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Client of Choice

The 2019 Client of Choice research report offers insight into what top independent professionals value when choosing their clients.

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State of Independence

The State of Independence in America report is the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Now in its 9th year, the 2019 survey finds full-time independents are a persistent, confident, and tech-savvy core of the independent workforce.

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Certified Self-Employed

Innovation within the American workplace has outpaced the evolution of laws and rules, creating regulatory gaps on issues ranging from independent contractor compliance to guaranteed worker protections. MBO has proposed a modern solution—the Certified Self-Employed worker (CSE)—to address these issues and remove the risks associated with hiring independent talent.

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Future of Work

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

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The Weekly Independent: October 21, 2019

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. • Five…

5 Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

By 2027, we predict that more than 40 million Americans will be independent, or will have worked independently. This growing trend of independent work is not only a valuable source of talent for businesses, but its proliferation has also made it easier for businesses to compliantly engage independent workers with minimal risk. Despite these positive…

How to Create a Professional Profile for an Independent Consulting Job Marketplace

As an independent professional, growing your consulting business by securing new projects with top clients requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. But here’s some good news on that front: Today, you may not have to hustle as much as you have in the past. That’s because online marketplaces for independent professionals offer an easier way to keep your project pipeline full.…

What Determines if a Worker Can be Classified as an Independent Contractor?

The modern workforce is composed 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…

Why are Soft Skills Important?

Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success. While soft skills can at times be more difficult to develop than hard skills—more quantifiable attributes such as web design, accounting, or editing experience—they are arguably equally important in running a successful business. What are Soft Skills? Soft skills, often called people skills or emotional…

How to Write a Great RFP for Consulting Services

Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools widely used to find and engage independent professionals. 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 fail miserably with…

The Weekly Independent: October 14, 2019

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. • Skilled…

How Misclassification Impacts Independent Contractors and How to Avoid It

As the 41-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. While some misclassification is unintentional due to lack of understanding about laws regarding worker classification, sometimes it is…

The Best Business Books to Finish in 2019

One of the challenges of being an independent contractor is that you don’t have an employer offering regular professional development opportunities. But that’s okay, because you can be proactive in building your own personal library of inspiring books that’ll help you take your career to the next level. Taking time to read business books allows…

How to Develop a Personal Brand as a Small Business: 5 Tips

When you think about iconic brands, big names such as Coca-Cola, Nike, or Disney may come to mind. In fact, you probably have some sort of emotional attachment or connotation with each of these names. As an independent professional, brand may not be the first thing you think of when contemplating how you do business,…

SOW (Scope of Work): 6 Key Elements to Include in a Project SOW

Being tasked with writing and delivering a Scope of Work (SOW) can at first seem like a daunting task. However, once you understand what goes into the various parts of the document, it becomes much more manageable and can be a useful tool to help you get organized before a project begins. A SOW is…

Building a Workforce Strategy that Includes Independent Talent

The ability to work independently has become a reality for a significant number of Americans in recent years. Today, 41 million people work independently as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, temporary, or on-call workers, and we predict that this number will rise to more than half of American adults in coming years. Workers who have chosen…

The Weekly Independent: October 7, 2019

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. • How…

6 Tips to Manage Project Scope Creep

When requests for additions or changes to a project come up, saying ‘yes’ can be an automatic reaction. However, that extra work can quickly add up and lead your project into the dreaded area of scope creep. Scope creep occurs when a client adds new provisions, tasks, or deliverables to a project that are outside…

Calculating the ROI of Independent Professional Talent

An increasing number of companies today are relying on independent professional talent for their skilled expertise and on-demand availability. Independent professionals 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. In fact, more than 60% of senior executives say their…

1099 vs W2 Employee: What’s the Difference?

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

How to Build a Budget for Independent Workforce Management

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

The Weekly Independent: September 30, 2019

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. • A…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: September, 2019

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 Adopts the ABC Test for Classifying…

Five Places to Find Top Independent Talent

Today, independent talent plays an important role in rounding out the workforce of many organizations. 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…

How to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

One of the most common fears as an independent contractor is the constant uncertainty of industry competition and how you are faring compared to other businesses. This is a legitimate concern, as what your competitors are doing can dramatically impact your ability to earn or maintain current clients. The first step in staying on top…

How to Become a Digital Nomad

You’ve probably heard the term “digital nomad” tossed around in conversation, but what does it mean, exactly? A digital nomad is someone who embraces technology and location independence, traveling to other cities—and even other countries—to both work remotely and explore new surroundings. Some people travel for years while others go for just a few weeks…

Three Trends Changing the Way We Work

Emerging technologies, changing worker preferences, a strong economy, and a tight job market have converged to shape the current workforce landscape. Here are three trends disrupting the way we work.

