Grow a Small Business

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How to Conduct a Year End Business Review

By MBO Partners

Conducting an end-of-year review isn’t a practice that just applies to bigger businesses—it’s a process that is valuable to freelancers and independent professionals as well. A business review gives you a chance to look back at what you have achieved, revisit your goals, and consider how to best move forward for the coming year. In…

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Pros and Cons of Businesss Partnerships and Teaming

By MBO Partners

As your career as a business owner 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…

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6 Things to do When Business is Slow

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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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How to Market Your Skills in a Job Marketplace

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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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How to Land a Consulting Contract with a Big Company

By MBO Partners

Tips on finding and landing a contract with a large enterprise, and what you can expect to encounter throughout the process.

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5 Proven Ways to Grow Your Customer Base

By MBO Partners

When it comes to your independent business, finding a balance between managing existing clients, landing new clients, busy work periods, and much needed free time is a constant challenge. When you think about growing your business, it can be tricky to imagine how that’s possible. Perhaps you would like more clients for security’s sake, but…

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Transitioning to Self Employment: Advice from Consultant Wade Forbes

By Wade Forbes

In 2017,  Wade Forbes, a cyber security contractor, transitioned from a traditional corporate work role to independent consulting. Now, he takes pride in the fact that the relationships he forms with clients are a true representation of his hard work. “In the past, someone would tell my boss, ‘Hey, Wade is great,’ and that would…

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3 Non Verbal Communication Skills to Improve Sales

By MBO Partners

Whether you’re meeting with a potential client for the first time, giving a presentation about the services you offer, or leading a project kickoff meeting, non-verbal communication skills are incredibly important. Your actions give meaning to your words, and your movements subtly indicate your thoughts, feelings, and personality to the person you are speaking with. In sales,…

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