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Make the Most of your Transportation Tax Deduction in 2020

Beyond the daily hustle and bustle of grocery store trips and errand runs, many independent consultants depend on their car as a means to get from project to project, or ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 11, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Top 10 Content Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Effectively marketing your business is important to create a brand identity, drive a steady flow of projects, and spread the word about your services. As a small business owner, not only ...
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Why Attracting Independent Talent is Different Than Recruiting Employees

The independent workforce is a different pool of talent than traditional employees. In order to successfully attract, retain, and re-engage independent workers, companies must focus on building a recruiting strategy ...
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How to Write and Negotiate a Consultant Contract

Why a consultant contract is important It is important for the modern independent consultant to realize that we live in an age where people within client organizations change quickly. Without ...
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How a Chief Freelance Officer Can Improve Your Workforce Management Program

The independent workforce—freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, statement-of-work based laborers, etc.—are changing the way we view and understand work. Today, 7.4 million Americans report working full-time providing professional services to ...
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How Much to Charge for Consulting Services: 3 Bill Rate Strategies

As an independent consultant or contractor, you maintain sole responsibility for how much you earn. Your rate can be as high as what a client is willing to pay -- ...
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Employment Types: Independent Contractor, Temp, Employee

Companies today can build their workforce in a variety of ways. Increasingly, businesses are relying on the independent workforce—the 41 million Americans who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, side-giggers, and ...
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3 Thought Leadership Strategies for Consultants

You're already an expert in your field, but are you a thought leader? That's a question every successful or aspiring small business should ask. Marketing is changing along with the ...
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Five Traits of the Modern Independent Workforce

The modern independent workforce embraces technology, works from anywhere in the world, and finds satisfaction in building a career out of their passion. These workers are finding their place in ...
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9 Steps to Transitioning from a Full Time Job to Self-Employment

Why become self-employed? There has never been a better time to become self employed. In fact, more than 32 million U.S. workers have embarked upon the path to date. It ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 4, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Get Your First Consulting Client: 6 Steps

If you have decided to start an independent consulting business, the most important first step is finding and getting clients.  That starts with knowing how to promote and grow your ...
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5 Reasons to Join the Gig Economy in 2020

The United States currently boasts 41.1 million independent workers—a tally that is expected to rise despite record low unemployment and some of the strongest jobs numbers in more than nearly ...
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Top 7 Productivity Apps for the Self-Employed

While many people’s favorite apps involve matching sets of candies, launching birds at unstable structures, or chasing around lovable pocket monsters, as an independent contractor you don’t always have the ...
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Hiring Independent Contractors: 5 Common Concerns and How to Overcome Them

It’s not uncommon to experience some nervousness when engaging an independent professional for the first time. Whether you have fears about the quality of the final product, what it’ll cost, ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: October, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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5 Ways to Communicate Effectively with Large Clients

Working with a large enterprise client offers the potential for higher-value contracts, name recognition, and steady work. Once you land that coveted contract, client relationship management will become a part ...
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3 Cost Savings of Direct Sourcing

Today’s workforce ecosystem is more diverse than ever before. Companies are increasingly shaping their workforce strategy around the expanding independent workforce, finding not only financial benefits, but also value in ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 28, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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What is Co-Employment and How to Avoid Co-Employment Risk

Co-employment is an important type of work arrangement for enterprises to understand as independent contractors become an increasingly integral part of the workforce. Companies need to be aware of independent ...
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4 Steps to Take in a Worker Classification Audit

Even if you’ve done everything you can to minimize the risk of a misclassification audit, you may find yourself with an IRS audit letter. So, now what? Because audits can ...
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How to Evaluate the Right Independent Contractor Engagement Solution for Your Organization

Independent professionals are a steady economic force, bringing in-demand skills, staffing flexibility, and cost control to many enterprises worldwide. As more businesses incorporate independents as part of their full-time workforce, ...
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Consulting Business Management: When to Partner With Other Consultants

As an independent professional, your job involves it all—from running errands and scheduling meetings to engaging with new clients and attending networking events. All of these responsibilities can quickly overshadow your work-life ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 21, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

By 2027, we predict that more than 40 million Americans will be independent, or will have worked independently. This growing trend of independent work is not only a valuable source ...
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How to Create a Professional Profile for an Independent Consulting Job Marketplace

As an independent professional, growing your consulting business by securing new projects with top clients requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. But here's some good news on that front: Today, you may not have to hustle ...
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What Determines if a Worker Can be Classified as an Independent Contractor?

The modern workforce is composed of a variety of workers including full-time employees, temporary workers who may fill seasonal or short-term needs, and contingent workers such as freelancers, independent contractors, ...
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How to Identify and Improve Soft Skills

Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success. While soft skills can at times be more difficult to develop than hard skills—more quantifiable attributes such as web design, ...
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How to Write a Great RFP for Consulting Services

Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools widely used to find and engage independent professionals. Often, these documents are created as standardized templates that have already been ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 14, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How Misclassification Impacts Independent Contractors and How to Avoid It

As the 41-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify at ...
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The Best Business Books to Finish in 2019

One of the challenges of being an independent contractor is that you don't have an employer offering regular professional development opportunities. But that's okay, because you can be proactive in ...
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How to Develop a Personal Brand as a Small Business: 5 Tips

