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6 Ways to Build and Maintain Strong Client Relationships

It’s common for independent professionals to focus their resources on gaining new business. However, new ...
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Pros and Cons of Hiring a 1099 vs W2 Employee

Today’s evolving workforce landscape includes technological innovations, a changing employer-employee relationship, and the rise of independent workers, just to name a few big trends. Human resources professionals, executives, and enterprise ...
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How to Repurpose Content

When you run your own company, a big part of marketing your services involves creating content. From keyword-rich writing on your personal website and social media posts to email newsletters or small ...
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5 Ways to Find Top Independent Talent

Independent professionals play an important role in creating a well-rounded workforce for many organizations today. Independents offer numerous benefits such as helping companies minimize employment costs through staffing flexibility. Rather ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 19, 2020

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 ...
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7 Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

As an independent contractor, self-employed professional, freelancer, or entrepreneur, there’s plenty of gratification in knowing that ultimately, you’re your own boss—you work for yourself, you call the shots, and you ...
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Webinar Recap: Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021

In our January 14 webinar, Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021, our distinguished panel of experts and industry leaders explored what it means to create and drive ...
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Create a Great Consulting Website (Guide)

If you run your own business, a professional website is a valuable marketing tool to showcase your brand, stand out from your competition, and reach new clients. But in order for ...
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5 Employee Misclassification Penalties to Avoid

Why are independent professionals a benefit to business-savvy organizations? They provide access to high-quality talent, staffing flexibility, and cost savings—it’s no surprise that the use of this talent pool has ...
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Starting a Consulting Business: 5 Common Mistakes

Deciding to go independent and start your own business is an exciting transition. It’s a chance to be your own boss, pursue projects you’re passionate about, and control when and where ...
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DOL Updates Worker Classification Guidelines: What this New Rule Means for Enterprise Organizations and the Independent Professionals they Engage

On January 7, 2021, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule on the status of independent contractors. The new rule goes into effect on March 8, ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 11, 2020

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 ...
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Five Trends Driving Independent Workforce Growth

Our 2020 State of Independence in America research explores the cyclical and structural forces that have contributed to, encouraged, and shaped the American independent workforce. Despite the setback that the ...
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6 Creative Ways to Get Client Testimonials that Build Your Brand

Client referrals and recommendations can be incredibly helpful when it comes to building business credibility and trust. Think back to the last time you made a big purchase. How did you choose ...
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Determining the Cost of Your Independent Contractor Engagement Program

Today, more businesses than ever before are turning to independent talent to fill workforce needs. Independent professionals help organizations realize a competitive advantage among their peers by providing access to ...
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How to Achieve Work Life Balance When You’re Self-Employed

As an independent professional, achieving work-life balance can often feel like a hard reach. When you run your own business, you have to balance the demands of multiple clients while staying ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 4, 2020

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 ...
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Three Independent Workforce Trends in 2020

2020 was a challenging year for the American workforce at large as well as independent professionals. However, while independents were certainly impacted by the pandemic-related economic downturn, they were not ...
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Countdown: 10 Predictions for the Future of Work on New Year’s Eve 2020

As we count down to 2021, we’re sharing our own countdown of ten future of work themes that will matter the most in the next decade.   Here are our ten themes countdown, just in time for 2021.   Ten: Dip & Climb  Nine: Happiness & ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 28, 2020

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 ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 21, 2020

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 ...
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Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2020

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 ...
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What Does Independent Contractor Compliance Mean?

In order to operate legally, all businesses must take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Compliance takes many forms, from preventing harassment and discrimination, to safeguarding sensitive ...
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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, ...
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Why Use a Direct Sourcing Strategy for Talent Acquisition

Enterprises today are increasingly relying on the growing pool of people working as independent contractors, freelancers, self-employed professionals. Independent talent provide access to the specialized skills managers struggle to find. ...
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4 Ways a Consultant Can Become an Industry Thought Leader

Owning your own business means taking responsibility for every aspect of running your company. That burden will likely include tasks that are not directly related to your actual expertise, but ...
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The Enduring Growth and Resilience of Independent Work: A Look Into the 10th Annual State of Independence in America Report

The independent workforce of 2020 consists of 38.2 million Americans of all ages, skills, and income levels working as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, microbusiness owners, and temporary or on-call workers. ...
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Webinar Recap: Crowdsource Innovation, Serve Clients Project Needs and Unleash Residual Income with MindSumo

In our DECEMBER 3RD webinar, Crowdsource Innovation, Serve Clients Project Needs and Unleash Residual Income with MindSumo, MBO's VP of Product and MindSumo founder, Keaton Swett, and MBO Chief Experience ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 7, 2020

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 ...
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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

The holiday season is always one of the busiest times of year, and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather ...
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Bryan Peña Shares Legal Insights – December 2020

In this short video, Brian Peña—Chief of Market Strategy at MBO—summarizes legal insights from a recent enterprise webinar he hosted. These topics include: background checks, term limits, post-election predictions, and ...
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Four Tips to Secure Buy-In for Your Independent Contractor Program

Today, forward-thinking companies understand that using independent talent as part of their workforce is a strategy that can increase organizational agility and give them access to in-demand skills. Independent professionals ...
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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

As an independent business owner, you’ll inevitably encounter a roadblock, situation, or circumstance that make it difficult to successfully perform your work. It’s not uncommon to struggle with knowing when ...
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5 Small Business Reputation Management Strategies that Work

Why is the Reputation of Your Business Important? Simply put, reputation matters. For independent business owners, this statement is more than a mere suggestion. It is a mantra that drives all ...
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A Q&A With Jim Rabon: Seasoned Veteran Entrepreneur, Independent Business Owner and Professor

As part of our series on veteran entrepreneurs we spoke to a successful long-time independent consulting growth practice owner, Jim Rabon. Today, Jim has entered a new life stage: When he’s not tending to his horses, ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 30, 2020

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 ...
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Using Marketing To Adapt And Respond To Change within the Era of COVID-19

We’ve all heard the saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” It originates from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, whose writings share the common theme that the nature of life ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2020

