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9 Growth Strategies for Your Small Business

By MBO Partners

Owning a small business means a seemingly endless number of tasks. From maintaining a pipeline of projects, running your back office, and drafting proposals, to holding client meetings and managing finances, the life of an independent professional is both busy and exciting. The continued growth and development of your business is an important goal to…

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3 Tips for Presenting a Winning Business Proposal

By MBO Partners

Presenting a business proposal to a new client or executive can be an intimidating task. As an independent contractor, you are constantly on the grind, looking for new business development opportunities. Often, this road to new business will take you through the C-suite and require a business proposal presentation. Here are three tips to help…

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3 Sales Tips for Consultants: How to Close the Deal

By MBO Partners

You’re an expert in your industry, so it should be easy to sell your services, right? Not necessarily. Just because you’re knowledgeable and produce excellent results, if you haven’t developed effective sales skills, you may struggle to close deals. The good news is that, if you lack these skills, there are many things you can…

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3 Benefits of Working with Big Clients as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

Why Consultants Work with Large Companies Big companies can afford to spend big money with small businesses, but pitching your services to a large enterprise can be daunting. However, if you know your market and have done your research, it is possible to refine your services to meet corporate demand. In fact, the number of…

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How to Future-Proof Your Business by Anticipating Market Trends

By MBO Partners

Future-proofing your independent business is essential for survival and growth, particularly as an independent contractor. Anticipating market trends can mean the difference between a thriving and growing, and one that just makes enough to get by. Today’s market moves quickly, so being prepared for change can help you weather the storm when it comes. Here…

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5 Ways to Find Your Ideal Client as a Small Business

By MBO Partners

Finding new clients isn’t easy, and if a new client doesn’t quite fit the profile of who you want to work with it can take away from enjoying your work. To grow your business with minimal headaches and frustration, it’s important to find clients who align well with both the way you work as well…

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9 Ways to Increase Productivity When You’re Self Employed

By MBO Partners

Staying productive can be tough as an independent contractor. Besides the usual distractions of a chirping inbox or the siren’s call of social media, there’s the added layer of working remotely— where there’s always something else vying for your attention. Minimizing distractions, lowering your stress levels, and staying organized will go far in boosting your…

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Downsides of Using AI in Your Open Innovation Solutions

By Keaton Swett

We’ve talked about the benefits of generative AI and how it can help you solve open innovation challenges as a research assistant and brainstorming partner. But there’s a dark side to AI in open innovation. While using AI more extensively in your solving activities might be tempting, this can be a big risk.   3 Risks…

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6 Ways to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

By MBO Partners

In today’s rapidly evolving marketplace, finding ways to stay competitive as an independent contractor is more important than ever. More than 72 million Americans report working independently—and companies are relying more on independent talent to fill strategic positions and build out project teams. Discovering your niche and differentiating the services you offer can help you…

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How to Build Small Business Credit

By MBO Partners

Business credit can provide protection, value, and financial security for your company. Here’s what you need to know.

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