The Weekly Independent: September 23, 2019

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…

Minimizing Independent Contractor Engagement Risk: A Compliance Checklist

When engaging independent contractors, it is important to consider how your organization will comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Engaging an independent contractor is different than hiring an employee because different laws apply to each category of worker. While companies have the ability to schedule employees and control how they work, independent contractors are…

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.

How to Grow Your Business by Targeting the Right Clients

Landing new clients isn’t easy, but finding a new client who doesn’t quite match the type person you’re looking to work with can complicate business down the road and take away from the enjoyment you find in your work. In order to grow your business with minimal headaches and frustration, it’s important to find clients…

MBO Partners Joins SIA’s Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) Program

Mountain View, California – September 17, 2019 – Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has announced that MBO Partners®, a leading contingent workforce solutions provider, has become the newest partner in its Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) training and accreditation program. The CCWP program is designed for HR, procurement,…

Four Things You Should Know About Compliance for the Independent Workforce

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

The Weekly Independent: September 16, 2019

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. • Human…

Three Ways Millennials are Leading a New Era of Independent Work

There are a number of factors that contribute to the growing independent workforce—the 41 million adult Americans who work as freelancers, consultants, contractors, solopreneurs and more. For many, independence offers the potential for greater work/life flexibility, the chance to pursue a passion, or the opportunity to leave the corporate world behind and build their own…

How to Avoid a Tax Audit as a Self-Employed Professional

Independent professionals have additional tax responsibilities above and beyond those of conventional employees. With extra forms and numerous potential deductions, it can be easy to overlook small details or miscalculate. While there’s no way to completely protect yourself from the dreaded tax audit, you can reduce your odds of being singled out by eliminating poor…

Determining the Cost of Your Independent Contractor Engagement Program

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 fact, in today’s project-driven economy, more businesses than ever before are turning to independent talent to fill workforce needs—nearly two-thirds (65%) of senior executives say their external workforce…

Direct Sourcing: Four Tips to Grow a Successful Program

Direct sourcing is a strategy many organizations today are incorporating to engage top independent talent without having to go through a third-party staffing agency or consulting firm. With direct sourcing, companies can avoid costly staffing markups and decrease overhead costs by building a more flexible workforce. But in order for direct sourcing to be successful,…

The Weekly Independent: September 9, 2019

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. • Staffing…

The Value of Mentors in Independent Consulting

Now a practice relegated to specific industries, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose of exposing an aspiring professional to their chosen industry. Yet internships often lack the aspects of personal connection and tutelage so important to an apprentice…

5 Ways to Build a Strong Client/Contractor Relationship

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

What to Expect from MBO at CWS

On September 10th, the MBO Partners team will travel to San Diego, CA for two workforce solutions events hosted by Staffing Industry Analysts: Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit and Collaboration in the Gig Economy. If you are attending the event, please visit us at booth 114, suite 706, or at our Gig-E kiosk! We are…

The Weekly Independent: September 3, 2019

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. • In…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: August, 2019

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. New Jersey Wage Theft Act New Jersey…

6 Things to do When Business is Slow

As an independent professional, work can ebb and flow from month to month. One day you may be swamped with projects, meetings, or events, and the next you may not receive one call. So what can you do to recover from these slow times and get business booming again as quickly as possible? Follow these…

Independent Contractor Compliance: Three Benefits to Creating a Program for Your Organization

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.

The Financial Well-Being of Independent Workers

Many people today are pursuing independent work—freelancing, self-employment, and independent contracting—to develop their careers, build businesses, or pursue what they are passionate about. There are certainly many benefits to working independently, but one question that often arises is whether or not pursuing this do-it-yourself career track helps or hinders an individual’s ability to reach financial…

The Weekly Independent: August 26, 2019

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

How to Create a Business Plan for Your Small Business

Creating a business plan is a key part of the extensive planning and preparation required to become a successful independent professional. According to our State of Independence research, the independent workforce is 41 million strong—representing 41 million Americans—so knowing what it takes to launch a small business is more important than ever. Here are eight…

Direct Sourcing: Four Benefits for Your Organization

Direct sourcing is a talent engagement strategy that 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 engage independent talent, and independents are also relying…

3 Ways to Attract, Retain and Re-Engage High-Quality Independent Talent

Why Businesses Rely on Independent Talent On-demand expertise, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs are just a few of the many benefits independent talent offer enterprises. Today, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to work independently for the many lifestyle and professional benefits it offers. At the same time, the war for…

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.