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 ...
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3 Ways to Retain High-Quality Independent Consultants

Independent talent offer enterprises many benefits including on-demand expertise, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs. Today, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to work independently for the ...
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6 Actionable Ways to Stay Motivated When You’re Self Employed

When you run your own business, you’ll quickly learn that putting in long hours without seeing immediate payoff is pretty normal. The pressure of doing it all yourself can be ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 23, 2020

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 ...
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4 Reasons to Start a Blog for Your Small Business

Think of a blog as an opportunity to engage and grow your target audience. A blog for your business is more than something to update with your weekly experiences as ...
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Contingent Workforce Compliance: What Companies Should Know

If your business  currently uses or is considering using independent talent, it is important to be aware of independent workforce compliance. In order to operate legally, companies must take steps ...
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Webinar Recap: Stand Out From the Crowd: Insights from Expert Recruiters to Get Noticed for Projects

In our November 17th webinar, Think Like a Recruiter: Stand Out From the Crowd: Insights from Expert Recruiters to Get Noticed for Projects, MBO's Chief Talent Officer Amy O'Donnell and ...
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4 Ways Direct Sourcing Helps Companies Become More Agile

Direct sourcing is an increasingly popular talent engagement strategy being used by enterprises today. Direct sourcing allows companies to match highly-skilled candidates with open project opportunities using their own internal ...
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Meet Stacy Pilgreen: A Veteran Small Business Owner in the National Security Industry – Special Operations and Intelligence

On Stacy Pilgreen’s wall in his home office are pictures of transport aircraft that he has parachuted from during his Army career. This visual is apt for a military career that includes 54 countries.The MBO ...
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How To Give Back on a Budget when You’re Self Employed

Philanthropy can be an important part of your brand, even if you’re a business of one. Not only is charitable giving a great way to give back to your community and ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 16, 2020

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 ...
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Meet Eddie Dunn: From Ground Zero to New Heights as a Veteran Business Owner

Behind every successful veteran business owner is a story. Today we share the story of Eddie Dunn, a 20-year army veteran, who has used his myriad of life experiences not just ...
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What is Gross Pay vs. Net Pay and How to Calculate

As an independent professional it’s important to understand key financial terms. There will be a financial component to every part of your job, from the beginning of a project when ...
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Meet Robert Casper – U.S. Navy Commander to Independent Veteran Business Owner

Behind every successful veteran business owner is a story. Today, we share the story of Robert Casper, a veteran Navy Commander who today operates in the healthcare industry as an operations and strategy consultant.   Robert Casper is a ...
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3 Business Benefits of a Contractor Compliance Program

A comprehensive compliance program is important for any business that uses independent contractor talent. A compliance program serves to minimize a company’s exposure to misclassification liability. By law, independent contractors ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 10, 2020

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 ...
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Hiring Independent Contractors: 5 Common Concerns and How to Overcome Them

Engaging independent contractors for the first time may feel like navigating completely new territory. You might have fears about the quality of the final product, what it’ll cost, or the ...
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5 Ways to Build a Strong Client-Contractor Relationship

Three components to a successful project are communication, clarity, and honesty. These important qualities build respect, trust, and confidence between employers and employees, and the same principles can be applied ...
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What is Net Salary: Definition and How to Calculate

If you’re considering starting a small business, you are probably encountering many new financial terms as you begin to set your bill rate and put systems in place for tracking ...
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4 Strategies to Reduce Misclassification Risk

Traditional employment is changing. 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 ...
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How Introverts Can Succeed in Consulting

What personality traits come to mind when you think of a successful independent consultant? Outgoing? Social? Extroverted? While those who are naturally inclined to networking and interacting with others may be ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 2, 2020

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 ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: October, 2020

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 ...
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How to Turn Your Independent Workforce into a Competitive Advantage

In our quickly changing workforce environment, organizations are realizing the increasing importance the independent workforce can play in their workforce strategies. Independent talent can help enterprises increase their organizational agility, ...
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Independent Professionals: Who They Are and What is Important to Them

What is the Independent Workforce? The independent workforce is comprised of 41 million people who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This fast-growing population includes all age ranges, genders, skill ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 26, 2020

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 ...
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6 Rights of 1099 Contractors

Worker misclassification is a frequent topic in the headlines—lawsuits involving Uber, FedEx, Grubhub, and Citigroup, just to name a few. While an increased focus on the rights of independent workers ...
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9 Basic Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

Starting a small business is both exciting and challenging. After determining your services and target market and writing a business plan or roadmap, you will want to understand the legal requirements ...
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4 Steps to Hiring the Right Independent Professional

Work needs to get done, and there’s no time to waste. You need to find a savvy, highly-skilled independent professional who respects a strict budget and has the specific expertise ...
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5 Ways to Build a Personal Brand for Small Business

Branding is integral to 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 ...
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5 Ways to Attract Skilled Independent Talent to Your Business

More than 80% of independent professionals say they have some or a lot of choice in picking their clients. Independent talent can fill in-demand roles with skills like specialized management ...
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3 Key Factors of Classification Compliance

Self-employment is now a viable career option for more people than ever before. Enterprises need the flexibility independent contractors can provide and their skillsets are in high demand. Independent talent ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 19, 2020

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 ...
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How to Create a Self Employed Resume

Maintaining an updated resume may seem like an unnecessary—and somewhat daunting—task when you are your own boss. But as an independent professional, having a resume on hand can help boost ...
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How to Access, Engage, and Manage Your Independent Workforce

When you decide to incorporate independent talent into your workforce, there are many steps involved. First, enterprise managers must find the right talent to fit their needs. Next, those independent ...
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3 Benefits of Working with Big Clients as a Consultant

Why Work with Larger Companies? Big companies can afford to spend big money with small businesses, but pitching your services to a large enterprise can be daunting. However, if you ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 12, 2020

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 ...
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3 Risk Management Strategies for Contractor Engagement

Whether your business is currently using or considering using independent talent, it is important to keep compliance in mind. Properly managing independent contractors is quite different than maintaining a workforce ...
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How to Increase Direct Sourcing Program Adoption

If your company engages independent talent as part of your workforce, you’ve probably heard other enterprises talking about how to use direct sourcing as a way to find and engage ...
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How to Create a Contingent Workforce Management Program

Many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent. As the demand for independent talent grows, enterprises are bypassing third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms for recruiting ...
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What is a Talent Network?

