Contracts and SOWs

How to Bid on Projects for Consulting and Win

By MBO Partners

If you run your own independent business, you likely know that writing proposals and bidding on projects is an integral part of your job. However, the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process can be filled with tedious details that can feel overwhelming. Due to the complexity of this process, it’s important to understand how to best assess…

Read More...
MBO red logo

Business Startup Costs for Skilled Independents

By MBO Partners

If you want to start your own business and already know the skills and services you want to offer to clients, congratulations—a big part of your upfront work is already done! One of the most important hurdles you will cross when going independent is truly making sure you are ready for self-employment. If you are…

Read More...

5 Billing Tips for Contractor Invoicing

By MBO Partners

One of the most important tasks you’ll take on as an independent contractor is tracking and billing your time. Whatever billing method you choose, you’ll want to present a reputable, professional contractor invoice to your clients. Follow these five tips to present a clean, professional invoice to your clients. 1. Set a Billing Policy Creating…

Read More...

3 Ways to Calculate Your Billing Rate for Consulting Services

By MBO Partners

Calculate your billing rate and find tips to help you evaluate and maintain your consultant salary.

Read More...

Consulting Proposal Template and Guide

By MBO Partners

Starting a new business or landing a new client often begins with writing a proposal. Mastering the details of how and when to deliver a proposal to a potential client will help you win new business, find and retain clients, and become an expert in showcasing your skills and abilities. What is a Proposal? A proposal…

Read More...

3 Consulting Agreement Templates and Contracts Guide

By MBO Partners

Learn how to write and negotiate the right independent consulting agreement. Learn the key ingredients of a contract, different types of contracts, and mistakes to avoid.

Read More...

How to Get Your First Consulting Client: 6 Steps

By MBO Partners

Get your consulting business off to a good start by learning the best strategies for finding and getting clients.

Read More...
the future of work is independent

When and How Independent Professionals Should Offer Discounts

By MBO Partners

If you’re looking for a way to boost your business, you may have considered offering a discount on your services. After all, what’s more enticing to customers than a good sale?  But when it comes down to it, is discounting really a smart way to bring in more clients? Unfortunately, unless you are a large,…

Read More...
SOW template

SOW Template (Scope of Work) for Project Management

By MBO Partners

Learn the critical components to creating a Scope of Work (SOW) document to properly plan and manage your projects.

Read More...

What to Include in a Project SOW

By MBO Partners

Being tasked with writing and delivering a Scope of Work (SOW) can at first seem like a daunting task. However, once you understand what goes into the various parts of the document, it becomes much more manageable and can be a useful tool to help you get organized before a project begins. A project Scope…

Read More...