When you think about iconic brands, big names such as Coca-Cola, Nike, or Disney may come to mind. In fact, you probably have some sort of emotional attachment or connotation ...
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SOW (Scope of Work): 6 Key Elements to Include in a Project SOW

Being tasked with writing and delivering a Scope of Work (SOW) can at first seem like a daunting task. However, once you understand what goes into the various parts of ...
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Building a Workforce Strategy that Includes Independent Talent

The ability to work independently has become a reality for a significant number of Americans in recent years. Today, 41 million people work independently as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, temporary, ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 7, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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6 Ways to Manage Project Scope Creep

When requests for additions or changes to a project come up, saying ‘yes’ can be an automatic reaction. However, that extra work can quickly add up and lead your project ...
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Calculating the ROI of Independent Professional Talent

An increasing number of companies today are relying on independent professional talent for their skilled expertise and on-demand availability. Independent professionals bring many benefits to the table including an effective ...
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1099 vs W2 Employee: What’s the Difference?

Three Key Differences between 1099 Contractors and W-2 Employees Technological innovations, the evolution of the employer relationship, and the rise of independent workers are just a few key elements contributing ...
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How to Build a Budget for Independent Workforce Management

Independent professionals provide in-demand skill sets, specialized expertise, and valuable external perspectives, all while allowing enterprises to keep their set base of employees focused on their core business. But what ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 30, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: September, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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Five Places to Find Top Independent Talent

Today, independent talent plays an important role in rounding out the workforce of many organizations. Independents offer numerous benefits such as helping companies minimize employment costs through staffing flexibility. Rather ...
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How to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

One of the most common fears as an independent contractor is the constant uncertainty of industry competition and how you are faring compared to other businesses. This is a legitimate ...
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How to Become a Digital Nomad

You've probably heard the term "digital nomad" tossed around in conversation, but what does it mean, exactly? A digital nomad is someone who embraces technology and location independence, traveling to ...
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Three Trends Changing the Way We Work

Today’s work environment is an evolving landscape. The convergence of emerging technologies, changing worker preferences, and a strong economy and tight job market make it harder for companies to find ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 23, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Minimizing Independent Contractor Engagement Risk: A Compliance Checklist

When engaging independent contractors, it is important to consider how your organization will comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Engaging an independent contractor is different than hiring an employee ...
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5 Employee Misclassification Penalties to Avoid

Independent professionals provide organizations with access to high-quality talent, staffing flexibility, and cost savings, so it’s no surprise that the use of this talent pool has become more common in ...
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How to Target Your Ideal Client

Landing new clients isn’t easy, but finding a new client who doesn’t quite match the type person you’re looking to work with can complicate business down the road and take ...
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Four Things You Should Know About Compliance for the Independent Workforce

Independent workforce compliance is important for any business that currently uses or is considering using independent talent. In order to operate legally, companies must take steps to comply with relevant ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 16, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Is Consulting Right for You? 9 Questions to Ask Yourself

Why become an independent consultant? If you're considering going solo and becoming an independent consultant, you are not alone. But what is independent consulting and is it right for you?  Independence resonates ...
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Three Ways Millennials are Leading a New Era of Independent Work

There are a number of factors that contribute to the growing independent workforce—the 41 million adult Americans who work as freelancers, consultants, contractors, solopreneurs and more. For many, independence offers ...
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How to Avoid a Tax Audit as a Self-Employed Professional

Independent professionals have additional tax responsibilities above and beyond those of conventional employees. With extra forms and numerous potential deductions, it can be easy to overlook small details or miscalculate. ...
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Determining the Cost of Your Independent Contractor Engagement Program

Independent professionals help organizations realize a competitive advantage among their peers by providing access to specialized, in-demand talent, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs. In fact, in today’s ...
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How to Write an Effective Scope of Work (SOW) for Consulting Services (+Template)

What is a Scope of Work (SOW)? A Scope of Work (SOW) is a formal document that captures and defines the tasks, activities, deliverables, and timeline an independent professional will execute for a ...
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Direct Sourcing: Four Tips to Grow a Successful Program

Direct sourcing is a strategy many organizations today are incorporating to engage top independent talent without having to go through a third-party staffing agency or consulting firm. With direct sourcing, ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 9, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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The Value of Mentors in Independent Consulting

Now a practice relegated to specific industries, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose ...
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5 Ways to Build a Strong Client/Contractor Relationship

Successful projects stem from communication, clarity, and honesty. These important qualities build respect, trust, and confidence between employers and employees, and the same principles can be applied to developing a ...
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What to Expect from MBO at CWS

On September 10th, the MBO Partners team will travel to San Diego, CA for two workforce solutions events hosted by Staffing Industry Analysts: Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit and Collaboration ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 3, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: August, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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6 Things to do When Business is Slow

As an independent professional, work can ebb and flow from month to month. One day you may be swamped with projects, meetings, or events, and the next you may not ...
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3 Business Benefits of a Contractor Compliance Program

Any business that uses independent contractor talent will benefit from a compliance program, which serves to minimize the company’s exposure to misclassification liability. By law, independent contractors represent a different ...
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The Financial Well-Being of Independent Workers

Many people today are pursuing independent work—freelancing, self-employment, and independent contracting—to develop their careers, build businesses, or pursue what they are passionate about. There are certainly many benefits to working ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 26, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Create a Business Plan for Your Small Business

Creating a business plan is a key part of the extensive planning and preparation required to become a successful independent professional. According to our State of Independence research, the independent ...
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Direct Sourcing: Four Benefits for Your Organization

Direct sourcing is a talent engagement strategy that allows companies to match highly-skilled candidates with open project opportunities using their own internal resources, bypassing the use of third-party staffing agencies ...
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3 Ways to Retain High-Quality Independent Consultants

Why Businesses Rely on Independent Consultants On-demand expertise, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs are just a few of the many benefits independent talent offer enterprises. Today, an ...
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What Does Independent Contractor Compliance Mean?

