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7 Ways to Build and Maintain Strong Client Relationships

Building and maintaining strong client relationships is important for sustainable business growth.  It’s common for ...
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5 Ways to Build Strong Client/Contractor Relationships

Communication, clarity, and honesty are three key components to a successful project. These qualities build respect, trust, and confidence between employers and employees, and the same principles can be applied ...
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Increase Adoption of Contingent Workforce Management Policies

One of the most valuable resources to organizations today are independent professionals. This component of your total workforce can bring in much-needed expertise, best practices, and delivery capabilities. However, that ...
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3 Business Benefits of a Contractor Compliance Program

Any enterprise that uses independent contractor talent needs a comprehensive compliance program. A compliance program serves to minimize a company’s exposure to misclassification liability. By law, independent contractors represent a ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 20, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Books for Remote Workers

If you’re one of the many independent professionals who work remotely, you know how great the flexibility can be. The ability to personalize your work space, take ownership over how ...
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Improve Workforce Management with a Chief Freelance Officer

Freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, entrepreneurs, etc. create the independent workforce and are changing the way we view and understand work. Today, millions of Americans report working full-time providing professional ...
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Top 4 Reasons Companies Use Independent Professionals

Today’s workforce ecosystem is incredibly diverse. Enterprises are building dynamic teams with a mix of salaried employees and contract or freelance talent. And the contingent worker side of this equation ...
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3 Ways to Retain High-Quality Independent Consultants

Contingent workers 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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Community Spotlight: 1 Million Cups – A National Non-Profit Of Business Founders Giving Back To The Freelance Community

We all know starting a business can be exciting, but at times a lonely and intimidating journey. Since you are not part of typical employee organization and culture, you must ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 13, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Compliantly Engage This Growing Group of Remote Workers

Remote working has become commonplace for many organizations today, in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But while typical remote workers tend to stay in one geographic area, another ...
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#ThinkLikeABoss: The 5 Key Differences Between Searching for a New Job and Searching for Your Next Consulting Engagement

The 5 Adjustments to Make, To Maximize How Much You’re Paid as an Independent Consultant Today in the Think Like a Boss series, we’re talking about the differences between searching ...
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Why Use a Direct Sourcing Strategy for Talent Acquisition

Organizations 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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Staff Spotlight: Kelly Scogna, Financial Integration Analyst

For more than 25 years, MBO has led the charge to keep the independent economy moving forward. And now we are thrilled to give you an exclusive look at the ...
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The Cost of Worker Misclassification: Independent Contractors

As the 38-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-30% of employers misclassify their ...
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Should I Hire a Contractor or Employee? 6 Questions to Ask

By engaging independent contractors, organizations can realize many benefits—from significant financial savings and staffing flexibility, to access to specialized skills and expertise. Independent talent can be a great way to ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 6, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Hiring 1099 vs W-2 Employee: Pros and Cons

Hiring a 1099 vs a W-2 employee to meet your business needs has advantages, disadvantages and legal implications. Technological innovations, a changing employer-employee relationship, and the rise of independent workers ...
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How to Stay Organized as a Consultant

Two of the most valued benefits to being an independent contractor are the flexibility to work where want and the ability to work how you want. Whether you work out ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News August 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 30, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Self-Care Tips for Independent Professionals

Running your own business requires a lot of time and energy. And because you love what you do, it can be easy to put in hours of work without taking ...
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6 Tips for Leading a Successful Client Meeting

Seeing your time and effort pay off by finding that perfect project feels good, but nothing is finalized until a contract is signed. Whether you’re meeting with an existing client to ...
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What Does Independent Contractor Compliance Mean?

