Archive for November 2017

Six Project Management Tips for Independent Contractors

There’s no getting around it—project management is a core competency for any successful solo consultant. In addition to your specialized expertise, the success of client engagements and your business requires effective results and milestone management. If this isn’t a strong skill set of yours, don’t worry. There are many ways to enhance project management capabilities through…

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The Weekly Independent: November 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. Instacart delivery workers are protesting sub-minimum wage pay, Gizmodo reports. Six tips for managing scope creep and keeping your projects on…

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Five Industries to Consider as an Independent Contractor

If you’re considering going independent, one big question you should ask is: are my skills in demand? Building a successful business is not only dependent on having great service offerings, but you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work as well. The following are five popular industries for independents—but don’t worry if…

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The Weekly Independent: November 20, 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. At the recent Dreamforce conference, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff discussed the future of work with IBM CEO Ginni Rommetty. They hit…

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How to Make the Most of Black Friday as an Independent Contractor

‘Tis the season… for holiday shopping, that is. Last year, shoppers were out in full force over Thanksgiving weekend, with more than 154 million people spending an average of $289.19, according to National Retail Federation findings. There’s no reason why independent contractors can’t capitalize on Black Friday spending just like any other retailer. Sure, you may need…

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Maternity Leave for Independent Contractors: Advice from Six Self-Employed Moms

Even with the flexibility of self-employment, taking maternity leave as an independent professional can be a challenge—both financially and logistically. Not only do you need to plan ahead for your projects, bring in extra help if needed, and set boundaries with your clients, but it’s also important to think ahead to childcare options and set realistic goals…

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The Weekly Independent: November 13, 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. MBO Partners’ CEO, Gene Zaino talks about worker misclassification and what businesses should do in the event of an IRS audit…

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Writing for Social Media: Twitter

Social media platforms are a great way to reach your target audience as an independent professional and can even be helpful in connecting with future clients. But, in order to be effective, you’ll need to tailor your writing to the social platform you are using. With a global user base of more than 300 million, Twitter is…

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