The Weekly Independent: August 19, 2019

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…

Hiring Help for Your Small Business: 4 Ways to Know You’re Ready

When you set up shop as an independent consultant, you’re immediately faced with a number of questions. Will you be able to bring in enough clients to make a solid income? Will you be able to land the clients you want? If you land those clients, will you be able to manage the workload alone? While…

Top 2 Challenges Independent Consultants Face

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Working as an independent consultant and being your own boss offer a number of benefits including setting your own hours, determining your specialties, and choosing your clients. However, independent consulting is not without its challenges. In MBO’s State of Independence report, we surveyed independent consultants to learn about their experiences, goals, and difficulties. Here, we…

The Difference Between an Independent Contractor, Employee and Temp: When to Hire Each

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

4 Engagement Strategies that Reduce Misclassification Risk

The Benefits of Engaging Independent Professionals As traditional employment changes and independent work becomes part of the normal career portfolio, organizations will look 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. The U.S.…

How Much Does It Cost to Run a Small Business?

The many administrative and support tasks that must be done to effectively run a business is a big part of every independent contractor’s job. Without an organized and well-managed back office, your business can suffer. While larger companies have teams of employees and individual departments to handle these types of tasks, when you run your own…

Direct Sourcing: Incorporating a New Strategy for Talent Acquisition

In today’s tight labor market, businesses are having a difficult time finding skilled talent. There are more job openings that job seekers, and it has been hard for companies to find qualified applicants who have the skills they need—67% of large organizations report having difficulty finding talent for their workforce. At the same time, we…

The Weekly Independent: August 12, 2019

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. • How…

Independent Contractor vs Consultant: What’s the difference?

There are 41 million self-employed Americans today working as consultants, freelancers, contractors and more. By 2024, we anticipate that this total number of independent workers will rise to more than 47 million. This independent workforce touches all segments of the economy—from on-demand drivers and freelance writers to marketing professionals and website designers serving major companies.…

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.

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

Forward-thinking companies understand that incorporating independent professionals as part of their workforce is a strategy that can increase organizational agility and give them a leg up in today’s competitive market for top talent. 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…

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

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 personal finance experts. However, we…

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The Weekly Independent: August 5, 2019

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. Congresswoman Elise…

Writing a Scope of Work: Actionable Tips and Techniques

What is a Scope of Work? Before starting a new project, independent professionals are often asked to prepare a Scope of Work (SOW) document that outlines the terms of their project and details items like payment terms, roles and responsibilities, and a timeline for work. This is a straightforward document, but if you’re compiling one for the first…

How to Negotiate a Consultant Contract

In any business agreement, it is highly recommended to use a well-written contract. Contracts provide clarity, establish a relationship, and offer protection to all parties involved. For these reasons, many independent professionals wisely insist on using written contracts for every client project. In some cases, you may use your own contract, but clients will generally…

3 Things You Should Know About Classification Compliance

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

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: July, 2019

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 Bill to Address Dynamex Moves Forward…

4 Steps to Hiring the Right Independent Professional for Your Workforce Needs

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

The Weekly Independent: July 29, 2019

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. • Spend…

When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?

Organizations today 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 strategy. And no wonder—independent professionals bring substantial financial benefits, access to in-demand…

Independent Workforce Management: 5 Trends Impacting Workforce Strategies

Learn about the preferences and trends impacting today’s most in-demand independent professionals, and implications for your independent workforce strategy.

