Manage a Small Business

5 Books for Remote Workers

By MBO Partners

If you’re one of the many independent professionals who work remotely, you know how great the flexibility can be. The ability to personalize your work space, take ownership over how you complete your work, and finding routines that work for you are great perks. But all benefits aside, it can still be a challenge to…

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Community Spotlight: 1 Million Cups – A National Non-Profit Of Business Founders Giving Back To The Freelance Community

By Sara Conde

We all know starting a business can be exciting, but at times a lonely and intimidating journey. Since you are not part of typical employee organization and culture, you must work that much harder to find a trusted colleague to bounce ideas off, get candid feedback, or find encouragement.  Hiring a professional coach for your…

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Melisa Liberman

#ThinkLikeABoss: The 5 Key Differences Between Searching for a New Job and Searching for Your Next Consulting Engagement

By MBO Partners

The 5 Adjustments to Make, To Maximize How Much You’re Paid as an Independent Consultant Today in the Think Like a Boss series, we’re talking about the differences between searching for a new full-time job versus searching for your next consulting engagement. This topic is important because understanding the nuances between a traditional job search…

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How to Stay Organized as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

Two of the most valued benefits to being an independent contractor are the flexibility to work where want and the ability to work how you want. Whether you work out of a home office, leased space, or coworking facility, you’ve likely spent time tailoring this space to best fit your needs. If not, you’ll quickly…

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5 Self-Care Tips for Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

Running your own business requires a lot of time and energy. And because you love what you do, it can be easy to put in hours of work without taking time to think about your own needs. But self-care is worth taking time for. The last thing you want is for motivation to wane due…

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3 Ways Self Employed Track Time and Billable Hours

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, time tracking and billing are essential parts of your job. Whether you charge clients by the hour or by the project, knowing how and where you spend your time will keep your business both productive and profitable. How you manage your billable and non-billable hours as an independent determines…

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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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Melisa Liberman

#ThinkLikeABusinessOwner: The Surprising Skill Required to Succeed As An Independent Consultant

By Krista Everson

Today in the Think Like a Boss series, we’re talking about the most important skill that almost every independent consultant doesn’t realize they need to master. That skill is managing emotions. Now, you might be asking, what is Melisa talking about? I thought she’d say sales is the most important skill to master. Mastering emotions…

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4 Ways to Prevent Burnout When You’re Self Employed

By MBO Partners

Burnout: 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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What Are Soft Skills and Why Are They Important?

By MBO Partners

What Are Soft Skills? Soft skills, often called people skills or emotional intelligence, are defined as the ability to interact amicably with others. They are personal attributes that can affect relationships, communication, and interaction with others. Soft skills can be invaluable to business success, but why are they so important? While soft skills can at…

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