Online marketplaces or platforms are an increasingly popular way for enterprises to directly access independent professional talent. Independent contractors themselves are also taking to these platforms, with 29% reporting that ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 5, 2020

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 ...
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Challenges Independent Contractors Face and How to Overcome Them: Planning for Retirement

Planning for retirement is a challenge for many independent professionals. As a typical employee, you can rely on your employer to provide 401(k) plans or other options to help prepare ...
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What is Worker Misclassification?

Organizations are increasingly incorporating independent professional talent into their workforce, more high-profile lawsuits have been in the news—throwing the issue of worker misclassification into the spotlight. But what is worker ...
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What California’s AB2257 Means for Independent Contractors

California recently enacted AB2257, a statute to amend AB5, a law that was effective January 1, 2020 and made the ABC test the principal test for determining if a worker ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: September, 2020

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 ...
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Tips For a Successful Zoom Virtual Meeting: Chats, Polls & More!

Last week, in part 1 of our two-part article on Zoom meetings for independent professionals and small business owners, we shared how to schedule and personalize the settings for your ...
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3 Cost Savings of Direct Sourcing

Our workforce ecosystem today is more diverse than ever before. Companies are increasingly shaping their workforce strategy around the expanding independent workforce, finding not only financial benefits, but also value ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 28, 2020

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 ...
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10 Ways Independent Consultants Can Wow Their Clients

Every interaction you have with your clients slowly informs and builds your relationship. In order to create the positive experiences needed to be successful in your field, you must provide ...
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How Much Does it Cost to Start a Small Business in 2020?

Whether you’re tired of a corporate work environment, eager to launch an innovative business venture, or simply ready to be your own boss, there are many attractive benefits to starting ...
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3 Ways to Calculate Your Billing Rate for Consulting Services

As a self-employed professional deciding how much to charge for your services can be challenging. Your rate can be as high as what a client is willing to pay—but finding ...
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How to Transition from Full Time Worker to Self Employed: 9 Steps

Why Become Self-Employed? Work today looks very different than it did just a few years ago. There are many options for pursuing your passion, work is often completed in defined ...
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How to Achieve Corporate Agility by Leveraging Independent Talent

Enterprises today are increasingly conducting work in project-based workflows using a workforce composed of full-time, independent, and offshore talent. In the midst of COVID-19, organizations are having to be more ...
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10 Low Cost Small Business Marketing Strategies that Work

Even the most well-run company with outstanding services doesn’t count for much if people don’t have a way to find out about it. As an independent contractor, marketing your business ...
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5 Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are not only a valuable source of talent for businesses, but the growth of the independent workforce also made it easier for businesses to compliantly engage independent workers ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 21, 2020

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 ...
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3 Best Practices for Independent Contractor Engagement

Organizations today are turning to independent contractors as valuable talent to supplement their workforce and achieve business objectives. More than 41 million Americans work independently, and this group has contributed more ...
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5 Tips for Setting Up a Successful Zoom Meeting

You have your guest list, you have your agenda, and you’ve made your presentation. And, since meetings have gone virtual thanks to COVID-19, the ‘new’ conference room is the Zoom ...
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Recruiting Contractors: Staffing Agency vs Job Marketplace

41 million Americans are currently work as independent professionals, more organizations than ever before are taking advantage of this flexible pool of talent. In the past, companies may have relied on ...
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Challenges Independent Contractors Face and How to Overcome Them: Billing

Billing clients is an important part of your job as an independent professional. Without a good system in place to track your hours and bill your clients, the financial side ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 14, 2020

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 ...
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How to Build a Budget for Independent Workforce Management

The independent workforce is a great source of talent for enterprises looking for in-demand skill sets, specialized expertise, and valuable external perspectives, while keeping their base of employees focused on ...
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5 Tips for Creating Sustainable Business Growth

In order to set yourself apart and remain competitive in your industry, it’s important to keep your skills and knowledge current. Expanding your education and expertise can help you can land ...
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5 Better Ways to Engage Top Talent

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, companies are settling into new ways of managing their workforce. Many are relying more heavily on contingent workers, a pool of talent that has ...
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Consulting Proposal Template and Guide

Starting a new business or landing a new client often begins with writing a proposal. Mastering the details of how and when to deliver a proposal to a potential client ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 7, 2020

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 ...
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15 Best Practices for Classifying Workers and Avoiding an Audit

Worker misclassification may often seem like a far-off concept—something that only happens to very large companies that you read about in the news. After all, does the government really care ...
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Independent Contractor vs Employee: Which Should I Hire?

In our modern workforce, there are many options for finding and engaging talent. You can hire temporary workers to fill a seasonal or short-term need, full-time employees to support core organizational goals, ...
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6 Ways to Sell Better and Get More Consulting Clients

As an independent professional you have a lot of additional responsibilities; not only must you deliver quality work, you have to find it as well. Winning new contracts takes more ...
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How to Create a Small Business Growth Strategy

What is the ideal time to grow your business? It can be hard to tell. There are many internal and external factors to consider when making this important decision. Perhaps ...
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Background Checks for Independent Contractors in the Wake of COVID-19: 4 Areas to Consider Moving Forward

When we consider the multitude of complications that were anticipated as a result of the COVID pandemic, few professionals would have called out the challenges of conducting background checks as ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 31, 2020

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 ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: August, 2020

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 ...
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Should I Hire a Contractor or Employee? 6 Questions to Ask

From significant financial savings and staffing flexibility, to access to specialized skills and expertise, organizations can realize many benefits from engaging independent contractors. Independent talent can be a great way ...
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How to Improve Your Client Retention Strategy

Retaining clients you enjoy working with is not only great for the financial side of your business, it makes your day-to-day job easier as well. When you have a consistent ...
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Webinar Recap: Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands

In our August 20th webinar, Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands, MBO's Chief Talent Officer Amy O'Donnell and special guest ...
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How to Deal With Difficult Clients

Managing relationships with your clients can be one most difficult aspects of transitioning to the independent workforce. Even if you are a seasoned independent professional, you may find yourself in ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 24, 2020

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 ...
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How to Give a Great Business Presentation

What makes a business presentation successful? Communication is one of the most powerful weapons in your professional arsenal. Communication can come in many different forms, from professional writing to networking conversations. ...
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Top 4 Reasons Companies Use Independent Professionals

The workforce ecosystem of today is more diverse than ever before. Enterprises are building dynamic workforces with a mix of salaried employees and contract or freelance talent. And the contingent ...
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The Difference Between Customer Loyalty and Customer Retention

As an independent professional, you’ll quickly learn that a key to sustained business growth is retaining a pool of reliable, loyal clients. Finding and acquiring new clients requires a big ...
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S Corp Advantages and Disadvantages for Small Business

Choosing the right business structure for your company is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as an independent professional. There are many options for independents, each with different taxes, paperwork, ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 17, 2020

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 ...
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3 Ways to Mitigate Compliance Risk When Hiring Independent Contractors

More than 41 million Americans are currently working independently on a full- or part-time basis and we predict that by 2027, more than half of the workforce will be, or ...
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7 Popular Industries for Consultant Jobs

Building a successful business is not only dependent on having great service offerings—you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work. If you’re considering going independent, one big ...
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Tax Implications of Becoming an Independent Contractor: What You Need to Know

If you’re ready to take the leap and start your career as an independent professional, there are a few key steps to take to build a successful business. Understanding the ...
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Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands

Building Your Online Presence Session #3 Virtual Event: Register here! August 20, 2020 at 2 PM EDT Speaker: Amy O'Donnell, Chief Talent Officer, MBO Partners. Join Chief Talent Officer Amy ...
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August 20 Webinar: Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands

Join Chief Talent Officer Amy O’Donnell and special guest Vincent Valle, KPMG's Associate Director of Independent Contractor Recruiting, in a Q&A style event where they will share insights about what recruiters are ...
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Planning for Parental Leave as an Independent Contractor

When you run your own business, taking parental leave can be a scary prospect. Without set guidelines or a reliable paycheck, having to budget for time off, set expectations with ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 10, 2020

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 ...
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Four Ways to Minimize Worker Misclassification

When engaging independent contractors, worker misclassification is an inherent risk. Businesses today must decide how to handle differing worker classification laws from federal, state, and local government agencies. Because laws ...
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3 Levels of Contractor Compliance

On-demand talent bring a competitive advantage, reduced cost, and unique skills to the market. Independent professionals are an economic force that is continuing to grow and thrive, and many enterprises ...
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4 Marketing Strategies to Build a Small Business Brand

When you run your own business, it is important to present yourself in a professional way in order to attract the clients and projects you want. Much of this comes ...
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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

Landing new clients and retaining existing clients is an essential part of your business as an independent professional. But in a field full of talented individuals, it can be difficult ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 3, 2020

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 ...
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Masterclass Recap: James Rosebush & the Art of Public Speaking

In our July 30 Masterclass, Winning Your Audience: Expert Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking, eminent leader, advisor and best-selling author James Rosebush shared tips and strategies on how to ...
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10 Strategies to Reduce Contractor Compliance Risk

Understanding how to properly engage and manage independent contractors is critical for the modern business. If you suspect that your company’s independent contractor engagement practices heighten your risk profile, it’s ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: July, 2020

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 ...
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3 Ways to Build Thought Leadership as a Consultant

You're already an expert in your field, but are you a thought leader? That's a question every successful or aspiring small business should ask. Marketing is changing along with the ...
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When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?

Today, organizations have many different approaches to building their workforce. Traditionally, businesses relied on a base of full-time employees, perhaps supplemented by temporary workers to fill seasonal or short-term needs. ...
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3 Consulting Agreement Templates and Contracts Guide

Why a consulting agreement is important It is important for the modern independent consultant to realize that we live in an age where people within client organizations change quickly. Without ...
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5 Reasons to Hire Independent Contractors

In America today, there are 41 million independent workers. This growing workforce has increasingly become a vital source of talent for businesses. As we shift towards project-based economy and as ...
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How to Communicate Effectively with Clients

Clients are the glue that hold small businesses together. Your success and growth as an independent professional is entirely dependent on the relationships you build with your clients. One of ...
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5 Tips for Effectively Marketing Your Small Business on Twitter

One of the gest ways to reach your target audience and connect with future clients is through social media. However, in order to be effective on these platforms, you’ll need ...
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Webinar Recap: Growing Beyond Your Network – Marketing Your Skills and Brand as an Independent Consultant

In our July 16 webinar, Growing Beyond Your Network: Marketing Your Skills and Brand as an Independent Consultant, MBO's Chief Talent Officer Amy O'Donnell shared tips and tricks to market ...
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How to Get Your First Consulting Client: 6 Steps

If you are just starting out on your self-employed career track, the most important first step is finding and getting clients. That begins with knowing how to promote and grow your ...
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How to Become a Self Employed Consultant: 5 Steps to Starting Right

Is going independent and starting your own business a dream of yours? While becoming an independent contractor may sound great, you might not feel 100% ready just quite yet. Being ...
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Top 10 Tips for Career Transition in The Time of Covid-19

In these challenging times executives are suddenly being forced to prepare for an unwanted career transition. Others have been planning a departure to retirement, or second career self-employment, for years. ...
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10 Actions to Take This Summer to Drive Business Success in 2021

There are many euphemisms for the current corporate climate, from “business unusual” to “a new normal.” Suffice to say, normal implies a state of stasis that today’s business leaders should ...
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How to Source Consultants for Projects

There are many reasons leading enterprises are choosing to supplement their workforce with independent professional talent. Independents provide in-demand skills and flexibility that allow organizations to work on a project-by-project ...
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8 Ways to Simplify Independent Contractor Engagement

