How to Start a Small Business

5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Small Business

January 11, 2018

The decision to pursue an independent career can be both exciting and scary. The rewards of being your own boss, working flexible hours, and the ability to pursue what you’re passionate about are great, but as an independent, you also assume the challenges, risks, and infrastructure of running a business. In his webinar, Going Independent: Are You…

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5 Target Industries for Consultants

November 22, 2017

If you’re considering going independent, one big question you should ask is: are my skills in demand? Building a successful business is not only dependent on having great service offerings, but you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work as well. The following are five popular industries for independents—but don’t worry if…

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10 Independent Consulting Myths

November 7, 2017

The ability to work when and where you like, be your own boss, and turn your passion into a career make independent work broadly appealing, but that doesn’t mean it is for everyone. Running your own business can be stressful and it will require more than a few long hours. Nevertheless, people are often hesitant…

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Creating a Contractor Invoice: 6 Elements to Include

August 18, 2017

An invoice may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of powerful communication tools for your small business, but an invoice that is put together well can enhance your professionalism, make a good impression, and lay the groundwork for a continuing business relationship. An invoice is a permanent record of the…

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When to Transition to Independent Consulting from a Full Time Job

July 13, 2017

If you are considering quitting full-time employment for a career as an independent consultant, here are several key factors that can help you determine if (and when) this transition is right for you. 1. You are financially ready There’s no magic number needed to quit one’s job and make the leap to self-employment, but typically…

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Starting a Consulting Business: 5 Common Mistakes

June 21, 2017

Becoming an independent consultant 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 learning about common errors and…

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4 Ways to Find Independent Consulting Jobs

April 4, 2017

One of the benefits of being an independent professional is having the flexibility to follow your passion and choose the type of work you do. However, project frequency can ebb and flow, and it can sometimes be difficult to establish a steady stream of work. Luckily, there are many ways to keep your pipeline full such as…

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3 Reasons to Consider Consulting After Retirement

March 22, 2017

Continuing to work after you retire is an attractive option for many reasons, but doesn’t returning to a grueling work schedule defeat the very purpose of retirement? If you have years of experience in the workforce, there should be a way for you to contribute your expertise while still making the most out of your…

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Do I Have an Entrepreneur Mindset?

March 8, 2017

“The biggest mistake that you can ever make is to ever think that you work for anyone but yourself. From the time you take your first job until the time you retire you are always self-employed.”– Brian Tracy, Business and Professional Development Coach The quote above can be a game-changer for many people considering self-employment. Realizing…

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C Corp: 6 Advantages

February 22, 2017

For many, there has never been a better time to make the shift to independent work. With online services making it easier than ever to set up your business, it’s no wonder that 29 million American workers are considering becoming independent in the next 2-3 years. Once you’ve decided to pursue work as an independent consultant, choosing the…

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