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Access a wide range of tips, research and tools designed to support the growth and innovation of the independent workforce and enterprises who engage independent professionals.

ACQ Q2 2021 Issue

Thought Leadership

Advantage Consulting Quarterly

Read the Advantage Consulting Quarterly and hear from top independent professionals who share their thoughts and perspectives on this quarter's theme: Authentic Value.

Research

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. 

Research

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. 

Meet Independents

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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Checklist for Starting a Business

read 5 mins If you’re curious about starting your own business, there’s a lot to consider. When first starting out, it is important to take time and fully think thorough what running your own company actually entails. Testing out your idea while keeping your existing job is an ideal trial run, because it will give you time to…

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What is a Scope of Work for Consulting Services?

read 2 mins What is a Scope of Work? Scope of Work (SOW): is a document that defines how a project will be executed through specific tasks, activities, deliverables, and timelines. A SOW also provides important legal protections for both you and your client. While many people associate SOWs with large-company projects, they are equally important for small…

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4 Ways Companies Can Attract Top Independent Professionals & Become a Client of Choice

read 2 mins Businesses are working to adapt to the changing realities and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the many new ways they are able to reach corporate goals is involves engaging and re-engaging top independent professional talent. MBO Partners’ Client of Choice research examines why and how independent professionals select the clients they choose…

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How to Calculate the ROI of Hiring Independent Consultants

read 2 mins Independent professional talent offer organizations skilled expertise and on-demand availability. They bring many benefits to the table including an effective way to reduce costs, drive product innovation, and expand a company’s pool of available skills. For many organizations, adding independent talent to their workforce has helped increase organizational agility, boost speed to market, and better…

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The Weekly Independent: June 14, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Catch the…

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Five Client Retention Strategies

read 2 mins Growing and sustaining your business is about more than just maintaining a steady flow of work. Building strong relationships with clients and retaining the ones you work well with can lead to future work, helpful recommendations, and more time for you to work on projects you’re passionate about. It can take a lot of work…

Staff Spotlight: Q&A With Keaton Swett

read 7 mins Meet MBO’s brilliant, exceptional employees. Each month we feature a new individual apart of our unique team and give you the story behind one of their greatest strengths in both their professional and personal life.

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Use our Compliance Checklist to Minimize Contractor Risk

read 2 mins Engaging an independent contractor is different than hiring an employee because different laws apply to each category of worker. If your organization engages independent contractors, it is important to consider how your company will comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. For example, while companies have the ability to schedule employees and control how they…

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How to Build Strong Relationships with Clients

read 2 mins There are many reasons people choose to start their own business—the chance to bring their dream idea to life, the flexibility to have control over their own work, or to find better work-life balance. But the one thing that rings true for all independents is that clients are the foundation of your business. The equation…

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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Contractor Management

read 2 mins 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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The Weekly Independent: June 7, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Financial Times…

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CASE STUDY: A Global Management and Information Technology Consulting Firm Streamlines Independent Contractor Engagement

read 2 mins CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Workforce Management Managing various groups of independent professionals in a streamlined, compliant manner is a difficult thing for enterprises to do without the right infrastructure in place. While the rise of new collaboration technology makes it easier for companies to expand their national or global presence for less…

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How to Choose the Best Legal Business Structure

read 5 mins Deciding how to structure your business is an important consideration, one that can carry tax and compliance implications. The best business structure for you will depend on many factors, including how you plan to take and maximize deductions, what type of businesses you work with, and if you intend to grow your business in the…

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When Can I Classify a Worker as an Independent Contractor?

read 3 mins The workforce consists of a variety of workers including full-time employees, temporary workers who may fill seasonal or short-term needs, and contingent workers such as freelancers, independent contractors, or consultants. This diversity of workers gives businesses many benefits including workforce flexibility, access to certain skills on-demand, and the ability to form ready-made teams when a…

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Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

read 2 mins When you run your own business, it is important to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself. And that means squeezing 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.…

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The Weekly Independent: June 1, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Organizations should…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News May 2021

read 3 mins 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 Withdraws Independent…

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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

read 3 mins When you run your own business, 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…

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How to Retain Top Independent Talent

read 2 mins Finding skilled independent talent that meets the needs of your organization isn’t easy to do. 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 to keep top talent coming…

