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A Mid-Year Review

As we settle into the latter half of 2020, a key question emerges: how do I enable my workforce to grow and thrive? The answers are many, but one clear fact has emerged: independent talent is an important and vital part of a businesses' ongoing success. 

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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 9th year, the 2019 survey finds full-time independents are a persistent, confident, and tech-savvy core of the independent workforce.

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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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Future of Work

In today’s project-driven economy, more businesses than ever are engaging an external workforce to help operate at full capacity and meet demand, positioning independent professionals to continue to be a critical resource for years to come.

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The Weekly Independent

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

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.

The Weekly Independent

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…

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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…

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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…

The Weekly Independent

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…

The Weekly Independent

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…

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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…

The Weekly Independent

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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Planning for Parental Leave as an Independent Contractor

When you run your own business, taking parental leave can be a scary prospect. Without set guidelines or a reliable paycheck, having to budget for time off, set expectations with clients, and work head on projects is daunting. Nevertheless, one of the benefits of running your own business is the freedom to structure projects around…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: August 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. Thomson Reuters…

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Four Ways to Minimize Worker Misclassification

When engaging independent contractors, worker misclassification is an inherent risk. Businesses today must decide how to handle differing worker classification laws from federal, state, and local government agencies. Because laws and regulations that dictate worker classification and use of independent contractors are ambiguous and frequently change, legal compliance is challenging. That said, companies must also…

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How Introverts Can Succeed in Consulting

When thinking of personality traits that make a successful independent consultant, “outgoing,” “social,” or “extroverted” may come to mind. While those who enjoy 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 a natural introvert—or a shy extrovert—can’t succeed as an…

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3 Levels of Contractor Compliance

On-demand talent bring a competitive advantage, reduced cost, and unique skills to the market. Independent professionals are an economic force that is continuing to grow and thrive, and many enterprises are reaping the rewards. There are currently nearly 41 million people working independently in the U.S. and we predict that this number will only continue…

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4 Marketing Strategies to Build a Small Business Brand

When you run your own business, it is important to present yourself in a professional way in order to attract the clients and projects you want. Much of this comes down to how you market and brand your services. While self-promotion may not come naturally to all independent professionals, it is a key part of…

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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

Landing new clients and retaining existing clients is an essential part of your business as an independent professional. But in a field full of talented individuals, it can be difficult to stand out. Not to mention, client meetings can also be stressful, uncomfortable, or intimidating. But rather than approaching meetings with a sense of dread,…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: August 3, 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 primary…

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Masterclass Recap: James Rosebush & the Art of Public Speaking

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In our July 30 Masterclass, Winning Your Audience: Expert Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking, eminent leader, advisor and best-selling author James Rosebush shared tips and strategies on how to feel confident and master the art of public speaking. Through his experience as an advisor in the Reagan White House and as Mrs. Reagan’s longest-tenured…

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10 Strategies to Reduce Contractor Compliance Risk

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Understanding how to properly engage and manage independent contractors is critical for the modern business. If you suspect that your company’s independent contractor engagement practices heighten your risk profile, it’s important to make sure you have a good understanding of what today’s most forward-looking enterprises are doing to reduce their compliance risk. 10 Compliance Strategies to…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: July, 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. Courts in Massachusetts and New Jersey Both…

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3 Ways to Build Thought Leadership as a Consultant

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Learn how to become a thought leader in your field with this MBO Partners guide.

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When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?

Today, organizations have many different approaches to building their workforce. Traditionally, businesses relied on a base of full-time employees, perhaps supplemented by temporary workers to fill seasonal or short-term needs. In recent years, however, companies are increasingly incorporating independent contractors into their talent strategies. And no wonder—independent professionals bring substantial financial benefits, access to in-demand…

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How to Write a Consulting Agreement: Guide and Templates

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Learn how to write and negotiate the right independent consulting agreement. Learn the key ingredients of a contract, different types of contracts, and mistakes to avoid.