Independent Contractor Engagement: 3 Strategies for Risk Management

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

How to Build a Million-Dollar Small Business: 4 Steps

Whether your goals for pursuing self-employment are financial, lifestyle, or interest based, choosing to go independent means just that—you have the choice to build a business that allows you to live your life the way you want to live it. Today, more people than ever are pursuing an independent career and year after year, more…

The Weekly Independent: July 22, 2019

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. • Miles…

Direct Sourcing: How to Get Organizational Buy-In

Many enterprises today are talking about how to use direct sourcing as a way to find and engage contingent workers of all types. Direct sourcing allows managers to source talent internally using their own resources and technology, rather than having to rely on a third-party gate keeper like a consulting firm or staffing company to…

How to Successfully Manage Client Expectations: 4 Tips

When working with a new client or starting a new project, it can be dangerous to assume that everything is clear and that everyone is on the same page with regard to expectations. However, when it becomes apparent that your client’s expectations don’t align with your own, both the project and your relationship can be…

Miles Everson, Former PwC Global Advisory and Consulting Leader, Joins MBO Partners as Chief Executive Officer

MILES EVERSON, FORMER  PwC GLOBAL ADVISORY AND CONSULTING LEADER, JOINS MBO PARTNERS AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER This appointment pairs together one of the most successful leaders in the professional services industry with the leading online platform of independent professionals and the future of work FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HERNDON, VA – July 17, 2019 – MBO Partners,…

Should I Hire an Independent Contractor or Employee? 6 Questions to Ask

Organizations can realize many benefits from engaging independent contractors including significant financial savings, access to specialized skills and expertise, and staffing flexibility. 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. In order to avoid risk, ensure a…

Why Do Companies Engage Independent Professionals?

Today’s workforce ecosystem is more diverse than ever before. Enterprises are building a more dynamic workforce 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. More than 60% of senior executives…

The Weekly Independent: July 15, 2019

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

3 Ways to Mitigate Compliance Risk When Hiring Independent Contractors

The independent workforce is here to stay. 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…

4 Tips for Successful Independent Contractor Management

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

How to Market Your Skills in a Job Marketplace

Today, many independent professionals use online marketplaces as a way to find work. Marketplaces enable a transaction between a client and a contractor directly online, allowing independents to highlight their skills and search for opportunities, while clients can evaluate candidates and engage best person for the job. With a marketplace, you will typically fill out…

3 Best Practices to Avoid and Prevent Independent Contractor Reclassification

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

The Weekly Independent: July 8, 2019

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. • WTOP…

Fact or Fiction? 10 Self-Employment Myths

</ifram Being your own boss, working when and where you like, and turning your passion into a career make self-employment appealing. But people are often hesitant to make the leap due to concerns about job security, experience level needed, or income potential. But many of these fears lack a factual basis. If you’re considering going…

Four Ways to Minimize Worker Misclassification

Worker misclassification is an inherent risk when engaging independent contractors. 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. At the same time, companies…

How to Work Effectively with Remote Independent Professionals

Working remotely is an increasingly popular and viable option for all types of workers, especially independent professionals. Our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who have chosen to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that enables them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world. And 17 million…

The Weekly Independent: July 1, 2019

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…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 2019

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. National Labor Relations Board Finds Arbitration Agreement…

Why the Risk of Misclassification Can’t Be Ignored

As the 41-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. While some misclassification is unintentional due to lack of understanding about laws regarding worker classification, sometimes it…

8 Ways to Simplify How You Engage Independent Contractors

Independent contractor engagement doesn’t have to be complicated. Yes, navigating the risk of misclassification can be daunting, but 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. Find an Experienced Organization to Partner With Working with…

How to Manage Work Overload as an Independent Contractor

Clients are a crucial part of your business success as an independent professional. Without clients, you would have no work, and therefore no income. Sounds like you should work with as many people as possible, right? Not so fast. There are two reasons why having too many clients can be a problem. 1. Taking on…

The Weekly Independent: June 24, 2019

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. • On…

3 Key Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

More than ever before, the ability to be self-employed is on a lot of people’s minds. Independent work is or has been a part of nearly 48% of American’s careers, a number that is expected to grow to 52% over the next five years. Independence offers the opportunity for greater flexibility, increased career satisfaction, and…

How to Create a Centralized Engagement Program for Independent Professionals: Best Practices

What Does a Centralized Engagement Program Include? As the demand for independent talent grows, many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent professionals without engaging third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms for recruiting purposes. Direct sourcing affords many economic benefits including the ability to avoid high-priced staffing markups, decrease overhead costs…

5 Reasons to Hire Independent Contractors

There are more than 41 million independent workers in America today. This growing workforce has increasingly become a vital source of talent for businesses. The shift to a project-based economy, combined with technological advances, has not only contributed to the ease of leveraging independent contractors, but it has also expanded the breadth of specialized talent…

Independent Professionals Feel More Financially Secure Than Ever, According to MBO’s 2019 State of Independence Report

INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS FEEL MORE FINANCIALLY SECURE THAN EVER, ACCORDING TO MBO’S 2019 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE REPORT Independent Millennials Report Confidence in Career Path, Continue Growing as an Economic Powerhouse HERNDON, VA. – June 18, 2019 – As the U.S. economy continues to grow, the independent workforce is happy, financially secure and maturing, according to MBO…

The Independent Workforce is Confident, Stable, and Tech-Savvy: A Look Into the 9th Annual State of Independence in America Report

Today’s independent workforce is strong and confident, finds MBO Partners’ 9th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Independents—the 41 million adult Americans who work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers—are a powerful economic force, generating $1.28 trillion of revenue for the U.S. economy last…

The Weekly Independent: June 17, 2019

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. • Spend…

What is a Talent Network and How do I Build One?

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

How to Avoid Burnout at Work

It’s a feeling most working adults have experienced at some point in their lives: the career that was once exciting and invigorating has become a source of exhaustion, apathy, or even dread. While this can happen to anyone, independent professionals can be particularly prone to burnout due to their fast-paced, demanding schedules. Keep these four…

3 Best Practices to Follow When Engaging Independent Professionals

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

What is Worker Misclassification?

As more companies begin to incorporate 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…

The Weekly Independent: June 10, 2019

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…

10 Tips for Increasing Adoption of Contingent Workforce Management Policies

Independent professionals are a valuable resource to many organizations. 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 ultimately…

When to Create an Independent Contractor Compliance Program

Organizations are increasingly recognizing the competitive advantage, reduced cost, and unique skills on-demand talent bring to the market. Independent professionals are an economic force that will continue to grow and thrive. There are currently nearly 42 million people working independently in the U.S. and we predict that this number will only continue to grow. Along…

How to Define Your Expertise and Communicate Your Value

When first starting out as an independent professional, you may have 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…

What is Direct Sourcing and What are its Benefits?

The modern workforce is an evolving landscape that is moving away from the conventional 9-to-5 employee model and towards more agile, project-based talent strategy. “The traditional employer-employee relationship is being replaced by the emergence of a diverse workforce ecosystem—a varied portfolio of workers, talent networks, gig workers, and service providers that offers employers flexibility, capabilities,…

The Weekly Independent: June 3, 2019

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

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 2019

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. The NLRB and DOL Released Documents Saying Gig…

Building the A-List: What to Think About When Re-Engaging Independent Contractors

Have you ever worker with an independent professional that you wished you could hire on the spot and have around full-time? It’s a blessing and a curse when truly exceptional independent talent comes into your company. Luckily, there are some best practices you can follow to ensure your talent feels appreciated, and your company benefits…

5 Ways to Present Client Testimonials

Client referrals and recommendations are a great marketing tool for independent professionals. Testimonials give your business credibility and are particularly helpful for prospective clients who may be considering your services. What other people say about your work is an important part of their decision-making process—testimonials often are the main driver of purchasing decisions. So, once…

The Weekly Independent: May 28, 2019

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. • Five…

4 Self-Employed Tax Advantages

Being self-employed may not always be simple, but it definitely has its rewards. Doing what you love and having the flexibility that comes with being your own boss can certainly make the challenges worthwhile. In some cases, being self-employed can also have some less obvious tax advantages. Making sure you plan according to the tax…

3 Ways Employee Misclassification Can Impact Your Business

As more companies begin to integrate independent professional talent into their fulltime workforce, the risk of worker misclassification increases. 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…

5 Benefits of Contractor Management Outsourcing

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

How to Be Your Own Boss

One of the biggest perks of becoming an independent professional is getting to be your own boss. While there are a lot of rewards that come with this power, being the No. 1 decision maker is not always easy. Those that thrive as independent professionals often have key traits that contribute to their success. Follow…

The Weekly Independent: May 20, 2019

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…

10 Skills Consultants Need to Succeed

Keeping your skills and knowledge current is important to remain competitive as an independent professional. As the workforce landscape continues to evolve, your skills will need to do so as well. By forming these abilities now, you won’t be caught off guard by future needs and requests from clients. Here are 10 skills for the…

How to Write a Job Description for an Independent Professional

When looking for independent professional talent to incorporate into your workforce, there are many factors to consider. 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…

Contingent Workforce Program Game Changers to be Recognized

MBO Partners Joins SIA in Honoring Industry Professionals Mountain View, California – May 15, 2019 – Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has announced its second annual Contingent Workforce (CW) Program Game Changers list. The list recognizes individuals – professionals working in contingent workforce management roles around the globe…

Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

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 management in order to capitalize on the…

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

Today more than ever, businesses must compete in a War for Talent that is not just about finding and retaining full-time employees, but also involves engaging and re-engaging top independent professionals. MBO Partners’ Client of Choice research examines why and how independent professionals select the clients they choose to work with. “For businesses to effectively…

The Weekly Independent: May 13, 2019

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. • Uber…

Are Independent Contractors Cost-Effective?

