5 Ways to Keep Your Skills Relevant as a Consultant

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As a full-time employee you often have access to classes, coaches, seminars, or learning and development tools from HR to help build skills and credentials. But as an independent contractor, your career development is up to you.   When you’re juggling the roles of CEO, CFO, marketing manager, and HR director, it can be easy to…

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3 Ways Self Employed Track Time and Billable Hours

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When you run your own business, time tracking and billing are essential parts of your job. Whether you charge clients by the hour or by the project, knowing how and where you spend your time will keep your business both productive and profitable. How you manage your billable and non-billable hours as an independent determines…

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4 Ways to Get Buy-In for Creating a Contingent Labor Program

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Setting up a contingent labor program according to best practices and policies requires buy-in from key decision makers. Forward-thinking companies understand that using independent talent as part of their workforce is a strategy can increase organizational agility and give them access to in-demand skills, there may be some resistance among decision makers to create a…

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How to Get Better Leads by Networking

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Networking is one of your keys to success in running your 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…

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6 Things to Include in a Contractor Invoice

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An invoice may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of powerful communication tools for your small business, but an invoice that is put together well can enhance your professionalism, make a good impression, and lay the groundwork for a continuing business relationship. An invoice is a permanent record of the…

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5 Client Management Tips for Independent Contractors

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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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4 Reasons to Hire Help for Your Small Business

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When you set up shop as an independent consultant, you’re immediately faced with a number of questions. Will you be able to bring in enough clients to make a solid income? Will you be able to land the clients you want? If you land those clients, will you be able to manage the workload alone? While…

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How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

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You may have written a great business plan, but it can be hard to make headway with if people don’t know who you are or what services you offer. For some, self-promotion may seem like a daunting task, but think of it as enabling your business to take that next important step. The good news…

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8 Ways to Effectively Engage Independent Contractors

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Engaging independent contractors shouldn’t be complicated. Yes, navigating the risk of worker misclassification can be daunting, but there are ways to simplify the process. Many businesses today engage independent talent as part of their total workforce. As the use of independent talent has become more mainstream, so has the engagement process.    Follow these eight tips…

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