All businesses must take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations in order to operate legally. Compliance takes many forms, from preventing harassment and discrimination, to safeguarding sensitive ...
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Five Blogging Tips for Your Small Business

In order to successfully market the services you offer, you need to position yourself as an expert in your field or industry. An easy way to establish this credibility is ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 23, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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3 Ways Self Employed Track Time and Billable Hours

When you run your own business, time tracking and billing are essential parts of your job. Whether you charge clients by the hour or by the project, knowing how and ...
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4 Tips to Get Buy-In for Your Contingent Labor Program

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 provide ...
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How to Set Boundaries at Work When You’re Self Employed

When you’re self-employed, you’re probably familiar with how tricky it can be to explain to friends and family exactly what you do for a living. It can be hard for ...
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How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

You may have written a great business plan, but it can be hard to make headway with if people don’t know who you are or what services you offer. For ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 16, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Staff Spotlight: Christine Rindfleisch, Independent Business Advisor

For more than 25 years, MBO has led the charge to keep the independent economy moving forward. And now we are thrilled to give you an exclusive look at the ...
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6 Benefits to Optimizing Your Workforce

Finding the talent you need to effectively run your business is no easy feat. The modern workforce environment is increasingly trending towards remote and independent labor. Businesses that embrace this ...
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How Does Direct Sourcing Work?

Work today is an evolving landscape that is moving away from the conventional 9-to-5 employee model and towards more agile, project-based talent strategy. The independent workforce is an increasingly important ...
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5 Tips for Closing the Deal and Getting the Job

Attracting prospective clients is an essential part of your job when you run your own business. Bu marketing your services and growing your network are just the first steps. On ...
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What to Know Before Hiring 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 that connect independent contractors with projects—are ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 9, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Business Startup Costs for Skilled Independents

If you want to start your own business and already know the skills and services you want to offer to clients, congratulations—a big part of your upfront work is already ...
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4 Ways to Get New Consulting Clients

Figuring out how to land your first clients is one of the most intimidating aspects of becoming an independent professional. Visions of cold calling and repeated rejection can quickly cloud your ...
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#ThinkLikeABusinessOwner: The Surprising Skill Required to Succeed As An Independent Consultant

Today in the Think Like a Boss series, we’re talking about the most important skill that almost every independent consultant doesn’t realize they need to master. That skill is managing ...
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15 Best Practices for Classifying Workers and Avoiding an Audit

Misclassifying employees as independent contractors 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 ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 2, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News July 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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4 Ways to Prevent Burnout When You’re Self Employed

Burnout: it’s a feeling most working adults have experienced at some point in their lives—the career that was once exciting and invigorating has become a source of exhaustion, apathy, or ...
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What Are Soft Skills and Why Are They Important?

What Are Soft Skills? Soft skills, often called people skills or emotional intelligence, are defined as the ability to interact amicably with others. They are personal attributes that can affect ...
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8 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

In today’s competitive business world, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you ...
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How to Avoid Independent Contractor Reclassification

In today’s rapidly changing workforce landscape, enterprise managers face many challenges. Increasingly, they called on to manage traditional on-site workers, remote workers, temporary workers, and independent contractors. Due to the ...
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7 Ways to Build and Maintain Strong Client Relationships

Building and maintaining strong client relationships is important for sustainable business growth.  It’s common for business owners to focus their resources on gaining new business. However, you don't need to ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 26, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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CASE STUDY: A Big 4 Consulting Firm Disintermediates the Traditional Staffing Supply Chain

CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Direct Sourcing The modern workforce of many enterprises is composed of a mix of full-time, temporary, and contingent labor. In particular, independent contractors ...
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How to Write a Business Plan for Small Business: 8 Steps

There is a lot of planning and preparation required to start your own business. One of the most important steps of this process is creating a business plan. Below, we ...
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ThinkLikeABoss: How Playing The Corporate Game Can Backfire As An Independent

I crashed and burned on one of my first projects as an independent consultant. I’ll tell you the story (even though it’s embarrassing), so you can avoid repeating it in ...
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Four Ways to Minimize Worker Misclassification

Worker misclassification will always be an inherent risk when engaging independent contractors. Businesses today must decide how to handle differing worker classification laws from federal, state, and local government agencies. ...
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How to Develop a Website Strategy to Meet Your Goals

Finding and completing projects that require your expertise and skills are your primary goals as an independent professional. But no matter what field or industry you are in, you are ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 19, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Filing Independent Contractor Taxes: 4 Best Practices

