How to Manage a Small Business

6 Personality Traits of Successful Independent Consultants

December 1, 2019

When pursuing a new career, it can be helpful to see if your personality matches the path you want to go down. For example, networking, running a business, and managing projects are all important aspects of an independent professional’s daily life—and there are certain personality traits that go along with these responsibilities. If you’re considering pursuing…

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How to Become a Freelancer for Big Companies: 4 Steps

November 12, 2019

As an independent professional, there are many benefits to working with large enterprises. Higher-value contracts, bigger budgets, and the opportunity to gain credibility with a recognizable name, just to name a few. However, in order to be attractive to big organizations, independent professionals must first ensure they have a reliable, trustworthy business in place. Follow…

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3 Thought Leadership Strategies for Consultants

November 6, 2019

Learn how to become a thought leader in your field with this MBO Partners guide.

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Top 7 Productivity Apps for the Self-Employed

November 1, 2019

While many people’s favorite apps involve matching sets of candies, launching birds at unstable structures, or chasing around lovable pocket monsters, as an independent contractor you don’t always have the luxury of whittling away time with a game during the day. Luckily, there’s another category of apps that are equally engaging—and can help you maximize…

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5 Ways to Communicate Effectively with Large Clients

October 30, 2019

Working with a large enterprise client offers the potential for higher-value contracts, name recognition, and steady work. Once you land that coveted contract, client relationship management will become a part of your daily work and you’ll quickly learn that consistent, thorough, and open communication is the key to project success. By prioritizing communication, you can…

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Consulting Business Management: When to Partner With Other Consultants

October 22, 2019

As an independent professional, your job involves it all—from running errands and scheduling meetings to engaging with new clients and attending networking events. All of these responsibilities can quickly overshadow your work-life balance. To avoid burnout, stay on top of your workload, and keep your clients happy, consider teaming up with another independent contractor. Working with another professional…

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How to Create a Professional Profile for an Independent Consulting Job Marketplace

October 17, 2019

As an independent professional, growing your consulting business by securing new projects with top clients requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. But here’s some good news on that front: Today, you may not have to hustle as much as you have in the past. That’s because online marketplaces for independent professionals offer an easier way to keep your project pipeline full.…

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What are Soft Skills and Why Are They Important?

October 16, 2019

Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success but what are soft skills and why are they important? While soft skills can at times be more difficult to develop than hard skills—more quantifiable attributes such as web design, accounting, or editing experience—they are arguably equally important in running a successful business. Understanding what…

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The Value of Mentors in Independent Consulting

September 6, 2019

Now a practice relegated to specific industries, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose of exposing an aspiring professional to their chosen industry. Yet internships often lack the aspects of personal connection and tutelage so important to an apprentice…

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How to Successfully Manage Client Expectations: 4 Tips

July 18, 2019

When working with a new client or starting a new project, it can be dangerous to assume that everything is clear and that everyone is on the same page with regard to expectations. However, when it becomes apparent that your client’s expectations don’t align with your own, both the project and your relationship can be…

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