Start a Small Business

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Business Startup Costs for Skilled Independents

By MBO Partners

If you want to start your own business and already know the skills and services you want to offer to clients, congratulations—a big part of your upfront work is already done! One of the most important hurdles you will cross when going independent is truly making sure you are ready for self-employment. If you are…

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How to Write a Business Plan for Small Business: 8 Steps

By MBO Partners

There is a lot of planning and preparation required to start your own business. One of the most important steps of this process is creating a business plan. Below, we review eight steps to help you create a simple business plan as you begin your small business. 1. Outline Your Offerings Focus your initial business…

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10 Self Employment Myths

By MBO Partners

Why is self-employment appealing? Being your own boss, working when and where you like, and turning your passion into a career are just a few of the perks. But people are often hesitant to make the leap due to concerns about job security, experience level needed, or income potential. However, many of these fears lack…

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How to Start a Small Business: Checklist

By MBO Partners

If you’re curious about starting your own business, there’s a lot to consider. When first starting out, it is important to take time and fully think thorough what running your own company actually entails. Testing out your idea while keeping your existing job is an ideal trial run, because it will give you time to…

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7 Popular Industries for Consultant Jobs

By MBO Partners

In order to build a successful business, you not only need to have great service offerings, you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work. If you’re considering going independent, one big question you should ask is: are my skills in demand? Below, we take a look at seven popular industries for independents….

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8 Business Startup Costs for Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

Starting your own business is both exciting and scary. But the more you prepare, the higher your likelihood of success will be. There’s a lot to consider when you go out on your own, from determining the services you’ll offer to how you’ll incorporate your business, where you’ll work, and how you’ll find clients. Below,…

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Starting a Consulting Business After Retirement: 4 Tips

By MBO Partners

A big career change like retirement can unsettle even the most accomplished professionals. But if you’re like many people who still feel like they have great work to do, you can use your transition to retirement as an opportunity to launch a profitable and fulfilling career as an independent professional, joining a 38 million-strong workforce of talented workers….

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6 Pros and Cons of Being a Female Entrepreneur

By MBO Partners

If you’re considering pursuing a career as an independent professional, you’re probably already aware of the many benefits: the flexibility to work your own hours, the ability to pursue projects you’re passionate about, and the freedom to learn new skills, just to name a few. It’s therefore no surprise that there are more than 38…

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7 Steps to Start a Consulting Business

By MBO Partners

Before starting a consulting business, there are several preparation steps that need to be taken to make ensure your success. While you may be confident in your ability to deliver great services and results to clients, it’s important to take a step back and first work through some strategic planning to make sure you start…

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Starting a Consulting Business: 5 Common Mistakes

By MBO Partners

Deciding to go independent and start your own business is an exciting transition. It’s a chance to be your own boss, pursue projects you’re passionate about, and control when and where you work. At the same time, there’s bound to be mistakes involved when starting a new business venture. Avoid the growing pains of self-employment by…

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