In order to operate legally, businesses must take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Compliance takes many forms, from preventing harassment and discrimination, to safeguarding sensitive data ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 19, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Hiring Help for Your Small Business: 4 Ways to Know You’re Ready

When you set up shop as an independent consultant, you’re immediately faced with a number of questions. Will you be able to bring in enough clients to make a solid income? ...
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Top 2 Challenges Independent Consultants Face

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 ...
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The Difference Between an Independent Contractor, Employee and Temp: When to Hire Each

When it comes to filling talent needs, organizations today have many different options. Temporary employees can fill seasonal or short-term needs, full-time employees support core business functions, and independent contractors ...
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4 Engagement Strategies that Reduce Misclassification Risk

The Benefits of Engaging Independent Professionals As traditional employment changes and independent work becomes part of the normal career portfolio, organizations will look for ways to incorporate independent professional talent ...
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How Much Does It Cost to Run a Small Business?

The many administrative and support tasks that must be done to effectively run a business is a big part of every independent contractor’s job. Without an organized and well-managed back office, ...
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Direct Sourcing: Incorporating a New Strategy for Talent Acquisition

In today’s tight labor market, businesses are having a difficult time finding skilled talent. There are more job openings that job seekers, and it has been hard for companies to ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 12, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Sell Consulting Services: 6 Steps to Winning New Business

Independent workers bear additional responsibility; they not only must perform their work, but find work as well. Winning new contracts takes more than luck and a good body of work. ...
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Independent Contractor vs Consultant: What’s the difference?

There are 41 million self-employed Americans today working as consultants, freelancers, contractors and more. By 2024, we anticipate that this total number of independent workers will rise to more than ...
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How to Turn Your Independent Workforce into a Competitive Advantage

As the independent workforce continues to grow, more organizations are realizing the vital part this pool of talent can play in their workforce strategies. According to recent research from Deloitte, ...
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Four Tips to Secure Buy-In for Your Independent Contractor Program

Forward-thinking companies understand that incorporating independent professionals as part of their workforce is a strategy that can increase organizational agility and give them a leg up in today’s competitive market ...
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Independent Professionals: Who They Are and What is Important to Them

The independent workforce is comprised of 41 million people who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This fast-growing population includes all age ranges, genders, skill sets, and income levels, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 5, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Why You Need a Scope of Work (SOW): What It Is and How to Create One

What is a Scope of Work? Before starting a new project, independent professionals are often asked to prepare a Scope of Work (SOW) document that outlines the terms of their project and ...
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How to Negotiate a Consultant Contract

In any business agreement, it is highly recommended to use a well-written contract. Contracts provide clarity, establish a relationship, and offer protection to all parties involved. For these reasons, many ...
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3 Things You Should Know About Classification Compliance

Independent work is now a viable career option for more people than ever before. At the same time, employers are facing low unemployment rate, which leads to a candidate-driven market ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: July, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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4 Steps to Hiring the Right Independent Professional for Your Workforce Needs

You need to find a savvy, highly-skilled independent professional who respects a strict budget and has the specific expertise you're looking for. Work needs to get done, and there’s no ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 29, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Create a Reputation Management Strategy for a Small Business

Why reputation is important Reputation matters.  For the solo entrepreneur, this statement is more than a mere suggestion. It is a mantra that drives all that you do. The stakes ...
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When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?

Organizations today have many different approaches to building their workforce. Traditionally, businesses relied on a base of full-time employees, perhaps supplemented by temporary workers to fill seasonal or short-term needs. ...
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Independent Workforce Management: 5 Trends Impacting Workforce Strategies

The independent workforce is a valuable pool of talent, offering great benefits to businesses including in-demand skillsets, staffing flexibility, and access to knowledgeable experts without adding to company payroll. But ...
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Independent Contractor Engagement: 3 Strategies for Risk Management

Independent contractor compliance is important to be aware of whether your business is currently using or considering using independent talent. Properly managing independent contractors is quite different than maintaining a ...
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How to Build a Million-Dollar Small Business: 4 Steps

Whether your goals for pursuing self-employment are financial, lifestyle, or interest based, choosing to go independent means just that—you have the choice to build a business that allows you to ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 22, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Direct Sourcing: How to Get Organizational Buy-In

Many enterprises today are talking about how to use direct sourcing as a way to find and engage contingent workers of all types. Direct sourcing allows managers to source talent ...
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How to Successfully Manage Client Expectations: 4 Tips

When working with a new client or starting a new project, it can be dangerous to assume that everything is clear and that everyone is on the same page with ...
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Should I Hire an Independent Contractor or Employee? 6 Questions to Ask

