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10 Ways to Get New Consulting Clients

By MBO Partners

Landing your first client is one of the most intimidating aspects of going independent and starting your own business. Visions of cold calling and repeated rejection can quickly cloud your thoughts and worries about being able to find any clients at all can feel paralyzing.   These fears can sometimes scare potentially successful independent consultants away…

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How to Expand Your Independent Consulting Business: When and How to Grow (Guide)

By MBO Partners

Learn how to decide if it’s time to grow your business, what to consider, and how to develop a growth strategy.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Overselling Consulting Services

By MBO Partners

Overselling is an easy mistake to make—one that can put your business reputation at risk. As an independent professional, your drive and ambition are what make your business succeed. However, it is possible that the very ambition that helps you achieve your goals can become a detriment.   When selling your services to a client, there…

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5 Tips for Leading an Effective Project Kickoff Meeting

By MBO Partners

Starting your project with a project kickoff meeting is a great way to lay the foundation for success and reinforce your client’s decision to engage your services. Once the contracts are signed and the budget is approved, it is time to get to work! A project kickoff meeting is a chance for everyone who will…

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How to Eliminate Your Back-Office Burden as a Self-Employed Professional

By MBO Partners

Back-office management consists of all of the administrative and support tasks that need to be done to run your business. This includes filing paperwork, tracking expenses, filing taxes, and billing clients. In addition to your daily project work, business management tasks can take up a lot of your time. Luckily, there are many options available…

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How to Network with Your Peers

By MBO Partners

Networking with your peers may sound too easy to be good advice, but there are many advantages: hearing a new perspective, gaining industry advice, or obtaining an outside opinion about an idea you have, just to name a few. It can be easy to get caught up in the daily grind of running your own…

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Independent Business Owner Advice Based On Your Enneagram

By Krista Everson

For more than 25 years, MBO has led the charge to keep the independent economy moving forward. And now we are thrilled to give you advice based specifically on your enneagram type. Unsure what your number is? Take the quiz from the Enneagram Institute and discover your strengths and weaknesses. As an Independent Business owner,…

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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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6 Tips to Successfully Manage a Consulting Business

By MBO Partners

When you start a new business you have to take on many new responsibilities, including administrative duties. As an independent consultant, you’ve chosen a field or industry where you have experience and expertise. While much of your time and energy will be spent working on projects for your clients, there is also  a fair amount…

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7 Tips That’ll Help You As An Independent Business Owner

By Krista Everson

Get MBO’s New Years Resolution Guide to kick start your path to achieving your 2022 goals.

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