Start a Small Business

How to Get Your First Consulting Client: 6 Steps

By MBO Partners

Get your consulting business off to a good start by learning the best strategies for finding and getting clients.

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How to Become a Self Employed Consultant: 5 Steps to Starting Right

By MBO Partners

Is going independent and starting your own business a dream of yours? While becoming an independent contractor may sound great, you might not feel 100% ready just quite yet. Being confident in your decision is important, and luckily there’s a lot you can do to prepare for self-employment so you feel completely informed in your…

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Women in Career Transitions

Top 10 Tips for Career Transition in The Time of Covid-19

By MBO Partners

In these challenging times executives are suddenly being forced to prepare for an unwanted career transition. Others have been planning a departure to retirement, or second career self-employment, for years. The recent DC/Baltimore Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications Zoom webinar, an online webinar for women in career transitions, showcased some of the best practices,…

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How to Break Away from the Corporate Employment Model as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

Going out on your own and starting a solo business can be both intimidating and daunting. When transitioning to self-employment, you’re leaving behind the safety net you had as an employee—healthcare and retirement benefits, a boss who directs your work, and an employer who pays half of your Social Security and Medicare taxes. But as…

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10 Things to Love about Being Independent

10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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

By MBO Partners

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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5 Ways to Prepare for Self Employment

By MBO Partners

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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