Growing My Business

5 Ways to Market Yourself on a Job Search Website

By MBO Partners

When you create an online profile as a self-employed professional, it is important to put your best foot forward and show prospective clients who you are and what you have to offer. While it’s important to fill out all of the information that’s typically required like your education and work history, there are a few…

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How to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

By MBO Partners

One of the most common fears as an independent contractor is the constant uncertainty of industry competition and how you are faring compared to other businesses. This is a legitimate concern, as what your competitors are doing can dramatically impact your ability to earn or maintain current clients. The first step in staying on top…

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How 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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Close More Deals with these 3 Sales Tips for Consultants

By MBO Partners

At first glance, it seems like it would be easy to sell something you’re knowledgeable and passionate about. However, just because you’re an expert in your industry doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve developed the skills and techniques to excel in the sales aspect of your business. We all know someone who is a natural-born salesperson, but…

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Do I Need a Mentor as a Consultant?

By MBO Partners

Many professionals today have turned to mentoring relationships for guidance and support. In the past, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world but they are now a practice relegated to specific industries. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose of exposing an aspiring professional to their…

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

By MBO Partners

Business management is one of the unfortunate realities of being self-employed. Back-office management consists of all of the administrative and support tasks that need to be done to run your business such as filing paperwork, tracking expenses, filling taxes, and billing clients. In addition to your daily project work, these tasks can take up a…

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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…

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3 Ways Self Employed Track Time and Billable Hours

By MBO Partners

When you run your own business, time tracking and billing are essential parts of your job. Whether you charge clients by the hour or by the project, knowing how and where you spend your time will keep your business both productive and profitable. How you manage your billable and non-billable hours as an independent determines…

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How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

By MBO Partners

You may have written a great business plan, but it can be hard to make headway with if people don’t know who you are or what services you offer. For some, self-promotion may seem like a daunting task, but think of it as enabling your business to take that next important step. The good news…

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5 Tips for Closing the Deal and Getting the Job

By MBO Partners

Attracting prospective clients is an essential part of your job when you run your own business. Bu marketing your services and growing your network are just the first steps. On the path from initial discussions to signing a contract, how you handle the process of closing a sale is critical to gaining new clients. Below,…

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