Manage a Small Business

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How to Overcome Barriers to Landing New Work

By MBO Partners

One of the most challenging parts of running your own business is landing new opportunities. Referrals can be a great way to gain new work, but it’s up to you to find the right people in your network, create strong relationships, and connect with them to find out what’s happening and how you can get involved….

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How to Get Client Referrals

By MBO Partners

When potential clients hear about your qualifications directly from people they know and trust, it lends credibility to your reputation. Word-of-mouth can be a powerful marketing tool for independent contractors. However, there’s an art to asking for and receiving referrals. Follow these five tactics to go about getting client referrals and recommendations in the right way….

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How to Build Strong Relationships with Clients

By MBO Partners

There are many reasons people choose to start their own business—the chance to bring their dream idea to life, the flexibility to have control over their own work, or to find better work-life balance. But the one thing that rings true for all independents is that clients are the foundation of your business. The equation…

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Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, it is important to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself. And that means squeezing every last drop of productivity from your day. While schedules and to-do lists can help, boosting productivity is not so much a matter of time management as it is producing quality work within the time you have available….

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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, you’ll inevitably encounter a roadblock, situation, or circumstance that make it difficult to successfully perform your work. It’s not uncommon to struggle with knowing when to speak up or when to make your client aware of issues or limitations. When it comes to client relationships, the prospect of having…

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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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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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