Tips for Becoming an Independent Consultant as a Gen X Worker

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If you’re considering making the transition from traditional employment to independent work as the next step in your career, you’re not alone. Many Gen X professionals have made the leap to solo work—representing 28% of the total independent workforce. Often characterized as the self-reliant generation, it is no surprise that so many choose to pursue independent…

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What to Know Before Starting a Freelance Career

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If you’re considering going independent and starting your own business, you’re not alone. More than 64.6 million Americans currently work as freelancers, consultants, temporary or on-call workers and the trend towards self-employment isn’t going away any time soon. While going independent has many benefits including better work-life flexibility, increased job satisfaction and the opportunity to…

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Financial Services Leader Uses Direct Sourcing to Cut Costs, Mitigate Risk (Case Study)

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CASE STUDY Vertical: Financial Services | Type: Direct Sourcing Today’s talent comes in all shapes and sizes from traditional W-2 workers to contractors, freelancers, consultants, temporary workers and more. Whether your organization is just beginning to engage contingent workers or has been incorporating this segment of the workforce for some time, you’ve likely heard the…

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption Now

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At the last company I worked with, I was responsible for hiring freelance writers, editors, designers and, well, all things marketing related. I searched job boards and marketplaces to find the right talent, at the right cost, for the projects I had on the docket for the year. Then, I had to appeal to finance…

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7 Ways Consultants Can Get More Clients

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Consulting sales requires knowing how to sell and market your business but also how to qualify clients for your particular services. Both can help you save time and lead to better outcomes, ie. closing the deal and winning new or repeat business. Your clients are an incredibly important part of your business, but it is…

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How to Win the Great Realization: Adding Contingent Workers to Your Workforce Strategy

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There has never been a better—or easier—time to engage contingent workers. More than 64.4 million Americans are now working as independents. That number is up 69% from 2020, and it makes sense. People who work independently report being happier, healthier, and wealthier than their traditionally-employed counterparts. What’s more, some 68% say they’re more financially secure…

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Predictions for the Future of Work in 2022 (Part 2!)

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The Great Realisation is here, and here’s what it means for enterprises and talent alike: “At MBO Partners, we’ve been tracking the independent workforce for more than a decade as part of our State of Independence in America study (www.mbopartners.com/state-of-independence). By 2025, more than 50% of Americans will have worked independently during their careers.” “Analysts may…

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Consulting Terms Glossary: Definitions You Need to Know

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As the independent workforce continues to grow and evolve, so does the vocabulary of terminology that surrounds it. Here are a few of the most commonly used and confused terms you’ll come across in the industry. 1. W-2 vs. 1099 Worker classification is a complicated issue that has a big impact on contractor engagement. W-2s…

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Should Your Independent Contractors Have Cyber Insurance?

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Cyber insurance helps protect your company from costly data breaches not covered by general or professional liability insurance. Learn the benefits of cyber insurance, what it protects, and why you should consider it if your company engages independent contractors.

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