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Enjoy our on-demand webinars for owners of independent consulting practices. Curated by our team of industry experts, these learning videos help owners launch, grow and achieve success. Topics include business building, marketing, and professional development.

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State of Independence

The State of Independence in America report is the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Now in its 10th year, the 2020 survey finds full-time independents are satisfied and secure being self-employed and have found their niche in an economy that strives to remain competitive and innovative. 

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Client of Choice

The 2020 Client of Choice research report offers insight into what top independent professionals value when choosing their clients. The data indicates that the 7.6 million Americans serving businesses have more choice and greater satisfaction than ever before. 

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Independents Across America

Independents Across America tells the real stories of real independent professionals and microbusiness owners and offers insight into the motivations and passions of the nation’s 38+ million independent workers. Hear them speak about their businesses, view their profiles, or reach out directly to engage with them on an upcoming project.

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Talent Management through Strategic Sourcing

Year after year, leadership and executive teams from all industries have faced the same pressing question: how do you source skilled talent? When seeking highly-skilled specialists and subject-matter experts, the answer to that question is increasingly independent professional talent. The pursuit of independent contractors as a component of strategic sourcing initiatives has evolved quickly in…

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6 Ways to Build and Manage Your Talent Pool

Building a deep bench of talent is a key component of best-in-class organizations. Yet many companies today continue to rely on traditional methods without taking the current workforce landscape into account. Work arrangements have shifted to include both traditional and independent work, and so too should talent recruitment and engagement methods. Your next top-performing worker…

Meet Tasha- Founder of Twenty39 and Speaker at the Women in IT Summit 2021 on Accelerated Tech Digital Adoption and Change

Meet Tasha- Founder of Twenty39 and Speaker at the Women in IT Summit 2021 on Accelerated Tech Digital Adoption and Change

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: April 12, 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. Follow these…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

In today’s competitive business world, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. As an independent consultant, your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you want, and lead to struggling to prove your value. Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field…

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3 Reasons to Use a Written Contract for Consultants

Why Should You Use a Written Contract When Engaging Independent Talent? If your business decides to engage the services of an independent contractor, it can be tempting to review the work you need done, come to an understanding, and get started as quickly as possible. However, oral agreements can be dangerous and lead to legal…

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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

When you run your own business, finding a way to grow and take on all the work you want to complete can be a challenge. Teaming up with another independent professional is a great solution—a partnership can bring new skills to the table, help you manage your workload, or even land that big project you’ve…

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The Impact of Women in the Independent Workforce

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Historically, pursuing a career as an independent professional has been a big draw for women. In 2018, nearly 20 million—47%—of independent workers were women. Working independently provides the flexibility to work your own hours, pursue projects you’re passionate about, and freedom to learn new skills, all of which are big draws for women. But the…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: April 5, 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. Follow these…

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Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

In order to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself—it’s important to squeeze every last drop of productivity from your day. While schedules and to-do lists can help, boosting productivity is not so much a matter of time management as it is producing quality work within the time you have available. It’s easy to schedule time for work, only…

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5 Benefits of Professional Certifications

A continuous thirst for knowledge is a key element in building a growing, thriving business. And although continuing education and certification programs can be an investment of time and resources, they help provide recognition for your specialized knowledge or skill set, which can be a significant benefit when it comes to landing certain clients or…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. Protect the Right to Organize Act (the “PRO…

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Defining the Human Capital Market: How it’s Similar to the Financial Market

Understanding the dynamics of the marketplace is helpful for any business seeking to develop strategies to maximize the value of independent contractors. To help describe the “human capital” market, a parallel can be drawn to financial markets and the basic elements of managing investments. Whether you’re building your personal portfolio or executing a strategic business…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 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. Learn how…

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5 Billing Tips for Contractor Invoicing

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…

CASE STUDY: Leading Cloud-Based Software Company Takes Workforce Optimization to the Next Level

CASE STUDY Vertical: Technology | Type: Workforce Management Many businesses today are embracing an increasingly independent labor force that is a strategic mix of full-time, independent, and offshore talent. A blended workforce offers enterprises the ability to scale work up and down depending on market needs. This approach not only gives businesses ready access to…

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6 Tips to Successfully Onboard a New Client

You are ready to get to work on a new project: you’ve negotiated your contract and it is signed. But while a lot of the upfront hard work is over, don’t jump in too quickly! Taking the time to properly onboard a new client is a key part of the initial process that can easily…

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Increase Return on Investment Using Contractors

There are a variety of dynamics and nuances at play when it comes to managing the lifecycle of independent talent. But there three components that all investments share: Acquisition, Enablement, and Management. My first post on human capital detailed the acquisition process, while my second post dove into enablement. This post concludes the series with the final dimension: management.…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 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. The Advantage…

How Do Organizations Create a Virtual Talent Bench?

