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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 ...
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Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile as An Independent Consultant

A strong professional LinkedIn profile is a key part of marketing for any independent business. When people search for your services or name, your LinkedIn profile is going to be ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 2020

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 Increase the Visibility of Your Business

Even with detailed preparation and a great business plan in place, it can be hard to make headway with your independent business if people don’t know who you are or ...
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Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

All forward-thinking organizations today are aware that the talent management landscape is changing. More and more companies today are turning to flexible workforce models, incorporating independent professional talent to supplement ...
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Webinar Recap: Boost Your Consulting Revenue with an Executive Coach

Our May 19 webinar, Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate your Independent Consulting Revenue, offered numerous tips and insights on how, when, and why an executive coach might help you ...
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Retirement Options: SEP IRA for Self Employed Professionals

As a self-employed professional, you enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers. However, the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a ...
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Five Time Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, time management is a factor in your daily life. But spending your time efficiently and effectively is often more easily said than done, especially if ...
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How to Overcome Barriers to Implementing an Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Many organizations today engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy. These companies stand to greatly benefit from a centralized ...
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Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

As an independent professional, one of the most essential skills you can develop is the ability to negotiate business deals. If handled correctly, negotiations can solidify client relationships, set your project ...
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How to Increase Organic Traffic to a Small Business Website

Although a website can have many different goals, for most people, it is a lead generation tool. New leads can come to your website in three ways: referrals from other ...
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5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

Today, more than ever before, 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 ...
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How Enterprise Organizations Can Benefit from Engaging an Executive Coach for their Workforce

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips for ...
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Becoming a Client of Choice: Understanding What Drives the Modern Independent Professional

The modern work environment a dynamic, evolving landscape. As more people choose to forgo traditional employment in favor of working as independent consultants, freelancers, or contractors, organizations are shifting their ...
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Independent Contractor vs Employee vs Temp

Organizations today have many different options to fill talent needs. Temporary employees can fill seasonal or short-term needs, full-time employees support core business functions, and independent contractors can be engaged ...
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Achieve Workforce Agility by Engaging Independent Contractors

The independent workforce continues to steadily increase year after year, and is quickly becoming an indispensable source of talent for business. More than 40% of workers in the U.S. are now employed in ...
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Top 10 Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

In order to create a brand identity, drive a steady flow of projects, and spread the word about your services you need to effectively market your business. As an independent professional, ...
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10 Ways to Take Advantage of Down Time as a Small Business Owner or Independent Consultant

While the goal of any small business owner is a full project pipeline with continuous work, sometimes you may have a little more time on your hands.  Staying productive when ...
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3 Mistakes an Executive Coach Can Help You Avoid

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from ...
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9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

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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Scope of Work Template (SOW) for Consulting Services

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 client project. A SOW is ...
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5 Benefits of Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Many organizations are turning away from traditional hiring models and towards new options to find and manage talent. This strategy takes the form of sourcing from today’s valuable talent pool ...
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4 Self-Care Tips to Practice When Working Remotely

While there are many benefits to working from home—minimal cost of setup, no commute to the office, a flexible daily schedule—it doesn’t come without its challenges. There are distractions around ...
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How to Raise Your Billing Rate

Are you at are at a point in your career where you have years of experience, produce high-quality work that is backed by client recommendations, and provide services that are ...
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Finding True Motivation: Consultant Alicia Dara’s Independent Success Story

Alicia Dara never thought she’d be where she is today: a public speech and presentation coach with almost 25 years of experience in business for herself. She started out studying ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 2020

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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Webinar Recap: Boost ROI, Create a Financially Independent Business & Unleash Your Inner Tiger

Our recent webinar, Full Impact: Unleash the Tiger, may feel appropriate in the title given the recent buzz around Tiger King, but the content within was anything but salacious. Hosted ...
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5 Client Etiquette Rules to Follow When Working from Home

There are many factors that influence a productive home office environment. Creating a defined work space. Developing a daily routine that minimizes outside distractions. Finding ways to balance personal and ...
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6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Companies today have unprecedented access to a pool of more than 41 million independent professionals. And that talent comes in more shapes and sizes than ever before—contractors, consultants, freelancers, side ...
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3 Signs an Executive Coach Can Benefit Your Independent Business

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from ...
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How to Find and Keep Top Independent Professional Talent

For many leading organizations, independent professionals are a growing part of the workforce. Independent talent offer companies the ability to bring a valuable set of skills to a project for ...
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Post COVID-19 Workforce Trends: What Might a “New Normal” Look Like?

