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consultant

Consulting Rates: How to Determine My Bill Rate

By MBO Partners

How do you calculate your consulting rate?  It’s a question most W2 employees ask themselves when they want to become a consultant. How can you maximize today and prepare for a profitable consulting business? 1. Evaluate Your Bill Rate When’s the last time you evaluated your pricing strategy? Have your bill rates remained steady for…

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Top 6 Tax Write Offs for Self Employed Professionals

By MBO Partners

The ability to manage your business expenses is not just good for your company, it’s also a good income strategy as an independent professional. As a business of one, you will incur fixed costs that cannot be billed back to clients. You’ll also need to handle expenses such as health care, retirement funds, and other…

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Independent pro

6 Things to Start NOW to Increase Your 2023 Billing Rate and Revenue

By MBO Partners

It’s the last quarter of the calendar year and time for 2023 planning.  As you work through your business goals and growth strategies for the coming year, consider your current rate schedule along with new ways to increase revenue. Refer to benchmark services that cover your market and skill set to compare the rates they…

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creating a proposal

GUIDE | 8 MIN READ

How to Write a Consulting Proposal: Template Included

By MBO Partners

Learn how to write and deliver proposals as a consultant.

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Scope of Work

GUIDE | 10 MIN READ

How to Write a Project Scope of Work (Guide and Templates)

By MBO Partners

Find a step by step guide on creating a Scope of Work document that outlines the basic details of your project with a client, as well as highlights key terms, such as payments, revisions, and key deadlines.

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creating a proposal

How to Raise Your Consulting Rates

By MBO Partners

Raising your consulting rates is not as scary as it sounds. If you are at a point in your career where you have years of experience, produce high-quality work that is backed by client recommendations, and provide services that are in-demand, it might be time to consider increasing what you charge.  Clients are looking for…

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invoicing

How to Bill and Invoice Clients: 10 Steps to Get Paid on Time

By MBO Partners

10 simple steps to billing a client to ensure you get paid on time.

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6 Things to Include in a Project SOW

By MBO Partners

Being tasked with writing and delivering a Scope of Work (SOW) can at first seem like a daunting task. However, once you understand what goes into the various parts of the document, it becomes much more manageable and can be a useful tool to help you get organized before a project begins. A project Scope…

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consultant planning

How to Bid on Consulting Projects and Win

By MBO Partners

If you run your own independent business, you likely know that writing proposals and bidding on projects is an integral part of your job. However, the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process can be filled with tedious details that can feel overwhelming. Due to the complexity of this process, it’s important to understand how to best assess…

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How to Avoid a Tax Audit: Tips for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

Independent professionals have additional tax responsibilities above and beyond those of conventional employees and are also at risk of a tax audit. With extra forms and numerous potential deductions, it can be easy to overlook small details or miscalculate. While there’s no way to completely protect yourself from the dreaded tax audit, you can reduce…

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