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How to Give a Great Business Presentation

How to Give a Great Business Presentation (Guide)

MIN < 1 MIN READ Approach your presentation from a storytelling perspective. Stories are a powerful communication tool that engage your audience and create a memorable experience.

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10 Ways to Get New Consulting Clients

MIN 5 READ Landing your first client is one of the most intimidating aspects of going independent and starting your own business. Visions of cold calling and repeated rejection can quickly cloud your thoughts and worries about being able to find any clients at all can feel paralyzing.   These fears can sometimes scare potentially successful independent consultants away…

How Much Should I Charge as a Consultant?

How Much Should I Charge as a Consultant? (Guide)

MIN < 1 MIN READ If you’re just getting ready to find your first consulting project or already well along on your journey, you have most likely grappled with this basic question.

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5 Creative Client Engagement Strategies

MIN 4 READ Finding and keeping clients is a primary part of your job as a small business owner. Networking, communication, and growing an online presence are good baseline strategies, but your business should stand out in a more memorable way. We’ve put together a list of five creative ways you can find, engage with, and keep the…

Expanding Your Independent Business

How to Expand Your Independent Consulting Business: When and How to Grow (Guide)

MIN < 1 MIN READ Learn how to decide if it’s time to grow your business, what to consider, and how to develop a growth strategy.

Consulting Contracts 101

How to Write a Consulting Contract (Guide): Types and Terms to Include

MIN < 1 MIN READ The modern independent consultant must be adaptable to their surroundings, particularly when client organizations change rapidly.

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9 Ways to Build a Personal Brand for Small Business

MIN 4 READ Building a personal brand is an important part of your identity—whether you’re an independent professional or a Fortune 100 company. From your name and logo to your company slogan and reputation, it’s how the public knows you.   As an independent contractor, you are the face of your company. Establishing a strong personal brand is essential…

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5 Reasons to Avoid Overselling Consulting Services

MIN 3 READ Overselling is an easy mistake to make—one that can put your business reputation at risk. As an independent professional, your drive and ambition are what make your business succeed. However, it is possible that the very ambition that helps you achieve your goals can become a detriment.   When selling your services to a client, there…

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5 Marketing Strategies to Reach Your Target Audience

MIN 4 READ Reaching your target audience and properly communicating with them is important to growing your small business. Reaching the right audience provides visibility into the services you offer, builds brand credibility, and begins to form valuable relationships.   Here are our five tips to reach your target audience and leverage your key messaging to grow a successful,…

5 Tips to Elevate Your Productivity Working from Home 

MIN 4 READ As we discovered in our 2021 State of Independence Report, within the past year, 68% of newcomers to the independent workforce were Gen Z or Millennials. Various benefits, such as improved health and happiness, continue to make working as an independent increasingly appealing to young professionals. If you are a college student wanting to join…

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How to Write a Consulting Contract: 6 Best Practices

MIN 5 READ Writing contracts is an important part of your business as an independent professional. A contract defines the work you agree to do for a client, and it also provides you with legal protection.  Contract negotiation can be an intimidating part of starting a new project but setting up this legal framework will help protect you…

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Top 5 Common Contract Mistakes to Avoid

MIN 3 READ Contracts are an important part of starting a new project. They provide legal protection, discuss services to be performed, and include payment terms and conditions. If you’re new to the process, you may find that drafting a contract is a complicated task, requiring specific key terms, provisions, legal obligations, and ultimately, client agreement.  As a…

5 Tips to Elevate Your Productivity Working from Home 

MIN 4 READ As we discovered in our 2021 State of Independence Report, within the past year, 68% of newcomers to the independent workforce were Gen Z or Millennials. Various benefits, such as improved health and happiness, continue to make working as an independent increasingly appealing to young professionals. If you are a college student wanting to join…

6 Legal Rights of 1099 Contractors

10 Legal Rights of Independent Contractors and 1099 Workers

MIN 6 READ A guide to the rights you have as an independent contractor.

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8 Ways to Effectively Engage Independent Contractors

MIN 4 READ Engaging independent contractors shouldn’t be complicated. Yes, navigating the risk of worker misclassification can be daunting, but there are ways to simplify the process. Many businesses today engage independent talent as part of their total workforce. As the use of independent talent has become more mainstream, so has the engagement process.    Follow these eight tips…

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Contingent Workforce Management: What You Need to Know

MIN 4 READ Finding, engaging, and retaining skilled talent can be difficult in today’s work environment. There are many more job openings available than job seekers so where can companies find the people they need?  We believe the answer is self-employed professionals, a population that brings highly specialized services to the workforce. The number of self-employed individuals is…

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How to Manage Freelancers and Independent Contractors

MIN 2 READ Learn three approaches to independent contractor engagement and tips for how to best manage your independent workforce.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News May, 2019

10 Steps to Take When You Have an Independent Contractor Compliance Issue (Guide)

MIN < 1 MIN READ As the project-based economy continues to evolve, proper management of independent contractor talent will prove to be critical.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News August, 2019

9 Common Contractor Compliance Issues and How to Avoid Them (Guide)

MIN < 1 MIN READ The number of people working as independent professionals in the United States is steadily rising. As this workforce continues to grow, so do the number of companies tapping into this talent source.