There have been non-stop updates about our current status here in the U.S. and globally over the past couple of weeks— both from a health and economic perspective. However, I’d ...
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4 Tips for Managing Contractors

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 Start a Successful Consulting Business

More than 41 million Americans work independently as consultants, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, and more. If you’re working independently and are thinking of pursuing your endeavor fulltime, you’re not alone. Full-time ...
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Four Forces Key to a Modern Business Model

It's no secret that the world of work as we know it is changing. The current COVID-19 situation has certainly exacerbated problems, but it has also brought opportunity. Opportunity to ...
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Unleash the Tiger: Build a Solid Business Foundation

In today’s post, Simmie Adams host of upcoming MBO webinar “Unleashing the Tiger to Grow Your Independent Business," offers actionable tips to help organizational leaders achieve strategic change.  What is ...
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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Managing Remote Workers

As remote work becomes more common, many enterprise managers are finding the need to shift their mindset and policies to align with a virtual work environment. There are many benefits ...
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Lead Generation Tips for Independent Contractors

Leads are an essential component to every independent professional’s business. Whether you find leads through referrals, online marketing, or even cold calling, they are necessary to keep your business healthy and growing. ...
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Unleash the Tiger: Accelerating Change to Achieve Results

In today’s post, Simmie Adams host of upcoming MBO webinar “Unleashing the Tiger to Grow Your Independent Business," offers actionable tips to help organizational leaders achieve strategic change.  Organizational leaders ...
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What is Workforce Optimization and Why Does It Matter?

Today’s organizations are struggling to do more with less in the face of COVID-19. In response to this widespread challenge, forward-thinking companies are leveraging new technologies and experimenting with modes ...
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4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who typically pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020 have been extended ...
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Communication through Crisis: Keeping Project Management Effective in the Wake of COVID-19

In today’s post, Ken Schlechter, change and compliance management expert and owner of Kenneth Michael Consulting Services, LLC, shares insights from more than three decades of experience with companies like ...
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Incorporating More Flexibility into Your Independent Lifestyle

The vast majority of independent professionals pursue their path because of the choice and control it offers them. In fact, the top reasons workers say they decided to become an ...
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5 Reasons NOT to Hire An Executive Coach

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips ...
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How to Maintain Communication and Connection When Working from Home

Working remotely comes with many great benefits. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of the workforce operates out of a home office at least one day per week. When working from ...
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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Contractor Management

The modern workforce is continuing to move away from traditional employment and towards an independent contracting model. As this trend continues, your company is likely to tap into this valuable ...
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5 Tips for Managing a Small Business from a Home Office

Managing your independent business from a home office offers a lot of flexibility and the opportunity to save on many traditional costs. You’re able to scale up or down as ...
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Health Insurance Options for Independent Consultants

As an independent professional, cutting ties with the constraints of a corporate workplace can also mean losing some of the perks—including health insurance benefits that many employers offer. However, this ...
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Independent Contractor Classification: How to Stay Compliant

As organizations incorporate more independent contractors as a part of their workforce, it is important to also adjust policies and practices to ensure all contractors are engaged compliantly. Worker misclassification ...
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The Weekly Independent: April 6, 2020

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 Stay Productive When Working Remotely

Flexibility in where and how you work is one of the major benefits of independent work, but it can also be a challenge. Even if you have a great home ...
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What is the CARES Act, and what does it mean for Enterprises?

In this exclusive webinar, Gene Zaino, MBO Partners founder and executive chairman, Miles Everson, MBO Partners CEO discussed key benefits of the CARES Act and how employers can take advantage ...
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Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

Re-engaging independent talent can save your business both time and money. When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client ...
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How to Work with a Virtual Assistant

As a small business owner, you’ve likely encountered moments when you feel overworked, stressed, or struggle to stay on top of your workload. Trying to grow a business is hard ...
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How Independents Can Access CARES Act Benefits

Congress has approved and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to provide liquidity for the American ...
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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 2020

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: March 30, 2020

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 CARES Act: What it Means for Self-Employed, Freelancers, Independent Workers

The information provided in the MBO Blog does not constitute legal, tax or financial advice. It does not take into account your particular circumstances, objectives, legal and financial situation or ...
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Webinar Recap “MBO Manager Hack: An Interactive Session”

Direct Sourcing Hacks  MBO Partners is hosting a monthly “quick hit” webinar series for engagement managers about how to hack the direct sourcing process to make it easier and faster for them to ...
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3 Ways to Incorporate Direct Sourcing in Your Workforce Management Strategy

