How to Grow a Small Business

How to Get Government Contracts

March 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to work with the government as an independent contractor? The federal government is the largest contractor in the world, with many opportunities for independents. Each year, billions of dollars in contracts are set aside for small businesses, women, minorities, and veterans. Many independents look to government contracting as another option…

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How to Grow Your Independent Business

March 8, 2018

The independent workforce is growing, and so too are the ambitions of its members. The majority of independents say they plan to remain independent or even build a bigger business. Whether you’re among those planning to grow their business or just a seasoned independent ready for the next step, there are many options when it comes to…

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How to Choose the Right Business Structure for Your Independent Business

February 22, 2018

  How you structure your business is an important consideration, one that may carry tax and compliance implications. The best business structure depends on many factors, including how you plan to take and maximize deductions, what type of businesses you work with, and if you intend to grow your business in the future. The following…

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8 Resolutions Independents Should Make for 2018

December 22, 2017

The year is shiny and new, with possibilities around every bend. When you’re self-employed, opportunities for improvement are only limited by your time and imagination. But without the promise of a performance review or raise, it can be easy to get complacent. We’ve complied 8 ways to maximize your business in 2018. Whether you choose to evaluate…

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Top Business Books to Read in 2018

December 5, 2017

As an independent, professional development is a key part of keeping your skills and knowledge current, standing out from your competition, and growing your business. While it’s easy to turn to the internet for a quick question or in-depth research, books are a valuable way to learn from top leaders, broaden your perspective, and gain industry insight.…

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How to Present a Business Proposal to a Client

October 20, 2017

One of the key roles for independent consultants is business development—and often the road to new business goes through the C-suite. Presenting proposals to a new client or to an executive of a large company is unlike presenting to peers. Here are three tips to help you develop your content and approach for a winning presentation. Research…

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Pros and Cons of Partnership

October 10, 2017

As your independent professional career progresses, you may find yourself taking on larger projects and managing a more extensive workload. As your business grows, it’s often helpful to team up with other independents as a way to manage more projects and continue to provide clients with a high level of quality. An official business partnership—when…

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How to Avoid the Over-Promise, Under-Deliver Trap

October 6, 2017

As an independent consultant, 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. Overselling is an easy mistake to make—one that can put your business reputation at risk. When selling your services to a client, there…

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6 Things to do When Business is Slow

September 26, 2017

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 6 tips…

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Back Office Management for Independent Contractors

September 19, 2017

A lot of planning is involved on the journey to become an independent contractor. Initially, this planning will focus on choosing the services you will offer, finding and securing clients, and deciding where you will conduct your business. While these are all vital steps, they are largely “front office responsibilities.” Lurking in the background are…

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