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5 Business Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

As a small business owner, creating and implementing successful business management strategies are key to sustainable growth. There are many aspects to managing your own business, from back-office tasks like handling finances, paying the right taxes, and writing contracts, to staying organized and delivering quality work.  If there’s a particular aspect of management that you…

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How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

By MBO Partners

If the words “performance review” spark dread or anxiety, you’re not alone. In the traditional world of work, performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. So, why should you put yourself through this process as an independent professional?   The answer is simple: when done correctly, performance reviews can be a…

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7 Tips for Writing a Client Report

By MBO Partners

Writing a client report is essential for communicating your progress on a project and managing and building positive relationships with clients.   What is a Client Report?  Client reports help you and your client to measure progress, identify any barriers or issues, and ensure that you are working toward the same goals.  Your written client report…

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5 Customer Experience Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Independent contractors are more in demand than ever. But being sought after for your expertise is just one side of the coin. You also must deliver quality work that meets or exceeds client expectations. Providing fantastic customer experience is a key component to maintaining a steady stream of work.  At its core, customer experience is…

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Why Is Client Engagement So Important?

By MBO Partners

Client engagement is an important step in building your business. You may be an expert in your field and great at what you do, but you need clients to keep the doors open. Investing in client engagement not only helps increase sales, build your brand, and strengthen your reputation, it also helps you develop a roster of people…

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Professional Development for Consultants: 5 Tips for Staying Relevant

By MBO Partners

As a full-time employee you often have access to classes, coaches, seminars, or learning and development tools from HR to help build skills and credentials. But as an independent contractor, your career development is up to you.   When you’re juggling the roles of CEO, CFO, marketing manager, and HR director, it can be easy to…

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How to Get Better Leads by Networking

By MBO Partners

Networking is one of your keys to success in running your businesses. But for some, networking is easier said than done. While who you know is important, it’s what you do with those connections that can make a difference.  Even if industry professionals know your name and you’ve got enough LinkedIn connections to fill a…

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Create a Home Office with These 10 Tips

By MBO Partners

Successful independent professionals are passionate and dedicated to their work, which often means spending long hours in the office. Luckily, unlike a cubicle, a home office is yours to customize, so those long hours can be spent in a work environment that is tailored to your needs. With a few simple tips, you can create a home…

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10 Legal Rights of Contractors and 1099 Employees

By MBO Partners

Understanding your legal rights as an independent contractor or 1099 employee is important. This knowledge can help you build a positive—and legally compliant—relationship with your clients.   How are independent contractor rights determined?  When a company engages someone as an independent contractor, they are responsible for ensuring that person is properly classified. The Internal Revenue…

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5 Big Benefits to Developing Partnerships with Other Consultants

By MBO Partners

Although it can be easily to view other independent professionals as competition—especially those within your industry—there are many benefits to developing relationships with your peers. Networking with other independents can lead to shared learning, collaboration, and referrals. While differentiating your business services can be a great way to stand out from the crowd, establishing strong relationships…

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