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How to Set Boundaries at Work When You’re Self Employed

By MBO Partners

Setting healthy boundaries at work can be challenging as an independent professional. Here are three tips for setting your limits.

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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

By MBO Partners

Networking is an important skill for all independent contractors. As a business owner, who you know can be as important as what you know. To make sure you have a steady flow of projects, it’s important to build and maintain a strong circle of business contacts you can rely on for work and referrals. Below,…

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Tax Planning Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Tax planning and preparation are important parts of your job as an independent contractor. Paying quarterly estimate taxes throughout the year is a good practice that helps eliminate a big tax burden and a possible fine at the end of the year. Quarterly payments are due on April 15, June 15, September 15, and January…

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3 Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

Boosting productivity is not so much a matter of time management as it is producing quality work within the time you have available. When you run your own business, it is important to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself. And that means squeezing every last drop of productivity from your day. It’s easy to schedule time…

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Top Certifications for Small Business Owners in 5 Key Skill Areas

By MBO Partners

Professional certifications can help you stand out from the competition and give clients a way to verify that you have the skills you say you have. When building your resume as an independent professional, certifications, a portfolio of past work, and strong recommendations can help paint a picture of your skills and services. Certifications can…

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5 Business Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

Creating and implementing successful business management strategies are key to sustainable growth in your business. There are many aspects, 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 is lacking in your business, it’s worth taking…

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Gross Pay vs. Net Pay: Definitions and How to Calculate

By MBO Partners

In your business, there will be financial components to every part of your job. From the beginning of a project when you are negotiating with a client about your rates and writing a contract, to the end of a project when you invoice a client, you need to have a clear understanding of financial language….

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6 Project Management Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

There’s no getting around it—project management is a core competency for any successful solo consultant. In addition to your specialized expertise, the success of client engagements and your business requires effective results and milestone management. If this isn’t one of your strengths, don’t worry. There are many ways to enhance project management capabilities through education,…

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7 Tips for Writing a Client Report (with Sample Report)

By MBO Partners

Writing a client report is essential for communicating your progress on a project and managing and building positive relationships with clients.   What Is a Client Report?  Client reports help you and your client measure progress, identify any barriers or issues, and ensure that you are working toward the same goals. Your written client report could be an informal…

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6 Consulting Frameworks for Small Business (Guide + Worksheets)

By MBO Partners

Understand six common businesss frameworks for consultants, self employed professionals, and contractors.

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