How to Manage a Small Business

Online Collaboration for the Independent Professional

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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Improve Your Email Etiquette By Getting Rid of These Three Bad Habits

April 14, 2016

As the old adage says, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” While this serves as a golden rule for every day in-person interactions, email, our primary method of modern client communication, is no different. By the end of 2017, business email will account for over 132 billion emails sent and received per…

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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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7 Tips for Writing a Client Report

August 11, 2015

Professional writing skills are a valuable tool in any self-employed professional’s arsenal. Effective written communication – particularly when it comes to client reports – proves essential to managing relationships and keeping projects on track. Reports can help you and your client to measure progress, identify any barriers or issues, and ensure that you are working…

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What to Know About Purchasing Contractor’s Insurance, including Errors and Omissions Insurance

August 11, 2015

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How to Become a Thought Leader as an Independent Consultant

August 11, 2015

Learn how to become a thought leader in your field with this MBO Partners guide.

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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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