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Archive for March 2017

How to Become a Consultant: 5 Steps to Succcess

Becoming an independent contractor may sound great, but perhaps you don’t feel ready just quite yet. Being confident in your decision is important, and luckily there’s a lot you can do to prepare for self-employment so you feel completely informed in your choice. Building a strong networking base, preparing financially, and establishing the unique services…

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Home-Based Business Insurance: Why You Need it and What are Your Options?

If you’re a self-employed professional working from the comfort of a home office, business insurance may be the last thing on your mind. But most homeowners’ insurance policies don’t cover losses sustained by a home-based business, which can lead to costly claims, unexpected legal expenses, and damages to your company. Self-employed professionals who work from…

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4 Common Client Challenges and How to Handle Them

At some point an independent contractor you’ll encounter a roadblock, situation, or circumstance that make it difficult to successfully perform your work. It’s not uncommon to struggle with knowing when to speak up and when to make your client aware of issues or limitations. When it comes to client relationships, the prospect of having that difficult…

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The Weekly Independent: March 27, 2017

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. If the new health care bill passes, freelancers are bound to feel an impact. A new article from Inc. that looks…

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5 Alternatives to Working From Home for Independent Contractors

While working from home may be convenient for some, it can be isolating and distracting for others. Here are 5 alternatives to a home office, along with benefits and drawbacks so you can make an informed decision. 1. Coworking Space Pros: While most coworking spaces do charge membership fees, they are relatively inexpensive and generally…

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6 Ways to Build a Virtual Talent Bench

As recruitment and engagement methods shift to align with the needs of the ever-growing independent contractor workforce, competition for top talent is increasing. Independent contractors provide unique access to specialized, industry-specific skills, and are a valuable alternative to investing in a full-time resource. Building a virtual talent bench is quickly becoming key to being a best-in-class…

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3 Reasons to Consider Consulting After Retirement

Continuing to work after you retire is an attractive option for many reasons, but doesn’t returning to a grueling work schedule defeat the very purpose of retirement? If you have years of experience in the workforce, there should be a way for you to contribute your expertise while still making the most out of your…

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