Organizations can realize many benefits from engaging independent contractors including significant financial savings, access to specialized skills and expertise, and staffing flexibility. Independent talent can be a great way to ...
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Top 4 Reasons Companies Use Independent Professionals

Today’s workforce ecosystem is more diverse than ever before. Enterprises are building a more dynamic workforce with a mix of salaried employees and contract or freelance talent. And the contingent ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 15, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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3 Ways to Mitigate Compliance Risk When Hiring Independent Contractors

The independent workforce is here to stay. More than 41 million Americans are currently working independently on a full- or part-time basis and we predict that by 2027, more than ...
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4 Tips for Successful Independent Contractor Management

Once you have identified and engaged an independent contractor, ensuring a successful working relationship is the next important step. Managing an independent professional is significantly different than supervising a workforce ...
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How to Market Your Skills in a Job Marketplace

Today, many independent professionals use online marketplaces as a way to find work. Marketplaces enable a transaction between a client and a contractor directly online, allowing independents to highlight their ...
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3 Best Practices to Avoid and Prevent Independent Contractor Reclassification

As the workforce landscape continues to evolve, enterprise managers are increasingly called on to manage traditional on-site workers, remote workers, temporary workers, and independent contractors. Due to the wide variety ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 8, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Fact or Fiction? 10 Self-Employment Myths

</ifram Being your own boss, working when and where you like, and turning your passion into a career make self-employment appealing. But people are often hesitant to make the leap ...
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Four Ways to Minimize Worker Misclassification

Worker misclassification is an inherent risk when engaging independent contractors. Businesses today must decide how to handle differing worker classification laws from federal, state, and local government agencies. Because laws ...
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How to Work Effectively with Remote Independent Professionals

Working remotely is an increasingly popular and viable option for all types of workers, especially independent professionals. Our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 1, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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Why the Risk of Misclassification Can’t Be Ignored

As the 41-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify ...
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8 Ways to Simplify How You Engage Independent Contractors

Independent contractor engagement doesn’t have to be complicated. Yes, navigating the risk of misclassification can be daunting, but as the use of independent talent becomes more mainstream, so has the ...
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How to Manage Work Overload as an Independent Contractor

Clients are a crucial part of your business success as an independent professional. Without clients, you would have no work, and therefore no income. Sounds like you should work with ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 24, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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3 Key Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

More than ever before, the ability to be self-employed is on a lot of people’s minds. Independent work is or has been a part of nearly 48% of American's careers, ...
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How to Create a Centralized Engagement Program for Independent Professionals: Best Practices

What Does a Centralized Engagement Program Include? As the demand for independent talent grows, many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent professionals without engaging third-party ...
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5 Reasons to Hire Independent Contractors

There are more than 41 million independent workers in America today. This growing workforce has increasingly become a vital source of talent for businesses. The shift to a project-based economy, ...
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The Independent Workforce is Confident, Stable, and Tech-Savvy: A Look Into the 9th Annual State of Independence in America Report

Today’s independent workforce is strong and confident, finds MBO Partners’ 9th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Independents—the 41 million adult ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 17, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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What is a Talent Network and How do I Build One?

As demand for independent professional talent grows, companies are increasingly turning to online marketplaces as a way to directly access talent. Independent talent themselves are also utilizing these platforms, with ...
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4 Proven Ways to Avoid Burnout and Stay Motivated at Work

It’s a feeling most working adults have experienced at some point in their lives: the career that was once exciting and invigorating has become a source of exhaustion, apathy, or ...
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3 Best Practices to Follow When Engaging Independent Professionals

Why Should You Engage Independent Professionals? More than ever before organizations are turning to independent contractors as valuable talent to supplement their workforce and achieve business objectives. More than 41 ...
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What is Worker Misclassification?

As more companies begin to incorporate independent professional talent into their workforce, more high-profile lawsuits have been in the news—throwing the issue of worker misclassification into the spotlight. But what ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 10, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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10 Tips for Increasing Adoption of Contingent Workforce Management Policies

Independent professionals are a valuable resource to many organizations. This component of your total workforce can bring in much-needed expertise, best practices, and delivery capabilities. However, that value can be ...
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When to Create an Independent Contractor Compliance Program

Organizations are increasingly recognizing the competitive advantage, reduced cost, and unique skills on-demand talent bring to the market. Independent professionals are an economic force that will continue to grow and ...
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How to Define Your Expertise and Communicate Your Value

When first starting out as an independent professional, you may have taken a broad approach to creating your business plan, tried to cover a wide range of services, or revised ...
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What is Direct Sourcing and What are its Benefits?

The modern workforce is an evolving landscape that is moving away from the conventional 9-to-5 employee model and towards more agile, project-based talent strategy. “The traditional employer-employee relationship is being ...
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The Weekly Independent: June 3, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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Building the A-List: What to Think About When Re-Engaging Independent Contractors

Have you ever worker with an independent professional that you wished you could hire on the spot and have around full-time? It’s a blessing and a curse when truly exceptional ...
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5 Ways to Present Client Testimonials

Client referrals and recommendations are a great marketing tool for independent professionals. Testimonials give your business credibility and are particularly helpful for prospective clients who may be considering your services. ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 28, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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3 Creative Business Growth Strategies That Work

From maintaining a pipeline of projects, running your back office, and drafting proposals, to holding client meetings and managing finances, there are a seemingly endless amount of tasks associated with ...
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4 Self-Employed Tax Advantages