While navigating the risk of worker misclassification can be daunting, independent contractor engagement doesn’t have to be complicated. As the use of independent talent becomes more mainstream, so has the ...
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Retirement Planning Tips For Self Employed Professionals

As an independent professional, you love what you do, but looking forward towards the end of your career you won’t be running your business on a full-time basis forever. More ...
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Increase Adoption of Contingent Workforce Management Policies

Independent professionals are a valuable resource to many organizations today. This component of your total workforce can bring in much-needed expertise, best practices, and delivery capabilities. However, that value can ...
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How to Break Away from the Corporate Employment Model as an Independent Professional

Going out on your own and starting a solo business can be both intimidating and daunting. When transitioning to self-employment, you’re leaving behind the safety net you had as an ...
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4 Contingent Workforce Engagement Strategies

Over the past several years, the independent contractor-client relationship has seen some dramatic shifts. In order to attract and retain top talent form a pool of 41 million Americans who ...
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How to Write a Consultant Job Description: 4 Tips

There are many factors to consider when looking for independent talent to incorporate into your workforce. If you are engaging independent contractors for the first time, you may be facing ...
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The Costs of Independent Contractor Engagement

Many organizations today recognize that the independent workforce is an increasingly essential part of their talent ecosystems. But order to realize cost savings from this valuable pool of talent, businesses ...
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When and How Independent Professionals Should Offer Discounts

If you’re looking for a way to boost your business, you may have considered offering a discount on your services. After all, what’s more enticing to customers than a good ...
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A Mid-Year Check-in for Enterprise Organizations Regarding the Future of Work

This Independence Day holiday is unlike any other we have seen in the past century. For senior executives responsible for hiring and employee management, it’s an especially trying time. For ...
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5 Key Tips for Blog Writing on Social Media

While a blog is often considered to be part of content marketing, they are also interactive and highly sharable, placing them firmly in the social media category. Business blogging, however, ...
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Self-Care and the Independent Consultant

A 6-Part Health and Well-Being Check for 2020 This July 4th holiday weekend is unlike any other we have seen in the past century. The health and wellness of our ...
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7 Predictions for the Future of Work

Exclusive Excerpt from "The End of Jobs: the Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations" by Gene Zaino Zaino with his new granddaughter, Abigail. The book chapter is structured as ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 2020

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 ...
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10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

There are plenty of perks to working as an independent professional: freedom, flexibility, control over your work, the ability to pursue your passion, and the option to work from anywhere ...
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Setting a Budget for Small Busines: Saving vs Spending

As you pursue your career as an independent professional, you’ll quickly discover that your success is tied to the business decisions you make. What you choose to do with your ...
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The Importance of Fostering a Community of Independent Talent

Our workforce landscape is quickly changing and adapting, due in many ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations are allowing for remote working arrangements and as cities begin to reopen, ...
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Solo 401k for Self Employed and Small Businesses

The challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern among self-employed professionals, even as you enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers. At a ...
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How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

If the words “performance review” spark dread or anxiety, you’re not alone. In the traditional world of work, performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. ...
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5 Tips to Write Like a Marketer and Build Your Business

What you write can change how people understand, view, and act on a certain topic. Writing conveys passion, enthusiasm, interest, intrigue, and critical information that can help people make better ...
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Webinar Recap: Building an Agile Workforce in a Post-COVID World

In our June 17 webinar, Building an Agile Workforce in a Post-COVID World, Miles Everson, CEO of MBO Partners, and Bryan Peña, Chief of Market Strategy, shared the latest thought ...
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Webinar Recap: Achieving Organizational Success in a Post-COVID Workplace

In our June 16 webinar, Achieving Organizational Success in a Post-COVID Workplace, change management expert and MBO Advantage member Kenneth Schlechter was joined by MBO's Chief of Market Strategy Bryan ...
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Three Benefits of Direct Sourcing in the Wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s far from business as usual for organizations across the world. The majority of people who are able to work remotely are doing ...
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How to Be More Productive Working from Home

As an independent professional, you have the major benefit of the ability to conduct business from your own home. By eliminating a daily office commute, you not only save gas ...
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How to Avoid Independent Contractor Reclassification

Enterprise managers today face a changing workforce landscape. They are increasingly called on to manage traditional on-site workers, remote workers, temporary workers, and independent contractors. Due to the wide variety ...
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Webinar Recap: Developing and Marketing Your Online Presence as an Independent Consultant

In our June 11 webinar, Developing and Marketing Your Online Presence, MBO's own Amy O'Donnell shared tips and tricks on how independent professionals can shape and enhance their digital presence. ...
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What is Small Business Credit and Why is it Important?

Building business credit is an important part of growing a company as an independent professional. Even if you are bootstrapping your way through the early stages of your independent business—or have funds ...
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The Accelerating Rate of Change in Today’s Business World

In today’s ever-shifting world of work, independent talent play an increasingly important role. Freelancers, contractors, consultants, temporary workers and more support companies by providing access to in-demand skills, driving organizational ...
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What to Know Before Hiring through a Freelance Marketplace

Why Hire Through a Freelance Marketplace? If your organization is not already using a marketplace to source independent professionals, you may be missing out on great talent. Freelance marketplaces—online platforms ...
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Gross vs Net Income: Definitions and How to Calculate

What is the difference between gross income and net income? Gross income is the total amount you earn and net income is your actual business profit after expenses and allowable ...
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How to Stay Motivated When You Work from Home

Striking out on your own and going independent is many people’s dream come true. You get to set your own hours, work where you like, and be your own boss. However, ...
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What is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act and What Does it Mean for Independent Contractors and Small Business Owners?

