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How to Get the Most Out of Networking Events

By MBO Partners

A big part of any successful independent consultant’s business plan is networking—and that means meeting new people. Networking is a great way to grow your business, get the word out about your services, and learn from others in a similar industry or position. Connecting through professional platforms like LinkedIn is a useful way to work…

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Working From Home: Pros and Cons for the Independent Contractor

By MBO Partners

Working from a home office is common for independent contractors, especially when you’re first starting your business. While working from home comes with great perks like flexibility and zero commute time, it also requires organization, self-discipline, and focus. While there are many work from home alternatives for the home office skeptic, it’s worth seeing what this low-cost…

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5 Alternatives to Working From Home for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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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10 Business Books to Read if You’re a Consultant

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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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