How to Manage a Small Business

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5 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

April 9, 2021

In today’s competitive business world, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. As an independent consultant, your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you want, and lead to struggling to prove your value. Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field…

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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

April 7, 2021

When you run your own business, finding a way to grow and take on all the work you want to complete can be a challenge. Teaming up with another independent professional is a great solution—a partnership can bring new skills to the table, help you manage your workload, or even land that big project you’ve…

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Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

April 2, 2021

In order to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself—it’s important to squeeze every last drop of productivity from your day. While schedules and to-do lists can help, boosting productivity is not so much a matter of time management as it is producing quality work within the time you have available. It’s easy to schedule time for work, only…

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5 Benefits of Professional Certifications

April 1, 2021

A continuous thirst for knowledge is a key element in building a growing, thriving business. And although continuing education and certification programs can be an investment of time and resources, they help provide recognition for your specialized knowledge or skill set, which can be a significant benefit when it comes to landing certain clients or…

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6 Tips to Successfully Onboard a New Client

March 24, 2021

You are ready to get to work on a new project: you’ve negotiated your contract and it is signed. But while a lot of the upfront hard work is over, don’t jump in too quickly! Taking the time to properly onboard a new client is a key part of the initial process that can easily…

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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

March 17, 2021

When you run your own business, who you know can be equally important as what you know. To ensure 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, Denise Thomas, owner of The Effective Communication Coach, gives her…

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6 Habits of Successful Consultants

March 9, 2021

When you manage your own business, it can often feel like a full-time job in and of itself—and that’s before you’ve even started working on client projects. However, the most successful small business owners know that prioritizing the financial health of their company is a smart investment of their time. There are many fixed costs…

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How to Take Control of Your Personal Time as a Consultant

March 2, 2021

When you’re self-employed, one of the biggest perks is the ability to control when, where, and how you work. But running your own business also takes a lot of dedication. Finding a balance between your work and personal life is often easier said than done. If you find yourself getting stressed out or working long hours…

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5 Project Planning Tips for Independent Contractors

February 16, 2021

Working through the details of your contract with a client is a big task, but as you get ready to actually begin your next project there’s still a lot of planning to do. Even if you don’t create a formal project plan, thinking through project risks, responsibilities, and goals can help you stay organized, determine what tasks…

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8 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration at Work

February 9, 2021

When you run your own business, your work is your responsibility alone—how it gets done, where it gets done, and when it gets done is completely up to you. That reality can be both liberating and intimidating. Knowing how to maintain focus and concentration throughout the day are essential skills when you run your own business. Follow…

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