Friday, the government signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act to make it easier for small businesses and independent workers to gain relief under the Paycheck Protection Program, ...
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3 Challenges of Creating a Successful Workforce Management Program

A growing career choice for 41 million Americans is on the rise: self-employment. Companies are also increasingly recognizing the many benefits independent talent provide and are incorporating this talent into ...
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The Role of Technology in Finding Top Independent Talent

In order to embrace the new normal of our current workforce, we must acknowledge that it demands a broader talent management plan that integrates a dynamic mix of temporary and ...
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How to Manage Independent Contractors: 3 Approaches

The Benefits of Engaging Independent Talent Studies show that the independent workforce is continuing to grow year after year—our own research finds that 42 million Americans work independently. Enterprises can benefit from ...
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Starting a Consulting Business After Retirement: 4 Tips

Even the most accomplished professionals can feel unsettled by big career changes such as retirement. But if you’re like many people who still feel like they have great work to do, ...
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4 Elements of Independent Workforce Management

Finding, engaging, and retaining skilled talent can be difficult for organizations in today’s work environment. While there may be people available and willing to work, they don’t always have the ...
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Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile as An Independent Consultant

A strong professional LinkedIn profile is a key part of marketing for any independent business. When people search for your services or name, your LinkedIn profile is going to be ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 2020

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 ...
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How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

Even with detailed preparation and a great business plan in place, it can be hard to make headway with your independent business if people don’t know who you are or ...
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Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

All forward-thinking organizations today are aware that the talent management landscape is changing. More and more companies today are turning to flexible workforce models, incorporating independent professional talent to supplement ...
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Webinar Recap: Boost Your Consulting Revenue with an Executive Coach

Our May 19 webinar, Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate your Independent Consulting Revenue, offered numerous tips and insights on how, when, and why an executive coach might help you ...
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Retirement Options: SEP IRA for Self Employed Professionals

As a self-employed professional, you enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers. However, the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a ...
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Five Time Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, time management is a factor in your daily life. But spending your time efficiently and effectively is often more easily said than done, especially if ...
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Barriers to Building an Effective Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Many organizations today engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy. These companies stand to greatly benefit from a centralized ...
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Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

As an independent professional, one of the most essential skills you can develop is the ability to negotiate business deals. If handled correctly, negotiations can solidify client relationships, set your project ...
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How to Increase Organic Traffic to a Small Business Website

Although a website can have many different goals, for most people, it is a lead generation tool. New leads can come to your website in three ways: referrals from other ...
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5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

Today, more than ever before, the independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent. Independent contractors provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer ...
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How Enterprise Organizations Can Benefit from Engaging an Executive Coach for their Workforce

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips for ...
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Becoming a Client of Choice: Understanding What Drives the Modern Independent Professional

The modern work environment a dynamic, evolving landscape. As more people choose to forgo traditional employment in favor of working as independent consultants, freelancers, or contractors, organizations are shifting their ...
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Independent Contractor vs Employee vs Temp

Organizations today have many different options to fill talent needs. Temporary employees can fill seasonal or short-term needs, full-time employees support core business functions, and independent contractors can be engaged ...
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Achieve Workforce Agility by Engaging Independent Contractors

The independent workforce continues to steadily increase year after year, and is quickly becoming an indispensable source of talent for business. More than 40% of workers in the U.S. are now employed in ...
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10 Must-Have Marketing Tools for Small Business

In order to create a brand identity, drive a steady flow of projects, and spread the word about your services you need to effectively market your business. As an independent professional, ...
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10 Ways to Take Advantage of Down Time as a Small Business Owner or Independent Consultant

While the goal of any small business owner is a full project pipeline with continuous work, sometimes you may have a little more time on your hands.  Staying productive when ...
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3 Mistakes an Executive Coach Can Help You Avoid

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from ...
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9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

Properly managing business expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy for an independent contractor. As a business-of-one, you will likely incur fixed costs that can’t ...
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Scope of Work SOW Template for Consulting Services

A Scope of Work (SOW) is a formal document that captures and defines the tasks, activities, deliverables, and timeline an independent professional will execute for a client project. A SOW is ...
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5 Benefits of Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Many organizations are turning away from traditional hiring models and towards new options to find and manage talent. This strategy takes the form of sourcing from today’s valuable talent pool ...
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4 Self-Care Tips to Practice When Working Remotely

While there are many benefits to working from home—minimal cost of setup, no commute to the office, a flexible daily schedule—it doesn’t come without its challenges. There are distractions around ...
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How and When to Raise Your Rates for Consulting

Are you at are at a point in your career where you have years of experience, produce high-quality work that is backed by client recommendations, and provide services that are ...
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Finding True Motivation: Consultant Alicia Dara’s Independent Success Story

Alicia Dara never thought she’d be where she is today: a public speech and presentation coach with almost 25 years of experience in business for herself. She started out studying ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 2020

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 ...
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5 Client Etiquette Rules to Follow When Working from Home

There are many factors that influence a productive home office environment. Creating a defined work space. Developing a daily routine that minimizes outside distractions. Finding ways to balance personal and ...
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6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Companies today have unprecedented access to a pool of more than 41 million independent professionals. And that talent comes in more shapes and sizes than ever before—contractors, consultants, freelancers, side ...
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3 Signs an Executive Coach Can Benefit Your Independent Business

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from ...
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How to Find and Keep Top Independent Professional Talent

For many leading organizations, independent professionals are a growing part of the workforce. Independent talent offer companies the ability to bring a valuable set of skills to a project for ...
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Post COVID-19 Workforce Trends: What a New Normal Might Look Like

There have been non-stop updates about our current status here in the U.S. and globally over the past couple of weeks— both from a health and economic perspective. However, I’d ...
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4 Tips for Managing Contractors

Once you have identified and engaged an independent contractor, ensuring a successful working relationship is the next important step. Managing an independent professional is significantly different than supervising a workforce ...
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How to Start a Successful Consulting Business

More than 41 million Americans work independently as consultants, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, and more. If you’re working independently and are thinking of pursuing your endeavor fulltime, you’re not alone. Full-time ...
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Four Forces Key to a Modern Business Model

It's no secret that the world of work as we know it is changing. The current COVID-19 situation has certainly exacerbated problems, but it has also brought opportunity. Opportunity to ...
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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Managing Remote Workers

As remote work becomes more common, many enterprise managers are finding the need to shift their mindset and policies to align with a virtual work environment. There are many benefits ...
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5 Lead Generation Tips for Independent Contractors

Leads are an essential component to every independent professional’s business. Whether you find leads through referrals, online marketing, or even cold calling, they are necessary to keep your business healthy and growing. ...
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What is Workforce Optimization and Why Does It Matter?

