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Four Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

Independent consultants 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 full potential. However, many independents who realize success will find that at a certain point taking their business to the next level will require more resources and…

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Retirement Options for Self-Employed Professionals: SEP IRA

Self-employed professionals enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers, but the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are a number of…

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The Weekly Independent: April 24, 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. Direct sourcing tools make it easy for self-employed professionals to engage with your organization. Here are four benefits these tools can…

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Facebook Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Social media can play an important role in marketing your small business, providing you with the opportunity to use the same tools and access the same online audience as a large company. Facebook is a great way to connect with your audience on a more personal level, provide potential customers with information about your business, and…

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The Weekly Independent: April 17, 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. Full-time employees are showing an increasing interest in doing some level of independent work, according to a Bloomberg BNA article. Curious…

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How to Make Difficult Business Decisions as an Independent Contractor

In a typical office environment, a manager usually has the final word when it comes to making important business decisions and there are always others around to bounce ideas off of or ask for opinions. On the other hand, as an independent professional you’re relatively on their own when it comes to making choices that…

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How to Become a Thought Leader and Online Influencer

As a self-employed professional, you’re responsible for every aspect of running your own business. That may include tasks that are not directly related to your actual expertise, but are necessary for continued growth, such as personal branding and marketing. One of the most effective ways to market yourself online is to establish yourself as an…

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How to Plan an Effective Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

Client meetings are an essential part of your business as an independent professional. While some independents view client meetings as a motivating event that provides an opportunity to brainstorm, collaborate, and make progress, others may find them stressful, uncomfortable, or intimidating. These 5 tips will help you overcome the dread of client meetings by making sure…

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