Many of the key benefits of incorporating independent professionals into your workforce strategy center around cost savings. For instance, independent talent can offer staffing flexibility and access to skills that might be hard to find among current employees. These types of financial factors are motivation for businesses to engage independent workers—60% of senior executives say…

Time Management Strategies for Independent Contractors

Some of the biggest perks of independent work are freedom from corporate nine-to-five days and the ability to create your own schedule. Without a set routine, however, time management can be challenging as a self-employed professional. Here are five tips to help you efficiently manage your time while still maintaining the freedom of setting your…

5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

In today’s project-based economy, 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. The…

How Technology is Changing Workforce Management and Increasing the Use of Independent Contractors

Why More Companies are Using Independent Workers There have been dramatic changes in the workforce landscape since the Great Recession ended in 2009. 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.…

The Weekly Independent: May 6, 2019

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…

How to Overcome Barriers to Implementing an Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Companies that engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy 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 a company’s exposure…

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Consulting Business?

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…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 2019

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. Texas Says App-Based Gig Workers Are Not…

The Weekly Independent: April 29, 2019

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. • Our…

5 Ways to Refresh Your Brand as an Independent Consultant

Building a brand, standing out from your competition, and communicating a unique value proposition are all challenges of being an independent professional, but can be some of your biggest opportunities as well. As an independent, you have the freedom and ability to refresh your brand, expand your service offerings, and become known as an expert…

Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client for future work. Re-engaging with independents can save your business both time and money. For organizations that are engaging independent professional talent, re-engagement should be an important priority. For companies that are just beginning to work…

4 Steps to Reducing Compliance Risk

The modern workforce has seen a dramatic shift away from the salaried 9-5 employee, and towards a mosaic of independent contractors engaged by enterprises for specific projects. While the gig economy is in many ways a more efficient and productive model, it’s also a less secure one. That’s not to say that engaging independent contractors…

How to Implement a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Business today can realize significant cost savings as well as increased output and efficiency by engaging independent professional talent on a project-basis. According to research from Deloitte, nearly 64% of senior executives say their external workforce is important or very important in increasing organizational agility. However, while independent professionals can play a vital role in…

The Weekly Independent: April 22, 2019

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. • Gig…

Why Attracting Independent Talent is Different Than Recruiting Employees

The independent workforce represents a very different pool of talent than traditional employees. In order to successfully attract, retain, and re-engage independent contractors, it is important for companies to build a recruiting strategy that is specifically designed to meet the needs of this talent. What Makes Independent Contractors Different? First, it is important to understand…

6 Tips for Building and Maintaining Client Relationships

It’s common for independent professionals to focus their resources on gaining new business. However, new projects don’t always mean new clients. Building strong relationships with existing clients can set you up for repeat business. And even if clients don’t return to you, they may recommend you to colleagues. To build lasting relationships with your clients,…

Independent Contractor vs Employee: 10 Differences

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

5 Tips to Effectively Implement a Contingent Workforce Program

Today’s workforce includes 42 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including independent contractors as part of your workforce strategy comes with many benefits including specialized expertise, staffing flexibility, and lower costs. In order for an independent workforce program to be successful, however, internal staff as well…

The Weekly Independent: April 15, 2019

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. • High-end…

Managed Service Provider (MSP) vs. Vendor Management System (VMS): What is the Difference?