Filing taxes as an independent contractor can be a tricky road to navigate. When you work as an employee, your employer is required to withhold federal income tax as well ...
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The Importance of Fostering a Community of Independent Talent

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many changes and adaptations to the way we work. Many organizations are allowing for remote working arrangements and as reopening continues, companies are adjusting how ...
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5 Upselling Tips for Consultants to Generate More Revenue

One of the most recognizable upselling questions comes from McDonald’s: “Would you like fries with that?” While independent professionals would be well advised to find a slightly more elegant approach to peaking ...
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The Role of Technology in Finding Top Independent Talent

Our current workforce demands a broad talent management plan that integrates a dynamic mix of temporary and full-time workers. A key component of this talent management plan is integrating independent ...
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Staff Spotlight: MBO Product Management Team Expands

For more than 25 years, MBO has led the charge to keep the independent economy moving forward. And now we are thrilled to give you an exclusive look at the ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 12, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How Do 1099 Contractors Get Paid?

There are a few different ways you can get paid working as an independent contractor. Typically, you will get paid either by the project or by the hour—this is determined ...
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5 Ways to Promote Your Consulting Business on Social Media

Social media marketing can produce big results for small businesses. From Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and LinkedIn, there’s a lot you can do to promote your services. The good news ...
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4 Tips for Managing Independent Contractors

Managing an independent contractor is signifcantly different than supervising a traditional W-2 employee. Independent contractors have the freedom to control where they work, when they work, and how they decide to ...
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How to Stay Productive and Avoid the Summer Slow-Down

It’s not unusual for business to slow down during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Clients are likely enjoying vacation or waiting for the fall to begin ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 6, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

The independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent for many enterprises. Independent contractors provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing flexibility, ...
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10 Self Employment Myths

Why is self-employment appealing? Being your own boss, working when and where you like, and turning your passion into a career are just a few of the perks. But people ...
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How to Get Government Contracts as a Consultant: 3 Steps

Have you ever wondered how to work with the government as an independent contractor? The federal government engages more contractors than any other organization in the world, which presents many ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News June 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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5 Ways Your Spending Habits Hinder Success as an Independent Consultant

Thinking back to my early corporate days at Accenture, I recall a time when a colleague and I wrote a business case asking the company to sponsor us to attend ...
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4 Learning Agility Skills that Will Help You Succeed

In order to stay relevant and competitive within your industry, you must be willing to adapt and change. If you’ve run your own business for a while, you already know ...
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3 Ways Business Owners and Employees Deal Differently With Time (and How to Make the Most of Yours!)

“What got you here won’t get you there.” I see it play out almost every day for myself, and the independent consultants I coach. When you think like an employee, ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 28, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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What is Net Income?

What Is Net income? Net income is the profit your business earns after expenses and allowable deductions. Why Is Net Income Important? As an independent professional, it is important to ...
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How to Overcome Barriers to Landing New Work

One of the most challenging parts of running your own business is landing new opportunities. Referrals can be a great way to gain new work, but it’s up to you to ...
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Tips for Managing Remote Teams

One of the many effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the workplace is the growth and acceptance of remote work. In fact, our research finds that 4.8 million independents ...
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How to Get Client Referrals

When potential clients hear about your qualifications directly from people they know and trust, it lends credibility to your reputation. Word-of-mouth can be a powerful marketing tool for independent contractors. However, ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 21, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Start a Small Business: Checklist

If you’re curious about starting your own business, there’s a lot to consider. When first starting out, it is important to take time and fully think thorough what running your ...
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What is a Scope of Work for Consulting Services?

