Rian Ervin

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6 Actionable Ways to Stay Motivated When You’re Self Employed

By Rian Ervin

When you run your own business, you’ll quickly learn that putting in long hours without seeing immediate payoff is pretty normal. The pressure of doing it all yourself can be a lot and it can be easy to lose steam. Find inspiration, keep on task throughout the day, and maintain focus on your goals by…

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How to Create a Self Employed Resume

By Rian Ervin

Update your independent consulting resume to boost your professional credibility, track your accomplishments, and build your personal brand.

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Challenges Independent Contractors Face: Planning for Retirement

By Rian Ervin

Planning for retirement is a challenge for many independent professionals. As a typical employee, you can rely on your employer to provide 401(k) plans or other options to help prepare for retirement, but when you run your own business putting a plan in place is up to you. Luckily, there are many retirement options available…

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5 Tips for Creating Sustainable Business Growth

By Rian Ervin

In order to set yourself apart and remain competitive in your industry, it’s important to keep your skills and knowledge current. Expanding your education and expertise can help you can land new clients and build lasting relationships with current clients. Go beyond the basics and gain a professional advantage with these five ways to stay sharp…

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile if You’re Self-Employed

By Rian Ervin

LinkedIn is an effective social networking platform to display expertise, build connections, and promote your services. Your profile sets the stage for your first contact with potential new clients, displaying your work history, client recommendations, and skillset. Because the profile template is geared towards a more traditional employment background, it can be tricky to figure out…

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6 Things to Include in a Contractor Invoice

By Rian Ervin

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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10 Podcasts for Independent Professionals

By Rian Ervin

The life of an independent professional is one of continuous learning. Whether you’re experienced or just starting out, there are seemingly endless opportunities to expand your knowledge. Whether you’re looking to deepen your industry expertise, optimize the way you run your business, or simply pick up a new hobby, the ability to choose what you…

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