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Four Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

read 3 mins Independent professionals are often drawn to their career path because of the ability to work when and where they like, enjoy complete control over their work, and help their business reach its full potential. However, many independents who realize success will find that at a certain point taking their business to the next level will require more resources and…

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The Weekly Independent: May 24, 2021

read < 1 min 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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CASE STUDY: Big 4 Consulting Firm Updates their Approach to Independent Contractor Compliance

read 2 mins CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Misclassification and Compliance When enterprises engage independent contractor talent, they must take steps to comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations in order to operate legally. Compliance means many things—from preventing harassment and discrimination, to safeguarding sensitive data and building a safe workplace. And, when it comes to…

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How to Take a Vacation as an Independent Professional

read 3 mins It’s no secret that work-life balance is important, but managing a small business comes with big responsibility, and it’s not uncommon to have to put work before play. Summer can be a challenging time to find a moment to relax—kids are on vacation, family and friends are visiting, or you may be gearing up for a busy…

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Consulting Fees: How Much Should I Charge?

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read 2 mins Deciding what you should charge for your consulting services is an important step for all independent professionals. Learn how to calculate a cost-based bill rate with this video tutorial.

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3 Things to Consider When Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

read 3 mins Independent contractors are becoming an integral part of the workforce of many organizations and direct sourcing is a popular way to engage these workers. Direct sourcing enables access to and connection with top independent talent by facilitating a direct relationship between enterprise managers and independent workers. With a direct sourcing strategy in place, organizations no…

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The Weekly Independent: May 17, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Harvard Business…

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

read 3 mins There are many benefits to choosing to work independently, and more people than ever before are interested in pursuing this line of work. In 2020, 16% of non-independents said they definitely or probably will become independent over the next 2-3 years—a 23% increase from 2019—and 34% said the pandemic made it more likely that they…

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9 Signs of Increased Employee Misclassification Risk

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read 2 mins Is your company aware of the risks that independent contractor misclassification can pose? Find out what exactly they are and how to avoid them.

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Should I Hire a Consultant? 10 Myths

read 4 mins If your business decides to engage independent contractor talent, a lot of questions will likely arise—especially if this is new territory for your company. There are many common misconceptions about the independent workforce, a 38-million strong talent pool. One important distinction to note is that independent professionals don’t just make up the on-demand economy—Uber and Lyft drivers,…

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4 Powerful Offline Marketing Strategies for Small Business

read 3 mins There are many ways to market yourself for free online as a small businesses or independent professional. And with good reason—the Internet is a great leveler, giving every business, large or small, the same potential to reach its audience. But too often independent professionals focus entirely on online activities, neglecting to do much of anything…

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The Weekly Independent: May 10, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Google CEO…

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CASE STUDY: Big 4 Consulting Firm Expands International Capabilities

read 2 mins CASE STUDY Vertical: Professional Services | Type: Misclassification and Compliance Any organization that engages independent contractors should have a general understanding of the importance of compliance. Having the right measures in place to correctly identify talent as independent contractors or traditional employees—and then engage and manage that person accordingly—is essential to remaining compliant and avoiding…

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7 Popular Industries for Consultant Jobs

read 3 mins In order to build a successful business, you not only need to have 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 seven popular industries for independents.…

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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

read 3 mins An essential part of your business as an independent contractor is landing new clients and retaining existing clients. 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,…

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6 Ways to Build a Virtual Talent Pool

read 2 mins Independent contractors provide enterprises with unique access to specialized, industry-specific skills, and are a valuable alternative to investing in a full-time resource. Building a virtual talent pool is quickly becoming key to being a best-in-class organization. A virtual bench is a pool of independent contractor talent you’ve identified, vetted, and developed relationships with over time.…

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The Weekly Independent: May 3, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Harvard Business…

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April 2021

read 4 mins 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. West Virginia Adopts Single Standard for Worker…

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How to Define and Communicate Your Expertise

read 2 mins If you’ve started a company before, you’ve probably taken a broad approach to creating your business plan, tried to cover a wide range of services, or revised the direction of your services a few times. However, a client that needs to outsource a project will look for the specialist that best fits the subject matter…

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Independent Contractor vs Employee: Top 10 Differences

read 4 mins Employee misclassification can be detrimental to your business. Here are 10 main differences between independent contractors and employees that you should know about.