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5 Reasons to Hire Independent Contractors

In America today, there are 41 million independent workers. This growing workforce has increasingly become a vital source of talent for businesses. As we shift towards project-based economy and as technology advances, it has become easier to leverage independent talent in general as well as engage a wide breadth of specialized talent. The question facing…

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How to Communicate Effectively with Clients

Clients are the glue that hold small businesses together. Your success and growth as an independent professional is entirely dependent on the relationships you build with your clients. One of the most important factors in developing and maintaining those relationships is communication. Good communication can help keep a project moving along smoothly, resolve pain points…

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July 30 Masterclass: Winning Your Audience – Expert Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking

On Thursday, July 30, join James Rosebush, eminent leader, advisor, and speaker, in a fast-paced masterclass to improve your public speaking abilities. James will share what he’s learned about speaking throughout his storied career, including as an advisor in the Reagan White House and serving as Mrs. Reagan’s longest-tenured Chief of Staff. Winning Your Audience: Expert…

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5 Tips for Effectively Marketing Your Small Business on Twitter

One of the gest ways to reach your target audience and connect with future clients is through social media. However, in order to be effective on these platforms, you’ll need to tailor your writing to the specific social platform you are using. With a global user base of more than 300 million people, Twitter is one of…

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Webinar Recap: Growing Beyond Your Network – Marketing Your Skills and Brand as an Independent Consultant

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In our July 16 webinar, Growing Beyond Your Network: Marketing Your Skills and Brand as an Independent Consultant, MBO’s Chief Talent Officer Amy O’Donnell shared tips and tricks to market and grow your business. Amy leveraged her more than 20 years of experience in talent management to provide a unique perspective on how to expand…

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How to Get Your First Consulting Client: 6 Steps

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Get your consulting business off to a good start by learning the best strategies for finding and getting clients.

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How to Become a Self Employed Consultant: 5 Steps to Starting Right

Is going independent and starting your own business a dream of yours? While becoming an independent contractor may sound great, you might not feel 100% ready just quite yet. Being confident in your decision is important, and luckily there’s a lot you can do to prepare for self-employment so you feel completely informed in your…

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Top 10 Tips for Career Transition in The Time of Covid-19

In these challenging times executives are suddenly being forced to prepare for an unwanted career transition. Others have been planning a departure to retirement, or second career self-employment, for years. The recent DC/Baltimore Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications Zoom webinar, an online webinar for women in career transitions, showcased some of the best practices,…

10 Actions to Take This Summer to Drive Business Success in 2021

These 10 ways to drive success in 2020 set enterprises up for success both now and in the future.

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How to Source Consultants for Projects

There are many reasons leading enterprises are choosing to supplement their workforce with independent professional talent. Independents provide in-demand skills and flexibility that allow organizations to work on a project-by-project basis, increasing their agility and giving them the ability to ebb and flow with market trends. If your organization is looking to expand their population…

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8 Ways to Simplify Independent Contractor Engagement

While navigating the risk of worker misclassification can be daunting, independent contractor engagement doesn’t have to be complicated. As the use of independent talent becomes more mainstream, so has the engagement process. Follow these eight tips to simplify the way you engage your independent professionals. 1. Work with an Experienced Organization Partnering with an established…

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Retirement Planning Tips For Self Employed Professionals

As an independent professional, you love what you do, but looking forward towards the end of your career you won’t be running your business on a full-time basis forever. More than 15 million independents work full time, more than 15 hours per week. Whether you are just starting your small business or you have an…

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Increase Adoption of Contingent Workforce Management Policies

Independent professionals are a valuable resource to many organizations today. This component of your total workforce can bring in much-needed expertise, best practices, and delivery capabilities. However, that value can be quickly lost without internal buy-in. Adherence to and understanding of your contingent workforce management program is critical to remaining compliant, attracting top talent, and…

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How to Break Away from the Corporate Employment Model as an Independent Professional

Going out on your own and starting a solo business can be both intimidating and daunting. When transitioning to self-employment, you’re leaving behind the safety net you had as an employee—healthcare and retirement benefits, a boss who directs your work, and an employer who pays half of your Social Security and Medicare taxes. But as…

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4 Contingent Workforce Engagement Strategies

Over the past several years, the independent contractor-client relationship has seen some dramatic shifts. In order to attract and retain top talent form a pool of 41 million Americans who work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers, enterprises must develop new processes, policies, and practices to become a Client of Choice—independent talent’s first…

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Webinar Preview: Grow Your Network and Market Your Skills / Brand

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Once you’ve established a successful online presence; the next challenge is making yourself visible to your target market – those beyond your immediate network of first-degree connections. Many consultants are not used to “selling” themselves outside of their network of known and trusted colleagues. To widen your opportunities, you’ll have to change a few of…

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How to Write a Consultant Job Description: 4 Tips

There are many factors to consider when looking for independent talent to incorporate into your workforce. If you are engaging independent contractors for the first time, you may be facing fears about the quality of the final product, cost considerations, or whether or not the person you’re hiring will make a productive use of time…

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The Costs of Independent Contractor Engagement

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Learn about the costs associated with different independent contractor engagement methods and review a case study to see cost savings in action.

