Growing My Business

How Fluent Are You in “Digital?” 4 Areas that Independent Professionals Need to Master

By MBO Partners

On-the-job technology has come a long way since Netscape days. As hardware and software have steadily evolved since then, workers and companies have had to keep up. Web browsers, email platforms, and phone apps are just a few of the technology tools that are embedded in the workplace. Now there are clouds, web-based collaboration spaces,…

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Project Management Tips for Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Project management is an important part of every independent contractor’s business. How you handle a project from start to finish will have an impact on your reputation, and influence whether or not your client will want to work with you again. Project management can be tricky—even if you’re organized and it comes somewhat easily to…

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4 Applications of AI in the Creator Economy

By MBO Partners

In spite of seeing a plateau in its population from last year to this year, the Creator Economy is positioned for big growth. With an expanding ecosystem of support services and content platforms incorporating technological advancements that help them, new creators from all age groups are finding low barriers to entry and audiences waiting to…

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How to Find the Right Consulting Project

By MBO Partners

Finding work as an independent professional might seem daunting at first, but there are an increasing number of resources available to help independents find projects and clients. As more people turn to independent work, technology as evolved in tandem to help match your experience and resume with the best project and client for your skillset….

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Balancing Act: Growing Your Side Hustle While Maintaining Your Full-Time Job

By Zanaba Hudson

In the dynamic world of today’s workforce, I decided to delve into the realm of side hustles for a multitude of personal reasons. Economic considerations have been a driving force for me, pushing me to explore additional income sources as a safety net amidst the uncertainties of a rapidly changing job market.  Beyond the financial…

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How to Do a Year End Business Review: 5 Steps

By MBO Partners

Conducting an end-of-year review isn’t a practice that just applies to bigger businesses—it’s a process that is valuable to freelancers and independent professionals as well. A business review gives you a chance to look back at what you have achieved, revisit your goals, and consider how to best move forward for the coming year. To…

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Preparing for the Holidays as an Independent Professional

By MBO Partners

The year-end holiday season is upon us! From now through New Year’s Day, many of us will juggle additional activities. School events, family visits, and social commitments get added to our usual workload and home responsibilities. For some, stress levels increase as to-do lists get longer and time gets shorter. An added stressor for independent…

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Help Solve the Challenges of Independence through Talent Marketplaces

By MBO Partners

Our State of Independence research defines independent workers as full and part-time workers of all ages, skills, and income levels. This includes consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary or on-call workers, solopreneurs, gig workers, and others who work independently to build businesses, develop their careers, pursue passions, and/or supplement their incomes. According to independent workers who participated…

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Setting SMART Business Goals for the Upcoming Year

By MBO Partners

Conducting a year-end business review is a valuable practice as an independent contractor. Taking stock of your accomplishments over the past months, reviewing your network contacts, and setting goals for the upcoming year can help you identify gaps in your business offerings, keep your back office organized, and uncover new ways to grow and evolve….

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The Support Team Every Independent Professional Needs

By MBO Partners

As an independent professional, you will spend part (or, in some cases, all) of your career as a solopreneur. With a high degree of flexibility, autonomy, and control, being your own boss has a lot of advantages. The choice to go solo does have challenges. Respondents to our 2023 State of Independence survey cited unpredictable…

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