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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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8 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

By MBO Partners

In today’s competitive business world, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you want and struggling to prove your value. Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field can give you a professional advantage….

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7 Ways to Build and Maintain Strong Client Relationships

By MBO Partners

Building and maintaining strong client relationships is important for sustainable business growth.  It’s common for business owners to focus their resources on gaining new business. However, you don’t need to rely on gaining new clients to get new projects.  Continuing to work with existing clients can keep your project pipeline full and lead to referrals…

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Melisa Liberman

ThinkLikeABoss: How Playing The Corporate Game Can Backfire As An Independent

By Krista Everson

I crashed and burned on one of my first projects as an independent consultant. I’ll tell you the story (even though it’s embarrassing), so you can avoid repeating it in your consulting business. A VP had hired me to lead a project. I created a strategy and plan. I got buy-in from the VP and…

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How to Stay Productive and Avoid the Summer Slow-Down

By MBO Partners

It’s not unusual for business to slow down during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Clients are likely enjoying vacation or waiting for the fall to begin their next big project. If you’re not prepared for this downtime, your daily routine and finances may be caught off guard. But just because business…

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Melisa Liberman

5 Ways Your Spending Habits Hinder Success as an Independent Consultant

By Melisa Liberman

Thinking back to my early corporate days at Accenture, I recall a time when a colleague and I wrote a business case asking the company to sponsor us to attend a Women’s Leadership Conference. The cost of the conference was $275. Accenture approved it. Looking back, I laugh at myself. I probably invested $1000+ in…

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4 Learning Agility Skills that Will Help You Succeed

By MBO Partners

Apply the four key components of learning agility to continually grow and improve your business.

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3 Ways Business Owners and Employees Deal Differently With Time (and How to Make the Most of Yours!)

By Melisa Liberman

“What got you here won’t get you there.” I see it play out almost every day for myself, and the independent consultants I coach. When you think like an employee, your business stagnates and stalls. Shifting your thinking into that of a business owner a critical prerequisite to your success. Specifically, a key to success…

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What is Net Income?

By MBO Partners

What Is Net income? Net income is the profit your business earns after expenses and allowable deductions. Why Is Net Income Important? As an independent professional, it is important to have a good handle on your finances. Knowing where your business stands financially can help you make important decisions such as setting bill rate, determining…

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