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When and How Independent Professionals Should Offer Discounts

If you’re looking for a way to boost your business, you may have considered offering a discount on your services. After all, what’s more enticing to customers than a good sale?  But when it comes down to it, is discounting really a smart way to bring in more clients? Unfortunately, unless you are a large,…

A Mid-Year Check-in for Enterprise Organizations Regarding the Future of Work

This Independence Day holiday is unlike any other we have seen in the past century. For senior executives responsible for hiring and employee management, it’s an especially trying time. For many, there is a strong sense of personal responsibility to their employees – alongside a sense of accountability to their board room for sustaining profits…

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5 Key Tips for Blog Writing on Social Media

While a blog is often considered to be part of content marketing, they are also interactive and highly sharable, placing them firmly in the social media category. Business blogging, however, requires writing strategies that are somewhat unique, setting the format apart from traditional social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Creating your own blog is a great…

Self-Care and the Independent Consultant

A 6-Part Health and Well-Being Check for 2020 This July 4th holiday weekend is unlike any other we have seen in the past century. The health and wellness of our workforce are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are facing a global environment of fear and uncertainty. For our nation’s workers, worry is…

7 Predictions for the Future of Work

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Founder Gene Zaino shares 7 insights for the future of work and a new chapter for the book The End of Jobs.

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 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 Focuses on Drivers Misclassified as Independent…

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10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

There are plenty of perks to working as an independent professional: freedom, flexibility, control over your work, the ability to pursue your passion, and the option to work from anywhere in the world, just to name a few. Here are our top 10 reasons to fall in love with self-employment. 1. Boost Your Income Did…

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Setting a Budget for Small Busines: Saving vs Spending

As you pursue your career as an independent professional, you’ll quickly discover that your success is tied to the business decisions you make. What you choose to do with your money is an important part of that challenge. Which purchases are smart investments? Which are simply a waste of money? Here are three areas where…

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The Importance of Fostering a Community of Independent Talent

Our workforce landscape is quickly changing and adapting, due in many ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations are allowing for remote working arrangements and as cities begin to reopen, companies are adjusting how they manage their workforces moving forward. Companies who already rely on independent talent as an integral part of their workforce are…

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Solo 401k for Self Employed and Small Businesses

The challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern among self-employed professionals, even as you enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are…

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How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

If the words “performance review” spark dread or anxiety, you’re not alone. In the traditional world of work, performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. So, why should you put yourself through this process as an independent professional? The answer is simple: when done correctly, performance reviews can be a…

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5 Tips to Write Like a Marketer and Build Your Business

What you write can change how people understand, view, and act on a certain topic. Writing conveys passion, enthusiasm, interest, intrigue, and critical information that can help people make better decisions. Writing is a tangible expression of thought, analysis, and influence. So, why is there so much bad writing in business? One of the challenges…

Webinar Recap: Building an Agile Workforce in a Post-COVID World

In our June 17 webinar, Building an Agile Workforce in a Post-COVID World, Miles Everson, CEO of MBO Partners, and Bryan Peña, Chief of Market Strategy, shared the latest thought leadership on how COVID-19 is changing the global workforce. Discover what you can do today to set your company up for success in the coming…

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Webinar Recap: Achieving Organizational Success in a Post-COVID Workplace

In our June 16 webinar, Achieving Organizational Success in a Post-COVID Workplace, change management expert and MBO Advantage member Kenneth Schlechter was joined by MBO’s Chief of Market Strategy Bryan Peña to discuss how organizations can be better engaged, increase communication and accountability, and re-confirm Senior Management’s commitment to driving organizational success, post-COVID. Key takeaways…

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Three Benefits of Direct Sourcing in the Wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s far from business as usual for organizations across the world. The majority of people who are able to work remotely are doing so, and for many managers it’s the first time they’ve had to run a fully remote team. Companies are taking different approaches to find success…

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How to Be More Productive Working from Home

As an independent professional, you have the major benefit of the ability to conduct business from your own home. By eliminating a daily office commute, you not only save gas money and help the environment, but your work schedule is suddenly much more flexible as well. However, as you may have already discovered, the one…

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How to Avoid Independent Contractor Reclassification

Follow these best practices for managing your independent contractor workforce to avoid costly reclassification issues.

