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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.

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

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. 

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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. 

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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Pros and Cons of Hiring a 1099 vs W2 Employee

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

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How to Repurpose Content

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

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5 Ways to Find Top Independent Talent

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 19, 2020

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

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7 Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

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

Future of Work in 2021

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

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

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Create a Great Consulting Website (Guide)

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

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5 Employee Misclassification Penalties to Avoid

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

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Starting a Consulting Business: 5 Common Mistakes

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

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 11, 2020

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

Five Trends Driving Independent Workforce Growth

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

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6 Creative Ways to Get Client Testimonials that Build Your Brand

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

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Determining the Cost of Your Independent Contractor Engagement Program

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

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 4, 2020

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

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Three Independent Workforce Trends in 2020

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

Future of Work 2021 Trends Countdown

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 28, 2020

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 21, 2020

Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. 401KSpecialists cites…

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Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2020

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

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What Does Independent Contractor Compliance Mean?

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

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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

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

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Why Use a Direct Sourcing Strategy for Talent Acquisition

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

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4 Ways a Consultant Can Become an Industry Thought Leader

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

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

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,…

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 7, 2020

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

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

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

Bryan Peña Shares Legal Insights – December 2020

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

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

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

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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

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

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5 Small Business Reputation Management Strategies that Work

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

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 30, 2020

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

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

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

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2020

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

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3 Ways to Retain High-Quality Independent Consultants

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

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 23, 2020

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

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4 Reasons to Start a Blog for Your Small Business

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

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Contingent Workforce Compliance: What Companies Should Know

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

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

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

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4 Ways Direct Sourcing Helps Companies Become More Agile

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

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

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

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Business Benefits of a Contractor Compliance Program

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

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The Weekly Independent: November 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Ways to Build a Strong Client-Contractor Relationship

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

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What is Net Salary: Definition and How to Calculate

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

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4 Strategies to Reduce Misclassification Risk

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

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How Introverts Can Succeed in Consulting

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 2, 2020

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

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: October, 2020

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

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How to Turn Your Independent Workforce into a Competitive Advantage

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

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

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

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: October 26, 2020

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

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6 Rights of 1099 Contractors

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

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9 Basic Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

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

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4 Steps to Hiring the Right Independent Professional

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

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5 Ways to Build a Personal Brand for Small Business

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

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5 Ways to Attract Skilled Independent Talent to Your Business

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

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3 Key Factors of Classification Compliance

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

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.

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The Weekly Independent: October 5, 2020

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

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

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

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What is Worker Misclassification?

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

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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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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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3 Consulting Agreement Templates and Contracts Guide

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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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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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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…

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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…

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…

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,…