How to Start a Small Business

Alicia Dara

Finding True Motivation: Consultant Alicia Dara’s Independent Success Story

May 1, 2020

Alicia Dara never thought she’d be where she is today: a public speech and presentation coach with almost 25 years of experience in business for herself. She started out studying musical theater and singing, hoping to turn her vocal talent into a lifelong profession. But she soon realized her dream might not really be what…

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How to Start a Successful Consulting Business

April 22, 2020

More than 41 million Americans work independently as consultants, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, and more. If you’re working independently and are thinking of pursuing your endeavor fulltime, you’re not alone. Full-time self-employment continues to be a viable and attractive option for many professionals, especially those with in-demand skills. Any career change marks a major moment, but the decision…

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How to Set Your Small Business up for Success

March 24, 2020

Embarking on a career as an independent professional can be equal parts excitement and nerves. Starting your own business requires a lot of planning and forethought—and those requirements do not necessarily diminish as you move forward. In order for your business to be successful, it’s important to constantly be thinking ahead and setting goals for…

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How to Sell Your Consulting Services

February 27, 2020

Selling your consulting services is a big part of your job as an independent professional. If that sounds like something that doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry. Finding work often comes down to the planning and effort you put into it. If you’ve already committed to building your own business, you have what it…

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10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

February 14, 2020

There are plenty of perks to working as an independent professional: freedom, flexibility, control over your work, the ability to pursue your passion, and the option to work from anywhere in the world, just to name a few. Here are our top 10 reasons to fall in love with self-employment. 1. Boost Your Income Did…

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5 Steps to Start a Small Business

February 13, 2020

Deciding to go out on your own and start a business is both an exciting and scary time. Going independent is a big shift from a career, financial, and mental perspective. As your own boss, you get to decide when, where, and how you work. You have the chance to build a career out of…

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Starting a Small Business: Financial Management

January 30, 2020

When starting a small business, there are many financial considerations to take into account. Yes, defining and marketing your services is a big piece of the puzzle but in order to make a sustainable income and operate compliantly, finances should be taken into account as well. Here are six financial management topics that you’ll want…

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What to Know Before Starting a Freelance Career

January 28, 2020

If you’re considering going independent and starting your own business, you’re not alone. More than 41 million Americans currently work as freelancers, consultants, temporary or on-call workers and the trend towards self-employment isn’t going away any time soon. While going independent has many benefits including better work-life flexibility, increased job satisfaction and the opportunity to…

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How to Start a Small Business: 6 Legal Requirements

January 26, 2020

Make sure your small business operates legally with all of the required licenses and permits.

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Consulting Terms Glossary: Definitions You Need to Know

January 23, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow and evolve, so does the vocabulary of terminology that surrounds it. Here are a few of the most commonly used and confused terms you’ll come across in the industry. 1. W-2 vs. 1099 Worker classification is a complicated issue that has a big impact on contractor engagement. W-2s…

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