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Webinar Recap: Developing and Marketing Your Online Presence as an Independent Consultant

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In our June 11 webinar, Developing and Marketing Your Online Presence, MBO’s own Amy O’Donnell shared tips and tricks on how independent professionals can shape and enhance their digital presence. Amy leveraged her more than 20 years of experience in talent management to provide a unique perspective to independent talent on what their clients want…

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What is Small Business Credit and Why is it Important?

Business credit can provide protection, value, and financial security for your company. Here’s what you need to know.

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The Accelerating Rate of Change in Today’s Business World

In today’s ever-shifting world of work, independent talent play an increasingly important role. Freelancers, contractors, consultants, temporary workers and more support companies by providing access to in-demand skills, driving organizational performance, and increasing institutional value. Particularly during times of crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizations that engage independent talent are finding they have the…

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What to Know Before Hiring through a Freelance Marketplace

Why Hire Through a Freelance Marketplace? If your organization is not already using a marketplace to source independent professionals, you may be missing out on great talent. Freelance marketplaces—online platforms that connect independent contractors with projects—are quickly growing in popularity. As many as one in four independent contractors said that they had used a marketplace…

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Gross vs Net Income: Definitions and How to Calculate

What is the difference between gross income and net income? Gross income is the total amount you earn and net income is your actual business profit after expenses and allowable deductions are taken out. However, because gross income is used to calculate net income, these terms are easy to confuse. When you run your own…

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How to Stay Motivated When You Work from Home

Striking out on your own and going independent is many people’s dream come true. You get to set your own hours, work where you like, and be your own boss. However, all that time spent alone can quickly take an emotional toll and it’s easy to lose motivation and energy when you start to feel lonely.…

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What is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act and What Does it Mean for Independent Contractors and Small Business Owners?

Friday, the government signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act to make it easier for small businesses and independent workers to gain relief under the Paycheck Protection Program, a key provision of the CARES Act for COVID-19 relief. What is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act? The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act is…

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3 Challenges of Creating a Successful Workforce Management Program

A growing career choice for 41 million Americans is on the rise: self-employment. Companies are also increasingly recognizing the many benefits independent talent provide and are incorporating this talent into their workforce strategy. This external workforce is important to many organizations because it allows them to operate at full capacity and meet market demand. If…

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The Role of Technology in Finding Top Independent Talent

In order to embrace the new normal of our current workforce, we must acknowledge that it demands a broader talent management plan that integrates a dynamic mix of temporary and full-time workers. A key component of this talent management plan is integrating independent professionals into contemporary workforce programs. Technology is leading the charge in this…

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How to Manage Independent Contractors: 3 Approaches

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Learn three approaches to independent contractor engagement and tips for how to best manage your independent workforce.

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Starting a Consulting Business After Retirement: 4 Tips

Even the most accomplished professionals can feel unsettled by big career changes such as retirement. 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 41 million-strong workforce of…

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Our Commitment to Equality and Opportunity for All

To Our Independent Professionals, Our corporate belief system begins with the tenet of living by the Golden Rule—treating others as you wish to be treated. The Golden Rule guides us in our commitment to fight against racism and bias in all its forms. We also believe in communication with candor and with empathy. If we do not…

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4 Elements of Independent Workforce Management

Finding, engaging, and retaining skilled talent can be difficult for organizations in today’s work environment. While there may be people available and willing to work, they don’t always have the skills companies are looking for—so where are the resources to fill this need? We believe the answer lies in the continued rise self-employed professionals, a…

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Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile as An Independent Consultant

A strong professional LinkedIn profile is a key part of marketing for any independent business. When people search for your services or name, your LinkedIn profile is going to be one of the first things that shows up in Google search results. It’s important to show potential clients what you have to offer and grab…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 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. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of…

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How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

Even with detailed preparation and a great business plan in place, it can be hard to make headway with your independent business if people don’t know who you are or what services you offer. For some, self-promotion may seem like a daunting task, but think of it as enabling your business to take that next…

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Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

All forward-thinking organizations today are aware that the talent management landscape is changing. More and more companies today are turning to flexible workforce models, incorporating independent professional talent to supplement their full-time workforce with specialized skills and on-demand project availability. In this new world, it’s important for companies to take an agile approach to talent…

