Business Management

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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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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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11 Ways to Develop Skills and Knowledge for Work

By MBO Partners

Continuously developing your knowledge and skills is important to futher your career and ensure that your level of expertise is up to date.  Whether it is becoming familiar with new technology or developing soft emotional intelligence skills, professional development should be a priority. It’s also a a great way for you to stand out from…

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5 Things You MUST Do Before Logging Off On Friday

By Krista Everson

Meet MBO’s brilliant, exceptional employees. Each month we feature a new individual apart of our unique team and give you the story behind one of their greatest strengths in both their professional and personal life.

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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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3 Ways to Build Small Business Credit

By MBO Partners

Build business credit for your small business by following these three essential steps.

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