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.



Client of Choice

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


State of Independence

The State of Independence in America report is the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Now in its eighth year, the 2018 survey paints a nuanced picture of the 42 million Americans who work independently, with today’s professionals emerging as strong, mature, and satisfied.


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.


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.



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 Contractors vs. Employees: 10 Differences You Need to Know

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 Things Self-Employed Professionals Should Know to Make Filing Taxes Less Taxing

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…