Being self-employed may not always be simple, but it definitely has its rewards. Doing what you love and having the flexibility that comes with being your own boss can certainly ...
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3 Ways Employee Misclassification Can Impact Your Business

As more companies begin to integrate independent professional talent into their fulltime workforce, the risk of worker misclassification increases. Whether your business has been engaging independent contractors for years or ...
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5 Benefits of Contractor Management Outsourcing

As today’s workforce continues to move away from traditional employment and towards an independent contracting model, your company is likely to tap into this valuable talent resource soon—if it hasn’t ...
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How to Be Your Own Boss

One of the biggest perks of becoming an independent professional is getting to be your own boss. While there are a lot of rewards that come with this power, being ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 20, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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10 Skills Consultants Need to Succeed

Keeping your skills and knowledge current is important to remain competitive as an independent professional. As the workforce landscape continues to evolve, your skills will need to do so as ...
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How to Write a Consultant Job Description: 4 Tips

When looking for independent professional talent to incorporate into your workforce, there are many factors to consider. If you are engaging independent contractors for the first time, you may be ...
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Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

The talent management landscape is changing. More and more companies today are turning to flexible workforce models, incorporating independent professional talent to supplement their full-time workforce with specialized skills and ...
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4 Ways Companies Can Attract Top Independent Professionals & Become a Client of Choice

Today more than ever, businesses must compete in a War for Talent that is not just about finding and retaining full-time employees, but also involves engaging and re-engaging top independent ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 13, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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3 Reasons Independent Contractors Are Cost-Effective

Many of the key benefits of incorporating independent professionals into your workforce strategy center around cost savings. For instance, independent talent can offer staffing flexibility and access to skills that ...
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Time Management Strategies for Independent Contractors

Some of the biggest perks of independent work are freedom from corporate nine-to-five days and the ability to create your own schedule. Without a set routine, however, time management can ...
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5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

In today’s project-based economy, the independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent. Independent contractors provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing ...
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How Technology is Changing Workforce Management and Increasing the Use of Independent Contractors

Why More Companies are Using Independent Workers There have been dramatic changes in the workforce landscape since the Great Recession ended in 2009. In order to embrace the new normal ...
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The Weekly Independent: May 6, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Overcome Barriers to Implementing an Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Companies that engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy stand to greatly benefit from a centralized program that is ...
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How Much Does it Cost to Start a Consulting Business?

Whether you’re tired of a corporate work environment, eager to launch an innovative business venture, or simply ready to be your own boss, there are many attractive benefits to starting ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 29, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Ways to Refresh Your Brand as an Independent Consultant

Building a brand, standing out from your competition, and communicating a unique value proposition are all challenges of being an independent professional, but can be some of your biggest opportunities ...
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Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client for future work. Re-engaging with independents can save your business both ...
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4 Steps to Reducing Compliance Risk

The modern workforce has seen a dramatic shift away from the salaried 9-5 employee, and towards a mosaic of independent contractors engaged by enterprises for specific projects. While the gig ...
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How to Implement a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Business today can realize significant cost savings as well as increased output and efficiency by engaging independent professional talent on a project-basis. According to research from Deloitte, nearly 64% of ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 22, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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6 Tips for Building and Maintaining Client Relationships

It’s common for independent professionals to focus their resources on gaining new business. However, new projects don’t always mean new clients. Building strong relationships with existing clients can set you ...
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Independent Contractor vs Employee: 10 Differences

Laws, tests, and definitions of what differentiates independent contractors from employees are full of nuances and exceptions. With the constant small tweaks and adjustments to laws and varying tests from ...
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5 Tips to Effectively Implement a Contingent Workforce Program

Today’s workforce includes 42 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including independent contractors as part of your workforce strategy comes with ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 15, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Managed Service Provider (MSP) vs. Vendor Management System (VMS): What is the Difference?

HR and business leaders are experiencing pressure to improve service, move faster, and find new skills in their workforce. With a need to shift strategies to better meet business goals, ...
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6 Ways to Build and Manage Your Talent Pool

Building a deep bench of talent is integral to becoming a best-in-class organization. Yet many companies today continue to rely on traditional methods without taking the current workforce landscape into ...
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How to File Self-Employment Taxes: 5 Ways to Be Compliant

Life as an independent professional involves a different approach than that of a full-time employee, and the same can be said for independents come tax time. Since many independents receive ...
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Coverages, Exclusions, and Endorsements Independent Professionals Should Know

If you’re an independent professional, you’ve likely gotten a contract that required business insurance. While the flexibility and autonomy of working independently are a large part of what draws so ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 8, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Employee vs. Contractor: Worker Classification and the IRS

As the 42-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10% to 20% of employers ...
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How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

Many traditional employees associate the words “performance review” with dread or anxiety. This is because performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. So, why should ...
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4 Ways to Build a Talent Network

Before we dig in, let’s talk about quality, quantity, and size of your talent network. If you’ve ever posted an opening to a job board, then you’re aware of the ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 1, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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Gross vs Net Income: What’s the Difference and Why it Matters

Gross income and net income are two important numbers to know when it comes to understanding how your business is doing and paying taxes as an independent professional. Because gross income ...
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3 Challenges of Creating a Successful Workforce Management Program

