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8 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

By MBO Partners

Professional development is a great way you can stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive business world. Your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the clients you want and struggling to grow your business Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field can give you a professional…

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What are your rights as an independent contractor: How to protector yourself as your most valuable asset

By MBO Partners

It is important to understand your rights and how to protect your interests when you run your own business. As an independent contractor, you dictate when, where, and how you work. You can perform work for multiple clients, and have expertise in your particular industry. Some clients you work with will be familiar with independent…

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3 Most Common Reasons You’re Undercharging as an Independent Consultant (and How to Overcome Them)

By Melisa Liberman

If you’re an independent consultant, chances are, you’re undercharging in some way. It’s a common issue among independent consultants, and it can be tough to overcome. I work directly with independent business owners, helping them increase their revenue while working less. When working with my clients, we almost always find: pockets of their business where…

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5 Ways to Communicate Effectively with Big Clients

5 Ways to Communicate Effectively with Big Clients

By MBO Partners

When you work with a big client, there’s the potential for higher-value contracts, name recognition, and steady work. Once you land that coveted contract, client relationship management will become a part of your daily routine. You’ll quickly learn that consistent, thorough, and open communication is the key to project success. By prioritizing communication with clients,…

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What Tax Forms You Need as an Independent Contractor

By MBO Partners

Independent business owners file taxes differently than traditional, W-2 employees. If this is your first time managing taxes as an independent contractor, don’t worry. It may feel a bit complicated at first but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough! Below, we answer all your questions about paying taxes as a self-employed professional. What…

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION GIFT GUIDE

7 Techniques To Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder (Whether You’re Self Employed or Not)

By MBO Partners

Learn the 7 tools That’ll Help You Work Independently

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5 Ways Client Testimonials Help Market Your Business

5 Ways Client Testimonials Help Market Your Business

By MBO Partners

Client referrals and recommendations are a great marketing tool for small business owners. Testimonials lend credibility to your company and are especially helpful for prospective clients who may be considering working with you. Testimonials often are the main driver of purchasing decisions. Like it or not, what other people say about your work is an…

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How to Create a Professional Profile for a Job Marketplace

How to Create a Professional Profile for a Job Marketplace

By MBO Partners

When you run a small business, it’s important to maintain a pipeline of project opportunities. And growing your business with these new projects requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. That sounds like a lot of work, but here’s some good news. The hustle is digital, which makes your job easier. Online marketplaces for independent professionals offer…

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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

The holiday season is always busy 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 team members to find some of…

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