A virtual talent bench—a group of independent talent who have already performed all onboarding steps prior to a role being offered—can help organizations remain flexible and competitive. Establishing a group of reliable talent allows for simplified, rapid deployment, minimizes the risk of worker misclassification, and helps attracts top talent with the prospect of getting to…

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6 Ways to Build Relationships with Independent Workers

Some of the most effective workforces today consist of a mix of full-time and contingent labor. If your organization has already incorporated independent talent into your workforce, you’ve likely discovered the importance of building a strong foundation that supports these types of workers. Independent contractors have specialized expertise in a particular industry. They are small…

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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

When you run your own business, who you know can be equally important as what you know. To ensure a steady flow of projects, it’s important to build and maintain a strong circle of business contacts you can rely on for work and referrals. Below, Denise Thomas, owner of The Effective Communication Coach, gives her…

Webinar Recap: Bringing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to the Future of Work

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Webinar Recap: Brining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the Future

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5 Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption

Our workforce today includes 38.2 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including these contingent workers as part of your workforce strategy comes with many benefits including specialized expertise, staffing flexibility, and lower costs. But in order for an independent workforce program to be successful, internal staff…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 15, 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. Find out…

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How to Write an RFP for Consulting Services

When it comes to finding and engaging top independent professional talent, Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools. Often, these documents are created as standardized templates that have already been approved by key stakeholders such as legal, compliance, procurement, or human resources. As a result, they may serve your internal requirements but…

CASE STUDY: Fortune 500 Retail Company Reinvents Their Contingent Labor Compliance Program

CASE STUDY Vertical: Specialty Industries | Type: Misclassification and Compliance Compliance, at its core, takes many forms—preventing harassment and discrimination, safeguarding sensitive data, and ensuring workplace safety, just to name a few. When an enterprise engages independent talent such as freelancers, consultants, or contractors, they must abide by compliance regulations specific to these types of…

Webinar Recap: Should an IC Hire a Coach? Taking the Mystery Out of Executive Coaching and Why it Can Power Revenue and Success for Consultants

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Webinar Recap: Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work

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How to Streamline Onboarding Independent Talent

There are many dynamics at play when it comes to managing the lifecycle of independent talent. This lifecycle can best be described by three phases: Acquisition, Enablement, and Management. In my last post, I focused on the acquisition phase of the lifecycle, and today we will dive into the next element: enablement. Back to our financial capital parallel, enablement is the…

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6 Habits of Successful Consultants

When you manage your own business, it can often feel like a full-time job in and of itself—and that’s before you’ve even started working on client projects. However, the most successful small business owners know that prioritizing the financial health of their company is a smart investment of their time. There are many fixed costs…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 8, 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. House Representatives…

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How to Set Up a Small Business Website: 5 Simple Steps

One of the most powerful marketing tools for small business owners is a website. In today’s online-driven world, a website is essential in order to build your brand, establish credibility, and generate leads. To build one yourself, follow these 5 steps—no technical background required! 1. Select a Platform and Domain Name Depending on your level…

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The Value of a Virtual Talent Bench

In order to remain agile and competitive in today’s fast-changing world of business, enterprises increasingly need easy access to skill-based workers. For many, this means reshaping the conventional idea of a workforce into one that is composed of both full-time and independent contractor talent. By incorporating independent talent, organizations gain access to in-demand skills where…

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5 Benefits of an Enterprise Grade Direct Sourcing Solution

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Savvy organizations of all types are increasingly incorporating independent professional talent into their workforces. And they are looking for ways to directly engage this pool of talent in a faster, more cost-effective way. With 33% of independents planning on using an online marketplace to find work in the next year, organizations must offer an accessible, easy-to-use…

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How to Take Control of Your Personal Time as a Consultant

When you’re self-employed, one of the biggest perks is the ability to control when, where, and how you work. But running your own business also takes a lot of dedication. Finding a balance between your work and personal life is often easier said than done. If you find yourself getting stressed out or working long hours…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 1, 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. Find out…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Biden Department of Labor Withdraws Trump Administration…

How A Tech Founder Tried to Pivot to Serve Sole Proprietors and Microbusinesses in the Pandemic with Easier PPP Loan Access

We had a chance to sit down with Toby Scammel, the founder of Womply, a platform for small businesses. He shares the story of how their company saw the small business impact of Covid even before the government, and how they have tried to help. What is Womply? Womply is a small business focused technology…

Gross Margin vs. Net Margin

Gross Margin vs. Net Margin: Important Accounting Terms for Self-Employed Professionals Gross margin and net margin are two common profit margin ratios you should track on your company’s income statement. These numbers indicate how good your business is at converting revenue into profit, and are important in assessing the financial health of your business. What…

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Building a Workforce Strategy Including Independent Talent

More people than ever before are choosing to work independently. Today, more than 38 million people work independently as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, temporary, or on-call workers, and we predict that this number will only continue to increase in coming years. Workers who have chosen to pursue independence full-time are a well-educated group—73% have four-year…

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Independent Workers Lead Recent Surge in Professional Service Business Applications

Applying for a business tax ID is one of the first steps to starting a business. In 2020, tax ID applications for new businesses surged to 4.35 million, a 24 percent increase over 2019. This data comes from the U.S. Census Business Formation Statistics.  The dataset tracks applications to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for…

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9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

As an independent professional, properly managing your expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy. As a business-of-one, you will likely incur fixed costs that can’t be billed back to a client. You may also need to take care of expenses such as health care and retirement. Each of these fixed or variable costs…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 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. Check out…

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8 Effective Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Effectively marketing a small business is no small feat. Building an effective brand and selling your services can be a challenging process for all small businesses, especially in a competitive environment. Things are even more tricky when your business is “you.” Below, we explore eight tips for marketing your consulting business. With a bit of…

CASE STUDY: Custom Direct Sourcing Talent Marketplace in Partnership with MBO

CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Direct Sourcing Enterprises today have access to a valuable population of highly skilled, educated, on-demand talent—independent professionals. This pool of talent offers organizations greater staffing flexibility, lower employment costs, and access to in-demand skills. In order to incorporate independent talent into their workforce, many organizations are turning to…