Self-employment is not only a growing career choice for 42 million Americans, but companies on the whole are also increasingly recognizing the many benefits independent professionals provide and are incorporating ...
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6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Today, organizations have unprecedented access to a 42 million strong pool of independent professional talent. And that talent comes in more shapes and sizes than ever before—contractors, consultants, freelancers, side giggers, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 25, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 18, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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5 Steps for Planning a Great Project Kickoff Meeting

The contracts are signed and the budget is approved. You’re now officially on board and it is time to get to work! Starting your project with a kickoff meeting is a great ...
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6 Steps to Successfully Build a Small Business Brand

Why is branding important? Marketing is the engine that drives a steady flow of opportunities into an independent professional's project pipeline. It is essential for independents to create a strong ...
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5 Things Independent Professionals Value in a Client Relationship

With each passing year, the nature and culture of independent work is growing more complex and sophisticated. Today, nearly 42 million Americans work outside of traditional employment as independent contractors ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 11, 2019

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of ...
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How to Create a Small Business Website: 5 Simple Steps

A website is not only a powerful markting tool for small business owners, it is essential in today's world in order to build your brand, establish credibility, and generate leads.  ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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4 Tips and Tools for Keeping Track of Your Expenses as an Independent Contractor

If you’ve been an independent contractor for more than a year, you know how fun it can be to gather up your expenses come tax time. This is definitely one ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 25, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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4 Ways Companies Can Become More Agile in Workforce Management

What is an Agile Enterprise? An agile enterprise is an organization or business that moves quickly; one that acts and reacts in a rapid manner. In a business climate obsessed ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 18, 2019

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The Weekly Independent: February 11, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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How to Avoid an Independent Contractor Misclassification Audit

With growing awareness of independent worker rights, high-profile employee misclassification lawsuits, heightened scrutiny from government agencies, and more frequent use of independent contractors, there is an increased risk of being audited for worker misclassification. ...
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Achieve Workforce Agility by Engaging Independent Contractors

As the independent workforce continues to steadily increase year after year, it is quickly becoming an indispensable source of talent for business. More than 40% of workers in the U.S. are now employed ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 4, 2019

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: January, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 28, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Independent Contractor Engagement Risk: What You Need to Know

According to research from Deloitte, nearly 64% of senior executives say their external workforce is important or very important in increasing organizational agility. More companies are realizing that independent talent can ...
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Should Your Independent Contractors Have Cyber Insurance?

Setting insurance requirements for independent contractors can be a tricky line to walk. On the one hand, setting the requirements too low leaves you vulnerable to damages and lawsuits. On ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 21, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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4 Ways to Create Long-Term Customer Value for Your Clients

As an independent professional, building lasting client relationships goes beyond simply providing advice and strategic direction. Long-term value for clients isn’t measured by how well or how efficiently you complete a project, ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 14, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Why Worker Classification is Important to Independent Professionals

As the 42-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10% to 20% of employers ...
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How to Build a Personal Brand

Whether you’re an independent professional or a Fortune 100 company, branding is integral to your identity. From your name and logo to your company slogan and reputation, it’s how the ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 7, 2019

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7 Ways To Cut Expenses

There’s never a bad time to check your spending and reassess your expenses. While any business budget can benefit from a little belt-tightening, as an independent contractor you deal with ...
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How to Calculate Consulting Rates and Fees

How do you calculate your consulting rate?  It's a question most W2 employees ask themselves when they want to become a consultant. How can you maximize today and prepare for ...
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Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2018

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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How to Develop a Website Strategy to Meet Your Goals

As an independent professional, your primary goal is to find and complete projects that require your expertise and skills. However, no matter what field or industry you are in, you ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 17, 2018

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How To Give Back on a Budget as an Independent Contractor

Even as a business of one, philanthropy can be an important part of your brand. Not only is charitable giving a great way to give back to your community and support ...
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Look Back, Look Forward: The Independent Workforce Year in Review 2018

As 2018 winds to a close, we at MBO Partners like to take the time to reflect in preparation for the year ahead. As is common in any fast-growing industry, ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 10, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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5 Ways to Prepare for IR35

In this exclusive MBO Partners webinar, Gene Zaino, CEO of MBO Partners, Kevin Barrow, a partner at Osborne Clarke and leading legal expert on the staffing sector, and Fergal Lennon, ...
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MBO Partners’ State of Independence in America Report: What it Means for Your Independent Workforce Program

Is your organization ready to engage top independent talent? Just how much do you know about the preferences and trends impacting today's most in-demand independent professionals? In this exclusive MBO ...
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The Direct and Indirect Costs of Independent Contractor Engagement Methods

The independent workforce is an increasingly essential part of the talent ecosystem for many organizations. In order to realize cost savings from this valuable pool of talent, businesses need to ...
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How to Add Self-Employed to Your Resume

When you’re your own boss, maintaining an updated resume may seem like an unnecessary—and somewhat daunting—task. But as an independent professional, having a resume on hand can help boost your ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 3, 2018

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2018

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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The Impact of IR35 on UK Independent Contractors: 5 Ways Your Enterprise Can Begin to Prepare

IR35 is tax legislation in the United Kingdom aimed at classifying the tax status of self-employed professionals who work for public or private sector companies. The legislation is designed to ...
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6 Thought Leadership Strategies for Independent Consultants