Today’s organizations are struggling to do more with less in the face of COVID-19. In response to this widespread challenge, forward-thinking companies are leveraging new technologies and experimenting with modes ...
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4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who typically pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020 have been extended ...
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Communication through Crisis: Keeping Project Management Effective in the Wake of COVID-19

In today’s post, Ken Schlechter, change and compliance management expert and owner of Kenneth Michael Consulting Services, LLC, shares insights from more than three decades of experience with companies like ...
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Incorporating More Flexibility into Your Independent Lifestyle

The vast majority of independent professionals pursue their path because of the choice and control it offers them. In fact, the top reasons workers say they decided to become an ...
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5 Reasons NOT to Hire An Executive Coach

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips ...
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How to Maintain Communication and Connection When Working from Home

Working remotely comes with many great benefits. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of the workforce operates out of a home office at least one day per week. When working from ...
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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Contractor Management

The modern workforce is continuing to move away from traditional employment and towards an independent contracting model. As this trend continues, your company is likely to tap into this valuable ...
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5 Tips for Managing a Small Business from a Home Office

Managing your independent business from a home office offers a lot of flexibility and the opportunity to save on many traditional costs. You’re able to scale up or down as ...
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Health Insurance Options for Independent Consultants

As an independent professional, cutting ties with the constraints of a corporate workplace can also mean losing some of the perks—including health insurance benefits that many employers offer. However, this ...
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Independent Contractor Classification: How to Stay Compliant

As organizations incorporate more independent contractors as a part of their workforce, it is important to also adjust policies and practices to ensure all contractors are engaged compliantly. Worker misclassification ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 6, 2020

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 ...
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How to Stay Productive When Working Remotely

Flexibility in where and how you work is one of the major benefits of independent work, but it can also be a challenge. Even if you have a great home ...
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What is the CARES Act, and what does it mean for Enterprises?

In this exclusive webinar, Gene Zaino, MBO Partners founder and executive chairman, Miles Everson, MBO Partners CEO discussed key benefits of the CARES Act and how employers can take advantage ...
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Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

Re-engaging independent talent can save your business both time and money. When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client ...
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How to Work with a Virtual Assistant

As a small business owner, you’ve likely encountered moments when you feel overworked, stressed, or struggle to stay on top of your workload. Trying to grow a business is hard ...
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How Independents Can Access CARES Act Benefits

Congress has approved and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to provide liquidity for the American ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 2020

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 ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 30, 2020

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 ...
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The CARES Act: What it Means for Self-Employed, Freelancers, Independent Workers

The information provided in the MBO Blog does not constitute legal, tax or financial advice. It does not take into account your particular circumstances, objectives, legal and financial situation or ...
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Webinar Recap “MBO Manager Hack: An Interactive Session”

Direct Sourcing Hacks  MBO Partners is hosting a monthly “quick hit” webinar series for engagement managers about how to hack the direct sourcing process to make it easier and faster for them to ...
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3 Ways to Make Direct Sourcing Part of Your Workforce Management Strategy

If recruiters and enterprise managers at your organization are having a hard time finding talent with the skills they need, you are not alone. Well over half of large organizations ...
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How to Build Strong Relationships When Managing Remote Workers

Most independent professionals work remotely—it’s part of the appeal of pursuing an independent career. But managing remote workers isn’t always easy to do. Tracking deliverables, building teams, and forming relationships ...
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3 Proven Client Retention Strategies for Small Business

When you run your own company, you are the face of your business on a daily basis. That require finding ways to keep your clients coming back so you maintain ...
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How to Set Your Small Business up for Success

Embarking on a career as an independent professional can be equal parts excitement and nerves. Starting your own business requires a lot of planning and forethought—and those requirements do not ...
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5 Results an Executive Career Coach Can Help You Achieve

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 23, 2020

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 ...
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3 Ways to Evaluate Small Business Goals

The future of your business and its level of success comes down to each of the decisions you make, both large and small. To help ensure you’re making the right ...
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How to Boost the ROI of Your Client Meetings

As a self-employed professional, the right relationships can make or break your business. Not knowing where your next project or client is coming from can be a source of stress ...
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5 Tips for Marketing Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you’re in charge of selling your services to the world. Investing in marketing your company ensures that services will be front and center when people ...
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How to Retain Top Independent Talent

Skilled talent is in short demand these days. That means organizations are turning to external talent to fill skills gaps. Independent professionals bring flexibility, lower employment costs, and a cadre ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 16, 2020

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 ...
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Independent Work: One Size Does Not Fit All, and Now, More than Ever, It’s Time This is Understood

To say a lot has changed in the world of work in the past week would be an understatement.   Nearly every major organization in the U.S. has taken a critical ...
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Tips for Managing Remote Teams

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. More people than ever before are working remotely. In ...
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Modernizing Business Models to Manage Risk is as Old as The Dutch East India Company

Uncertainty causing boards and managements to change the business is as old as the public company itself.  If we look to history as an example, the creation of the first ...
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Managing Remote Teams: How to Work Effectively with Remote Consultants

More workers than ever before, particularly independent contractors, are choosing to work remotely. In fact, our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who ...
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How to Work with Clients Remotely

This week, MBO Partners will feature content focused on working remotely. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business ...
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Top 6 Virtual Meeting Tools for Small Business Owners

When you’re building your virtual office for an independent business, technology plays a key role in keeping your company operating smoothly. When you work remotely, one of the biggest challenges ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 9, 2020

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 ...
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Coronavirus and the Independent Workforce: Tips, Strategies & Tools for Successful Remote Work, Safety, and Preparedness

MBO Partners recognizes the growing concern about the possible spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We’d like to take this time to address some additional risk mitigation activities that independent professionals can ...
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How to Avoid an Misclassification Audit