HR and business leaders are experiencing pressure to improve service, move faster, and find new skills in their workforce. With a need to shift strategies to better meet business goals, enterprises are increasing their dependence on contract, freelance, and gig workers—adopting a flexible workforce that is comprised of both full-time and independent talent. Today, there…

6 Ways to Build and Manage a Talent Pool of Skilled Independent Professionals

Building a deep bench of talent is integral to becoming a best-in-class organization. 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. In fact, your next…

5 Ways to Make Filing Self Employed Taxes Easier

Life as an independent professional involves a different approach than that of a full-time employee, and the same can be said for independents come tax time. Since many independents receive payment on a 1099, it’s important to note that tax time for independents isn’t as straightforward as simply plugging a few numbers into an online…

Coverages, Exclusions, and Endorsements Independent Professionals Should Know

If you’re an independent professional, you’ve likely gotten a contract that required business insurance. While the flexibility and autonomy of working independently are a large part of what draws so many people away from the traditional W-2 lifestyle, they also means you have to navigate the complicated world of business insurance on your own. Liability…

The Weekly Independent: April 8, 2019

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…

Employee vs. Contractor: Worker Classification and the IRS

As the 42-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10% to 20% of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. While some misclassification is unintentional due to lack of understanding about laws regarding worker classification, sometimes…

How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

Many traditional employees associate the words “performance review” with dread or anxiety. This is because performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. So, why should independent professionals put themselves through this process? The answer is simple: when done correctly, performance reviews can be a powerful tool to evaluate what you’ve…

Employment Types: Independent Contractor, Temp, Employee

There are a wide variety of ways companies can build their workforce today. Increasingly, businesses are relying on the independent workforce—the 42 million Americans who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, side-giggers, and more—to fill talent needs. More than 60% of senior executives say the external workforce is important or very important in increasing organizational ability,…

4 Ways to Build a Talent Network

Before we dig in, let’s talk about quality, quantity, and size of your talent 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 candidates to find the right fit can be very time-consuming.…

The Weekly Independent: April 1, 2019

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. Contingent workers…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 2019

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. Highly Skilled Consultants are Independent Contractors The…

Gross Income vs Net Income

Gross vs Net Income: What’s the Difference?

Gross income and net income are two important numbers to know when it comes to understanding how your business is doing and paying taxes as an independent professional. Because gross income is used to calculate net income, they can be easy terms to confuse. What is Gross Income? Gross income is the total amount you earn…

3 Challenges of Creating a Successful Workforce Management Program

Self-employment is not only a growing career choice for 42 million Americans, but companies on the whole are also increasingly recognizing the many benefits independent professionals provide and are incorporating this talent into their workforce strategy—65% of senior executives say their external workforce is essential for operating at full capacity and meeting demand. If your…

6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Today, organizations have unprecedented access to a 42 million strong pool of independent professional talent. And that talent comes in more shapes and sizes than ever before—contractors, consultants, freelancers, side giggers, and more work as 1099 or W-2 workers, and the list goes on. Meanwhile, alongside continued growth in this labor market, 61% of organizations saying they expect…

The Weekly Independent: March 25, 2019

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

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

It’s not uncommon to experience some nervousness when engaging an independent professional for the first time. Whether you have fears about the quality of the final product, what it’ll cost, or productive use of time and resources, it can be hard to trust someone you’ve never worked with before. The Benefits of Hiring Independent Contractors…

3 Cost Savings of Direct Sourcing

Today’s workforce ecosystem 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 strategy…

The Weekly Independent: March 18, 2019

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. Spend Matters…

5 Tips for Planning and Leading an Effective Project Kickoff Meeting

The contracts are signed and the budget is approved. You’re now officially on board and it is time to get to work! Starting your project with a kickoff meeting is a great way to lay the foundation for success and reinforce your client’s decision to engage your services. A kickoff meeting brings everyone together who will be…

5 Things Independent Professionals Value in a Client Relationship

With each passing year, the nature and culture of independent work is growing more complex and sophisticated. Today, nearly 42 million Americans work outside of traditional employment as independent contractors and consultants, statement-of-work-based laborers, and freelancers who provide services to corporations on a regular basis. Companies are increasingly relying on a particular sub-sector of the…

The Weekly Independent: March 11, 2019

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 MBO…

MBO Partners: Leading the Next Way of Working

Hello! If you’re visiting our website today, you’ll likely notice that we look a little different. Our new branding and the new MBOPartners.com reflects our commitment to leading the next way of working, something MBO Partners has believed in and championed since our founding more than 20 years ago. We’d love to walk you through it.…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February, 2019

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. National Labor Relations Board Returns to Old…

4 Tips and Tools for Keeping Track of Your Expenses as an Independent Contractor

If you’ve been an independent contractor for more than a year, you know how fun it can be to gather up your expenses come tax time. This is definitely one of those times where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remedy. That’s why we’ve come up with four tips to help you…

The Weekly Independent: February 25, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Spend Matters explores the perils of rogue spend in contingent workforce management. Three trends changing the way we work. Congratulations to our CEO, Gene…

4 Ways Companies Can Become More Agile in Workforce Management

The Weekly Independent: February 18, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Three important components of independent contractor compliance to minimize the risk of misclassification. Effective use of contingent and freelance workers is something HR professionals need…

The Weekly Independent: February 11, 2019

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the February 11, 2019 edition.

