5 Client Etiquette Rules to Follow When Working from Home

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There are many factors that influence a productive home office environment. Creating a defined work space. Developing a daily routine that minimizes outside distractions. Finding ways to balance personal and work responsibilities. Experimenting with different virtual tools to find the ones that work best for your business—the list goes on. But one often overlooked and…

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How to Define and Communicate Your Expertise

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As a small business owner or a full-time employee, it is important to understand how to define your area of expertise and how to communicate it effectively. Both help establish confidence and credibility. If you are a small business owner, you’ve probably taken a broad approach to creating your business plan, covering a wide range…

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1099 vs W2: 10 Key Differences

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Employee misclassification can be detrimental to your business. Here are 10 key differences between 1099 independent contractors and W2 employees that you should know.

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How to Identify Your Target Clients as a Consultant

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Getting consulting clients is a big part of your job when you run your own business. Identifying a target audience is a great strategy to help achieve this goal. Many independent consultants can benefit from revisiting their target clients. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to refocus the target market for your business, defining…

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3 Signs an Executive Coach Can Benefit Your Independent Business

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In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition.  When you…

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7 Ways to Onboard Contractors Easier and Faster

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The onboarding process can often make or break the experience of working with your company. Independent workers want to get to work quickly, and often that’s what you want too. A strong onboarding program can help create a good first impression and lasting relationship with your independent talent. Here are seven tips for creating a…

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Brand as an Independent Consultant

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Building a brand, standing out from your competition, and communicating a unique value proposition are all challenges of being an independent professional, but can be some of your biggest opportunities as well. As an independent, you have the freedom and ability to refresh your brand, expand your service offerings, and become known as an expert…

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Independent Business Owner Advice Based On Your Enneagram

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For more than 25 years, MBO has led the charge to keep the independent economy moving forward. And now we are thrilled to give you advice based specifically on your enneagram type. Unsure what your number is? Take the quiz from the Enneagram Institute and discover your strengths and weaknesses. As an Independent Business owner,…

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