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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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6 Tips to Successfully Manage a Consulting Business

By MBO Partners

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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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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