Manage a Small Business

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How to Take a Vacation as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

It’s no secret that work-life balance is important, but managing a small business comes with big responsibility, and it’s not uncommon to have to put work before play. Summer can be a challenging time to find a moment to relax—kids are on vacation, family and friends are visiting, or you may be gearing up for a busy…

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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

By MBO Partners

An essential part of your business as an independent contractor is landing new clients and retaining existing clients. But in a field full of talented individuals, it can be difficult to stand out. Not to mention, client meetings can also be stressful, uncomfortable, or intimidating. But rather than approaching meetings with a sense of dread,…

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4 Ways to Create Long Term Value for Your Clients

By MBO Partners

Create long-term value for your clients by following these four steps.

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5 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. As an independent consultant, your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you want, and lead to struggling to prove your value. Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field…

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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, finding a way to grow and take on all the work you want to complete can be a challenge. Teaming up with another independent professional is a great solution—a partnership can bring new skills to the table, help you manage your workload, or even land that big project you’ve…

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5 Benefits of Professional Certifications

By MBO Partners

A continuous thirst for knowledge is a key element in building a growing, thriving business. And although continuing education and certification programs can be an investment of time and resources, they help provide recognition for your specialized knowledge or skill set, which can be a significant benefit when it comes to landing certain clients or…

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6 Tips to Successfully Onboard a New Client

By MBO Partners

You are ready to get to work on a new project: you’ve negotiated your contract and it is signed. But while a lot of the upfront hard work is over, don’t jump in too quickly! Taking the time to properly onboard a new client is a key part of the initial process that can easily…

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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, who you know can be equally important as what you know. To ensure a steady flow of projects, it’s important to build and maintain a strong circle of business contacts you can rely on for work and referrals. Below, Denise Thomas, owner of The Effective Communication Coach, gives her…

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6 Habits of Successful Consultants

By MBO Partners

When you manage your own business, it can often feel like a full-time job in and of itself—and that’s before you’ve even started working on client projects. However, the most successful small business owners know that prioritizing the financial health of their company is a smart investment of their time. There are many fixed costs…

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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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