What is a Scope of Work? A Scope of Work (SOW) is a document that defines how a project will be executed through specific tasks, activities, deliverables, and timelines. A ...
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4 Ways Companies Can Attract Top Independent Professionals & Become a Client of Choice

Businesses are working to adapt to the changing realities and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the many new ways they are able to reach corporate goals is ...
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How to Calculate the ROI of Hiring Independent Consultants

Independent professional talent offer organizations skilled expertise and on-demand availability. They bring many benefits to the table including an effective way to reduce costs, drive product innovation, and expand a ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 14, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Client Retention Strategies for Small Business

Growing and sustaining your business is about more than just maintaining a steady flow of work. Building strong relationships with clients and retaining the ones you work well with can ...
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Staff Spotlight: Q&A With Keaton Swett

For more than 25 years, MBO has led the charge to keep the independent economy moving forward. And now we are thrilled to give you an exclusive look at the ...
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Use our Compliance Checklist to Minimize Contractor Risk

Engaging an independent contractor is different than hiring an employee because different laws apply to each category of worker. If your organization engages independent contractors, it is important to consider ...
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How to Build Strong Relationships with Clients

There are many reasons people choose to start their own business—the chance to bring their dream idea to life, the flexibility to have control over their own work, or to ...
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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Contractor Management

As our modern workforce moves away from traditional employment and towards an independent contracting model, your company is likely to tap into this valuable talent resource soon—if it hasn’t already. ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 7, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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CASE STUDY: A Global Management and Information Technology Consulting Firm Streamlines Independent Contractor Engagement

CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Workforce Management Managing various groups of independent professionals in a streamlined, compliant manner is a difficult thing for enterprises to do without the ...
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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for My Business

Deciding how to structure your business is an important consideration, one that can carry tax and compliance implications. The best business structure for you will depend on many factors, including ...
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When Can I Classify a Worker as an Independent Contractor?

The workforce consists of a variety of workers including full-time employees, temporary workers who may fill seasonal or short-term needs, and contingent workers such as freelancers, independent contractors, or consultants. ...
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Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

When you run your own business, it is important to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself. And that means squeezing every last drop of productivity from your day. While schedules and ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 1, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News May 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

When you run your own business, 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 ...
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How to Retain Top Independent Talent

Finding skilled independent talent that meets the needs of your organization isn’t easy to do. Independent professionals bring flexibility, lower employment costs, and a cadre of talent, helping companies remain ...
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Four Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

Independent professionals are often drawn to their career path because of the ability to work when and where they like, enjoy complete control over their work, and help their business reach its ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 24, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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CASE STUDY: Big 4 Consulting Firm Updates their Approach to Independent Contractor Compliance

CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Misclassification and Compliance When enterprises engage independent contractor talent, they must take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations in order ...
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How to Take a Vacation as an Independent Professional

It’s no secret that work-life balance is important, but managing a small business comes with big responsibility, and it’s not uncommon to have to put work before play. Summer can be a ...
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Consulting Fees: How Much Should I Charge?

Pricing your services correctly is very important when you run your own business. But, as an independent professional, it’s often hard to know if you’re charging too much or too ...
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3 Things to Consider When Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Independent contractors are becoming an integral part of the workforce of many organizations and direct sourcing is a popular way to engage these workers. Direct sourcing enables access to and ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 17, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Tax Implications of Becoming an Independent Contractor: What You Need to Know

There are many benefits to choosing to work independently, and more people than ever before are interested in pursuing this line of work. In 2020, 16% of non-independents said they ...
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9 Signs of Increased Employee Misclassification Risk

Worker Misclassification Risk is Increasing Worker misclassification and independent contractor compliance have long been high stakes issues for businesses, but legislation, high-profile cases, pressure from organized labor, and heightened scrutiny from ...
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Should I Hire a Consultant? 10 Myths

If your business decides to engage independent contractor talent, a lot of questions will likely arise—especially if this is new territory for your company. There are many common misconceptions about the ...
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4 Powerful Offline Marketing Strategies for Small Business

There are many ways to market yourself for free online as a small businesses or independent professional. And with good reason—the Internet is a great leveler, giving every business, large ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 10, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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CASE STUDY: Big 4 Consulting Firm Expands International Capabilities

CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Misclassification and Compliance Any organization that engages independent contractors should have a general understanding of the importance of compliance. Having the right measures ...
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7 Popular Industries for Consultant Jobs

In order to build a successful business, you not only need to have great service offerings, you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work. If you’re considering ...
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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

An essential part of your business as an independent contractor is landing new clients and retaining existing clients. But in a field full of talented individuals, it can be difficult ...
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6 Ways to Build a Virtual Talent Pool