In our social media dominated world of today, anyone with a Twitter account or a blog can call themselves an “expert” on any given subject. And that makes it tough ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 26, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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How to Practice Resilience as an Independent Professional

Starting and growing your own business can be a winding and difficult road. Achieving sustainable success requires grit, discipline, and stamina to deal with all of the uncertainties that come ...
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How to Give a Great Business Presentation

What makes a succesful business presentation? The ability to communicate is one of the most powerful weapons in your professional arsenal. Communicating comes in many different forms, from professional writing, ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 19, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Tips for Developing and Maintaining Resilience Skills in Your Daily Life

Leaders today need to be ready to face a range of uncertain possibilities and disruptions. This is especially true for those leading their own companies or working as independent consultants, ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 12, 2018

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3 Reasons to Use a Written Consulting Agreement

Why You Need a Written Consulting Agreement When engaging independent contractors, it can be tempting to review the work you need done, come to an understanding, and get started as quickly ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 5, 2018

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How to Keep Business Booming During the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, you may find business slowing down as clients become busy with travel, end-of-year objectives, or family obligations. Nevertheless, keep in mind that many businesses have budgets that ...
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IR35 and the Private Sector: How to Prepare and Protect Your Business (GMT)

Is your business ready for the changes in off-payroll working in the private sector? What should you be doing now to prepare your business for the introduction of the changes ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: October, 2018

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 29, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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5 Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

Starting your own business is both exciting and challenging. After doing your research, writing a business plan or roadmap, and deciding on a business structure, you’ll want to consider the other legal ...
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5 Benefits of a Direct Sourcing Strategy for Talent Acquisition

To successfully source from today’s valuable talent pool of self-employed professionals, many organizations are turning away from traditional hiring models and towards new options to find and manage talent. The ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 22, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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How to Attract and Retain Great Independent Talent

In today’s project-based economy, the independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent. Independent contractors provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing ...
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Three Key Themes from the 2018 SIA CWS Summit & GigE Events

Last week, the MBO Partners team traveled to Dallas, TX for two Staffing Industry Analysts events: the Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit and the Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference. ...
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Four Key Steps to Develop Learning Agility

The road to success as an independent professional is filled with many obstacles. In order to stay relevant and competitive within your industry, you must be willing to adapt and ...
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How to Land a Contract with a Big Company

A contract with a large enterprise is a good way for independent professionals to start or expand their business. Large companies will often turn to the same vendors for services, ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 15, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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How to Bill and Invoice Clients: 10 Best Practices

For an independent professional, there’s nothing worse than a client who doesn’t pay their invoice on time. After investing a significant amount of time and effort into completing a project, meeting deadlines, ...
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5 Certifications for Small Business Owners

Owning and running a small business requires extensive planning, constant problem solving, and efficient networking to be successful. While developing a comprehensive marketing strategy can help you define your brand, share your ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 8, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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3 Reasons to Land Projects with Big Clients

Why Work with Big Clients? The number of high-earning independent professionals is on the rise—3.3 million full-time independents report earning $100,000 or more each year. These independents tend to work ...
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The Weekly Independent: October 1, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: September, 2018

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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One in Five Independents Makes More than $100,000 Annually: Here’s How They Do It

Today, 3.3 million independent workers earn more than $100,000 annually. Since MBO Partners began tracking the size and makeup of the independent workforce in 2011, this high-earning population has grown ...
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Consulting After Retirement: Advice from John Frazier Glenn

With extensive professional experience ranging from an active duty military career in the U.S. Army to 40 years of biomedical research and development expertise, it’s no surprise that Dr. John Frazier Glenn received ...
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How to Set Boundaries at Work as an Independent Contractor

As an independent contractor, you’re probably familiar with the fact that when you tell people what you do for a living it’s easiest to be crystal clear about your work ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 24, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Four Practical Up-Selling Tips for Independent Consultants

McDonald's hit the upselling nail right on the head with their iconic question: "Would you like fries with that?" While independent professionals would be well advised to find a slightly more ...
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How to Cultivate Learning Agility as an Independent Professional

We’ve all been there. Whether by circumstance or your own choosing, you’ve found yourself in a situation where you realize you are in way over your head. Beyond pondering “How ...
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What is Business Credit and Why is it Important?

If you’re not sure what business credit is, you’re not alone. A report by business credit score company Nav found that 45% of small business owners didn’t know they had a business ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 17, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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S Corp (S Corporation): Key Advantages and Disadvantages

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as an independent professional is choosing the right business structure for your company. There are many options for independents, each with different taxes, paperwork, ...
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The Weekly Independent: September 10, 2018

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The Weekly Independent: September 10, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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6 Personality Traits of Successful Independent Contractors

When pursuing a new career, it can be helpful to see if your personality matches the path you want to go down. For example, networking, running a business, and managing ...
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Section 199A Deduction: How it Impacts Small Businesses

In late 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years.  One of the major ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: August, 2018

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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8 Tactical Tips for Stress Free Business Travel

Whether you travel frequently or irregularly for work, navigating busy airports, snagging ground transportation, and sleeping away from your own bed is certainly not for the faint of heart. However, there are ways ...
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Why More Workers are Joining the Digital Nomad Workforce

If you’ve ever aspired to travel the world without quitting your job, know that you’re in good company. According to new estimates from MBO Partners’ 2018 State of Independence in America research, ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 27, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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How to Develop Thought Leadership as an Independent Professional

In order to be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to establish thought leadership. While creating content and finding your own voice are fundamental elements, ...
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Worker Classification: DOL, IRS, State Tests and Guidelines

Questions and concerns around employee misclassification continue to grow as the independent workforce rises in number. Misclassification can lead to decreased tax collection revenue, loss of employee entitlements such as minimum ...
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What is Scope Creep and How Can I Avoid It?

