How to Manage a Small Business

5 Alternatives to Working From Home for Independent Contractors

March 24, 2017

While working from home may be convenient for some, it can be isolating and distracting for others. Here are 5 alternatives to a home office, along with benefits and drawbacks so you can make an informed decision. 1. Coworking Space Pros: While most coworking spaces do charge membership fees, they are relatively inexpensive and generally…

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Five Ways Independent Contractors Can Benefit From Putting Their Business in the Cloud

February 28, 2017

One thing almost all independent contractors have in common is mobility. Whether you’re meeting with prospective or current clients, at a networking event, or running your business from a co-working facility, having immediate access to files and data is important. In the last five years, cloud adoption across the nation has increased from less than 20%…

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How to Stay Organized as an Independent Consultant

February 15, 2017

Being able to work where you want and how you want are two valuable benefits to being an independent contractor. 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 learn that a disorganized work environment…

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10 Ways Independent Consultants Can “Wow” Their Clients

September 29, 2016

Being your own boss has its advantages—like the personal connections you make with your clients. Each interaction a consultant has with their client is critical to the success of the relationship, and the consultant must be a great communicator and service provider in order to create the positive experiences needed to be successful in their field.…

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10 Business Books Every Independent Consultant Should Read Right Now

August 18, 2016

Professional development is all about making the right connections, but it’s important to achieve the right balance. Garnering the right attention to who you know while honing your craft and what you know is essential to properly packaging your expertise and services. Last fall, we shared Six Business Books Independent Consultants Must Read. This post continues to be one…

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5 Must-Have Online Collaboration Tools for Consultants

May 26, 2016

Technological innovation has helped to lead this charge: the evolution of “Anytime, Anywhere” technology has opened the door for many independent professionals to be top tier collaborators and coordinators without the need for a single in-person interaction. While nothing compares to the value of “pressing the flesh,” the best consultants create the next best experience…

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The “2-Minute Rule” Pays Dividends If You Live By The “Time = Money” Mantra

February 11, 2016

Emails, phone calls, walk-by meetings, instant messages…things often have a way of, well, getting in the way of your work. How can help you prioritize, juggle, and check-off things from your ever-growing to-do list? The looming danger of procrastination is a reality all workers, independents and employees, tackle every day. Enter: The 2-Minute Rule. Simply…

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Six Business Books Independent Consultants Must Read

September 2, 2015

As the saying goes, it’s not what you know, but who. The same concept can be applied to professional development– it’s not only what you know, but who you present to your clients and the world by how you package your services, products or insights. Putting your best foot forward in the workplace can include topics as mundane as…

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5 Things You Should Never Say to a Client

June 7, 2015

As an independent you are out there on the front lines—especially when it comes to dealing with a client. Often there is no buffer between you and the person offering you the opportunity for a project. No manager, no HR, no accounting department—just two parties hashing out the details. Such close quarters can present many…

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Identifying and Avoiding Work From Home Scams

December 10, 2012

Working from home seems like an ideal setup for many employees, including new moms and retirees. However, there are often “work from home” opportunities floating around that end up being fraudulent. You may ultimately waste your time or, worse, your money. We’ve compiled a list of ways to identify work from home scams so you can…

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