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6 Ways to Manage and Avoid Scope Creep

It’s not uncommon for a client to request additions or changes to a project, and saying ‘yes’ can be an automatic reaction. However, that extra work can quickly add up and lead your project into the dreaded area of scope creep. What is Scope Creep? Scope creep occurs when a client adds new provisions, tasks,…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 24, 2022

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Jon Younger,…

3 Tips for Presenting a Winning Business Proposal

Independent consultants are constantly on the grind, looking for business development—and often the road to new business goes through the C-suite. Presenting business proposals to a new client or to an executive of a large company is unlike presenting to peers. Here are three tips to help you develop your content and approach and present…

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5 Reasons Consultants Need a Website to Be Competitive

If you take one look at our blog, you know that at MBO Partners we talk a lot about the value of being a leader in your field, as well as how you can brand yourself via tools like online networking, polished communication, and ongoing professional development. A professional website is a modern-day calling card; helping to…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 17, 2022

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. A feature…

How the Gig Economy is Changing Your Corporate Landscape: And What You Need to Know Now for Your Workforce Planning Strategy

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The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 10, 2022

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Miles Everson,…

12 Tools to Help You Reach Your Goals This Year as a Self Employed Independent

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The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 20, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Isaac Kohen,…

5 Ways to Market Yourself on a Job Search Website

When you create an online profile as a self-employed professional, it is important to put your best foot forward and show prospective clients who you are and what you have to offer. While it’s important to fill out all of the information that’s typically required like your education and work history, there are a few…

10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

Many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners call their home office—or wherever their workplace may be—their sanctuary. An office is a place that should generate creativity, promote health and well-being, and offer both a comfortable and efficient environment. This holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our top home office gifts that are perfect for…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

The holiday season is always busy and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for a last-minute gift card or fruit basket, take advantage of our annual holiday gift guide. We’ve scoured the web and polled our team members to find some of…

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How to Create a Contingency Plan for Small Business: 4 Steps

For many in the business world, a common saying is: “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This saying rings particularly true for small business owners who often have to carefully balance each aspect of their business—especially in unforeseen situations. Whether you’re sidelined by a family emergency, unavailability of resources, or other…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 6, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Small Business…

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Contingent Workforce Program Adoption Now

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Contingent Workforce Program Adoption Now At the last company I worked with, I was responsible for hiring freelance writers, editors, designers and, well, all things marketing related. I searched job boards and marketplaces to find the right talent, at the right cost, for the projects I had on the…

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The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 24, 2022

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Jon Younger,…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 17, 2022

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. A feature…

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Driving the Future of Work: How the Great Resignation is Turning into the Great Realization for Your Workforce

The COVID-19 Pandemic set a new future of work in motion. People across all industries were suddenly working from home. Teams transitioned from roundtable discussions and water cooler chats to Zoom meetings and virtual happy hours. And things went surprisingly well. Productivity, for the most part, remained consistent and in some cases even improved. By…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 10, 2022

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Miles Everson,…

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How to Build an Agile Workforce with Contingent Talent

Enterprises across the globe are adapting and revising their strategic mindsets. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many companies to re-think how work gets done, and for many this has involved embracing a flexible workforce composed of a mix of fulltime, W-2 employees and independent contractors. Independent contractors offer quick access to in-demand skills, giving organizations…

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Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2021

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. 2021 was a fascinating year for independent contractor compliance. Here’s a look at some top stories. 1. Trump DOL announced new…

How to Access, Engage, and Manage Your Independent Workforce

When incorporating independent talent into your workforce, there are many steps involved. First, enterprise managers must find the right talent to fit their needs. Second, those independent contractors must be engaged in a legally compliant manner. And third, it’s important to manage working with independent professionals in a way that helps your business achieve its…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 20, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Isaac Kohen,…

3 Best Practices for Independent Contractor Engagement

Improve independent contractor program adoption, increase talent retention rates, and mitigate misclassification risk with these three best practices for independent contractor engagement.

What is Worker Misclassification?

As more companies incorporate independent professional talent into their workforces, the issue of worker misclassification has also been thrown into the spotlight. But what is worker misclassification exactly? First, it’s important to understand that independent contractors—freelancers, consultants, self-employed professionals, side-giggers, etc.—represent a fundamentally different type of worker than your typical W-2 employee. ‘Independent contractor’ is…

4 Strategies to Reduce Misclassification Risk

Today, independent work is part of the normal career portfolio and organizations are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate independent professional talent into their overall workforce strategy. Independents have a lot to offer, and with the right engagement program, they can help an organization thrive. Here are four important strategies to keep in mind if…

How to Build a Budget for Independent Workforce Management

Best practices and industry standards for engaging and paying independent contractors.

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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.