How to Grow a Small Business

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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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5 Reasons to Avoid Overselling to Clients

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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4 Ways to Make More Money as a Consultant

August 16, 2017

As an independent professional, it can be easy to get caught up in the cycle of finding a client, completing a project, getting paid, and then repeating the process. While constantly being on the lookout for new projects and new clients comes with the territory of being an independent, if you find yourself starting from…

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10 Podcasts for Independent Professionals

August 4, 2017

The life of an independent professional is one of continuous learning. Whether you’re experienced or just starting out, there are seemingly endless opportunities to expand your knowledge. Whether you’re looking to deepen your industry expertise, optimize the way you run your business, or simply pick up a new hobby, the ability to choose what you…

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Going Global: 6 Factors to Consider

July 28, 2017

For independent professionals, building an international clientele is a great way to expand your business and broaden your expertise. However, there are several basic things to consider before beginning work with an international client that will help prevent minor glitches from turning into major problems. 1. Time Zones Working across time zones can pose challenges when trying…

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3 Simple Ways to Find Your Ideal Bill Rate

June 1, 2017

Transcript: Today, we’ll learn a simple method for setting your bill rate as an independent consultant. Your bill rate is the amount you or a company charges per hour of work… before taxes, fees and discounts. The process of finding your cost-based rate is simple. First, we’ll show you how to calculate the costs associated…

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6 Tips to Successfully Manage a Consulting Business

May 12, 2017

Starting a new business means taking on many new responsibilities, including administrative duties. As an independent consultant, you’ve likely chosen a field or industry in which you have experience and expertise. While much of your time and energy is spent doing focusing on specific projects for your clients, there’s a fair amount of administrative work that…

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Four Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

April 28, 2017

Independent consultants 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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7 Travel Tips for Road Warrior Independents

April 7, 2016

The life of the self-employed “road warrior” has many twists and turns. How one navigates the travel-heavy lifestyle is not just a skill, but a necessity. In this post, we highlight some of the best ways to lighten your baggage—both physical and emotional—in your business travels. Footing the Bill As an independent consultant, you have…

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