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Webinar Recap: Boost Your Consulting Revenue with an Executive Coach

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Our May 19 webinar, Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate your Independent Consulting Revenue, offered numerous tips and insights on how, when, and why an executive coach might help you grow your independent business. Coaching is a valuable tool for independent professionals, business owners, and anyone looking to expand their career and increase their earnings.…

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Retirement Options: SEP IRA for Self Employed Professionals

As a self-employed professional, you enjoy the flexibility, control, and creativity an independent career offers. However, the challenge and uncertainty of planning for retirement is a common concern. At a traditional job, you have the benefit of built-in retirement options, but this field can be more difficult to navigate on your own. Fortunately, there are…

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Five Time Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, time management is a factor in your daily life. But spending your time efficiently and effectively is often more easily said than done, especially if you work remotely. It can be hard to focus when working from home and distractions seem to lie around every corner. Likewise, if you spend…

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Barriers to Building an Effective Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Many organizations today engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy. These companies stand to greatly benefit from a centralized program that is designed to manage the engagement and compliance processes needed for these types of workers. An independent contractor engagement program serves to minimize…

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Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

As an independent professional, one of the most essential skills you can develop is the ability to negotiate business deals. If handled correctly, negotiations can solidify client relationships, set your project up for success, and help you grow your business. If handled incorrectly, you may compromise on something that is ultimately bad for your business, fail…

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How to Increase Organic Traffic to a Small Business Website

Although a website can have many different goals, for most people, it is a lead generation tool. New leads can come to your website in three ways: referrals from other websites, direct clicks from social postings or emails, and organic traffic, which comes from people clicking on a link in Google’s search results. To increase…

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5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

Today, more than ever before, the independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent. Independent contractors provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing flexibility, and can help companies minimize employment costs. But as more organizations become aware of these benefits, competition for top independent talent is growing.…

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How Enterprise Organizations Can Benefit from Engaging an Executive Coach for their Workforce

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips for enterprise organizations considering engaging an executive coach for their workforce.  What does an executive coach do? At a high level, an executive coach helps guide…

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Becoming a Client of Choice: Understanding What Drives the Modern Independent Professional

The modern work environment a dynamic, evolving landscape. As more people choose to forgo traditional employment in favor of working as independent consultants, freelancers, or contractors, organizations are shifting their approach to how work gets done. About 7.6 million Americans now work full-time as highly-skilled independents providing professional services to corporations on a contract basis.…

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Independent Contractor vs Employee vs Temp

When to consider engaging an independent contractor versus hiring a temporary or full-time employee.

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Achieve Workforce Agility by Engaging Independent Contractors

The independent workforce continues to steadily increase year after year, and is quickly becoming an indispensable source of talent for business. More than 40% of workers in the U.S. are now employed in alternative work arrangements made up of contingent, part-time, or gig work. Independent workers are a growing economic force, providing businesses with staffing flexibility, in-demand skills,…

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10 Must-Have Marketing Tools for Small Business

In order to create a brand identity, drive a steady flow of projects, and spread the word about your services you need to effectively market your business. As an independent professional, not only do you have to do great work, but you have to find it as well. Keeping your brand visible and relevant in the…

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10 Ways to Take Advantage of Down Time as a Small Business Owner or Independent Consultant

While the goal of any small business owner is a full project pipeline with continuous work, sometimes you may have a little more time on your hands.  Staying productive when you’re not working on a project may be frustrating and seem purposeless, and those who have found their pipeline changed as a result of circumstances…

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3 Mistakes an Executive Coach Can Help You Avoid

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition. Despite the…

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9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

Properly managing business expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy for an independent contractor. 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…

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Scope of Work SOW Template for Consulting Services

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Learn the critical components to creating a Scope of Work (SOW) document to properly plan and manage your projects.

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5 Benefits of Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Direct sourcing tools make it easy for self-employed professionals to engage with your organization. Here are four benefits these tools can offer.