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5 Ways to Attract More Clients to Your Consulting Business

If you’ve been running your own business for years, you’ve already developed a strong reputation and a reliable list of clients—it can be easy to grow complacent. Understandably, you appreciate your current clients, you feel comfortable working with them, and you feel secure. But things can change in a minute; clients can go out of…

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5 Project Planning Tips for Independent Contractors

Working through the details of your contract with a client is a big task, but as you get ready to actually begin your next project there’s still a lot of planning to do. Even if you don’t create a formal project plan, thinking through project risks, responsibilities, and goals can help you stay organized, determine what tasks…

Webinar Recap: Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work

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Webinar Recap: Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 15, 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. Hear insights…

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Use our Compliance Checklist to Minimize Contractor Risk

If your organization engages independent contractors, it is important to consider how your company will comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Engaging an independent contractor is different than hiring an employee because different laws apply to each category of worker. For example, while companies have the ability to schedule employees and control how they…

8 Business Startup Costs for Independent Professionals

Starting your own business is both exciting and scary. But the more you prepare, the higher your likelihood of success will be. There’s a lot to consider when you go out on your own, from determining the services you’ll offer to how you’ll incorporate your business, where you’ll work, and how you’ll find clients. Below,…

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The Impact of Employee Misclassification on Your Business

Many organizations today incorporate independent professional talent into their fulltime workforce. But whether your business has been engaging independent contractors for years or is just beginning use independent talent, it is increasingly important to put measures in place to help correctly classify talent as either traditional employees—recipients of a W-2 Wage and Tax Statement—or independent…

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8 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration at Work

When you run your own business, your work is your responsibility alone—how it gets done, where it gets done, and when it gets done is completely up to you. That reality can be both liberating and intimidating. Knowing how to maintain focus and concentration throughout the day are essential skills when you run your own business. Follow…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 8, 2020

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. Smalbizdaily cites…

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Starting a Consulting Business After Retirement: 4 Tips

A big career change like retirement can unsettle even the most accomplished professionals. But if you’re like many people who still feel like they have great work to do, you can use your transition to retirement as an opportunity to launch a profitable and fulfilling career as an independent professional, joining a 38 million-strong workforce of talented workers.…

CASE STUDY: A Leading, Publicly-traded Healthcare Improvement Company Re-envisions Workforce Optimization

CASE STUDY Vertical: Healthcare | Type: Workforce Management Today’s labor force is increasingly composed of independent talent—people who work independently to build businesses, develop their careers, pursue passions, and supplement their incomes. Independent talent give companies the ability to respond quickly to project demands, exert greater control over employment costs, and realize access to in-demand…

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4 Ways to Build a Talent Network

There are many different options for building a talent network, but before we dig in, let’s talk about quality, quantity, and size of your network. If you’ve ever posted an opening to a job board, then you’re aware of the quantity of responses you can receive to each posting. The administrative task of filtering through…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 2, 2020

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. MBO Partners…

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4 Reasons to Turn Down a Project

If you’re new to the field of independent consulting, it can be tempting to accept every potential project that comes your way. After all, clients and the projects they provide are your sources of income. But just because an opportunity is presented doesn’t mean the project is right for your business. Here are four situations…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: January 2021

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Trump DOL Issues New Rule; Biden White…

CASE STUDY: Cost Savings, Risk Mitigation, and Program Growth Through Direct Sourcing

CASE STUDY Vertical: Financial Services | Type: Direct Sourcing Today’s talent comes in all shapes and sizes from traditional W-2 workers to contractors, freelancers, consultants, temporary workers and more. Whether your organization is just beginning to engage contingent workers or has been incorporating this segment of the workforce for some time, you’ve likely heard the…

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7 Best Consulting Sales Tips

Your clients are an incredibly important part of your business, but it is important to remember that the client-consultant relationship is a two-way street. Before you begin work or sign a contract, it is essential to learn the needs and resources of your client, including what they need to properly engage you, the independent contractor.…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 26, 2020

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. Find top…

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6 Pros and Cons of Being a Female Entrepreneur

If you’re considering pursuing a career as an independent professional, you’re probably already aware of the many benefits: the flexibility to work your own hours, the ability to pursue projects you’re passionate about, and the freedom to learn new skills, just to name a few. It’s therefore no surprise that there are more than 38…

Future of Work in 2021

Webinar Recap: Roundtable: Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021

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Webinar Recap: Roundtable: Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a 1099 vs W2 Employee

The differences between 1099 and W-2 tax forms, and considerations to take into account when making hiring decisions for your organization.

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How to Repurpose Content

When you run your own company, a big part of marketing your services involves creating content. From keyword-rich writing on your personal website and social media posts to email newsletters or small advertisements, online marketing is all about showing people what makes you an industry expert. But content creation takes time, and as an independent professional you…

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5 Ways to Find Top Independent Talent

Independent professionals play an important role in creating a well-rounded workforce for many organizations today. Independents offer numerous benefits such as helping companies minimize employment costs through staffing flexibility. Rather than adding to company payroll by hiring an employee, enterprise managers can engage an independent contractor who can bring a specific set of skills to…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 19, 2020

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. The Wall…

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7 Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

As an independent contractor, self-employed professional, freelancer, or entrepreneur, there’s plenty of gratification in knowing that ultimately, you’re your own boss—you work for yourself, you call the shots, and you own your financial destiny. While you may be confident in your ability to deliver great services and results to clients, it’s important to take a…

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Create a Great Consulting Website (Guide)

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How to create and optimize a website that promotes your business and generates leads

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5 Employee Misclassification Penalties to Avoid

Worker misclassification can result in fines, penalties, lawsuits, and reputation damage. Here’s what you need to know about misclassification and compliance.

