How to Manage a Small Business

10 Ways Independent Consultants Can Wow Their Clients

September 28, 2020

Every interaction you have with your clients slowly informs and builds your relationship. In order to create the positive experiences needed to be successful in your field, you must provide great service and be a great communicator as well. We sat down with the MBO Partners Customer Experience team—the team responsible for making sure independents…

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Challenges Independent Contractors Face and How to Overcome Them: Billing

September 15, 2020

Billing clients is an important part of your job as an independent professional. Without a good system in place to track your hours and bill your clients, the financial side of your business can quickly get messy and stressful. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to ensure you are charging the right amount for…

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5 Tips for Creating Sustainable Business Growth

September 10, 2020

In order to set yourself apart and remain competitive in your industry, it’s important to keep your skills and knowledge current. Expanding your education and expertise can help you can land new clients and build lasting relationships with current clients. Go beyond the basics and gain a professional advantage with these five ways to stay sharp…

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How to Improve Your Client Retention Strategy

August 26, 2020

Retaining clients you enjoy working with is not only great for the financial side of your business, it makes your day-to-day job easier as well. When you have a consistent pipeline of projects, you can focus on the work at hand rather than worrying about how you will make it through the next few months.…

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How to Deal With Difficult Clients

August 25, 2020

Managing relationships with your clients can be one most difficult aspects of transitioning to the independent workforce. Even if you are a seasoned independent professional, you may find yourself in a frustrating situation: your client relationship is strained and you’re not sure how to handle it. When working closely with a client on a project…

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The Difference Between Customer Loyalty and Customer Retention

August 19, 2020

As an independent professional, you’ll quickly learn that a key to sustained business growth is retaining a pool of reliable, loyal clients. Finding and acquiring new clients requires a big investment of time and energy. If you can establish a consistent pipeline of work, you can spend more time doing the work you love rather…

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S Corp Advantages and Disadvantages for Small Business

August 18, 2020

S Corporation business structure advantages and disadvantages.

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4 Marketing Strategies to Build a Small Business Brand

August 5, 2020

When you run your own business, it is important to present yourself in a professional way in order to attract the clients and projects you want. Much of this comes down to how you market and brand your services. While self-promotion may not come naturally to all independent professionals, it is a key part of…

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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

August 4, 2020

Landing new clients and retaining existing clients is an essential part of your business as an independent professional. But in a field full of talented individuals, it can be difficult to stand out. Not to mention, client meetings can also be stressful, uncomfortable, or intimidating. But rather than approaching meetings with a sense of dread,…

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3 Ways to Build Thought Leadership as a Consultant

July 30, 2020

Learn how to become a thought leader in your field with this MBO Partners guide.

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