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How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for My Business

By MBO Partners

Deciding how to structure your business is an important consideration, one that can carry tax and compliance implications. The best business structure for you will depend 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…

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Four Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

By MBO Partners

Independent professionals are often drawn to their career path because of the ability to work when and where they like, enjoy complete control over their work, and help their business reach its full potential. However, many independents who realize success will find that at a certain point taking their business to the next level will require more resources and…

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6 Ways to Jump-Start Small Business Growth

By MBO Partners

When you run an independent business, you have a seemingly endless list of responsibilities—from client meetings, marketing, and project management to tax filing and invoicing. Planning for the future is an important part of business management, but it’s a task that can often get pushed to the end of the list as an “I’ll just…

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Meet Andrea Robinson, Co Founder of Agile in Color

By MBO Partners

Learn more about Andrea Robinson in her meet the Members Page or request an introduction.

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5 Ways to Attract More Clients to Your Consulting Business

By MBO Partners

If you’ve been running your own business for years, you’ve already developed a strong reputation and a reliable list of clients—it can be easy to grow complacent. Understandably, you appreciate your current clients, you feel comfortable working with them, and you feel secure. But things can change in a minute; clients can go out of…

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Consulting Sales Tips: 7 Ways to Get More Clients

By MBO Partners

Consulting sales requires knowing how to sell and market your business but also how to qualify clients for your particular services. Both can help you save time and lead to better outcomes, ie. closing the deal and winning new or repeat business. Your clients are an incredibly important part of your business, but it is…

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6 Creative Ways to Get Client Testimonials that Build Your Brand

By MBO Partners

Client referrals and recommendations can be incredibly helpful when it comes to building business credibility and trust. Think back to the last time you made a big purchase. How did you choose a particular product or brand? While a good marketing strategy can help draw in potential clients, these prospects will likely look for customer reviews next. Testimonials are…

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How Introverts Can Succeed in Consulting

By MBO Partners

What personality traits come to mind when you think of a successful independent consultant? Outgoing? Social? Extroverted? While those who are naturally inclined to networking and interacting with others may be at an advantage when it comes to self-promotion or meeting new people, it that doesn’t mean that an introvert—or a shy extrovert—won’t be successful in…

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3 Benefits of Working with Big Clients as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

Why Work with Larger 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 high-earning…

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Tips For a Successful Zoom Virtual Meeting: Chats, Polls & More!

By MBO Partners

Last week, in part 1 of our two-part article on Zoom meetings for independent professionals and small business owners, we shared how to schedule and personalize the settings for your upcoming Zoom meeting. This week, we’re sharing tips for using key Zoom functions – like chats and polls – that can increase engagement and feedback…

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