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3 Ways to Build Small Business Credit

read 3 mins Build business credit for your small business by following these three essential steps.

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The Weekly Independent: April 26, 2021

read < 1 min 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. Hotel Management…

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4 Ways to Create Long Term Value for Your Clients

read 3 mins Create long-term value for your clients by following these four steps.

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CASE STUDY: Managed Healthcare Company Streamlines Independent Contractor Migration for New Acquisitions

read 2 mins Vertical: Healthcare | Type: Workforce Management Independent professionals today are increasingly self-assured in the value they bring to the table. In fact, among independents who make more than $100,000 annually, more than 90 % say they have a lot or some choice in picking the clients they work with. That means there is stiff competition…

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5 Upselling Tips for Consultants to Generate More Revenue

read 3 mins How to upsell your services as an independent professional.

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What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk?

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read 2 mins Realize the competitive advantage of making independent talent part of your workforce strategy by creating a compliance program that manages legal risk and brings top talent to your doorstep.

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The Weekly Independent: April 19, 2021

read 2 mins 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. MIT Sloan…

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6 Ways to Jump-Start Small Business Growth

read 2 mins When you run an independent business, you have a seemingly endless list of responsibilities—from client meetings, marketing, and project management to tax filing and invoicing. Planning for the future is an important part of business management, but it’s a task that can often get pushed to the end of the list as an “I’ll just…

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CASE STUDY: Mid-Size American Bank with Locations Across the US Optimizes their Workforce through Direct Sourcing

read 2 mins CASE STUDY Vertical: Financial Services | Type: Workforce Management Organizations that engage independent professionals as part of their workforce are increasingly doing so via direct sourcing. By identifying candidates for available opportunities using internal resources rather than relying on a third-party intermediary, enterprises can avoid costly markups and get talent to work faster. As great…

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Talent Management through Strategic Sourcing

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins Meet Tasha- Founder of Twenty39 and Speaker at the Women in IT Summit 2021 on Accelerated Tech Digital Adoption and Change

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The Weekly Independent: April 12, 2021

read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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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read 2 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: April 5, 2021

read 2 mins 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 Benefits of Professional Certifications

read 2 mins 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

read 5 mins 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

read 4 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: March 29, 2021

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 4 mins 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.…

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The Weekly Independent: March 22, 2021

read < 1 min 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?

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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read 2 mins Webinar Recap: Brining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the Future

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5 Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption

read 2 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: March 15, 2021

read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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

read 2 mins 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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read 2 mins Webinar Recap: Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work

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How to Streamline Onboarding Independent Talent

read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: March 8, 2021

read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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…

Meet Andrea Robinson, Co Founder of Agile in Color

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The Value of a Virtual Talent Bench

read 2 mins 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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read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: March 1, 2021

read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins 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

read 3 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: February 22, 2021

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 15, 2021

read < 1 min 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…

8 Business Startup Costs for Independent Professionals

read 4 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 4 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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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read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 4 mins 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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read 2 mins How to create and optimize a website that promotes your business and generates leads

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5 Employee Misclassification Penalties to Avoid

read 4 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 4 mins 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

read < 1 min 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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read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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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read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins 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?

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read 2 mins 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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read 3 mins 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​’

read 3 mins 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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read 2 mins Webinar Recap: Crowdsource Innovation, Serve Clients Project Needs and Unleash Residual Income with MindSumo

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 7, 2020

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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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5 Small Business Reputation Management Strategies that Work

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read 2 mins 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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read 5 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 4 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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read 4 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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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read 5 mins 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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read 2 mins 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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read 4 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins Build positive, successful relationships with your independent workforce with these five tips.

What is Net Salary: Definition and How to Calculate

read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 4 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins A guide to the rights you have as an independent contractor.

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9 Basic Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

read 7 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: October 12, 2020

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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read 4 mins 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?

read 3 mins The benefits of a Talent Network, and how organizations can build and utilize them.

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: October 5, 2020

read < 1 min 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: Planning for Retirement

read 3 mins 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?

read 2 mins 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

read 4 mins 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…