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Starting a Consulting Business: 5 Common Mistakes

Deciding to go independent and start your own business is an exciting transition. It’s a chance to be your own boss, pursue projects you’re passionate about, and control when and where you work. At the same time, there’s bound to be mistakes involved when starting a new business venture. Avoid the growing pains of self-employment by…

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DOL Updates Worker Classification Guidelines: What this New Rule Means for Enterprise Organizations and the Independent Professionals they Engage

On January 7, 2021, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule on the status of independent contractors. The new rule goes into effect on March 8, 2021. The new rule reaffirms the “economic reality” test to determine whether an individual is an independent contractor if s/he is in business for him/herself…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 11, 2020

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. Achieve work-life…

Five Trends Driving Independent Workforce Growth

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Our 2020 State of Independence in America research explores the cyclical and structural forces that have contributed to, encouraged, and shaped the American independent workforce. Despite the setback that the COVID-19 pandemic had on all workers in the US economy in 2020, we anticipate a strong future of independent work. Five years down the road,…

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6 Creative Ways to Get Client Testimonials that Build Your Brand

Client referrals and recommendations can be incredibly helpful when it comes to building business credibility and trust. Think back to the last time you made a big purchase. How did you choose a particular product or brand? While a good marketing strategy can help draw in potential clients, these prospects will likely look for customer reviews next. Testimonials are…

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Determining the Cost of Your Independent Contractor Engagement Program

Today, more businesses than ever before are turning to independent talent to fill workforce needs. Independent professionals help organizations realize a competitive advantage among their peers by providing access to specialized, in-demand talent, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs. In order to make the best use of this valuable talent pool and realize…

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How to Achieve Work Life Balance When You’re Self-Employed

As an independent professional, achieving work-life balance can often feel like a hard reach. When you run your own business, you have to balance the demands of multiple clients while staying on top of all of your back-office tasks and planning for the future. Without a good balance between your work life and personal life, you…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 4, 2020

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. Discover the…

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Three Independent Workforce Trends in 2020

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2020 was a challenging year for the American workforce at large as well as independent professionals. However, while independents were certainly impacted by the pandemic-related economic downturn, they were not affected as drastically as traditional workers. New modes of working rapidly became more acceptable, making independent work a more secure path for many workers than…

Future of Work 2021 Trends Countdown

Countdown: 10 Predictions for the Future of Work on New Year’s Eve 2020

As we count down to 2021, we’re sharing our own countdown of ten future of work themes that will matter the most in the next decade.   Here are our ten themes countdown, just in time for 2021.   Ten: Dip & Climb  Nine: Happiness & Health  Eight: Gen Z Arrives  Seven: It’s All About Control  Six: Exports Not Imports  Five: Make It A TrillionFour: Side Hustle Nation  Three: Virtual Just in Time Orgs  Two: Radical Remote Work One: Gunning for Growth   Want the whole scoop? Read on for the full future of work…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 28, 2020

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. These are…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 21, 2020

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. 401KSpecialists cites…

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Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. 2020 was a fascinating year for independent contractor compliance. Here’s a look at five of the top stories. 1. The Evolution…

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What Does Independent Contractor Compliance Mean?

When engaging independent contractors, businesses must abide by laws and regulations specific to these workers. Learn the importance of independent contractor compliance, and how to minimize risk for your company.

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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

Many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners call their home office—or wherever their workplace may be—their sanctuary. An office is a place that should generate creativity, promote health and well-being, and offer both a comfortable and efficient environment. This holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our top home office gifts that are perfect for…

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Why Use a Direct Sourcing Strategy for Talent Acquisition

Enterprises today are increasingly relying on the growing pool of people working as independent contractors, freelancers, self-employed professionals. Independent talent provide access to the specialized skills managers struggle to find. Furthermore, businesses can realize significant cost savings as well as increased output by engaging independent talent on a project-basis. But how do managers find and…

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4 Ways a Consultant Can Become an Industry Thought Leader

Owning your own business means taking responsibility for every aspect of running your company. That burden will likely include tasks that are not directly related to your actual expertise, but are necessary for continued growth, such as personal branding and marketing. An effective way to market yourself online is to establish yourself as an industry…

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The Enduring Growth and Resilience of Independent Work: A Look Into the 10th Annual State of Independence in America Report

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The independent workforce of 2020 consists of 38.2 million Americans of all ages, skills, and income levels working as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, microbusiness owners, and temporary or on-call workers. Our 10th annual State of Independence in America Report is the longest-running, comprehensive look at this workforce, and finds that independents are a skilled, enduring,…

New Data Shows Independent Work Is A ‘Force to Be Reckoned With​’

MBO Partners’ 10th Annual State of Independence in America report shows that COVID-19 has shaken but not destroyed the resilience of independent workers; 48% are doing ok financially while 32% are living comfortably— hiving and nomadism are top strategies to survive and thrive in the new world of work  HERNDON, VA – December 9, 2020​ – The COVID-19 pandemic…

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Webinar Recap: Crowdsource Innovation, Serve Clients Project Needs and Unleash Residual Income with MindSumo

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Webinar Recap: Crowdsource Innovation, Serve Clients Project Needs and Unleash Residual Income with MindSumo

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The Weekly Independent: December 7, 2020

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. Observer explores…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

The holiday season is always one of the busiest times of year, and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for a last-minute gift card or fruit basket, take advantage of our annual holiday gift guide. We’ve scoured the web and polled our…

Bryan Peña Shares Legal Insights – December 2020

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MBO Chief of Market Strategy Bryan Peña shares legal insights from a recent enterprise webinar. In this video he discusses background checks, term limits, and post-election predictions for the independent workforce.

