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Top 2 Challenges Independent Consultants Face

August 16, 2019

Working as an independent consultant and being your own boss offer a number of benefits including setting your own hours, determining your specialties, and choosing your clients. However, independent consulting is not without its challenges. In MBO’s State of Independence report, we surveyed independent consultants to learn about their experiences, goals, and difficulties. Here, we…

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Solo 401(k) for Small Businesses and Self-Employed

May 2, 2018

Self-employed professionals enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers, but the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions…

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Insurance 101: How to Decode Business Insurance and its Value to Independent Professionals

March 29, 2018

As an independent contractor, you’ve probably dealt with the headache of small business insurance, most likely to satisfy the terms of a contract. Although the word insurance is often accompanied by a sigh, there are benefits in your small business insurance policy outside of just checking a box in the contract terms. It is important to…

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Managing Health Insurance as an Independent Contractor

February 7, 2018

Whether you are contemplating making the leap to independence or are new to the independent workforce, you have likely grappled with how you will manage benefitswithout traditional employment. Health, life, and disability insurance are among the perks of a corporate career. Health Insurance: Group Coverage As a traditional employee, your benefits were through a group plan.…

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Maternity Leave for Independent Contractors: Advice from 6 Self-Employed Moms

November 15, 2017

Even with the flexibility of self-employment, taking maternity leave as an independent professional can be a challenge—both financially and logistically. Not only do you need to plan ahead for your projects, bring in extra help if needed, and set boundaries with your clients, but it’s also important to think ahead to childcare options and set realistic goals…

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Planning for Parental Leave as an Independent Contractor

November 8, 2017

As an independent professional, the idea of taking parental leave can be scary. Without set guidelines or a reliable paycheck, the prospect of having to budget for time off, set expectations with clients, and work head on projects is daunting. Nevertheless, one of the benefits of running your own business is the freedom to structure…

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Do Independent Contractors Need Business Insurance?

November 3, 2017

The decision to start your own business as an independent professional means that you are responsible for ensuring the legal and financial wellbeing of your consultancy. Remember that you are your business—if any legal or financial problems arise that affect your company, they will also affect you directly. It’s important to protect your business against the risk…

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Health Insurance Options for Independent Consultants

October 31, 2017

For independent consultants, cutting ties with some of the constraints of a corporate workplace can also mean losing some of the perks—including the health benefits offered by many employers. According to our seventh annual State of Independence in America study, independents don’t seem particularly bothered by this fact: 48% of independents feel that independent work is more secure…

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Retirement Options for Self-Employed Professionals

July 27, 2017

Self-employed professionals enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers, but the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions…

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Retirement Options for Self-Employed Professionals: Defined Benefit Plan

May 16, 2017

Self-employed professionals enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers, but the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are a number of…

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