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5 Ways to Improve Your Client Retention Strategy

By MBO Partners

Retaining clients you enjoy working with is not only great for the financial side of your business, it makes your day-to-day job easier as well. When you have a consistent pipeline of projects, you can focus on the work at hand rather than worrying about how you will make it through the next few months….

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5 Ways to Deal With Difficult Clients

By MBO Partners

Managing relationships with your clients can be one most difficult aspects of transitioning to the independent workforce. Even if you are a seasoned independent professional, you may find yourself in a frustrating situation: your client relationship is strained and you’re not sure how to handle it. When working closely with a client on a project…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Skills Relevant as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

As a full-time employee you often have access to classes, coaches, seminars, or learning and development tools from HR to help build skills and credentials. But as an independent contractor, your career development is up to you.   When you’re juggling the roles of CEO, CFO, marketing manager, and HR director, it can be easy to…

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3 Ways Self Employed Track Time and Billable Hours

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, time tracking and billing are essential parts of your job. Whether you charge clients by the hour or by the project, knowing how and where you spend your time will keep your business both productive and profitable. How you manage your billable and non-billable hours as an independent determines…

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How to Get Better Leads by Networking

By MBO Partners

Networking is one of your keys to success in running your businesses. But for some, networking is easier said than done. While who you know is important, it’s what you do with those connections that can make a difference.  Even if industry professionals know your name and you’ve got enough LinkedIn connections to fill a…

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5 Client Management Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Maintaining client relationships is a crucial part of business as an independent contractor. Clients provide the work you need to keep your business up and running, and establishing trust and a good rapport with them is often just as important as delivering stellar work on a project. A strong relationship can lead to repeat work…

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Being Present at Work as an Independent Consultant

By Jae Ellard

Mindful awareness is a valuable tool to build your mental capacity and can help cultivate the skill of being present. The practice of mindful awareness can unclutter the mind, help you build deeper connections with people, and help manage the stress and anxiety that comes with the modern work world.

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Create a Home Office with These 10 Tips

By MBO Partners

Successful independent professionals are passionate and dedicated to their work, which often means spending long hours in the office. Luckily, unlike a cubicle, a home office is yours to customize, so those long hours can be spent in a work environment that is tailored to your needs. With a few simple tips, you can create a home…

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4 Marketing Strategies to Build a Small Business Brand

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, it is important to present yourself in a professional way in order to attract the clients and projects you want. Much of this comes down to how you market and brand your services. While self-promotion may not come naturally to all independent professionals, it is a key part of…

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How to Successfully Manage Client Expectations: 4 Tips

By MBO Partners

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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