Today, there is a growing awareness of independent contractor rights, high-profile employee misclassification lawsuits, heightened scrutiny from government agencies, and more frequent use of independent contractors. These changes have led to an increase ...
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How to Find the Right Consulting Project

As more people turn to independent work, there are an increasing number of resources available to find work. While it can be great to have a lot of options to ...
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Consulting Fees: Hourly vs Fixed Price Billing

Deciding what to charge for your services can have a big impact on how you structure and build your business. You don’t want to charge too much, in order to ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 2, 2020

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 ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February, 2020

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 ...
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How to Sell Your Consulting Services

Selling your consulting services is a big part of your job as an independent professional. If that sounds like something that doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry. Finding work ...
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5 Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Small Business

Operating as an independent professional means you are in the business of marketing yourself. As a business of one, you’ll face a lot of competition, and time and resources aren’t ...
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How to Get My Consulting Business Past the Start Up Phase

All small businesses go through a startup phase. This point in your business growth is important; it gives you the opportunity to develop an idea or passion into a functioning ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 24, 2020

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 ...
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Types of Benefits for Self Employed Professionals

One of the big differences between being an employee and an independent contractor is managing your own benefits. As an independent, there’s no employer to provide you with benefit options ...
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Back Office Management Tips for Self Employed

On your journey to becoming an independent contractor, you’ll quickly learn that there’s a lot of planning involved. Initially, this planning will focus on choosing the services you will offer, ...
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How to Land Your Next Consulting Contract

If you’ve taken the leap and launched your independent career, congratulations! You’re on your way to big things, and millions of independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers are right there with you. ...
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5 Easy Ways to Scale and Grow Your Consulting Business

The independent workforce is growing both in size and ambition. The majority of independents say they plan to remain independent or even build a bigger business. Whether you’re among those planning to ...
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Tools to Build a Successful Relationship with Clients

Strong client relationships are the foundation of every successful small business. When you have a good connection with your clients, there is more opportunity for future work as well as ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 17, 2020

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 ...
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5 Ways to Prepare for Self Employment

Deciding to go out on your own and start a business is both an exciting and scary time. Going independent is a big shift from a career, financial, and mental ...
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3 HR Trends Impacting Businesses Today

Traditional hiring models are shifting—that comes as no surprise to savvy businesses. More and more, organizations are taking an integrated approach to talent management. By 2020, the number of self-employed ...
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How to Develop Thought Leadership when Self Employed

To be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to cultivate thought leadership. Creating content and finding your own voice are good first steps. However, a ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 10, 2020

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 ...
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Financial Management Terms Small Business Owners Need to Know

Managing the financial side of your business can be intimidating at first, but understanding the basics of what’s going on when it comes to your income, profit, and expenses—even if ...
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6 Ways to Build Relationships with Independent Workers

If you’ve incorporated independent talent into your workforce—or if you’re considering doing so—you’ve probably discovered the importance of building a strong foundation that supports these types of workers. Independent contractors ...
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How to Get New Clients for My Consulting Business

As an independent professional, you’re always thinking ahead to the future. Whether you’re planning how to meet your next deadline, successfully complete a deliverable, or land your next project, it ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 3, 2020

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 ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: January, 2020

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 ...
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Top 6 Financial Considerations When Starting a Small Business

When starting a small business, there are many financial considerations to take into account. Yes, defining and marketing your services is a big piece of the puzzle but in order ...
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3 Reasons Independent Contractors Are Cost-Effective

There are many benefits to incorporating independent professionals into your workforce strategy—many of which center around cost savings. Independent talent, for example, can offer staffing flexibility and access to skills ...
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What to Know Before Starting a Freelance Career

If you’re considering going independent and starting your own business, you’re not alone. More than 41 million Americans currently work as freelancers, consultants, temporary or on-call workers and the trend ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 27, 2020

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 ...
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5 Strategies for Managing a Small Business

As an independent professional, successfully managing a small business begins and ends with you. There are many aspects to managing your own company, from back-office tasks like handling finances, paying ...
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Consulting Terms Glossary: Definitions You Need to Know

As the independent workforce continues to grow and evolve, so does the vocabulary of terminology that surrounds it. Here are a few of the most commonly used and confused terms ...
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Top 5 In Demand Consulting Jobs for Entrepreneurs

The decision to pursue independent work as a consultant, freelancer, contractor, temporary, or on-call worker is no longer a novel concept. Today, 41 million Americans pursue this type of work, ...
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4 Ways the Independent Workforce Can Help Grow your Business in 2020

Today, 41 million Americans work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers. This independent workforce is a growing and powerful economic force that is shaping the way organizations accomplish ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 20, 2020

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 ...
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3 Things to Consider When Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

As more organizations incorporate contingent talent into their workforce, direct sourcing is becoming a popular way to engage these workers. Direct sourcing enables access to and connection with top independent ...
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5 Things You Need to Know about IR35

IR35 refers to a set of UK legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by independent contractors and the businesses that engage them. This shifts the responsibility of worker classification, as ...
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Independent Contractor Compliance Trends in 2020

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 ...
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What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk?

Companies today are realizing that independent talent can play a vital role in their workforce strategies. In fact, nearly 64% of senior executives say their external workforce is important or ...
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How to Network with Your Peers

There are many advantages to networking with your peers—hearing a new perspective, gaining industry advice, or obtaining an outside opinion about an idea you have, just to name a few. ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 13, 2020

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 ...
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Should Independent Professionals Use Promotional Products?

Online marketing through social media is free—and effective—which means that many cost-conscious independent professionals use platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as their primary method of reaching out to ...
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Creating an Independent Workforce Management Strategy

There are many factors involved in managing your independent workforce. Whether you work with independent contractors, freelancers or consultants, contingent workers must be engaged and managed differently than traditional employees. ...
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Improve Your Client Email Etiquette: 3 Bad Habits to Fix

More than 124 billion business emails are sent and received each day. As a small business, how do you stand out from the crowd and deliver value in the emails ...
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How to Attract and Retain Great Independent Talent

The independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent in today’s project-based economy. Independent professionals provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing ...
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