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Year End Small Business Review Checklist

By MBO Partners

If you are an independent contractor, consultant, or solopreneur, the end of the year is a great opportunity to review results, evaluate business assets and expenses, assess relationships, and create a plan to excel in the new year. Use this handy checklist to keep yourself on track. 1. Wrap Up Financial To-Dos If you operate…

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6 Project Management Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

There’s no getting around it—project management is a core competency for any successful solo consultant. In addition to your specialized expertise, the success of client engagements and your business requires effective results and milestone management. If this isn’t a strong skill set of yours, don’t worry. There are many ways to enhance project management capabilities through…

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6 Thought Leadership Strategies for Consultants

By MBO Partners

In our social media dominated world of today, anyone with a Twitter account or a blog can call themselves an “expert” on any given subject. And that makes it tough to rise above the noise to reach current and prospective clients with your message. However, by establishing true thought leadership and experienced-based innovative thinking, you…

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6 Ways 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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10 Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

By MBO Partners

Avoid a slump in business by using these tips to keep new projects coming in over the holidays.

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8 Steps to Plan a Successful Project Kickoff Meeting

By MBO Partners

Whatever the initiative that’s getting underway, a project kickoff meeting is essential to success. Putting time and energy into turning your kickoff from “just a meeting” into a motivating, action-oriented session can pay big dividends over the course of the project. Your kickoff needs to fit the type of project being launched. Examples include: Internal…

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5 Small Business Certifications to Consider

By MBO Partners

Small business certifications can help differentiate your company and provide access to federal contracts, specialized funding, and new networking opportunities. Here are five certifications to consider pursuing.

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6 Ways to Save Time and Money as a Consultant

By MBO Partners

No matter what line of work you are in, time is valuable.  To an independent consultant, time is money.  Finding creative ways to save time can add up—a few minutes here and there can accumulate into hours of time saved and can reduce stress.  Being efficient keeps you on top of your game, and in…

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3 Difficult Subjects You May Need to Discuss with Clients

By MBO Partners

The key to a successful independent contractor-client relationship is communication. Both parties need to be able to freely discuss thoughts, ideas, needs, and changes related to the project at hand. However, some topics can be difficult or uncomfortable to bring up. Here is our advice on how to address three touchy subjects with clients. 1. Money Money…

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5 Business Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

As a small business owner, creating and implementing successful business management strategies are key to sustainable growth. There are many aspects to managing your own business, from back-office tasks like handling finances, paying the right taxes, and writing contracts, to staying organized and delivering quality work.  If there’s a particular aspect of management that you…

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