Archive for August 2018

How to Develop Thought Leadership as an Independent Professional

In order to be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to establish thought leadership. While creating content and finding your own voice are fundamental elements, a big portion of thought leadership development is dedicated to having a presence, both physical and virtual, in the ongoing discourse of your area of expertise. Your…

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Worker Classification Tests and Guidelines

Questions and concerns around employee misclassification continue to grow as the independent workforce rises in number. Misclassification can lead to decreased tax collection revenue, loss of employee entitlements such as minimum wage and overtime pay, and class action lawsuits from unhappy workers. Dozens of federal- and state-level tests exist to help businesses determine whether or not…

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How to Manage Scope Creep

What is Scope Creep? Scope creep occurs when new provisions, tasks, or unexpected deliverables outside of an existing scope of work are added to a project. In an effort to make a good impression on clients, it can be easy to say yes to small requests that fall outside of your original agreement. After all,…

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The Weekly Independent: August 20, 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. New Jersey signed a deal with the Department of Labor (DOL) to fight worker misclassification, Staffing Industry Analysts reports. Forbes explores…

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5 Client Management Tips for Independent Contractors

Maintaining client relationships is a crucial part of business as an independent contractor. Clients provide the work you need to keep your business up and running, and establishing trust and a good rapport with them is often just as important as delivering stellar work on a project. A strong relationship can lead to repeat work…

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Consulting Business Management: When to Partner With Other Consultants

As an independent contractor, you do it all—from running errands and scheduling meetings to engaging with new clients and attending networking events. All of these responsibilities can quickly overshadow your work-life balance. To avoid burnout, stay on top of your workload, and keep your clients happy, consider teaming up with another independent contractor. Working with another professional is…

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Workplace Presence for Consultants

Mindful awareness is a valuable tool to build your mental capacity and can help cultivate the skill of being present. The practice of mindful awareness can unclutter the mind, help you build deeper connections with people, and help manage the stress and anxiety that comes with the modern work world.

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The Weekly Independent: August 13, 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. The Treasury Department issued regulation that details the types of companies and individuals that qualify as a pass-through entity, allowing them…

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How to Stay Productive and Avoid the Summer Slow-Down

It’s common for business to slow down during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Clients are likely enjoying vacation or waiting for the fall to begin their next big project. If you’re not prepared for this downtime, your daily routine and finances may be caught off guard. Just because business slows down,…

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