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About the Independent Consulting Blog

On these pages, we’ll be exploring the complex and rapidly evolving business and regulatory conditions surrounding the use or independent contractors, consultants, and 1099s. Companies of all sizes that engage independent contractors are subject to myriad risks and responsibilities for using 1099s.



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The Three Questions

by Adam Kauder

Some time ago in Russia, a king came to a revelation. He determined that he would never fail if he knew the answer to three critical questions:


When is the best time to do each thing?
Who are the most important people to work with?
What is the most important thing to do with my time?


Meet the Webinar Speaker: Tom Martin, Author, Digital Strategist & Keynote Speaker, Converse Digital

by MBO Partners

Does any independent professional really enjoy cold calling? Sending emails to people they don’t know? Getting up early to hand out business cards to strangers at a networking event?

Of course not!

Prospecting is a necessary part of being an independent professional, but the traditional methods of finding clients are not only harrowing – they’re also simply not as effective as other, more modern ways of marketing.

Meet the Webinar Speakers: MBO Partners President & CEO Gene Zaino and VP of Business Development Dave Putt


If you’re an independent contractor or self-employed, you won’t want to miss our upcoming webinar on December 12, 2013:

The Affordable Care Act: What Independent Workers Need to Know

MBO Partners’ own President & CEO Gene Zaino and VP of Business Development Dave Putt will co-present the webinar which will tackle many of the complex questions independent workers have about this historical piece of health care legislation.

Mastering the art of stress-free business travel

by MBO Partners

Like many successful independent consultants, your work may require you to travel around the country and perhaps even internationally with great frequency.

Don’t Go Down With the Ship: Going Independent in Lean Times

by MBO Partners

Sara Conde, a consultant services advisor for MBO Partners, tells the story of a consultant who saw the signs that his company was cutting back, and took control of his own career.  

The First 6 Things to Consider Before Taking on International Clients

by MBO Partners

For independent consultants, building an international clientele is a great way to expand your business and broaden your expertise. However, there are several basic things to consider before beginning work with an international client that will help prevent minor glitches from turning into major problems.


Get the "time" right

Landing The Big One: How To Navigate Contracts With The Fortune 500

by MBO Partners

Sara Conde, a Consultant Services Advisor for MBO Partners, discusses how an independent worker was able to leverage MBO’s services to get to work fast for a Fortune 500 client.

“Engaging with enterprise organizations is a challenge. The paperwork, procedures and insurance requirements alone are enough to confuse the savviest consultant. MBO is here to make that process simpler.”

Hire someone to do something for $5

by MBO Partners

Independent Consultants: This week, I somehow stumbled across the strange new world of freelance job marketplaces that is Fiverr.

Fiverr -- The place for people to share the things they will do for $5

Of all the places newbies should look to begin their freelance careers, this is perhaps NOT one of them. [For reasons of sanity!]

How to Overcome Client Doubts about Hiring an Independent Consultant

by MBO Marketing Team

Oftentimes a client is nervous when considering hiring their first independent consultant, this nervousness stems from fears about the quality of the final product, productive use of time and resources, and the trust necessary for an independent consultant to be successful. They may wonder how they can trust someone they’ve never worked with before with an important project.

How to Land Your First Client as an Independent Consultant

by MBO Marketing Team

When you begin a career as an independent consultant, one worry may dampen your excitement: landing your first client. Without any previous clients to vouch for your expertise, you may be nervous that clients will bypass you for a more experienced consultant.