How to Manage a Small Business

How to Develop Thought Leadership as an Independent Professional

February 11, 2020

To be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to cultivate thought leadership. Creating content and finding your own voice are good first steps. However, a big portion of thought leadership development is dedicated to having a presence—both physical and virtual—in the ongoing conversation within your area of expertise. Becoming a thought leader…

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Financial Management Terms You Need to Know for Your Small Business

February 7, 2020

Managing the financial side of your business can be intimidating at first, but understanding the basics of what’s going on when it comes to your income, profit, and expenses—even if you enlist outside help—is an important part of your job. Many independents feel that they can earn more money working on their own, but in…

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Small Business Management Strategies

January 24, 2020

As an independent professional, successfully managing a small business begins and ends with you. There are many aspects to managing your own company, from back-office tasks like handling finances, paying the right taxes, and writing contracts, to staying organized and delivering quality work. If there’s a particular aspect of management that you feel is lacking…

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Improve Your Email Etiquette By Getting Rid of These Three Bad Habits

January 9, 2020

More than 124 billion business emails are sent and received each day. As a small business, how do you stand out from the crowd and deliver value in the emails you send to your clients? As the old adage says, “it’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” While this serves as…

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4 Ways AI Services Can Make Your Life Easier an Independent Professional

January 7, 2020

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been growing buzzword over the past few years. And, with its promises of a more innovative and growth-spurred future, it’ no wonder that so many people believe that AI will revolutionize the way we work. In fact, almost 30% of business leaders said that of new technologies, AI will have…

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8 Productivity Apps for 2020

January 7, 2020

Each day as an independent professional is chock-full of things to do. From client meetings and project pitches to account management and brand marketing, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Luckily, apps can lend a helping hand and keep you on track. Here are eight apps to help you optimize time, meet…

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How to Make Difficult Business Decisions as an Independent Contractor

December 27, 2019

In the majority of traditional jobs, managers have the final word when it comes to making important business decisions and there are always coworkers to bounce ideas off of or ask for opinions. Independent professionals, on the other hand, are relatively on their own when it comes to making choices that will affect their business.…

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5 Habits of the Highly Effective Entrepreneur

December 19, 2019

There are many paths to become a successful independent professional, but there are several key stepping stones that can put you on the path to success. Here are five habits to keep in mind if you are considering going independent, or if you feel like something is missing from your routine that’s keeping you from…

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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

December 12, 2019

Many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners call their home office—or wherever their workplace may be—their sanctuary. An office is a place that should generate creativity, promote health and well-being, and offer both a comfortable and efficient environment. This holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our top home office gifts that are perfect for…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

December 3, 2019

The holiday season is always one of the busiest times of year, and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for a last-minute gift card or fruit basket, take advantage of our annual holiday gift guide. We’ve scoured the web and polled our…

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