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Four Tips to Secure Buy-In for Your Independent Contractor Program

Today, forward-thinking companies understand that using independent talent as part of their workforce is a strategy that can increase organizational agility and give them access to in-demand skills. Independent professionals provide a flexible way to secure high-level expertise on an as-needed basis. But in order to easily and compliantly find, engage, and manage independent talent,…

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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

As an independent business owner, you’ll inevitably encounter a roadblock, situation, or circumstance that make it difficult to successfully perform your work. It’s not uncommon to struggle with knowing when to speak up or when to make your client aware of issues or limitations. When it comes to client relationships, the prospect of having that difficult…

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5 Small Business Reputation Management Strategies that Work

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When it comes to consulting, your reputation can be everything—so why risk it? Here’s how to keep your record clean and your clients satisfied.

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A Q&A With Jim Rabon: Seasoned Veteran Entrepreneur, Independent Business Owner and Professor

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As part of our series on veteran entrepreneurs we spoke to a successful long-time independent consulting growth practice owner, Jim Rabon. Today, Jim has entered a new life stage: When he’s not tending to his horses, he spends time teaching on the subject of strategy and operations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also finds time to advise and counsel those earlier in their independent work journey.   In addition to his long…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 30, 2020

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. Remember these…

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Using Marketing To Adapt And Respond To Change within the Era of COVID-19

We’ve all heard the saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” It originates from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, whose writings share the common theme that the nature of life itself is flux, and resisting this natural flow is to our own detriment.  The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Proposition 22: California Votes to Allow Uber…

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3 Ways to Retain High-Quality Independent Consultants

Independent talent offer enterprises many benefits including on-demand expertise, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs. Today, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to work independently for the many lifestyle and professional benefits it offers. At the same time, businesses are having a hard time finding the skilled professionals that they need. That’s…

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6 Actionable Ways to Stay Motivated When You’re Self Employed

When you run your own business, you’ll quickly learn that putting in long hours without seeing immediate payoff is pretty normal. The pressure of doing it all yourself can be a lot and it can be easy to lose steam. Find inspiration, keep on task throughout the day, and maintain focus on your goals by…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 23, 2020

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. Crowdsource innovation,…

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4 Reasons to Start a Blog for Your Small Business

Think of a blog as an opportunity to engage and grow your target audience. A blog for your business is more than something to update with your weekly experiences as an independent professional. Blogging is a great way to showcase your expertise, bring in potential clients, and grow your personal brand. In fact, blogs are…

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Contingent Workforce Compliance: What Companies Should Know

Remain both legally compliant and competitive among peers by understanding how to properly work with independent contractors.

Webinar Recap: Stand Out From the Crowd: Insights from Expert Recruiters to Get Noticed for Projects

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Stand Out From the Crowd: Insights from Expert Recruiters to Get Noticed for Projects

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4 Ways Direct Sourcing Helps Companies Become More Agile

Direct sourcing is an increasingly popular talent engagement strategy being used by enterprises today. Direct sourcing allows companies to match highly-skilled candidates with open project opportunities using their own internal resources, bypassing the use of third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms to perform recruiting functions. Many businesses today are using direct sourcing to find and…

Meet Stacy Pilgreen: A Veteran Small Business Owner in the National Security Industry – Special Operations and Intelligence

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Learn more about Robert Casper and how he is using the skills he learned in the military to offer services as a skilled, experienced independent professional.

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How To Give Back on a Budget when You’re Self Employed

Philanthropy can be an important part of your brand, even if you’re a business of one. Not only is charitable giving a great way to give back to your community and support a good cause, but it can also help to build connections with existing and potential customers, differentiate your business, and gain positive publicity. But…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 16, 2020

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. MBO Partners…

Meet Eddie Dunn: From Ground Zero to New Heights as a Veteran Business Owner

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Learn more about Eddie Dunn and how he is using the skills he learned in the military to offer services as a skilled, experienced independent professional.

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What is Gross Pay vs. Net Pay and How to Calculate

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As an independent professional it’s important to understand key financial terms. There will be a financial component to every part of your job, from the beginning of a project when you are negotiating with a client about your rates and writing a contract, to the end of a project when you are invoicing a client…

Meet Robert Casper – U.S. Navy Commander to Independent Veteran Business Owner

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Learn more about Robert Casper and how he is using the skills he learned in the military to offer services as a skilled, experienced independent professional.

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3 Business Benefits of a Contractor Compliance Program

Compliance programs minimize an organization’s exposure to misclassification liability when engaging independent contractors. Learn three key benefits a compliance program can offer your organization.

