Manage a Small Business

Melisa Liberman

ThinkLikeABoss: 6 Questions To Determine If You’re Undercharging as an Independent Consultant

By MBO Partners

Do you already know you’re undercharging as an independent consultant? Most consultants do know they could be undercharging but aren’t sure how to pinpoint the exact ways and amounts they’re undercharging. In today’s post, I share the six questions you can ask to figure out if you’re undercharging as an independent consultant. With this knowledge,…

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What Tax Forms You Need as an Independent Contractor

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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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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5 Ways Client Testimonials Help Market Your Business

5 Ways Client Testimonials Help Market Your Business

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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How to Create a Professional Profile for a Job Marketplace

How to Create a Professional Profile for a Job Marketplace

By MBO Partners

When you run a small business, it’s important to maintain a pipeline of project opportunities. And growing your business with these new projects requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. That sounds like a lot of work, but here’s some good news. The hustle is digital, which makes your job easier. Online marketplaces for independent professionals offer…

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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

Many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners call their home office—or wherever their workplace may be—their sanctuary. An office is a place that should generate creativity, promote health and well-being, and offer both a comfortable and efficient environment. This holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our top home office gifts that are perfect for…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

By MBO Partners

The holiday season is always busy and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for a last-minute gift card or fruit basket, take advantage of our annual holiday gift guide. We’ve scoured the web and polled our team members to find some of…

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How to Create a Contingency Plan for Small Business: 4 Steps

By MBO Partners

For many in the business world, a common saying is: “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This saying rings particularly true for small business owners who often have to carefully balance each aspect of their business—especially in unforeseen situations. Whether you’re sidelined by a family emergency, unavailability of resources, or other…

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Do I Need a Mentor as a Consultant?

By MBO Partners

Many professionals today have turned to mentoring relationships for guidance and support. In the past, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world but they are now a practice relegated to specific industries. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose of exposing an aspiring professional to their…

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How to Become a Freelancer for Big Companies: 4 Steps

By MBO Partners

There are many benefits to working with large enterprises when you run your own small business. 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…

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