Business Management

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6 Time Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

By MBO Partners

Managing your time while maintaining the freedom of setting your own schedule is a goal for anyone who is self-employed. After all, one of the biggest perks of independent work is the freedom from corporate nine-to-five days and the ability to create your own schedule. Without a set routine, however, time management can be challenging…

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

By MBO Partners

Back-office management consists of all of the administrative and support tasks that need to be done to run your business. This includes filing paperwork, tracking expenses, filing taxes, and billing clients. In addition to your daily project work, business management tasks can take up a lot of your time. Luckily, there are many options available…

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How to Manage Work Overload as an Independent Contractor

By MBO Partners

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 as many people as possible, right? Not so fast. There are two reasons why having too many clients can be a problem. 1. Taking on…

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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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3 Key Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

By MBO Partners

More than ever before, the ability to be self-employed is on a lot of people’s minds there were 64.6 million independent workers in 2022.  Independence offers the opportunity for greater flexibility, increased career satisfaction, and even the chance to earn more money—so, there’s a lot to be excited about. However, making the leap to self-employment…

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6 Things You Should Never Say to a Client

By MBO Partners

As an independent, you are out there on the front lines—especially when it comes to dealing with a client. Often there is no buffer between you and the person offering you the opportunity for a project. No manager, no HR, no accounting department—just two parties hashing out the details. Such close quarters can present many…

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4 Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

By MBO Partners

Self employed professionals are often drawn to their career path because of the ability to work when and where they like, enjoy complete control over their work, and help their business reach its full potential. However, many independents who realize success will find that at a certain point taking their business to the next level will require more…

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5 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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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

Finding a way to grow as a small business owner can be a challenge. Teaming up with another independent professional is a great solution—a partnership can bring new skills to the table, help you manage your workload, or even land that big project you’ve had your eye on. Once you’ve decided to partner with another…

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