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The Weekly Independent
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The Weekly Independent: November 29, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web.

Should you have any questions, we’re always here for you.

Of course, we’d love to talk virtually as well. Share your thoughts with us at MBO Partners on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and we’ll see you again next week!

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4 Ways to Find Independent Consulting Jobs

When you work as an independent professional, one of the biggest benefits is having the flexibility to follow your passion and choose the type of work you do. However, project frequency can ebb and flow, and it can sometimes be difficult to establish a steady stream of work.

Luckily, there are many ways to keep your pipeline full such as leveraging online marketplaces, reaching out to your network, and giving your personal brand a boost. Here are four best practices for keeping your independent business busy.

1. Use an Online Marketplace

Online marketplaces are increasingly prevalent and popular places to find short-term work as an independent professional. These platforms match job opportunities with freelancers. Typically, you’ll fill out a standard profile, search for job opportunities, and then apply for positions that best fit your skill set.

If you’re thinking about trying a marketplace, start by doing some research to find specific sites that align with your industry. Some networks are geared more towards IT professionals, while others focus more on management consulting. While marketplaces offer numerous opportunities, it may be difficult to establish meaningful or ongoing client relationships with one-off projects, and some of them may cost money.

Company-specific marketplaces like MBO’s are another option that may provide longer-term engagements. Our marketplace helps different types of independent professionals grow their project pipeline by matching their skills, availability, and rate with contract opportunities at top companies. Because MBO handles all of the onboarding and helps you and the client stay compliant, these companies are more likely to continue hiring you for additional projects in the future.

To discover other company-specific marketplaces, reach out to former employers or clients to see if their organization has a marketplace you can join.

2. Use Your Network

Networking can be a great way to find work during a dry spell. Reach out to friends and colleagues to see if they have any recommendations of other people to network with. If you have a positive, ongoing relationship with a former client, see if they have any upcoming projects, or if they know of someone who may be in need of your services.

Partnering with other consultants is another way to secure work. Colleagues often need assistance on a large project, or on a certain part of a project that they don’t have expertise in. Working with another independent consultant is a great way to build your network and meet clients who are not currently on your roster.

3. Freshen Up Your Credentials

No matter what kind of marketplace you use to find work, you’ll likely fill out some sort of profile, resume wizard, or pass on information about your services to a lead. Preparing your credentials ahead of time will help you smoothly move through these processes.

A resume is a useful sales tool for your business and can help set you apart from your competition. A resume showcases your top work, skills, and experience in a simple, easy-to-read format.

In addition to a resume, your LinkedIn profile is often the first thing a potential client will look at, so ensure it is up-to-date. LinkedIn can be particularly useful to promote your past successes. If you don’t already have client testimonials on your profile, reach out to past clients and ask for a recommendation.

4. Make Sure You Have a Marketing Strategy

Lastly, take an overall look at your personal marketing efforts. If you have a professional website, make sure it is updated to show off your latest projects. If you regularly blog, ensure you share these content efforts across social media platforms. Building a strong personal brand will help boost your professional credibility and assist with your outreach efforts.


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Employment Types: Determine if You Need an Independent Contractor, Temp, or Employee

The modern workforce can consist of a variety of talent. Increasingly, businesses are relying on the independent workforce—the millions of Americans who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, side-giggers, and more—to fill talent needs. Contingent workers can help increase organizational agility, help businesses operate at full capacity, and allow companies to develop or improve products and services.

However, there are many details that must be taken into consideration when deciding to bring a temporary worker, full-time employee, independent contractor on board. There are rules and regulations that govern the engagement of each type of these workers as well as practical applications to consider.

Before deciding on the best type of talent for a particular project or job, it is helpful to understand the differences between each worker. Ask yourself the following questions or use the infographic below to determine which type of talent is best suited to your company’s needs.

1. Is This an Ongoing Business Need?

Full-time employees are often the ideal solution for handling constant, ongoing business needs. With a full-time employee, a manager can have full control the work being performed and control the hours and location of the work.

Temporary workers may be helpful in fulfilling a seasonal or short-term need, but they are subject to certain regulations and may require additional fees if retained through a third party like a staffing company. Independent contractors tend to be the most flexible route for short-term project needs, providing access to specialized expertise and a wide pool of talent to choose from.

2. How Much Control Do I Want Over the Work?

If the project or work you need completed could be considered a core competency of your company, it should, for the most part, be managed internally with full time employees. You can, however, support these core competencies with independent talent as needed.

Just keep in mind that control is a key determinate in properly classifying independent contractors. When you engage independent talent, you are managing a business-to-business relationship. Independents have full control over when, where, and how their work is performed.

3. Is This a Project with a Definitive Timeline?

Independent contractors allow companies to acquire talent for a specific period of time without an ongoing commitment—financial or otherwise. Full-time employees are a better fit for work that is ongoing or unable to be defined.

4. Can the Work be Packaged in Defined Deliverables?

If a project or work has clearly defined success metrics and can be articulated into a deliverable, independent talent can be a good option. Independent contractors are responsible for performing the services outlined in a contractor Scope of Work (SOW).

On the other hand, if you simply need more people to perform a job that internal employees are already doing, that gap should be filled by a full-time or temporary employee.

5. Is This a Short-Term or Constant Need?

Consider whether your business need fluctuates or if it is constant. If the need is short-term or seasonal, an independent contractor or temporary employee may be the way to go, giving you the flexibility to pay for a resource as needed. If the demand is constant, consider hiring a full-time employee. Independent contractors can be engaged for a long-term project, so long as the project has very clear objectives and can be easily communicated and measured.

Discover more about these different worker types in our guide: Independent Contractor, Temp, or Full-Time Employee?

The information provided in the MBO Blog does not constitute legal, tax or financial advice. It does not take into account your particular circumstances, objectives, legal and financial situation or needs.  Before acting on any information in the MBO Blog you should consider the appropriateness of the information for your situation in consultation with a professional advisor of your choosing.  

The Weekly Independent
| 2 MIN READ

The Weekly Independent: November 22, 2021

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web.

Should you have any questions, we’re always here for you.

Of course, we’d love to talk virtually as well. Share your thoughts with us at MBO Partners on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and we’ll see you again next week!

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