How to Avoid an Independent Contractor Misclassification Audit

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

Achieve Workforce Agility by Engaging Independent Contractors

As the independent workforce continues to steadily increase year after year, it 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…

The Weekly Independent: February 4, 2019

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the February 4, 2019 edition.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: January, 2019

A monthly summary of independent contractor misclassification and compliance news. This is the January, 2019 edition.

The Weekly Independent: January 28, 2019

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the January 28, 2019 edition.

Independent Contractor Engagement Risk: What You Need to Know

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.

MBO Partners Expands Leadership Team With the Addition of Contract Workforce Expert Bryan Peña

MBO Partners®, the largest provider of independent workforce innovation and solutions for the world’s leading enterprises, announced today that Bryan Peña will join as senior vice president and chief of market strategy in early March.

Should Your Independent Contractors Have Cyber Insurance?

Cyber insurance helps protect your company from costly data breaches not covered by general or professional liability insurance. Learn the benefits of cyber insurance, what it protects, and why you should consider it if your company engages independent contractors.

The Weekly Independent: January 21, 2019

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the January 21, 2019 edition.

What is Co-Employment and How to Avoid Co-Employment Risk

Co-employment is an arrangement where two companies both have rights and obligations as an employer. Learn the complex risks and benefits of co-employment and best practices independent contractor engagement.

How to Create Long-Term Value for Your Clients

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

The Weekly Independent: January 14, 2019

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the January 14, 2019 edition.

Why Worker Classification is Important to Independent Professionals

The cost of employee misclassification on independent contractors and what organizations can do to minimize risk.

How to Build a Personal Brand

Building a personal brand is one of the major keys to business success. Follow these 9 steps to create your personal brand and build public visibility.

The Weekly Independent: January 7, 2019

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the January 7, 2019 edition.

7 Ways To Cut Expenses

There’s never a bad time to check your spending and reassess your expenses. While any business budget can benefit from a little belt-tightening, as an independent contractor you deal with smaller profit margins than large companies. That means the need to keep expenses to a minimum is more pressing. We’ve assembled a list of 7…

Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2018

Independent contractor compliance: the top five stories from 2018.

How to Develop a Website Strategy to Meet Your Goals

Five website strategy tips to gain real results from your personal site.

The Weekly Independent: December 17, 2018

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the December 17, 2018 edition.

How To Give Back on a Budget as an Independent Contractor

Even as a business of one, philanthropy can be an important part of your brand. 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. However, as…

Look Back, Look Forward: The Independent Workforce Year in Review 2018

As 2018 winds to a close, we at MBO Partners like to take the time to reflect in preparation for the year ahead. As is common in any fast-growing industry, we marvel at how much has changed in the past 12 months, and how much will be likely to change again as we head into…

The Weekly Independent: December 10, 2018

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Spend Matters assesses whether the independent/freelancer workforce is overhyped. When to engage an independent contractor versus hiring a temporary or full-time…

Afternoon Coffee: Corcentric Gets $200 Million Investment; MBO Partners and Taxfyle Join Forces

Spend Matters reports on MBO Partners’ recent partnership with Taxfyle.

5 Ways to Prepare for IR35

In this webinar, our panel of experts discusses the UK’s changes to off-payroll working in the private sector, what IR35 means for companies that engage independent contractors in the UK, and how your business can prepare.

MBO Partners’ State of Independence in America Report: What it Means for Your Independent Workforce Program

Understand the trends of the independent workforce by viewing our in-depth webinar.

The Direct and Indirect Costs of Independent Contractor Engagement Methods

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

MBO Partners® and Taxfyle Announce Partnership to Streamline Tax Filing Process for Independent Contractors

MBO Partners®, the nation’s largest provider of business services for independent contractors, today announced a partnership with Taxfyle to provide MBO’s robust network for independent professionals year-round complete tax care, from consultations to filings at special rates.

How to Add Self-Employed to Your Resume

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

The Weekly Independent: December 3, 2018

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the December 3, 2018 edition.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2018

A monthly summary of independent contractor misclassification and compliance news. This is the November, 2018 edition.

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