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The Weekly Independent: November 10, 2020

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. CNBC quotes…

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Independent Workforce Platform MBO Partners® Expands to the United Kingdom and Ireland via Acquisition

Demonstrating a commitment to the future of work globally, these acquisitions enable leading enterprises to seamlessly source, engage and manage independent professionals and microbusinesses across borders.    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  HERNDON, VA – November 10, 2020 – MBO Partners®, the leading platform for independent professionals, today announced that it has acquired MBO Partners Limited, UK and Ireland-based affiliates of MBO Partners.   Leveraging the proven model of international consultancies, MBO Partners has expanded its platform capabilities by acquiring its licensees…

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Hiring Independent Contractors: 5 Common Concerns and How to Overcome Them

Engaging independent contractors for the first time may feel like navigating completely new territory. You might have fears about the quality of the final product, what it’ll cost, or the productive use of time and resources—it can be hard to trust someone you’ve never worked with before. The Benefits of Independent Talent However, in light…

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5 Ways to Build a Strong Client-Contractor Relationship

Build positive, successful relationships with your independent workforce with these five tips.

What is Net Salary: Definition and How to Calculate

If you’re considering starting a small business, you are probably encountering many new financial terms as you begin to set your bill rate and put systems in place for tracking your time, and collecting invoices. Understanding these terms and numbers are an important part in determining the sustainability and success of your business. They can…

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4 Strategies to Reduce Misclassification Risk

Traditional employment is changing. Today, independent work is part of the normal career portfolio and organizations are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate independent professional talent into their overall workforce strategy. Independents have a lot to offer, and with the right engagement program, they can help an organization thrive. Below, we explore four important strategies…

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How Introverts Can Succeed in Consulting

What personality traits come to mind when you think of a successful independent consultant? Outgoing? Social? Extroverted? While those who are naturally inclined to networking and interacting with others may be at an advantage when it comes to self-promotion or meeting new people, it that doesn’t mean that an introvert—or a shy extrovert—won’t be successful in…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 2, 2020

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. Protect yourself…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: October, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. United States Department of Labor Proceeds with…

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How to Turn Your Independent Workforce into a Competitive Advantage

Realize the competitive advantage of making independent talent part of your workforce strategy by creating a program to that brings top talent to your doorstep, compliantly.

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Independent Professionals: Who They Are and What is Important to Them

What is the Independent Workforce? The independent workforce is comprised of 41 million people who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This fast-growing population includes all age ranges, genders, skill sets, and income levels, and spans many different segments of our economy from app-based commodity service like on-demand drivers, to graphic designers, government consultants, and…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: October 26, 2020

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. Here are…

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6 Rights of 1099 Contractors

A guide to the rights you have as an independent contractor.

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9 Basic Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

Make sure your small business operates legally with all of the required licenses and permits.

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4 Steps to Hiring the Right Independent Professional

Work needs to get done, and there’s no time to waste. You need to find a savvy, highly-skilled independent professional who respects a strict budget and has the specific expertise you’re looking for. So, where should you start looking, and how do you effectively screen and monitor the talent you find to protect your company’s…

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5 Ways to Build a Personal Brand for Small Business

Branding is integral to your identity whether you’re an independent professional or a Fortune 100 company. From your name and logo to your company slogan and reputation, it’s how the public knows you. As a self-employed professional, you are your company, and establishing a strong personal brand is essential to the growth and success of…

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5 Ways to Attract Skilled Independent Talent to Your Business

More than 80% of independent professionals say they have some or a lot of choice in picking their clients. Independent talent can fill in-demand roles with skills like specialized management consulting, engineering, marketing, research, and product development. As organizations look for new ways to reach corporate goals—particularly in our fast-changing economy—they must also take into…

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3 Key Factors of Classification Compliance

Minimize the risk of worker misclassification by understanding these three important components of independent contractor compliance.

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The Weekly Independent: October 19, 2020

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. Mitigate risks…

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How to Create a Self Employed Resume

Update your independent consulting resume to boost your professional credibility, track your accomplishments, and build your personal brand.

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How to Access, Engage, and Manage Your Independent Workforce

When you decide to incorporate independent talent into your workforce, there are many steps involved. First, enterprise managers must find the right talent to fit their needs. Next, those independent contractors must be engaged in a legally compliant manner. And lastly, it’s important to manage working with independent professionals in a way that helps your…

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3 Benefits of Working with Big Clients as a Consultant

Why Work with Larger Companies? Big companies can afford to spend big money with small businesses, but pitching your services to a large enterprise can be daunting. However, if you know your market and have done your research, it is possible to refine your services to meet corporate demand. In fact, the number of high-earning…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: October 12, 2020

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. Three key…

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3 Risk Management Strategies for Contractor Engagement

Whether your business is currently using or considering using independent talent, it is important to keep compliance in mind. Properly managing independent contractors is quite different than maintaining a workforce of traditional employees—specific rules, laws, and tests apply. Treating an independent contractor as an employee can result in costly legal consequences. Knowing how to reduce…

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How to Increase Direct Sourcing Program Adoption

If your company engages independent talent as part of your workforce, you’ve probably heard other enterprises talking about how to use direct sourcing as a way to find and engage contingent workers of all types. Direct sourcing allows enterprise managers to source talent internally using their own resources and technology, rather than having to rely…

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How to Create a Contingent Workforce Management Program

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Many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent. As the demand for independent talent grows, enterprises are bypassing third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms for recruiting purposes and developing talent engagement strategies. Direct sourcing affords many economic benefits including the ability to avoid high-priced staffing markups, decrease overhead costs by hiring…

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What is a Talent Network?

The benefits of a Talent Network, and how organizations can build and utilize them.