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4 Self-Care Tips to Practice When Working Remotely

While there are many benefits to working from home—minimal cost of setup, no commute to the office, a flexible daily schedule—it doesn’t come without its challenges. There are distractions around every corner, it can be hard to shut down and stop working at the end of the day, and it can be lonely. If you…

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How and When to Raise Your Rates for Consulting

Are you at are at a point in your career where you have years of experience, produce high-quality work that is backed by client recommendations, and provide services that are in demand? If so, it may be time to consider raising your rates. Clients are looking for a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable independent professional who can…

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Finding True Motivation: Consultant Alicia Dara’s Independent Success Story

Alicia Dara never thought she’d be where she is today: a public speech and presentation coach with almost 25 years of experience in business for herself. She started out studying musical theater and singing, hoping to turn her vocal talent into a lifelong profession. But she soon realized her dream might not really be what…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 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. CARES Act Provides Benefits to the Independent…

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5 Client Etiquette Rules to Follow When Working from Home

There are many factors that influence a productive home office environment. Creating a defined work space. Developing a daily routine that minimizes outside distractions. Finding ways to balance personal and work responsibilities. Experimenting with different virtual tools to find the ones that work best for your business—the list goes on. But one often overlooked and…

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6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Companies today have unprecedented access to a pool of more than 41 million independent professionals. And that talent comes in more shapes and sizes than ever before—contractors, consultants, freelancers, side giggers, and more work as 1099 or W-2 workers, and the list goes on. Meanwhile, alongside continued growth in this labor market, 61% of organizations saying…

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3 Signs an Executive Coach Can Benefit Your Independent Business

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In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition.    When…

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How to Find and Keep Top Independent Professional Talent

For many leading organizations, independent professionals are a growing part of the workforce. Independent talent offer companies the ability to bring a valuable set of skills to a project for a specific period of time, helping to minimize employment costs and increase flexibility. But as the demand for independent workers grows—especially those with high-end skills—how…

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Post COVID-19 Workforce Trends: What a New Normal Might Look Like

There have been non-stop updates about our current status here in the U.S. and globally over the past couple of weeks— both from a health and economic perspective. However, I’d like to take a few minutes to think about the future of work, and what a ’new normal’ could look like. Returning to Work Those…

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4 Tips for Managing Contractors

Read these smart and effective tips for successfully managing independent professionals. These tips focus on effective communication and defining measurements for program management.

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How to Start a Successful Consulting Business

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More than 41 million Americans work independently as consultants, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, and more. If you’re working independently and are thinking of pursuing your endeavor fulltime, you’re not alone. Full-time self-employment continues to be a viable and attractive option for many professionals, especially those with in-demand skills. Any career change marks a major moment, but the decision…

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Four Forces Key to a Modern Business Model

It’s no secret that the world of work as we know it is changing. The current COVID-19 situation has certainly exacerbated problems, but it has also brought opportunity. Opportunity to widely adopt remote work, to stress-test business models, and to find new ways to connect with customers,  clients and employees. In many ways, shifts like…

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Managing Remote Workers

As remote work becomes more common, many enterprise managers are finding the need to shift their mindset and policies to align with a virtual work environment. There are many benefits to remote work including increased work/life flexibility, lower costs, and often greater productivity. Of course, there are many challenges as well. In particular, it is…

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5 Lead Generation Tips for Independent Contractors

Leads are an essential component to every independent professional’s business. Whether you find leads through referrals, online marketing, or even cold calling, they are necessary to keep your business healthy and growing. That said, not all leads are equal. If you’re able to find a wealth of potential clients but none of them end up being qualified,…

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What is Workforce Optimization and Why Does It Matter?

Today’s organizations are struggling to do more with less in the face of COVID-19. In response to this widespread challenge, forward-thinking companies are leveraging new technologies and experimenting with modes of working, such as virtual meetings and remote work.    This new paradigm has highlighted the vast chasm between the traditional business model and the emerging…

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4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who typically pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020 have been extended until July 15 of this year. This tax filing and payment relief also extends to estimated tax payments for 2020 that would typically be due…

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Communication through Crisis: Keeping Project Management Effective in the Wake of COVID-19

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In today’s post, Ken Schlechter, change and compliance management expert and owner of Kenneth Michael Consulting Services, LLC, shares insights from more than three decades of experience with companies like Morgan Stanley, The Blackstone Group, and Credit Suisse. The advice provided in this key Insight can apply both to enterprise organizations now navigating a 100…

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Incorporating More Flexibility into Your Independent Lifestyle

The vast majority of independent professionals pursue their path because of the choice and control it offers them. In fact, the top reasons workers say they decided to become an independent are a desire to control their schedule, greater work/life flexibility, and being able to work on projects they like. But as you likely know…

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5 Reasons NOT to Hire An Executive Coach

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition. Bill…

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How to Maintain Communication and Connection When Working from Home

Working remotely comes with many great benefits. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of the workforce operates out of a home office at least one day per week. When working from home, you have full control over where you work, how you work, and when your work gets done. But all of these positive aspects can…

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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Contractor Management

Outsourcing engagement and management tasks for your independent workforce can help your company stay compliant, save costs, and be more efficient.

