Posts by Rian Ervin

LinkedIn for Consultants: Optimizing Your Profile

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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How to Stay Sharp as an Independent Contractor

Keeping your skills and knowledge current is an important way to set yourself apart and remain competitive in your industry. 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 throughout your…

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8 Productivity Apps for 2018

As an independent professional, there’s a lot on your plate each day. From client meetings and project pitches to account management and brand marketing, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Luckily, apps can lend a helping hand and keep you on track. Here are eight apps to help you optimize time, meet…

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How to Stay Motivated as an Independent Contractor

When you put in long hours without seeing immediate payoff, it can be easy to lose steam.  Find inspiration, keep on task throughout the day, and maintain focus on your goals by following these six motivational tips. Reflect on Your Accomplishments When you hit a rough patch or mental block, take a step back and…

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How to Work with Clients Remotely

Working with clients remotely is a commonplace for many independent professionals. The ability to work from where you want is a big advantage to being an independent—one that can provide greater flexibility, and save you time and cost of travel expenses. However, it can also be more difficult to establish a solid, trusting relationship with…

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What to Include on a Professional Invoice

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

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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