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Downsides of Using AI in Your Open Innovation Solutions

By Keaton Swett

Last month I talked about how AI can help you solve open innovation challenges as a research assistant and brainstorming partner. But there’s a dark side to AI in open innovation. While using AI more extensively in your solving activities might be tempting, this can be a big risk.   3 Risks of Using AI in…

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6 Ways to Find Work When Business is Slow

By MBO Partners

As the holiday season approaches, it’s common to find business slowing down. Many clients will take time off for the holidays and prospective clients may not want to start a project until the new year. But it’s important to keep in mind that other businesses may have budgets that need to be spent by the…

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10 Things to do When Business is Slow

By MBO Partners

When business is slow, there can be many factors at play. It might be the time of year for your industry, the holiday season, changing consumer trends, or a sign your pipeline needs a boost. As an independent professional, work can ebb and flow from month to month. One day you may be swamped with…

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Do This Before Pursuing Federal Contracts as an Independent Consultant

By MBO Partners

Federal government contracts are a great option for many independent professionals looking to grow their businesses. Federal government contracts are a form of procurement for the government to obtain services for their direct use.   Winning these contracts requires quite a bit of preparation and a different proposal process from commercial businesses. These contracts have strict…

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3 Benefits to Joining an Independent Talent Community

By MBO Partners

If you’ve ever applied to a job through a marketplace, you’re probably familiar with the process of creating a resume or profile detailing your experience, providing onboarding information, and getting to know a new manager and team. Many independent professionals will return to work with the same company for another contract if they’ve had a…

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What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk and How to Avoid It (Guide)

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What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk and How to Avoid It (Guide)

By MBO Partners

Learn what causes independent contractor engagement risk and how to mitigate that risk.

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How to Become a Digital Nomad

By MBO Partners

What is a Digital Nomad? Digital nomads are people who embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle. Digital nomads travel to different cities and even different countries to work remotely and explore new surroundings. Some people travel for years while others go for just a few weeks or months at a time. How do You Become a…

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5 Ways to Diversify Your Small Business

By MBO Partners

Diversifying revenue streams for your small business can be a helpful way to prepare for uncertain times. Rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, a diversified business is more likely to withstand a cash shortage, economic downturn, or a dry spell of client contracts. Here are five ideas to consider when thinking of…

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5 Best Practices from Top Open Innovation Solvers  

By Keaton Swett

If you have the characteristics of a successful open innovation solver, this world of solution crowdsourcing could be just the ticket. In addition to taking on new and exciting challenges, your participation (and winning solutions) can help you get noticed by potential employers, network with other solvers for business opportunities, and further establish your credentials…

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Are you an Open Innovation Novice? Here Are Some Tips for Beginners

By Keaton Swett

Adding open innovation to your independent business might seem daunting if you are just starting down that path. It can even be scary. While you may be an expert in your field, brilliant at writing winning proposals, and have mad marketing skills, open innovation solving requires that and more. With all your professional accomplishments, stepping…

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