Independent contractors provide enterprises with unique access to specialized, industry-specific skills, and are a valuable alternative to investing in a full-time resource. Building a virtual talent pool is quickly becoming ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 3, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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How to Define and Communicate Your Expertise

If you’ve started a company before, you’ve probably taken a broad approach to creating your business plan, tried to cover a wide range of services, or revised the direction of ...
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Independent Contractor vs Employee: 10 Differences

What is the difference between independent contractors vs employees? There are actually many nuances and exceptions in the governing laws, tests, and definitions of these two types of workers. With ...
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3 Ways to Build Small Business Credit

Cash flow can make or break your small business. From finding start-up funding to procuring the capital needed to sustain growth, cash is necessary to keep your company up and ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 26, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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4 Ways to Create Long Term Value for Your Clients

Building lasting client relationships goes beyond simply providing advice and strategic direction. Long-term value for clients isn’t measured by how well or how efficiently you complete a project, but rather by how ...
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CASE STUDY: Managed Healthcare Company Streamlines Independent Contractor Migration for New Acquisitions

Vertical: Healthcare | Type: Workforce Management Independent professionals today are increasingly self-assured in the value they bring to the table. In fact, among independents who make more than $100,000 annually, ...
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What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk?

Independent talent are playing a vital role in the workforce strategies of modern organizations. But in order for this talent pool to give your company a competitive advantage and help ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 19, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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6 Ways to Jump-Start Small Business Growth

When you run an independent business, you have a seemingly endless list of responsibilities—from client meetings, marketing, and project management to tax filing and invoicing. Planning for the future is ...
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CASE STUDY: Mid-Size American Bank with Locations Across the US Optimizes their Workforce through Direct Sourcing

CASE STUDY Vertical: Financial Services | Type: Workforce Management Organizations that engage independent professionals as part of their workforce are increasingly doing so via direct sourcing. By identifying candidates for ...
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Talent Management through Strategic Sourcing

Year after year, leadership and executive teams from all industries have faced the same pressing question: how do you source skilled talent? When seeking highly-skilled specialists and subject-matter experts, the ...
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6 Ways to Build and Manage Your Talent Pool

Building a deep bench of talent is a key component of best-in-class organizations. Yet many companies today continue to rely on traditional methods without taking the current workforce landscape into ...
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Meet Tasha- Founder of Twenty39 and Speaker at the Women in IT Summit 2021 on Accelerated Tech Digital Adoption and Change

The MBO Advantage team sat down with Tasha Jones, president of Twenty39, to speak with her about her ideas about advancing diversity in tech, and about her thought leadership on ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 12, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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3 Reasons to Use a Written Contract for Consultants

Why Should You Use a Written Contract When Engaging Independent Talent? If your business decides to engage the services of an independent contractor, it can be tempting to review the ...
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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

When you run your own business, finding a way to grow and take on all the work you want to complete can be a challenge. Teaming up with another independent ...
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The Impact of Women in the Independent Workforce

Historically, pursuing a career as an independent professional has been a big draw for women. In 2018, nearly 20 million—47%—of independent workers were women. Working independently provides the flexibility to ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 5, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Benefits of Professional Certifications

A continuous thirst for knowledge is a key element in building a growing, thriving business. And although continuing education and certification programs can be an investment of time and resources, ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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Defining the Human Capital Market: How it’s Similar to the Financial Market

Understanding the dynamics of the marketplace is helpful for any business seeking to develop strategies to maximize the value of independent contractors. To help describe the “human capital” market, a ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 29, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Billing Tips for Contractor Invoicing

One of the most important tasks you’ll take on as an independent contractor is tracking and billing your time. Whatever billing method you choose, you’ll want to present a reputable, ...
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CASE STUDY: Leading Cloud-Based Software Company Takes Workforce Optimization to the Next Level

CASE STUDY Vertical: Technology | Type: Workforce Management Many businesses today are embracing an increasingly independent labor force that is a strategic mix of full-time, independent, and offshore talent. A ...
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6 Steps to Successfully Onboard a New Client

You are ready to get to work on a new project: you’ve negotiated your contract and it is signed. But while a lot of the upfront hard work is over, ...
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Increase Return on Investment Using Contractors

There are a variety of dynamics and nuances at play when it comes to managing the lifecycle of independent talent. But there three components that all investments share: Acquisition, Enablement, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 22, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How Do Organizations Create a Virtual Talent Bench?

