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3 Consulting Agreement Templates and Contracts Guide

By MBO Partners

Learn how to write and negotiate the right independent consulting agreement. Learn the key ingredients of a contract, different types of contracts, and mistakes to avoid.

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When and How Independent Professionals Should Offer Discounts

By MBO Partners

If you’re looking for a way to boost your business, you may have considered offering a discount on your services. After all, what’s more enticing to customers than a good sale?  But when it comes down to it, is discounting really a smart way to bring in more clients? Unfortunately, unless you are a large,…

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Setting a Budget for Small Busines: Saving vs Spending

By MBO Partners

As you pursue your career as an independent professional, you’ll quickly discover that your success is tied to the business decisions you make. What you choose to do with your money is an important part of that challenge. Which purchases are smart investments? Which are simply a waste of money? Here are three areas where…

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Gross vs Net Income: Differences and How to Calculate

By MBO Partners

Gross income is the total amount you earn and net income is your actual business profit after expenses and allowable deductions are taken out. However, because gross income is used to calculate net income, these terms are easy to confuse. When you run your own business, understanding the difference between gross income and net income…

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SOW Template (Scope of Work) for Project Management

By MBO Partners

Learn the critical components to creating a Scope of Work (SOW) document to properly plan and manage your projects.

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How and When to Raise Your Rates for Consulting

By MBO Partners

Are you at 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? If so, it may be time to consider raising your rates. Clients are looking for a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable independent professional who can…

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4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

By MBO Partners

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who typically pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020 have been extended until July 15 of this year. This tax filing and payment relief also extends to estimated tax payments for 2020 that would typically be due…

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How to Claim a Mileage Tax Deduction in 2020

By MBO Partners

Beyond the daily hustle and bustle of grocery store trips and errand runs, many independent consultants depend on their car as a means to get from project to project, or client to client. When the family van becomes the corporate car, it’s time to take advantage of deductions for business-related mileage. Here’s what you need…

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What 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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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. 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 your odds of being singled out by eliminating poor…

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