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5 Reasons to Avoid Overselling to Clients

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By Rian Ervin

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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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7 Travel Tips for Road Warrior Independents

By MBO Partners

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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