How to Grow a Small Business

How to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

September 25, 2019

One of the most common fears as an independent contractor is the constant uncertainty of industry competition and how you are faring compared to other businesses. This is a legitimate concern, as what your competitors are doing can dramatically impact your ability to earn or maintain current clients. The first step in staying on top…

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How to Find Your Ideal Client

September 18, 2019

Landing new clients isn’t easy, but finding a new client who doesn’t quite match the type person you’re looking to work with can complicate business down the road and take away from the enjoyment you find in your work. In order to grow your business with minimal headaches and frustration, it’s important to find clients…

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6 Things to do When Business is Slow

August 29, 2019

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…

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Hiring Help for Your Small Business: 4 Ways to Know You’re Ready

August 17, 2019

When you set up shop as an independent consultant, you’re immediately faced with a number of questions. Will you be able to bring in enough clients to make a solid income? Will you be able to land the clients you want? If you land those clients, will you be able to manage the workload alone? While…

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7 Business Strategy Frameworks for Consulting

August 11, 2019

What is a business framework? As an independent consultant, clients ultimately hire you to solve a problem or pain point. Frameworks are useful tools that help you analyze the issue, structure your thinking and communicate recommendations. Business frameworks can help you articulate goals with strong business writing and develop a blueprint for success. You can…

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How to Market Your Skills in a Job Marketplace

July 10, 2019

Today, many independent professionals use online marketplaces as a way to find work. Marketplaces enable a transaction between a client and a contractor directly online, allowing independents to highlight their skills and search for opportunities, while clients can evaluate candidates and engage best person for the job. With a marketplace, you will typically fill out…

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How to Be Your Own Boss

May 21, 2019

One of the biggest perks of becoming an independent professional is getting to be your own boss. While there are a lot of rewards that come with this power, being the No. 1 decision maker is not always easy. Those that thrive as independent professionals often have key traits that contribute to their success. Follow…

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5 Tips for Leading an Effective Project Kickoff Meeting

March 13, 2019

The contracts are signed and the budget is approved. You’re now officially on board and it is time to get to work! 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. A kickoff meeting brings everyone together who…

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How to Get Clients as a Consultant: 4 Steps

February 17, 2019

One of the most intimidating aspects of becoming an independent professional is the looming question: How do you land your first clients? 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…

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How to Give a Great Business Presentation

November 21, 2018

Most of us have sat through a bad presentation – from an overlong presentation to cringe-worthy slides. The messages may have been important, but they were most likely lost or diluted because of a poor delivery. Presentations affect professional reputation, so the ability to effectively communicate ideas is vital to the strength of any independent consultancy.

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