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5 Tips for Managing a Small Business from a Home Office

Managing your independent business from a home office offers a lot of flexibility and the opportunity to save on many traditional costs. You’re able to scale up or down as needed, take advantage of certain tax breaks, work during ideal hours, and invest your time where you see fit. However, it can also be challenging…

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Health Insurance Options for Independent Consultants

As an independent professional, cutting ties with the constraints of a corporate workplace can also mean losing some of the perks—including health insurance benefits that many employers offer. However, this factor seems to be outweighed by the many benefits of going independent. Eighty-two percent of full-time independents say they are happier working on their own…

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Independent Contractor Classification: How to Stay Compliant

As organizations incorporate more independent contractors as a part of their workforce, it is important to also adjust policies and practices to ensure all contractors are engaged compliantly. Worker misclassification is a serious issue—if a company classifies a worker as an independent contractor when they should really be classified as an employee in the eyes…

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The Weekly Independent: April 6, 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. • Everything…

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How to Stay Productive When Working Remotely

Flexibility in where and how you work is one of the major benefits of independent work, but it can also be a challenge. Even if you have a great home office setup, staying productive and motivated throughout the day doesn’t always come easily—especially if you are used to working in an office with more daily…

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What is the CARES Act, and what does it mean for Enterprises?

In this exclusive webinar, Gene Zaino, MBO Partners founder and executive chairman, Miles Everson, MBO Partners CEO discussed key benefits of the CARES Act and how employers can take advantage of its key provisions for their independent talent as well as what they can do now to prepare for an post COVID-19 future.   

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Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

Re-engaging independent talent can save your business both time and money. When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client for future work. If independent professionals are already a part of your company’s workforce, re-engagement should be top of mind. If your organization is just…

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How to Work with a Virtual Assistant

As a small business owner, you’ve likely encountered moments when you feel overworked, stressed, or struggle to stay on top of your workload. Trying to grow a business is hard work, but taking on too many projects can quickly result in burnout. A virtual assistant can be a useful way to alleviate this burden by…

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How Independents Can Access CARES Act Benefits

Congress has approved and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to provide liquidity for the American people and economy during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Act includes provisions for benefits, loans, grants, deferred payments and other measures to help the entire…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 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. Independent Contractors May be Eligible for Collect…

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The Weekly Independent: March 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. • What…

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The CARES Act: What it Means for Self-Employed, Freelancers, Independent Workers

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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…

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Webinar Recap “MBO Manager Hack: An Interactive Session”

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Direct Sourcing Hacks  MBO Partners is hosting a monthly “quick hit” webinar series for engagement managers about how to hack the direct sourcing process to make it easier and faster for them to find and engage the talent they need. Hosted by Bryan Peña, Chief of Market Strategy, and Dustin Talley, Director of Marketplace, the half-hour webinar is a fun, fast paced…

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3 Ways to Make Direct Sourcing Part of Your Workforce Management Strategy

If recruiters and enterprise managers at your organization are having a hard time finding talent with the skills they need, you are not alone. Well over half of large organizations today report having difficulty finding the talent they need for their workforce. The answer for many companies comes in the form of independent professional talent.…

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How to Build Strong Relationships When Managing Remote Workers

Most independent professionals work remotely—it’s part of the appeal of pursuing an independent career. But managing remote workers isn’t always easy to do. Tracking deliverables, building teams, and forming relationships online can be complicated. It’s hard to get to know coworkers on a meaningful level through a screen or a phone call. Time zones and…

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3 Proven Client Retention Strategies for Small Business

When you run your own company, you are the face of your business on a daily basis. That require finding ways to keep your clients coming back so you maintain a steady flow of work. Always be thinking ahead, so gaps in your work don’t turn into gaps in your income. Getting work often comes…

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How to Set Your Small Business up for Success

Embarking on a career as an independent professional can be equal parts excitement and nerves. Starting your own business requires a lot of planning and forethought—and those requirements do not necessarily diminish as you move forward. In order for your business to be successful, it’s important to constantly be thinking ahead and setting goals for…

