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How to Network with Peers When You’re Self Employed

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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3 Signs an Executive Coach Can Benefit Your Independent Business

By Melisa Liberman

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition.  When you think of an “executive coach”, does it seem like a coach is only appropriate for…

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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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5 Lead Generation Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Leads are an essential component to every independent professional’s business. Whether you find leads through referrals, online marketing, or even cold calling, they are necessary to keep your business healthy and growing. That said, not all leads are equal. If you’re able to find a wealth of potential clients but none of them end up being qualified,…

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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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7 Travel Tips for Road Warrior Independents

By MBO Partners

The MBO Partners 2022 2022 Digital Nomads research study found that 16.9 million American workers currently describe themselves as digital nomads, increasing 9% from 2021 and a staggering 131% from the pre-pandemic year 2019. With such an increase the life of the self-employed “road warrior” has many twists and turns. How one navigates the travel-heavy…

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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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How to Work Effectively with a Virtual Assistant

By MBO Partners

As a small business owner, you’ve likely encountered moments when you feel overworked, stressed, or struggle to stay on top of your workload. Trying to grow a business is hard work, but taking on too many projects can quickly result in burnout. A virtual assistant can be a useful way to alleviate this burden by…

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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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3 Proven Client Retention Strategies for Small Business

By MBO Partners

When you run your own company, you are the face of your business on a daily basis. That require finding ways to keep your clients coming back so you maintain a steady flow of work. Always be thinking ahead, so gaps in your work don’t turn into gaps in your income. Getting work often comes…

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