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How to Take Control of Your Personal Time as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

When you’re self-employed, one of the biggest perks is the ability to control when, where, and how you work. But running your own business also takes a lot of dedication. Finding a balance between your work and personal life is often easier said than done. If you find yourself getting stressed out or working long hours…

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Filing Self Employed Taxes: What You Need

By MBO Partners

Independent business owners file taxes differently than traditional, W-2 employees. If this is your first time managing taxes as an independent contractor, don’t worry. It may feel a bit complicated at first but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough! Below, we answer all your questions about paying taxes as a self-employed professional. What…

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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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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION GIFT GUIDE

7 Techniques To Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder (Whether You’re Self Employed or Not)

By Krista Everson

Learn the 7 tools That’ll Help You Work Independently

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How to Develop Thought Leadership when Self Employed

By MBO Partners

To be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to cultivate thought leadership. Creating content and finding your own voice are good first steps. However, a big portion of thought leadership development is dedicated to having a presence—both physical and virtual—in the ongoing conversation within your area of expertise. Becoming a thought leader…

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Top 5 Transferable Skills of Successful Consultants

By MBO Partners

Having a core set of skills allows you to approach projects with confidence, impress clients, and create a consistent workflow. These transferable skills are particularly relevant and useful for independent professionals because they can be easily taken from project to project even if you update or completely change your service offerings. Here are five important…

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8 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration at Work

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, your work is your responsibility alone—how it gets done, where it gets done, and when it gets done is completely up to you. That reality can be both liberating and intimidating. Knowing how to maintain focus and concentration throughout the day are essential skills when you run your own business. Minimizing…

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5 Ways to Get Client Testimonials

By MBO Partners

Client referrals and recommendations are a great marketing tool for small business owners. Testimonials lend credibility to your company and are especially helpful for prospective clients who may be considering working with you. Testimonials often are the main driver of purchasing decisions. Like it or not, what other people say about your work is an…

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11 Financial Management Terms Small Business Owners Need to Know

By MBO Partners

Managing the financial side of your business can be intimidating at first, but understanding the basics of what’s going on when it comes to your income, profit, and expenses—even if you enlist outside help—is an important part of your job. Many independents feel that they can earn more money working on their own, but in…

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Project Collaboration: How to Build a Team of Consultants

By MBO Partners

One of the biggest draws of independent work is the ability to work for yourself. No longer do you have to answer to corporate management or wait for information from coworkers. However, there are definite perks to working alongside other people: new perspectives, additional resources, added manpower, and a wider breadth of knowledge. Teaming up…

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