What is Scope Creep? Scope creep occurs when new provisions, tasks, or unexpected deliverables outside of an existing scope of work are added to a project. In an effort to ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 20, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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5 Client Management Tips for Independent Contractors

Maintaining client relationships is a crucial part of business as an independent contractor. Clients provide the work you need to keep your business up and running, and establishing trust and ...
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Workplace Presence for Consultants

Ten years ago, when I left my corporate job to start a mindfulness consulting company, a fellow consultant gave me some advice. He told me being a great consultant is about ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 13, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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How to Create a Growth Strategy for Your Small Business

Knowing when it is time to grow your solo business is an important decision. There are many internal and external factors to consider if, when and how you grow your ...
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How to Stay Productive and Avoid the Summer Slow-Down

It’s common for business to slow down during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Clients are likely enjoying vacation or waiting for the fall to begin their ...
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3 Networking Tips for Small Business Owners

As an independent professional, who you know can be equally important as what you know. To ensure a steady flow of projects, it’s important to build and maintain a strong ...
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6 Ways to Jumpstart Small Business Growth

As a solo business owner, you have a seemingly endless list of responsibilities—from client meetings, marketing, and project management to tax filing and invoicing. Planning for the future is an important part ...
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The Weekly Independent: August 6, 2018

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5 Proven Ways to Grow Your Client Base

When it comes to your independent business, finding a balance between managing existing clients, landing new clients, busy work periods, and much needed free time is a constant challenge. When ...
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Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Are Independent Contractors Covered?

A common question on the minds of enterprises, staffing firms, and on-demand platforms is: how do we solve for worker injury and workers’ compensation when engaging independent contractors? It’s a hot-button problem ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 30, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: July, 2018

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and ...
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How to Overcome Barriers to Landing New Work

Landing new opportunities is a big part of your job as an independent professional, and it is often one of the most challenging. Referrals are a top driver of opportunities, but it’s ...
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Top 9 Self-Employment Tax Deductions

Properly managing business expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy for an independent contractor. As a business-of-one, you will likely incur fixed costs that can’t ...
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4 Major Independent Workforce Themes at 2018 Conferences for Contingent Workforce Leaders

Contingent workforce leaders are gearing up for the heart of event season this fall, where there will be many exciting talent solutions, innovative processes, and risk-mitigation strategies to discuss and ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 23, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Should I Become a Consultant? 6 Steps to Know if You’re Ready

Whether you identify as an independent contractor, self-employed professional, freelancer, or entrepreneur, there’s plenty of gratification in knowing that ultimately, you’re your own boss—you work for yourself, you call the ...
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How to Develop Resilience When You’re Self Employed

The pathway to success as a self employed small business owner is not straight, flat, or smooth. It’s a twisting, uphill climb through terrain that is often difficult. Achieving sustainable ...
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How to Develop Learning Agility as an Independent Professional

Succeeding as an independent professional is difficult if you are focused on only doing certain things a certain way. Instead, running your own business is more like an ongoing process ...
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How to Network and Market Your Small Business on Social Media: Do’s and Don’ts

For independent professionals, social media is an incredibly valuable tool for both networking and marketing. As with any business tool, its success relies on knowing how to use it. Below are some ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 16, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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4 Ways Using Independent Contractors Can Give Your Company a Competitive Advantage

It’s no secret that organizations across the country have been struggling to find, engage, and retain skilled talent. In fact, 73% of CEOs say the availability of skills is a serious concern—so ...
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How to Boost the ROI of Your Meetings with a Proven Follow-Up Strategy

When you’re self-employed, the right relationships can make or break your business. Not knowing where your next project or client is coming from can be a source of stress that ...
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Why Self Employment Will Remain a Viable Career Path

</ifram Strong, mature, and evolving are words used to describe today’s independent workforce in MBO Partners 8th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the ...
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Self-Employment Remains a Viable, Desirable Career Path in 2018, Finds 8th Annual State of Independence in America Report

Strong, mature, and evolving are words used to describe today’s independent workforce in MBO Partners 8th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the independent ...
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How to Get Client Referrals

Word-of-mouth is a powerful marketing tool for independent contractors—when potential clients hear about your qualifications directly from people they know and trust, it lends credibility to your reputation. But there’s an ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 9, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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Work-Life Integration: How to Claim Control of Your Personal Time

One of the biggest perks of being self-employed is the ability to control when, where, and how you work. But running your own business is takes a lot of dedication, ...
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Transitioning to Self-Employment: Advice from Consultant Wade Forbes

One year ago, Wade Forbes, a cyber security contractor, transitioned from a traditional corporate work role to independent consulting. Now, he takes pride in the fact that the relationships he ...
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10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

From freedom, flexibility, and control, to pursuing your passion and working from anywhere in the world, there are plenty of perks to working as an independent professional. Here are our ...
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The Weekly Independent: July 2, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of ...
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