Business Management

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How to Break Away from the Corporate Employment Model as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

Going out on your own and starting a solo business can be both intimidating and daunting. When transitioning to self-employment, you’re leaving behind the safety net you had as an employee—healthcare and retirement benefits, a boss who directs your work, and an employer who pays half of your Social Security and Medicare taxes. But as…

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How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

By MBO Partners

If the words “performance review” spark dread or anxiety, you’re not alone. In the traditional world of work, performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. So, why should you put yourself through this process as an independent professional? The answer is simple: when done correctly, performance reviews can be a…

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What is Gross vs Net Income? Differences and How to Calculate

By MBO Partners

Gross income is the total amount you earn and net income is your actual business profit after expenses and allowable deductions are taken out. However, because gross income is used to calculate net income, these terms are easy to confuse. When you run your own business, understanding the difference between gross income and net income…

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Webinar Recap: Boost Your Consulting Revenue with an Executive Coach

By MBO Partners

Our May 19 webinar, Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate your Independent Consulting Revenue, offered numerous tips and insights on how, when, and why an executive coach might help you grow your independent business. Coaching is a valuable tool for independent professionals, business owners, and anyone looking to expand their career and increase their earnings….

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Five Time Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

As a small business owner, time management is a factor in your daily life. But spending your time efficiently and effectively is often more easily said than done, especially if you work remotely. It can be hard to focus when working from home and distractions seem to lie around every corner. Likewise, if you spend…

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Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

As an independent professional, one of the most essential skills you can develop is the ability to negotiate business deals. If handled correctly, negotiations can solidify client relationships, set your project up for success, and help you grow your business. If handled incorrectly, you may compromise on something that is ultimately bad for your business, fail…

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4 Self-Care Tips to Practice When Working Remotely

By MBO Partners

While there are many benefits to working from home—minimal cost of setup, no commute to the office, a flexible daily schedule—it doesn’t come without its challenges. There are distractions around every corner, it can be hard to shut down and stop working at the end of the day, and it can be lonely. If you…

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Finding True Motivation: Consultant Alicia Dara’s Independent Success Story

By MBO Partners

Alicia Dara never thought she’d be where she is today: a public speech and presentation coach with almost 25 years of experience in business for herself. She started out studying musical theater and singing, hoping to turn her vocal talent into a lifelong profession. But she soon realized her dream might not really be what…

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5 Client Etiquette Rules to Follow When Working from Home

By MBO Partners

There are many factors that influence a productive home office environment. Creating a defined work space. Developing a daily routine that minimizes outside distractions. Finding ways to balance personal and work responsibilities. Experimenting with different virtual tools to find the ones that work best for your business—the list goes on. But one often overlooked and…

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Incorporating More Flexibility into Your Independent Lifestyle

By MBO Partners

The vast majority of independent professionals pursue their path because of the choice and control it offers them. In fact, the top reasons workers say they decided to become an independent are a desire to control their schedule, greater work/life flexibility, and being able to work on projects they like. But as you likely know…

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