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The Weekly Independent: October 5, 2020

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. MBO Partners…

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Challenges Independent Contractors Face and How to Overcome Them: Planning for Retirement

Planning for retirement is a challenge for many independent professionals. As a typical employee, you can rely on your employer to provide 401(k) plans or other options to help prepare for retirement, but when you run your own business putting a plan in place is up to you. Luckily, there are many retirement options available…

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What is Worker Misclassification?

Organizations are increasingly incorporating independent professional talent into their workforce, more high-profile lawsuits have been in the news—throwing the issue of worker misclassification into the spotlight. But what is worker misclassification exactly? First, it’s important to understand that independent contractors—freelancers, consultants, self-employed professionals, side-giggers, etc.—represent a fundamentally different type of worker than your typical W-2…

What California’s AB2257 Means for Independent Contractors

California recently enacted AB2257, a statute to amend AB5, a law that was effective January 1, 2020 and made the ABC test the principal test for determining if a worker in California was an employee or independent contractor. The ABC test requires a business/hiring entity that wants to engage with a person who is an…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: September, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. California Passes AB2257 to Amend AB5 California…

Tips For a Successful Zoom Virtual Meeting: Chats, Polls & More!

Last week, in part 1 of our two-part article on Zoom meetings for independent professionals and small business owners, we shared how to schedule and personalize the settings for your upcoming Zoom meeting. This week, we’re sharing tips for using key Zoom functions – like chats and polls – that can increase engagement and feedback…

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MBO Partners® Acquires Open Innovation Platform MindSumo, Inc.

As businesses compete to stay relevant in a post-COVID economy, MindSumo’s crowdsourcing technology ensures that companies capture real-time results and benefits.   Herndon, VA,– September 29, 2020 – MBO Partners® announced today that is has reached an agreement to acquire MindSumo, Inc., an open innovation platform based out of Durham, N.C.    The MindSumo innovation platform allows businesses to crowdsource breakthrough ideas and insights by posting online “challenges.” A community of 500,000 Millennial and Gen Z users submit solutions in…

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3 Cost Savings of Direct Sourcing

Our workforce ecosystem today is more diverse than ever before. Companies are increasingly shaping their workforce strategy around the expanding independent workforce, finding not only financial benefits, but also value in quick access to in-demand skills, staffing flexibility, and the ability to complete projects on-demand. Many forward-thinking organizations are relying on direct sourcing as a…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: September 28, 2020

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. These simple…

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10 Ways Independent Consultants Can Wow Their Clients

Every interaction you have with your clients slowly informs and builds your relationship. In order to create the positive experiences needed to be successful in your field, you must provide great service and be a great communicator as well. We sat down with the MBO Partners Customer Experience team—the team responsible for making sure independents…

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How Much Does it Cost to Start a Small Business in 2020?

Whether you’re tired of a corporate work environment, eager to launch an innovative business venture, or simply ready to be your own boss, there are many attractive benefits to starting your own company. However, launching a successful consulting business requires both financial preparation as well as a solid business plan. We’ve compiled four tips to…

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3 Ways to Calculate Your Billing Rate for Consulting Services

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

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How to Transition from Full Time Worker to Self Employed: 9 Steps

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Why Become Self-Employed? Work today looks very different than it did just a few years ago. There are many options for pursuing your passion, work is often completed in defined projects, and for many businesses it is cost and resource efficient to outsource work. This shift has intersected with the underlying revolution of American workers…

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How to Achieve Corporate Agility by Leveraging Independent Talent

Enterprises today are increasingly conducting work in project-based workflows using a workforce composed of full-time, independent, and offshore talent. In the midst of COVID-19, organizations are having to be more flexible and creative than ever before. Many have transitioned to remote work and others are experimenting with adjusting their operating models. No matter what strategy…

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10 Low Cost Small Business Marketing Strategies that Work

Even the most well-run company with outstanding services doesn’t count for much if people don’t have a way to find out about it. As an independent contractor, marketing your business can be a tough road. You’re working with limited time and resources and competition with bigger companies can be intimidating. But you don’t need a…

5 Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are not only a valuable source of talent for businesses, but the growth of the independent workforce also made it easier for businesses to compliantly engage independent workers with minimal risk. Despite these positive changes, navigating how to properly engage this pool of talent can be confusing given evolving laws and lack of…

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The Weekly Independent: September 21, 2020

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. Learn three…

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3 Best Practices for Independent Contractor Engagement

Improve independent contractor program adoption, increase talent retention rates, and mitigate misclassification risk with these three best practices for independent contractor engagement.

5 Tips for Setting Up a Successful Zoom Meeting

You have your guest list, you have your agenda, and you’ve made your presentation. And, since meetings have gone virtual thanks to COVID-19, the ‘new’ conference room is the Zoom Room. Learning the in’s and out’s of a new application cannot only be frustrating, but it can take up a great amount of time. For…

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Recruiting Contractors: Staffing Agency vs Job Marketplace

There are an expanding number of ways to reach independent professional talent. Knowing the key differences between staffing agencies and online marketplaces can help you determine how best to reach independent talent for your unique project needs.

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Challenges Independent Contractors Face and How to Overcome Them: Billing

Billing clients is an important part of your job as an independent professional. Without a good system in place to track your hours and bill your clients, the financial side of your business can quickly get messy and stressful. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to ensure you are charging the right amount for…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: September 14, 2020

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. Create sustainable…

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How to Build a Budget for Independent Workforce Management

Best practices and industry standards for engaging and paying independent contractors.