If recruiters and enterprise managers at your organization are having a hard time finding talent with the skills they need, you are not alone. Well over half of large organizations ...
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How to Build Strong Relationships When Managing Remote Workers

Most independent professionals work remotely—it’s part of the appeal of pursuing an independent career. But managing remote workers isn’t always easy to do. Tracking deliverables, building teams, and forming relationships ...
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3 Proven Client Retention Strategies

When you run your own company, you are the face of your business on a daily basis. That require finding ways to keep your clients coming back so you maintain ...
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How to Set Your Small Business up for Success

Embarking on a career as an independent professional can be equal parts excitement and nerves. Starting your own business requires a lot of planning and forethought—and those requirements do not ...
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5 Results an Executive Career Coach Can Help You Achieve

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 23, 2020

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 Evaluate Small Business Performance

The future of your business and its level of success comes down to each of the decisions you make, both large and small. To help ensure you’re making the right ...
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How to Boost the ROI of Your Meetings

As a self-employed professional, 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 ...
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5 Tips for Marketing Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you’re in charge of selling your services to the world. Investing in marketing your company ensures that services will be front and center when people ...
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How to Retain Top Independent Talent

Skilled talent is in short demand these days. That means organizations are turning to external talent to fill skills gaps. Independent professionals bring flexibility, lower employment costs, and a cadre ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 16, 2020

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 Work: One Size Does Not Fit All, and Now, More than Ever, It’s Time This is Understood

To say a lot has changed in the world of work in the past week would be an understatement.   Nearly every major organization in the U.S. has taken a critical ...
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Tips for Managing Remote Teams

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. More people than ever before are working remotely. In ...
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Modernizing Business Models to Manage Risk is as Old as The Dutch East India Company

Uncertainty causing boards and managements to change the business is as old as the public company itself.  If we look to history as an example, the creation of the first ...
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Managing Remote Teams: How to Work Effectively with Remote Consultants

More workers than ever before, particularly independent contractors, are choosing to work remotely. In fact, our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who ...
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How to Work with Clients Remotely

This week, MBO Partners will feature content focused on working remotely. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business ...
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Virtual Meeting Tools for Independent Contractors

This week, MBO Partners will feature content focused on working remotely. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 9, 2020

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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Coronavirus and the Independent Workforce: Tips, Strategies & Tools for Successful Remote Work, Safety, and Preparedness

MBO Partners recognizes the growing concern about the possible spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We’d like to take this time to address some additional risk mitigation activities that independent professionals can ...
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How to Avoid an Misclassification Audit

Today, there is a growing awareness of independent contractor rights, high-profile employee misclassification lawsuits, heightened scrutiny from government agencies, and more frequent use of independent contractors. These changes have led to an increase ...
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How to Achieve Work Life Balance When You’re Self-Employed

Achieving work-life balance is hard for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for independent professionals. When you run your own business, you have to balance the demands of multiple clients ...
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How to Find the Right Consulting Project

As more people turn to independent work, there are an increasing number of resources available to find work. While it can be great to have a lot of options to ...
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Consulting Fees: Hourly vs Fixed Price Billing

Deciding what to charge for your services can have a big impact on how you structure and build your business. You don’t want to charge too much, in order to ...
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The Weekly Independent: March 2, 2020

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: February, 2020

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 Sell Your Consulting Services

Selling your consulting services is a big part of your job as an independent professional. If that sounds like something that doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry. Finding work ...
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Small Business Marketing Strategies

Operating as an independent professional means you are in the business of marketing yourself. As a business of one, you’ll face a lot of competition, and time and resources aren’t ...
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How to Take Your Small Business to the Next Level

All small businesses go through a startup phase. This point in your business growth is important; it gives you the opportunity to develop an idea or passion into a functioning ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 24, 2020

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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Types of Benefits for Self Employed Professionals

One of the big differences between being an employee and an independent contractor is managing your own benefits. As an independent, there’s no employer to provide you with benefit options ...
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Back Office Management for Independent Contractors

On your journey to becoming an independent contractor, you’ll quickly learn that there’s a lot of planning involved. Initially, this planning will focus on choosing the services you will offer, ...
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How to Land Your Next Consulting Contract

If you’ve taken the leap and launched your independent career, congratulations! You’re on your way to big things, and millions of independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers are right there with you. ...
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How to Grow Your Small Business

The independent workforce is growing both in size and ambition. The majority of independents say they plan to remain independent or even build a bigger business. Whether you’re among those planning to ...
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Tools to Build a Successful Relationship with Clients

