entrepreneurial students make connections and get strong starts to their careers. This help is particularly important given the rise of freelancing in the United States in recent years. More than 50 million Americans now identify themselves as freelancers, with the freelancing workforce growing 500 percent between 2000 and 2014.
Freelancing is a career path that many young entrepreneurs aim to follow, though it requires great dedication. A study by Paychex, an online HR company, looked at 400,000 freelancers across the United States and found that more than 130,000 freelanced for only one year before returning to work for a company.