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5 Tips for Creating Sustainable Business Growth

In order to set yourself apart and remain competitive in your industry, it’s important to keep your skills and knowledge current. Expanding your education and expertise can help you can land new clients and build lasting relationships with current clients. Go beyond the basics and gain a professional advantage with these five ways to stay sharp…

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5 Better Ways to Engage Top Talent

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, companies are settling into new ways of managing their workforce. Many are relying more heavily on contingent workers, a pool of talent that has the flexibility and skillsets needed to fill key functions quickly and efficiently. Independent professionals are a growing group of talent, and their skills are in…

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Consulting Proposal Template and Guide

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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…

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The Weekly Independent: September 7, 2020

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. Win more…

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15 Best Practices for Classifying Workers and Avoiding an Audit

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Worker misclassification may often seem like a far-off concept—something that only happens to very large companies that you read about in the news. After all, does the government really care about the details of how a small business engages freelance writers for website copy? The truth is, because audits are private, you only hear about…

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Independent Contractor vs Employee: Which Should I Hire?

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Learn how to define and when to hire a 1099 independent contractor, temp or full time employee in order to avoid misclassification risks.

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6 Ways to Sell Better and Get More Consulting Clients

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As an independent professional you have a lot of additional responsibilities; not only must you deliver quality work, you have to find it as well. Winning new contracts takes more than luck and a quality portfolio. In order to keep leads flowing into your project pipeline, you need a consistent plan of action and must…

How to Create a Small Business Growth Strategy

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What is the ideal time to grow your business? It can be hard to tell. There are many internal and external factors to consider when making this important decision. Perhaps your goal is to maximize your profit or grow your small company into a larger entity. Whatever is driving your move, you’ll need to assess…

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Background Checks for Independent Contractors in the Wake of COVID-19: 4 Areas to Consider Moving Forward

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When we consider the multitude of complications that were anticipated as a result of the COVID pandemic, few professionals would have called out the challenges of conducting background checks as a limiting factor.  In fact, the inability to conduct such checks in a timely manner has become a critical chokepoint in bringing on new independent…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: August 31, 2020

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. Retain good…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: August, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. California vs. Uber and Lyft One of…

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Should I Hire a Contractor or Employee? 6 Questions to Ask

From significant financial savings and staffing flexibility, to access to specialized skills and expertise, organizations can realize many benefits from engaging independent contractors. Independent talent can be a great way to test out new services, lay the foundation for a new business unit, or implement a new technology system. But in order to avoid risk,…

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How to Improve Your Client Retention Strategy

Retaining clients you enjoy working with is not only great for the financial side of your business, it makes your day-to-day job easier as well. When you have a consistent pipeline of projects, you can focus on the work at hand rather than worrying about how you will make it through the next few months.…

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Webinar Recap: Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands

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In our August 20th webinar, Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands, MBO’s Chief Talent Officer Amy O’Donnell and special guest Vincent Valle, Associate Director of Independent Contractor Recruiting at KPMG shared insights on how to get inside the mind of recruiters and get project work…

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How to Deal With Difficult Clients

Managing relationships with your clients can be one most difficult aspects of transitioning to the independent workforce. Even if you are a seasoned independent professional, you may find yourself in a frustrating situation: your client relationship is strained and you’re not sure how to handle it. When working closely with a client on a project…

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The Weekly Independent: August 24, 2020

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. The New…

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How to Give a Great Business Presentation

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Most of us have sat through a bad presentation – from an overlong presentation to cringe-worthy slides. The messages may have been important, but they were most likely lost or diluted because of a poor delivery. Presentations affect professional reputation, so the ability to effectively communicate ideas is vital to the strength of any independent consultancy.

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Top 4 Reasons Companies Use Independent Professionals

The workforce ecosystem of today is more diverse than ever before. Enterprises are building dynamic workforces with a mix of salaried employees and contract or freelance talent. And the contingent worker side of this equation is quickly growing as companies embrace the skills, expertise, and flexibility of on-demand talent. The external workforce has become key…

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The Difference Between Customer Loyalty and Customer Retention

As an independent professional, you’ll quickly learn that a key to sustained business growth is retaining a pool of reliable, loyal clients. Finding and acquiring new clients requires a big investment of time and energy. If you can establish a consistent pipeline of work, you can spend more time doing the work you love rather…

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S Corp Advantages and Disadvantages for Small Business

S Corporation business structure advantages and disadvantages.

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: August 17, 2020

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. Stay on…

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3 Ways to Mitigate Compliance Risk When Hiring Independent Contractors

More than 41 million Americans are currently working independently on a full- or part-time basis and we predict that by 2027, more than half of the workforce will be, or will have worked independently. This means that if you aren’t doing so already, you’ll likely be engaging some of this independent talent soon. But read…

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7 Popular Industries for Consultant Jobs

Building a successful business is not only dependent on having great service offerings—you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work. If you’re considering going independent, one big question you should ask is: are my skills in demand? Below, we take a look at five popular industries for independents. But if your services…

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Tax Implications of Becoming an Independent Contractor: What You Need to Know

If you’re ready to take the leap and start your career as an independent professional, there are a few key steps to take to build a successful business. Understanding the tax implications of becoming an independent contractor is an important part of your financial preparation. While your employer was required to withhold federal income, Social…

Think Like a Recruiter: What You Need to Know to Get the Attention of Big Brands

Join Chief Talent Officer Amy O’Donnell and special guest Vincent Valle, KPMG’s Associate Director of Independent Contractor Recruiting, in a Q&A style event where they will share insights about what recruiters are really looking for, as well as the best ways to find projects and utilize a marketplace.

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