Strong client relationships are the foundation of every successful small business. When you have a good connection with your clients, there is more opportunity for future work as well as ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 17, 2020

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 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

There are plenty of perks to working as an independent professional: freedom, flexibility, control over your work, the ability to pursue your passion, and the option to work from anywhere ...
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5 Steps to Start a Small Business

Deciding to go out on your own and start a business is both an exciting and scary time. Going independent is a big shift from a career, financial, and mental ...
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3 HR Trends Impacting Businesses Today

Traditional hiring models are shifting—that comes as no surprise to savvy businesses. More and more, organizations are taking an integrated approach to talent management. By 2020, the number of self-employed ...
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How to Develop Thought Leadership as an Independent Professional

To be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to cultivate thought leadership. Creating content and finding your own voice are good first steps. However, a ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 10, 2020

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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Financial Management Terms You Need to Know for Your Small Business

Managing the financial side of your business can be intimidating at first, but understanding the basics of what’s going on when it comes to your income, profit, and expenses—even if ...
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6 Ways to Build Better Relationships with Independent Talent

If you’ve incorporated independent talent into your workforce—or if you’re considering doing so—you’ve probably discovered the importance of building a strong foundation that supports these types of workers. Independent contractors ...
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5 Steps to Build Your Personal Brand

Coca-Cola, Nike, Disney. What do these names have in common? They are some of the world’s most iconic brands. In fact, you probably have some sort of emotional attachment or ...
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How to Get More Clients for My Consulting Business

As an independent professional, you’re always thinking ahead to the future. Whether you’re planning how to meet your next deadline, successfully complete a deliverable, or land your next project, it ...
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The Weekly Independent: February 3, 2020

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: January, 2020

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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Starting a Small Business: Financial Management

When starting a small business, there are many financial considerations to take into account. Yes, defining and marketing your services is a big piece of the puzzle but in order ...
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3 Reasons Independent Contractors Are Cost-Effective

There are many benefits to incorporating independent professionals into your workforce strategy—many of which center around cost savings. Independent talent, for example, can offer staffing flexibility and access to skills ...
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What to Know Before Starting a Freelance Career

If you’re considering going independent and starting your own business, you’re not alone. More than 41 million Americans currently work as freelancers, consultants, temporary or on-call workers and the trend ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 27, 2020

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 Start a Small Business: 6 Legal Requirements

Starting a small 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 ...
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Small Business Management Strategies

As an independent professional, successfully managing a small business begins and ends with you. There are many aspects to managing your own company, from back-office tasks like handling finances, paying ...
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Consulting Terms Glossary: Definitions You Need to Know

As the independent workforce continues to grow and evolve, so does the vocabulary of terminology that surrounds it. Here are a few of the most commonly used and confused terms ...
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Top 5 In Demand Consulting Careers

The decision to pursue independent work as a consultant, freelancer, contractor, temporary, or on-call worker is no longer a novel concept. Today, 41 million Americans pursue this type of work, ...
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4 Ways the Independent Workforce Can Help Grow your Business in 2020

Today, 41 million Americans work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers. This independent workforce is a growing and powerful economic force that is shaping the way organizations accomplish ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 20, 2020

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 Things to Consider When Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

As more organizations incorporate contingent talent into their workforce, direct sourcing is becoming a popular way to engage these workers. Direct sourcing enables access to and connection with top independent ...
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5 Things You Need to Know about IR35

IR35 refers to a set of UK legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by independent contractors and the businesses that engage them. This shifts the responsibility of worker classification, as ...
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Looking Ahead in 2020: Independent Contractor Compliance

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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Independent Contractor Engagement Risk: What You Need to Know

Companies today are realizing that independent talent can play a vital role in their workforce strategies. In fact, nearly 64% of senior executives say their external workforce is important or ...
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How to Network with Your Peers

There are many advantages to networking with your peers—hearing a new perspective, gaining industry advice, or obtaining an outside opinion about an idea you have, just to name a few. ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 13, 2020

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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Should Independent Professionals Use Promotional Products?