A virtual talent bench—a group of independent talent who have already performed all onboarding steps prior to a role being offered—can help organizations remain flexible and competitive. Establishing a group ...
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6 Ways to Build Relationships with Independent Workers

Some of the most effective workforces today consist of a mix of full-time and contingent labor. If your organization has already incorporated independent talent into your workforce, you’ve likely discovered ...
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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

When you run your own business, who you know can be equally important as what you know. To ensure a steady flow of projects, it’s important to build and maintain ...
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Webinar Recap: Bringing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to the Future of Work

Did you miss the latest MBO’s Future of Work roundtable discussion? On March 11, the series continued with the discussion: Brining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the Future of work. ...
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5 Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption

Our workforce today includes 38.2 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including these contingent workers as part of your workforce strategy ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 15, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Write an RFP for Consulting Services: 7 Tips

Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools when it comes to finding and engaging top independent professional talent. Often, these documents are created as standardized templates that ...
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CASE STUDY: Fortune 500 Retail Company Reinvents Their Contingent Labor Compliance Program

CASE STUDY Vertical: Specialty Industries | Type: Misclassification and Compliance Compliance, at its core, takes many forms—preventing harassment and discrimination, safeguarding sensitive data, and ensuring workplace safety, just to name ...
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Webinar Recap: Should an IC Hire a Coach? Taking the Mystery Out of Executive Coaching and Why it Can Power Revenue and Success for Consultants

In our March 4th webinar, Should an IC Hire a Coach? Taking the Mystery Out of Executive Coaching and Why it Can Power Revenue and Success for Consultants, independent consultant and ...
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How to Streamline Onboarding Independent Talent

There are many dynamics at play when it comes to managing the lifecycle of independent talent. This lifecycle can best be described by three phases: Acquisition, Enablement, and Management. In my last ...
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6 Habits of Successful Consultants

When you manage your own business, it can often feel like a full-time job in and of itself—and that’s before you’ve even started working on client projects. However, the most ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 8, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Set Up a Small Business Website: 5 Simple Steps

One of the most powerful marketing tools for small business owners is a website. In today’s online-driven world, a website is essential in order to build your brand, establish credibility, ...
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Meet Andrea Robinson, Co Founder of Agile in Color

This is part of a series that profiles members of our MBO Advantage program for high-growth firms that are making change in their community. SUMMARY: MBO Advantage Member Andrea Robinson, ...
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The Value of a Virtual Talent Bench

In order to remain agile and competitive in today’s fast-changing world of business, enterprises increasingly need easy access to skill-based workers. For many, this means reshaping the conventional idea of ...
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5 Benefits of an Enterprise Grade Direct Sourcing Solution

Savvy organizations of all types are increasingly incorporating independent professional talent into their workforces. And they are looking for ways to directly engage this pool of talent in a faster, ...
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How to Take Control of Your Personal Time as a Consultant

When you’re self-employed, one of the biggest perks is the ability to control when, where, and how you work. But running your own business also takes a lot of dedication. ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 1, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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How A Tech Founder Tried to Pivot to Serve Sole Proprietors and Microbusinesses in the Pandemic with Easier PPP Loan Access

We had a chance to sit down with Toby Scammel, the founder of Womply, a platform for small businesses. He shares the story of how their company saw the small ...
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Gross Margin vs. Net Margin

Gross Margin vs. Net Margin: Important Accounting Terms for Self-Employed Professionals Gross margin and net margin are two common profit margin ratios you should track on your company’s income statement. ...
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Independent Workers Lead Recent Surge in Professional Service Business Applications

Applying for a business tax ID is one of the first steps to starting a business. In 2020, tax ID applications for new businesses surged to 4.35 million, a 24 ...
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9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