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De-Risk with Confidence: 3 Ways to Reduce Misclassification Risk

MIN 3 READ Your ability to achieve workforce optimization is only as good as your staff’s abilities and bandwidth. When specific project needs arise—that may be highly technical or involve in-demand skills not found in your FTE population—partner with trusted, compliant, and vetted independent talent.  In order to effectively source independent talent end-to-end, it is important to establish…

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Should I Hire an Independent Contractor? 10 Myths

MIN 5 READ Deciding to hire independent contractors can raise a lot of questions—especially if this is new territory for your company. There are many common misconceptions about the independent workforce, a 51-million strong talent pool.  One important distinction to note is that independent professionals don’t just make up the on-demand economy. Rather, this segment of the independent…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News July 2022

MIN 3 READ As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Misclassification of Independent…

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How a Workforce Optimization Strategy Attracts Tomorrow’s Top Independent Professional Talent

MIN 4 READ What would you do if your best employee left tomorrow? Perhaps they won the lottery or decided to change careers—the past few years have taught us that anything can happen. And the thing is, this is really happening every day in workforces across the country.   High performers are leaving and moving on. If your organization…

When is an Independent Contractor an Employee

When is an Independent Contractor Really an Employee?

MIN 3 READ What is an Independent Contractor vs. Employee? These definitions will help you understand how each type of worker is defined: Employee A full-time employee works for a single employer and that employer has a say over the work they do and how that work gets done. An employer can control the hours, location, and type…

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Tech Layoffs Shed Light on Need for Workforce Optimization

MIN 4 READ Recent increase in tech layoffs and hiring freezes paint an interesting—yet somewhat inaccurate—picture of the current workforce environment. High-profile companies including Netflix, MasterClass, Tesla, Twitter and more have slowed down hiring and laid off thousands of employees due to fears of a recession, rising inflation, tightening of budgets, and big swings in the crypto currency market, among…

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Create an Agile Workforce Using Independent Professional Talent

MIN 4 READ Workforce optimization: it’s something every enterprise strives for. When your workforce is agile, flexible, and fluid, it is best able to meet the demands of your business. Companies that use independent contractors as part of their workforce strategy realize significant cost savings per engagement, as well as access to top talent and accelerated business outcomes. …

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10 Tips for Managing Remote Teams

MIN 5 READ More workers than ever before are choosing to work remotely. Millions of these workers are independent contractors who describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who have chosen to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that enables them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world.   The ability to work remotely is certainly one of the…

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How to Avoid a Worker Misclassification Audit

MIN 5 READ Independent contractor misclassification can be an expensive mistake—here’s what you need to know to avoid it.

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Paul Sanford
Paul Sanford
2021-06-19
Ali was pleasant and persistent - the best combination for navigating the onboarding process.
Holly Veach
Holly Veach
2021-06-18
Love working with MBO Partners. They make the onboarding process for my projects seamless. They are professional, responsive and always answer my questions which allows me to focus on what I do best. Thanks Amanda! You're the best!
Willie Wan
Willie Wan
2021-06-16
I worked with Alexandra O'Brien during the enrollment process. She was a pleasure to work! She was very knowledgeable on the process and kept me informed about each step. Additionally, she was extremely responsive and replied quickly to any questions I've had. Overall a friendly and great experience!
Hans Schenck
Hans Schenck
2021-06-03
I had a great experience with Blake and team at MBO Partners. Friendly, professional, and got me over the finish line as quickly and easily as possible.
Paul Gibbons
Paul Gibbons
2021-05-25
They are helpful and professional. Their client liaison, Blake, was immensely enthusiastic and helpful. However, it seemed to me that their background check firm were a bunch of chumps - weeks and weeks - sending stuff to them multiple times...
Tom Gorman
Tom Gorman
2021-05-21
I was basically shunted to MBO by a client of mine who was outsourcing invoicing and admin for its independent contractors. MBO, and especially my liaison, Ali, did an excellent job of onboarding me. MBO took care of setting me up as an LLC and directing me to the required liability insurance, and they do not mark up the costs of either. Ali was extremely professional and responsive (to phone calls, not just emails!!!) in walking me through the process. This outfit has its act together!
Ross Antonson
Ross Antonson
2021-05-21
My experience was first-rate. Prompt, precise communications. My contact, Blake Herendeen, was very professional and kept me in the loop every step of the way. Thanks!
Tatiana Terdal
Tatiana Terdal
2021-05-17
I enjoy doing business with MBO Partners representatives. They have been very professional and responsive in all my interactions, have always answered my questions and helped find solutions to different issues.