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How to Grow a Small Business

3 Ways to Analyze Small Business Performance

November 10, 2019

Every decision, whether large or small, plays a role in determining the future of your business and its level of success. To help ensure you’re making the right decisions for your business, it’s important to not only set initial goals in your business plan, but to take the time to periodically reevaluate them. Here are three…

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The Best Business Books to Finish in 2019

October 10, 2019

One of the challenges of being an independent contractor is that you don’t have an employer offering regular professional development opportunities. But that’s okay, because you can be proactive in building your own personal library of inspiring books that’ll help you take your career to the next level. Taking time to read business books allows…

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6 Ways to Manage Project Scope Creep

October 4, 2019

When requests for additions or changes to a project come up, saying ‘yes’ can be an automatic reaction. However, that extra work can quickly add up and lead your project into the dreaded area of scope creep. Scope creep occurs when a client adds new provisions, tasks, or deliverables to a project that are outside…

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How to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

September 25, 2019

One of the most common fears as an independent contractor is the constant uncertainty of industry competition and how you are faring compared to other businesses. This is a legitimate concern, as what your competitors are doing can dramatically impact your ability to earn or maintain current clients. The first step in staying on top…

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How to Target Your Ideal Client

September 18, 2019

Landing new clients isn’t easy, but finding a new client who doesn’t quite match the type person you’re looking to work with can complicate business down the road and take away from the enjoyment you find in your work. In order to grow your business with minimal headaches and frustration, it’s important to find clients…

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6 Things to do When Business is Slow

August 29, 2019

As an independent professional, work can ebb and flow from month to month. One day you may be swamped with projects, meetings, or events, and the next you may not receive one call. So what can you do to recover from these slow times and get business booming again as quickly as possible? Follow these…

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Hiring Help for Your Small Business: 4 Ways to Know You’re Ready

August 17, 2019

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 Market Your Skills in a Job Marketplace

July 10, 2019

Today, many independent professionals use online marketplaces as a way to find work. Marketplaces enable a transaction between a client and a contractor directly online, allowing independents to highlight their skills and search for opportunities, while clients can evaluate candidates and engage best person for the job. With a marketplace, you will typically fill out…

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3 Creative Business Growth Strategies That Work

May 26, 2019

From maintaining a pipeline of projects, running your back office, and drafting proposals, to holding client meetings and managing finances, there are a seemingly endless amount of tasks associated with independent work. The life of an independent contractor is both busy and exciting. While it can be easy to get caught up in daily tasks, the continued…

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How to Be Your Own Boss

May 21, 2019

One of the biggest perks of becoming an independent professional is getting to be your own boss. While there are a lot of rewards that come with this power, being the No. 1 decision maker is not always easy. Those that thrive as independent professionals often have key traits that contribute to their success. Follow…

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