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6 Tips for Building and Maintaining Client Relationships

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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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Benefits as a Self-Employed Professional

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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Tips for Managing Remote Teams

Over the last ten years, remote work has grown 91%. This shift in the way we work is being driven in large part by independent contractors, freelancers, and full-time employees ...
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How to Grow Your Independent 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 You Need 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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How 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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Personal Branding: 5 Steps to Effectively Build Your 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 Build Your Small Business Pipeline

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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5 Things You Should 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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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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5 In-Demand Consulting Jobs

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 By Getting Rid of These Three Bad Habits

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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How to Create a Talent Ecosystem as Part of Your Direct Sourcing Strategy

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 Difficult 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 the Highly Effective Entrepreneur

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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How to Find and Keep Top Independent Professional Talent

Independent professionals are a growing part of the workforce for many leading organizations. They offer companies the ability to bring a valuable set of skills to a project for a ...
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13 Books for Workforce Management Executives

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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More Clients vs. Better Clients: How to Find Your Ideal Partnership

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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Managed Service Provider (MSP) vs. Vendor Management System (VMS): What is the Difference?

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 Independent 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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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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3 Ways to Analyze Small Business Performance

Every decision, whether large or small, plays a role in determining the future of your business and its level of success. To help ensure you’re making the right decisions for ...
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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 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: 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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Transition from a Full Time Job 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 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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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 soft skills and why are they important? While soft skills can at times be more difficult to ...
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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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6 Rights of Independent Contractors

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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Forming an LLC: 5 Advantages You Need to Know

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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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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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 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: What’s the Difference?

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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What to Include in a Project Scope of Work

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

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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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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10 Self-Employment Myths You Should Know

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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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 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 Use Client Testimonials in Marketing Your Business

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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How to Write an Independent Contractor Agreement: 7 Terms to Include

Contracts are a must in any business relationship, but they’re particularly important for independent contractors to provide: legal protection, establish roles and responsibilities, and outline services to be performed The content ...
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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 You Need to Succeed as a Consultant

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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Top 7 Self-Employed Jobs that Pay Well

If you are contemplating a move to self-employment but aren’t sure if your work experience is suited to an independent career, taking a look at high-demand jobs within your industry can help ...
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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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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 and maintaining strong relationships with existing clients can ...
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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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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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Business Insurance Requirements: Coverages, Exclusions, and Endorsements

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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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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The Difference Between Gross vs. Net Income

Understanding the difference between gross income and net income is important when it comes to evaluating your financial status on a personal level or how your business is doing if ...
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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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4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

Whether you go it alone, hire a tax preparation professional, or take advantage of MBO’s tax preparation and filing assistance, tax season doesn’t have to be a daunting day on your ...
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5 Tips for Leading an Effective 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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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 for Tracking Consulting Expenses

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 to Become a More Agile Enterprise

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

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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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

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: 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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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 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

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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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

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 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 Costs of Engaging Independent Contractors

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 Create a Self-Employed 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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