Archive for October 2017

How to Present a Business Proposal to a Client

One of the key roles for independent consultants is business development—and often the road to new business goes through the C-suite. Presenting proposals to a new client or to an executive of a large company is unlike presenting to peers. Here are three tips to help you develop your content and approach for a winning presentation. Research…

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When to Turn Down a Project

As an independent consultant, particularly if you’re new to the field, it’s tempting to accept every prospective project that comes your way. After all, clients and the projects they provide are your sources of income. However, just because an opportunity is presented doesn’t mean the project is right for your business. Here are four situations…

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How to Bid on a Project

Writing proposals to bid on projects is an integral part of running your independent business. However, the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process can be filled with tedious details that can feel overwhelming. Due to the complexity of this process, it’s important to understand how to best assess and bid on project opportunities. Follow these four steps…

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The Weekly Independent: October 16, 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. Spend Matters takes a look at MBO’s latest white paper on what the freelance workforce will look like in 2027. The…

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Why is Work-Life Balance Important?

Achieving work-life balance is hard for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for independent professionals who have to balance the demands of multiple clients while running their own business. While poor work-life balance can lead to significant consequences in your personal life and career, making a few small changes can bring big results. Here is a…

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Five Blogging Tips for Your Small Business

To become a marketable independent professional, you need to position yourself as an expert in your field or industry. An easy way to establish this credibility is to write and publish your own industry-related blog. Follow these five tips to make the most out of your blog. 1. Interesting Content Doesn’t Have to be Complicated A…

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