Solo 401k for Self Employed and Small Businesses

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The challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern among self-employed professionals, even as you enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are…

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How to Overcome Barriers to Landing New Work

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One of the most challenging parts of running your own business is landing new opportunities. Referrals can be a great way to gain new work, but it’s up to you to find the right people in your network, create strong relationships, and connect with them to find out what’s happening and how you can get involved.…

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How to Get the Most Out of Networking Events (In Person or Virtual)

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A big part of any successful independent consultant’s business plan is networking—and that means meeting new people. Networking is a great way to grow your business, get the word out about your services, and learn from others in a similar industry or position. Connecting through professional platforms like LinkedIn is a useful way to work…

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5 Tips to Write Like a Marketer and Build Your Business

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What you write can change how people understand, view, and act on a certain topic. Writing conveys passion, enthusiasm, interest, intrigue, and critical information that can help people make better decisions. Writing is a tangible expression of thought, analysis, and influence. So, why is there so much bad writing in business? One of the challenges…

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3 Non Verbal Communication Skills to Improve Sales

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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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Top 6 Work-Life Balance Benefits

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Work-life balance—finding that optimal balance between work and home—is something independent professionals strive for. And with good reason. There are many benefits to finding a balance between running your independent business and living your life. Here are six work-life balance benefits to inspire you. 1. Increased Productivity The majority of independent professionals work remotely, and…

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How to Get Your Small Business Set Up on LinkedIn

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While LinkedIn is well known as the largest social media network for professionals, it’s not just for creating personal pages. Currently, more than 58 million companies have a company page on LinkedIn. A company page on LinkedIn can be a great way for independent consultant to promote their services and network with clients and industry peers. Add Your…

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Staff Spotlight: Emily Stringer: Program Manager

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Meet Emily Stringer, Program Manager at MBO. Emily helps MBO continue allowing our clients to do the work they love, the way they want, each and every day. Read our exclusive interview with Emily to learn more about how her commitment to helping small business owners.

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3 Key Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

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More than ever before, the ability to be self-employed is on a lot of people’s minds there were 64.6 million independent workers in 2022.  Independence offers the opportunity for greater flexibility, increased career satisfaction, and even the chance to earn more money—so, there’s a lot to be excited about. However, making the leap to self-employment…

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