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5 Results an Executive Career Coach Can Help You Achieve

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition. There…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 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. • Forbes…

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3 Ways to Evaluate Small Business Goals

The future of your business and its level of success comes down to each of the decisions you make, both large and small. To help ensure you’re making the right decisions for your business, it’s important to not only set initial goals in your business plan, but to take the time to periodically reevaluate them. Whether…

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How to Boost the ROI of Your Client Meetings

As a self-employed professional, the right relationships can make or break your business. Not knowing where your next project or client is coming from can be a source of stress that takes the fun out of what you love to do. That’s why your relationships—the people you surround yourself with—are such an important part of building…

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5 Tips for Marketing Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you’re in charge of selling your services to the world. Investing in marketing your company ensures that services will be front and center when people search for a solution that you provide. There are many ways to go about marketing. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look…

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How to Retain Top Independent Talent

Skilled talent is in short demand these days. That means organizations are turning to external talent to fill skills gaps. Independent professionals bring flexibility, lower employment costs, and a cadre of talent, helping companies remain agile and competitive among peers. If your organization is engaging independent talent, you’re likely already aware of these benefits. But…

MBO Partners® Retained by Premier Inc. to Advance the Future of Work

Herndon, VA,– March 16, 2020 – MBO Partners®, a platform providing innovative workforce solutions connecting forward thinking enterprises and high impact talent, announces today that they have been retained by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, to create a next–generation talent solution.    Premier will use the MBO platform to manage the full range of talent it engages, which includes healthcare, technology, supply chain and marketing professionals. This partnership will…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 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. • The…

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Independent Work: One Size Does Not Fit All, and Now, More than Ever, It’s Time This is Understood

To say a lot has changed in the world of work in the past week would be an understatement.   Nearly every major organization in the U.S. has taken a critical look at their workforce preparedness strategies, particularly as they relate to workforce continuity and remote work, in light of current events with COVID-19.   Whether to curb an…

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Tips for Managing Remote Teams

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. More people than ever before are working remotely. In fact, over the last ten years, remote work has grown 91%, and research indicates that we are well on our way to half of the…

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Modernizing Business Models to Manage Risk is as Old as The Dutch East India Company

Uncertainty causing boards and managements to change the business is as old as the public company itself.  If we look to history as an example, the creation of the first publicly listed company in the world was the result of investors and management modernizing the business structure to manage uncertainty—the same situation we are facing…

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Managing Remote Teams: How to Work Effectively with Remote Consultants

More workers than ever before, particularly independent contractors, are choosing to work remotely. In fact, our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who have chosen to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that enables them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world. And 17 million more aspire…

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How to Work with Clients Remotely

This week, MBO Partners will feature content focused on working remotely. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. As an independent professional, you likely work remotely with the majority of your clients. The ability to work from where you want is…

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Top 6 Virtual Meeting Tools for Small Business Owners

When you’re building your virtual office for an independent business, technology plays a key role in keeping your company operating smoothly. When you work remotely, one of the biggest challenges is collaborating with clients. But just because you can’t be in the same physical space as your client doesn’t mean you can’t run an important…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 9, 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…

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How to Avoid an Misclassification Audit

Independent contractor misclassification can be an expensive mistake—here’s what you need to know to avoid it.

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

Achieving work-life balance is hard for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for independent professionals. 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…

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How to Find the Right Consulting Project

As more people turn to independent work, there are an increasing number of resources available to find work. While it can be great to have a lot of options to browse through, it can also make it harder to find the project you’re looking for. Many career sites match skills to work, but just because…

MBO Partners Expands Leadership Team with the Addition of New Chief Technology Officer Josh Wright

Herndon, VA,– March 4, 2020 – MBO Partners, the largest provider of independent workforce solutions, announced today that Josh Wright will join the company as Chief Technology Officer. Effectively immediately, Wright will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer, where he will lead the company’s overall technology strategy to improve customer experience and related service…

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Consulting Fees: Hourly vs Fixed Price Billing

Deciding what to charge for your services can have a big impact on how you structure and build your business. You don’t want to charge too much, in order to remain competitive. But you don’t want to charge too little either and risk missing out on revenue or not being able to cover your operating…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: March 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. • Independent…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February, 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. Preliminary Injunction Issued to Block Enforcement of…