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How to Build Resilience Skills as an Entrepreneur

By MBO Partners

Starting and growing your own business can be a winding and difficult road. Achieving sustainable success requires grit, discipline, and stamina to deal with all of the uncertainties that come with the job. That’s why resilience is such a critical skill. When you encounter setbacks or disappointments, it is important to be able to come…

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How a Healthy Pipeline Helps You Price Properly

By MBO Partners

As part of our educational programs on pricing, we bring you part two of a four-part series from Reuben Swartz, who spent over a decade helping companies from Fortune 500 giants to independent consultants improve profits through better pricing. Read part 1: Stop Commodifying Yourself, if you haven’t already. He also created Mimiran, the fun,…

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Tips for Developing and Maintaining Resilience Skills in Your Daily Life

By Jessica Glazer

Leaders today need to be ready to face a range of uncertain possibilities and disruptions. This is especially true for those leading their own companies or working as independent consultants, as each day brings complex and ambiguous challenges for which no easy solution exists. Sound familiar? As an independent consultant, it is essential that you…

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Gross Pay vs. Net Pay: Definitions and How to Calculate

By MBO Partners

As an independent professional it’s important to understand key financial terms. There will be a financial component to every part of your job, from the beginning of a project when you are negotiating with a client about your rates and writing a contract, to the end of a project when you are invoicing a client…

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

By MBO Partners

Avoid a slump in business by using these tips to keep new projects coming in over the holidays.

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Stop Commodifying Yourself

By MBO Partners

As part of our educational programs on pricing, we bring you a 4-part series from Reuben Swartz, who spent over a decade helping companies from Fortune 500 giants to independent consultants improve profits through better pricing. He also created Mimiran, the fun, “anti-CRM” for independent consultants who hate “selling”. He also hosts the Sales for…

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How to Choose an Online Professional Development Training Course

By MBO Partners

In a highly competitive business world, independent consultants know that continuing education enhances their abilities, broadens their areas of expertise, and boosts their professional reputation. Many busy professionals are turning to online training courses to receive these benefits, thanks to their “work from anywhere” convenience and often affordable price points. However, with so many options…

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6 Things to Start NOW to Increase Your 2023 Billing Rate and Revenue

By MBO Partners

It’s the last quarter of the calendar year and time for 2023 planning.  As you work through your business goals and growth strategies for the coming year, consider your current rate schedule along with new ways to increase revenue. Refer to benchmark services that cover your market and skill set to compare the rates they…

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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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Consultant Partnership: When Partnership Consulting is Best

By MBO Partners

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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