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Consulting Business Management: When to Partner With Other Consultants

October 22, 2019

As an independent professional, your job involves it all—from running errands and scheduling meetings to engaging with new clients and attending networking events. All of these responsibilities can quickly overshadow your work-life balance. To avoid burnout, stay on top of your workload, and keep your clients happy, consider teaming up with another independent contractor. Working with another professional…

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How to Create a Professional Profile for an Independent Consulting Job Marketplace

October 17, 2019

As an independent professional, growing your consulting business by securing new projects with top clients requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. But here’s some good news on that front: Today, you may not have to hustle as much as you have in the past. That’s because online marketplaces for independent professionals offer an easier way to keep your project pipeline full.…

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Why are Soft Skills Important?

October 16, 2019

Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success. While soft skills can at times be more difficult to develop than hard skills—more quantifiable attributes such as web design, accounting, or editing experience—they are arguably equally important in running a successful business. What are Soft Skills? Soft skills, often called people skills or emotional…

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The Value of Mentors in Independent Consulting

September 6, 2019

Now a practice relegated to specific industries, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose of exposing an aspiring professional to their chosen industry. Yet internships often lack the aspects of personal connection and tutelage so important to an apprentice…

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How to Successfully Manage Client Expectations: 4 Tips

July 18, 2019

When working with a new client or starting a new project, it can be dangerous to assume that everything is clear and that everyone is on the same page with regard to expectations. However, when it becomes apparent that your client’s expectations don’t align with your own, both the project and your relationship can be…

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How to Manage Work Overload as an Independent Contractor

June 25, 2019

Clients are a crucial part of your business success as an independent professional. Without clients, you would have no work, and therefore no income. Sounds like you should work with as many people as possible, right? Not so fast. There are two reasons why having too many clients can be a problem. 1. Taking on…

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How to Avoid Burnout at Work

June 13, 2019

It’s a feeling most working adults have experienced at some point in their lives: the career that was once exciting and invigorating has become a source of exhaustion, apathy, or even dread. While this can happen to anyone, independent professionals can be particularly prone to burnout due to their fast-paced, demanding schedules. Keep these four…

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5 Ways to Present Client Testimonials

May 29, 2019

Client referrals and recommendations are a great marketing tool for independent professionals. Testimonials give your business credibility and are particularly helpful for prospective clients who may be considering your services. What other people say about your work is an important part of their decision-making process—testimonials often are the main driver of purchasing decisions. So, once…

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10 Skills Consultants Need to Succeed

May 17, 2019

Keeping your skills and knowledge current is important to remain competitive as an independent professional. As the workforce landscape continues to evolve, your skills will need to do so as well. By forming these abilities now, you won’t be caught off guard by future needs and requests from clients. Here are 10 skills for the…

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Time Management Strategies for Independent Contractors

May 9, 2019

Some of the biggest perks of independent work are freedom from corporate nine-to-five days and the ability to create your own schedule. Without a set routine, however, time management can be challenging as a self-employed professional. Here are five tips to help you efficiently manage your time while still maintaining the freedom of setting your…

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