Online marketing through social media is free—and effective—which means that many cost-conscious independent professionals use platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as their primary method of reaching out to ...
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Creating an Independent Workforce Management Strategy

There are many factors involved in managing your independent workforce. Whether you work with independent contractors, freelancers or consultants, contingent workers must be engaged and managed differently than traditional employees. ...
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Improve Your Email Etiquette: 3 Bad Habits to Fix

More than 124 billion business emails are sent and received each day. As a small business, how do you stand out from the crowd and deliver value in the emails ...
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How to Attract and Retain Great Independent Talent

The independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent in today’s project-based economy. Independent professionals provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing ...
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4 Ways AI Services Can Make Your Life Easier an Independent Professional

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been growing buzzword over the past few years. And, with its promises of a more innovative and growth-spurred future, it’ no wonder that so many ...
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8 Productivity Apps for 2020

Each day as an independent professional is chock-full of things to do. From client meetings and project pitches to account management and brand marketing, it’s not always easy to know ...
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The Weekly Independent: January 6, 2020

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

There are a seemingly endless number of tasks associated with independent work. From maintaining a pipeline of projects, running your back office, and drafting proposals, to holding client meetings and ...
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Talent Management through Strategic Sourcing

Leadership and executive teams from all industries have faced the same pressing question year after year: how do you source skilled talent? When seeking highly-skilled specialists and subject-matter experts, the ...
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How to Start 2020 Right as an Independent Professional

For many, the new year is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. This is true for freelancers and independent professionals as well—taking the ...
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Building Your Network as an Independent Professional

When you run your own business, most of the work you do is done on your own. Being your own boss, setting your own hours, and setting your own goals ...
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Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 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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Planning for Parental Leave as an Independent Contractor

Taking parental leave when you run your own business can be scary. Without set guidelines or a reliable paycheck, the prospect of having to budget for time off, set expectations ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 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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How to Make Business Decisions as an Independent Contractor

In the majority of traditional jobs, managers have the final word when it comes to making important business decisions and there are always coworkers to bounce ideas off of or ...
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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, more than 41 million Americans work outside of traditional employment as independent ...
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Look Back, Look Forward: The Independent Workforce Year in Review 2019

As 2019 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 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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5 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

There are many paths to become a successful independent professional, but there are several key stepping stones that can put you on the path to success. Here are five habits ...
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12 Business Books to Read in 2020

When you run your own business, you also run your own professional development. Certifications or continuing education programs can be great ways to learn new skills and improve on weak ...
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Independent Contractor vs Employee: 10 Differences

There are many nuances and exceptions in the laws, tests, and definitions of what differentiates independent contractors from employees. With the constant small tweaks and adjustments to laws and varying ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 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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13 Books Workforce Management Executives Should Read

No matter what stage you’re at in your career, experienced leaders know that there’s always more out there to learn. Books are a great way to expand your knowledge—even if ...
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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

Many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners call their home office—or wherever their workplace may be—their sanctuary. An office is a place that should generate creativity, promote health and well-being, ...
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How to Find Ideal Clients

When you’re just starting out your independent career, there’s an initial push to land as many clients as you can to jump start your business. While it is of course ...
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3 Reasons to Use a Written Consulting Agreement

Why You Need a Written Contract 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: December 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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9 Events for Freelancers in 2020

As an independent professional, keeping your skills and knowledge current is part of the job. But as a company of one, you may often feel isolated or out of the ...
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MSP vs VMS: Managed Service Provider vs Vendor Management System

Today’s 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, enterprises ...
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How to Conduct a Year End Business Review

Conducting an end-of-year review isn’t a practice that just applies to bigger businesses—it’s a process that is valuable to freelancers and independent professionals as well. A business review gives you ...
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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

The holiday season is always one of the busiest times of year, and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather ...
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The Weekly Independent: December 2, 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 Personality Traits of Successful Consultants

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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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 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 Professional Partners Small Business Owners Need

If you're considering starting your own business, you probably have done some research and have a checklist of what you need to have in place to start off on the ...
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5 Questions to Ask Before Becoming Self Employed

If you’re considering self-employment, there has never been a better time to make the leap to independence. Today, many individuals are pursuing an independent careers and companies are increasingly engaging ...
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How to Make the Most of Black Friday as an Independent Contractor

Tis the season… for holiday shopping, that is. The holidays are prime season for consumer spending, and there’s no reason why independent contractors can’t capitalize on Black Friday spending just ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 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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Employee vs Contractor: Worker Classification and the IRS

Contingent workers are a growing and increasingly prominent part of our workforce today. As more people choose independent work as a career path, the issue of worker misclassification is growing ...
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Top 5 Things to Include in an Online Job-Seeking Profile

When building an online job-seeking profile as an independent professional, you want to put your best foot forward and show prospective clients who you are and what you have to ...
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6 Ways to Build and Manage Your Talent Pool

