Business Management

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How to Create a Contingency Plan for Small Business: 4 Steps

By MBO Partners

For many in the business world, a common saying is: “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This saying rings particularly true for small business owners who often have to carefully balance each aspect of their business—especially in unforeseen situations. Whether you’re sidelined by a family emergency, unavailability of resources, or other…

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How to Grow Your Independent Consulting Practice

By MBO Partners

You’ve taken the leap and started your own business—you have a few projects under your belt and a reliable pipeline of clients, but what’s next? There are many ways to grow your business, and your choice of how to do so will depend on many individual internal and external factors. You may want to maximize…

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How to Eliminate Your Back-Office Burden as a Self-Employed Professional

By MBO Partners

Business management is one of the unfortunate realities of being self-employed. Back-office management consists of all of the administrative and support tasks that need to be done to run your business such as filing paperwork, tracking expenses, filling taxes, and billing clients. In addition to your daily project work, these tasks can take up a…

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How to Become a Freelancer for Big Companies: 4 Steps

By MBO Partners

There are many benefits to working with large enterprises when you run your own small business. Higher-value contracts, bigger budgets, and the opportunity to gain credibility with a recognizable name—just to name a few. However, in order to be attractive to big organizations, independent professionals must first ensure they have a reliable, trustworthy business in…

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4 Tips to Get Buy-In for Your Contingent Labor Program

By MBO Partners

Forward-thinking companies understand that using independent talent as part of their workforce is a strategy that can increase organizational agility and give them access to in-demand skills. Independent professionals provide a flexible way to secure high-level expertise on an as-needed basis. In order to easily and compliantly find, engage, and manage independent talent, it’s important…

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8 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

By MBO Partners

In today’s competitive business world, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you want and struggling to prove your value. Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field can give you a professional advantage….

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11 Ways to Build and Maintain Strong Client Relationships

By MBO Partners

Building and maintaining strong client relationships are important for sustainable business growth.  It’s common for business owners to focus their resources on gaining new business. However, you don’t need to rely on gaining new clients to get new projects.  Continuing to work with existing clients can keep your project pipeline full and lead to referrals…

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How to Write a Business Plan for Small Business: 8 Steps

By MBO Partners

There is a lot of planning and preparation required to start your own business. One of the most important steps of this process is creating a business plan. Below, we review eight steps to help you create a simple business plan as you begin your small business. 1. Outline Your Offerings Focus your initial business…

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4 Learning Agility Skills that Will Help You Succeed

By MBO Partners

Apply the four key components of learning agility to continually grow and improve your business.

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How to Overcome Barriers to Landing New Work

By MBO Partners

One of the most challenging parts of running your own business is landing new opportunities. Referrals can be a great way to gain new work, but it’s up to you to find the right people in your network, create strong relationships, and connect with them to find out what’s happening and how you can get involved….

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