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3 Creative Ways to Generate Better Leads by Networking

Networking is one of the keys to success for small businesses. But for some, networking is easier said than done. While who you know is important, it’s what you do with those connections that can make a difference. Even if industry professionals know your name and you’ve got enough LinkedIn connections to fill a stadium, you have…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 2018

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 developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Massachusetts Attorney General Leads Coalition of State…

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The Weekly Independent: June 25, 2018

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. A Wall Street Journal opinion piece questions findings in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest contingent workforce study. Five questions to…

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Using Non-Verbal Communication Skills Effectively to Sell Your Services

Whether you’re meeting with a potential client for the first time, giving a presentation about the services you offer, or leading a project kickoff meeting, non-verbal communication skills are incredibly important. Your actions give meaning to your words, and your movements subtly indicate your thoughts, feelings, and personality to the person you are speaking with. In sales,…

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How to Approach Professional Development as an Independent Contractor

When you work as a full-time employee for an organization, it is easy to take things for granted—a steady paycheck, benefits, or a manager to keep you on task. But one thing you may not have given much thought to, whether working as an employee or as an independent contractor, is your own career development.…

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SOW (Scope of Work) for Consulting Services: What it is and why you need one

What is an SOW (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. It also provides important legal protections for both you and your client. While many people associate SOWs with large-company projects, they are equally important for…

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The Weekly Independent: June 18, 2018

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’ Andrew Karpie suggests that enterprises look at how they manage professional independents in the “agile workforce,” a new term…

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7 Best Sales Tips for Consultants

The client-consultant relationship is a two-way street. Before you begin work or sign a contract, it’s important to learn the needs and resources of your client, including what they need to properly engage you, the independent contractor. When searching for new business, the last thing you want is to lose out to a competitor or…

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile if You’re Self-Employed

LinkedIn is an effective social networking platform to display expertise, build connections, and promote your services. Your profile sets the stage for your first contact with potential new clients, displaying your work history, client recommendations, and skillset. Because the profile template is geared towards a more traditional employment background, it can be tricky to figure out…

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How to Promote Your Business on Social Media: 5 Tips that Work

From Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and LinkedIn, businesses have learned that social media marketing can produce big results. The good news for independent contractors is that social media doesn’t require the marketing budget of a large corporation. Use social media to effectively promote your business by following these five tips. 1. Establish Yourself as an…

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