Best-in-class organizations thrive from building a deep bench of talent. Yet many companies today continue to rely on traditional methods without taking the current workforce landscape into account. Work arrangements ...
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Why You Should Network with Your Peers

Networking is an incredibly important part of any independent professionals’ job. When you run your own business and are responsible for securing your own work, the more high-quality connections you ...
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The Weekly Independent: November 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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How to Reduce the Risk of Worker Misclassification

Worker misclassification is a complex topic that does not have a straightforward solution. Often, misclassification can be unintentional because businesses simply do not have a full understanding of the laws ...
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5 Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption

The modern workforce includes 41 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including these contingent workers as part of your workforce strategy ...
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How to Implement a Direct Sourcing Strategy

By engaging independent professional talent on a project-basis business today can realize significant cost savings as well as increased output and efficiency. Nearly 64% of senior executives say their external ...
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How to Become a Freelancer for Big Companies: 4 Steps

As an independent professional, there are many benefits to working with large enterprises. Higher-value contracts, bigger budgets, and the opportunity to gain credibility with a recognizable name, just to name ...
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Understanding Mileage Tax Deduction Rules 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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Recruiting Contractors vs 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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Improve Workforce Management with a Chief Freelance Officer

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 as a Consultant?

Deciding how much to charge is a challenge for independent consultants and contractors. Your rate can be as high as what a client is willing to pay -- but finding ...
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Employment Types: Determine if You Need an Independent Contractor, Temp, or 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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Transition to Self-Employment: 9 Steps

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 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 vs Employee: Which Should I Hire?

Today, there are many options for finding and engaging talent for your workplace. You can hire temporary workers to fill a seasonal or short-term need, full-time employees to support core organizational goals, ...
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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 Big 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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Consultant Partnership: When Partnership Consulting is Best

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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3 Tips for Presenting a Winning Business Proposal

One of the key roles for independent consultants is business development—and often the road to new business goes through the C-suite. Presenting business proposals to a new client or to ...
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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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When Can I Classify a Worker 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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What are Soft Skills and Why Are They Important?

Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success but what are they and why are they important? While soft skills can at times be more difficult to develop ...
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How to Write an 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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6 Rights of 1099 Workers

As the independent workforce continues to increase in number, you may have noticed that worker misclassification is a frequent topic in the headlines—lawsuits involving Uber, FedEx, Grubhub, and Citigroup, just ...
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What is LLC: 5 Advantages to Forming an LLC

When you first make the choice to become self-employed, there are a number of resulting decisions to work thorough. Some choices are easy and others are more complicated, but navigating ...
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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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The Cost of Worker Misclassification: Independent Contractors

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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Best Business Books Consultants Should Read 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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SOW: What to Include in a Project Scope of Work

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 Including 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 ROI of Using Contractors

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: 3 Differences

Technological innovations, the evolution of the employer relationship, and the rise of independent workers are just a few key elements contributing to the evolving workforce landscape. Today, human resources professionals, ...
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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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5 Ways 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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Use our Compliance Checklist to Minimize Contractor Risk

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 Find 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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Contingent Workforce Compliance: What Companies Should Know

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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3 Ways Millennial Consultants are Driving the Independent Economy

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 Self Employed Can Avoid a Tax Audit

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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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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10 Strategies to Reduce Contractor Compliance Risk

As businesses move into the project economy, proper use of independent contractors is critical. If you suspect that your business may be using independent contractor engagement practices that heighten your risk ...
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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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4 Benefits of Direct Sourcing for Enterprises

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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Overcoming the Top Consulting Challenges

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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4 Strategies to 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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6 Ways to Get More Consulting Clients

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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What is a Consultant vs a Contractor

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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Project Scope of Work Template

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 ...
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Verbal Contracts: 4 Best Practices

Entering into a verbal contract with clients is a common practice among independent professionals. Without the red tape and bureaucracy that can slow down larger businesses, independents enjoy the advantages of being ...
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5 Steps to Negotiating Contracts as a Consultant

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 Key Factors of 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

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 Trends 2019

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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3 Risk Management Strategies for Contractor Engagement

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 a 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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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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How to Avoid 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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10 Self Employment Myths

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 due ...
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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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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 Misclassification Risk 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 Independent Contractor Engagement

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 Contingent Workforce Engagement Program

As the demand for independent talent grows, many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent professionals without engaging third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms for recruiting ...
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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 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 for Independent Contractor Engagement

Why 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 million Americans work ...
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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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Increase 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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3 Levels of Contractor Compliance

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 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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