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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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Taking Your Consultancy Beyond the "Startup" Phase

by MBO Marketing Team

The startup phase is vital for any small business or consultancy; it gives you the opportunity to develop an idea or passion into a functioning business and viable career. However, there will come a point when this phase is outgrown, and long-term success means moving on to the next step.

How Will You Measure Success?

by MBO Marketing Team

When writing a business plan for your consultancy, each step should help your business to succeed. But before you begin you must define what success means to you. What metrics you choose may vary depending on your industry, business experience, and ultimate goals. You can measure success in multiple ways.

How to Define and Reach Your Target Client Audience

by MBO Marketing Team

Understanding the ideal target client for your business, and knowing how to communicate with them are key to continued business growth and success. Below are tips to help guide you along this process.

Defining Your Target Client

Reevaluating Your Independent Consultancy's Goals

by MBO Marketing Team

Every decision, whether large or small, plays a role in determining the future of your business and its level of success. To help ensure you’re making the right decisions for your business, it’s important to not only set initial goals in your business plan, but to take the time to periodically reevaluate them. Here are some tips to keep in mind when the time comes to reevaluate your goals as an independent consultant.

Top 3 Going Solo Questions Webinar Was a First!

by ahaq

I did pretty well at the college on the hill, got a first job, married, had two kids, held down a number of satisfying and progressive career roles, even launched a dot.com business that was funded and achieved some major startup milestones. All this before becoming a bona-fide “IC” (independent consultant) and then joining MBO as its first Chief Marketing Officer. Bottom line: I’m not a newbie to the work world.

Giving Yourself a Performance Review as an Independent Contractor

by MBO Partners

It's never a bad time to assess how well you and your independent business are performing. While it may feel strange grading yourself, below you will find some questions that will not only help you decide how you are doing now, but also help you frame your future goals.

Understand What Worked: A Performance Review

Makeover Your Marketing as an Independent Consultant

by MBO Marketing Team

We are now more than halfway through our ten day challenge, which means there are just five days left in the decade. Today's task:

Makeover Your Marketing

Unless you're a marketing professional, the details of establishing the brand of your consulting business can be both mysterious and overwhelming. Luckily, today's technologies make it relatively easy and inexpensive to pull together a credible marketing presence, if you can invest a little time and energy.

Own Your Business: Get on Clients' Good Side by Nurturing the Business Relationship

by MBO Marketing Team

Own Your Business: Get on Clients' Good Side by Nurturing the Business Relationship

Welcome back to day three of our ten day countdown. The year 2010 is winding down, and there are only a few more days left in the decade! How will you maximize this time to ensure a strong independent consulting (IC) business in 2011?

Nurture Your Clientele

You Are the Boss, So Dress the Part

by MBO Marketing Team

Tips for Looking Professional When you Own Your a Business

There are ten days remaining in 2010. What will you do with them?

With any luck, these next two weeks will allow you a little extra breathing room in your consulting business, and it is the perfect time to actively prepare your business for your best year yet -- recession notwithstanding!