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4 Ways AI Can Make Your Life Easier as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been a growing buzzword over the past few years. Most recently, AI is being talked about with Chat GPT—a natural language processing chatbot that uses generative AI technology. AI promises a more innovative and growth-spurred future, so it’s no wonder that so many people believe AI will revolutionize the way…

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Client Relationships Guide: 13 Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Clients

By MBO Partners

Effective client management is important when running a small business, and building and maintaining strong relationships with clients play a key role.  If you have built a strong relationship with your client, they are more likely to engage with you on future projects and refer you to others. Once onboarded, it’s easier for companies to…

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4 “Off the Beaten Track” Tips to Create Financial Security as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

Every worker has at least some degree of concern about job security, and independent professionals are very concerned. The challenge cited most frequently by nearly half of the respondents (49%) to our 2023 State of Independence survey was insufficient predictable income. Coming in second, 33% of respondents were worried about the state of their project…

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How Fluent Are You in “Digital?” 4 Areas that Independent Professionals Need to Master

By MBO Partners

On-the-job technology has come a long way since Netscape days. As hardware and software have steadily evolved since then, workers and companies have had to keep up. Web browsers, email platforms, and phone apps are just a few of the technology tools that are embedded in the workplace. Now there are clouds, web-based collaboration spaces,…

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Time Management Hacks for Independent Contractors: Balancing Work and Personal Life

By MBO Partners

As an independent contractor, finding ways to effectively manage your time can be a constant challenge. Many people decide to go independent for greater control over their work and personal life. They enjoy being their own boss, setting their own hours, and deciding who they work for and when. Maintaining this balance can take some…

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How to Stay Organized as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

Boosting your productivity as a small business owner is never a bad thing. Two of the most valued benefits to being an independent contractor are the flexibility to work where want and the ability to work how you want. Whether you work out of a home office, leased space, or coworking facility, you’ve likely spent…

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Soft Skills in the Workplace: Top Skills and How to Improve Them

By MBO Partners

What are soft skills? Soft skills, often called people skills or emotional intelligence, are defined as the ability to interact amicably with others. They are personal attributes that can affect relationships, communication, and interaction with others. Soft skills can be invaluable to business success, but why are they so important? While soft skills can at…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts for 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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Ideas for Special End-of-Year Thank-Yous

By MBO Partners

It’s the time of year when we express appreciation in a big way—to family members, coworkers, clients, and the service providers who make our lives easier. Even though you might mass mail (or email) thank-yous in your business, you may have some contacts or associates who deserve a more custom message. They could be fellow…

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Preparing for the Holidays as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

The year-end holiday season is upon us! From now through New Year’s Day, many of us will juggle additional activities. School events, family visits, and social commitments get added to our usual workload and home responsibilities. For some, stress levels increase as to-do lists get longer and time gets shorter. An added stressor for independent…

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