As an independent professional, properly managing your expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy. As a business-of-one, you will likely incur fixed costs that can’t ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 22, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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8 Effective Marketing Strategies for Consultants

Effectively marketing a consulting business is no small feat. Building an effective brand and selling your services can be a challenging process for all small businesses, especially in a competitive ...
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CASE STUDY: Custom Direct Sourcing Talent Marketplace in Partnership with MBO

CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Direct Sourcing Enterprises today have access to a valuable population of highly skilled, educated, on-demand talent—independent professionals. This pool of talent offers organizations ...
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5 Ways to Attract More Clients to Your Consulting Business

If you’ve been running your own business for years, you’ve already developed a strong reputation and a reliable list of clients—it can be easy to grow complacent. Understandably, you appreciate ...
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5 Project Planning Tips for Independent Contractors

Working through the details of your contract with a client is a big task, but as you get ready to actually begin your next project there’s still a lot of planning to ...
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Webinar Recap: Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work

In our February 11 roundtable series, Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work, a distinguished panel of business leaders and experts reviewed top trends in the changing workforce landscape. Our ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 15, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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8 Business Startup Costs for Independent Professionals

Starting your own business is both exciting and scary. But the more you prepare, the higher your likelihood of success will be. There’s a lot to consider when you go ...
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The Impact of Employee Misclassification on Your Business

Many organizations today incorporate independent professional talent into their fulltime workforce. But whether your business has been engaging independent contractors for years or is just beginning use independent talent, it ...
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8 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration at Work

When you run your own business, your work is your responsibility alone—how it gets done, where it gets done, and when it gets done is completely up to you. That ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 8, 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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Starting a Consulting Business After Retirement: 4 Tips

A big career change like retirement can unsettle even the most accomplished professionals. But if you’re like many people who still feel like they have great work to do, you can ...
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CASE STUDY: A Leading, Publicly-traded Healthcare Improvement Company Re-envisions Workforce Optimization

CASE STUDY Vertical: Healthcare | Type: Workforce Management Today’s labor force is increasingly composed of independent talent—people who work independently to build businesses, develop their careers, pursue passions, and supplement ...
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4 Ways to Build a Talent Network

There are many different options for building a talent network, but before we dig in, let’s talk about quality, quantity, and size of your network. If you’ve ever posted an ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 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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4 Reasons to Turn Down a Project

If you’re new to the field of independent consulting, it can be tempting to accept every potential project that comes your way. After all, clients and the projects they provide ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: January 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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CASE STUDY: Cost Savings, Risk Mitigation, and Program Growth Through Direct Sourcing

CASE STUDY Vertical: Financial Services | Type: Direct Sourcing Today’s talent comes in all shapes and sizes from traditional W-2 workers to contractors, freelancers, consultants, temporary workers and more. Whether ...
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7 Best Consulting Sales Tips

Selling consulting services not only requires knowing how to sell and market your business but also how to qualify clients for your particular services. Both can help you save time ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 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 Pros and Cons of Being a Female Entrepreneur

If you’re considering pursuing a career as an independent professional, you’re probably already aware of the many benefits: the flexibility to work your own hours, the ability to pursue projects ...
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Webinar Recap: Roundtable: Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021

In our January 14 roundtable series, Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021, a distinguished panel of business leaders and experts reviewed top trends in the changing workforce landscape ...
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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 Start a Consulting Business

Before starting a consulting business, there are several preparation steps that need to be taken to make ensure your success. While you may be confident in your ability to deliver ...
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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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How to Avoid Worker Misclassification Penalties

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Professional Workforce Defined

Independent Workforce Defined The independent workforce is comprised of 51 million people who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This fast-growing population includes all age ranges, genders, skill sets, ...
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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 Legal Rights of Independent 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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7 Basic Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

When starting a small business, you need to understand the legal requirements to launch your business so that it is both profitable and compliant. After determining your services and target ...
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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: 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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6 Ways to Manage and Avoid Scope Creep

When requests for additions or changes to a project come up, saying ‘yes’ can be an automatic reaction. However, that extra work can quickly add up and lead your project ...
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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 Consulting Business?

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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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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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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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 Stay Compliant 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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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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