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ACQ Q2 2021 Issue

Thought Leadership

Advantage Consulting Quarterly

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

Research

State of Independence

The State of Independence in America report is the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Now in its 10th year, the 2020 survey finds full-time independents are satisfied and secure being self-employed and have found their niche in an economy that strives to remain competitive and innovative. 

Research

Client of Choice

The 2020 Client of Choice research report offers insight into what top independent professionals value when choosing their clients. The data indicates that the 7.6 million Americans serving businesses have more choice and greater satisfaction than ever before. 

Meet Independents

Independents Across America

Independents Across America tells the real stories of real independent professionals and microbusiness owners and offers insight into the motivations and passions of the nation’s 38+ million independent workers. Hear them speak about their businesses, view their profiles, or reach out directly to engage with them on an upcoming project.

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Checklist for Starting a Business

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

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What is a Scope of Work for Consulting Services?

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

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The Weekly Independent: June 14, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Catch the…

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Five Client Retention Strategies

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

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How to Build Strong Relationships with Clients

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

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The Weekly Independent: June 7, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Financial Times…

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How to Choose the Best Legal Business Structure

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

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Productivity Tips for Small Business Owners

read 2 mins When you run your own business, it is important to maximize your most valuable resource—yourself. And that means squeezing every last drop of productivity from your day. While schedules and to-do lists can help, boosting productivity is not so much a matter of time management as it is producing quality work within the time you have available.…

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The Weekly Independent: June 1, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Organizations should…

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How to Handle Common Client Challenges

read 3 mins When you run your own business, you’ll inevitably encounter a roadblock, situation, or circumstance that make it difficult to successfully perform your work. It’s not uncommon to struggle with knowing when to speak up or when to make your client aware of issues or limitations. When it comes to client relationships, the prospect of having…

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Four Tips for Hiring Your First Employee

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

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The Weekly Independent: May 24, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Learn how…

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How to Take a Vacation as an Independent Professional

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

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Consulting Fees: How Much Should I Charge?

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

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The Weekly Independent: May 17, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Harvard Business…

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

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

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9 Signs of Increased Employee Misclassification Risk

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

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4 Powerful Offline Marketing Strategies for Small Business

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

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The Weekly Independent: May 10, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Google CEO…

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7 Popular Industries for Consultant Jobs

read 3 mins In order to build a successful business, you not only need to have great service offerings, you also have to find and maintain a consistent pipeline of work. If you’re considering going independent, one big question you should ask is: are my skills in demand? Below, we take a look at seven popular industries for independents.…

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How to Plan a Client Meeting: 5 Pro Tips

read 3 mins An essential part of your business as an independent contractor is landing new clients and retaining existing clients. But in a field full of talented individuals, it can be difficult to stand out. Not to mention, client meetings can also be stressful, uncomfortable, or intimidating. But rather than approaching meetings with a sense of dread,…

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The Weekly Independent: May 3, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Harvard Business…

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How to Define and Communicate Your Expertise

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

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3 Ways to Build Small Business Credit

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

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The Weekly Independent: April 26, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Hotel Management…

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4 Ways to Create Long Term Value for Your Clients

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

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5 Upselling Tips for Consultants to Generate More Revenue

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

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What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk?

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

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The Weekly Independent: April 19, 2021

read 2 mins Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. MIT Sloan…

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6 Ways to Jump-Start Small Business Growth

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

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The Weekly Independent: April 12, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Follow these…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Knowledge and Skills Current

read 2 mins In today’s competitive business world, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. As an independent consultant, your knowledge and skills can be the difference between landing the assignments and clients you want, and lead to struggling to prove your value. Having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field…

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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

read 2 mins When you run your own business, finding a way to grow and take on all the work you want to complete can be a challenge. Teaming up with another independent professional is a great solution—a partnership can bring new skills to the table, help you manage your workload, or even land that big project you’ve…

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The Weekly Independent: April 5, 2021

read 2 mins Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Follow these…

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5 Benefits of Professional Certifications

read 2 mins A continuous thirst for knowledge is a key element in building a growing, thriving business. And although continuing education and certification programs can be an investment of time and resources, they help provide recognition for your specialized knowledge or skill set, which can be a significant benefit when it comes to landing certain clients or…

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The Weekly Independent: March 29, 2021

read 2 mins Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Learn how…

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5 Billing Tips for Contractor Invoicing

read 3 mins One of the most important tasks you’ll take on as an independent contractor is tracking and billing your time. Whatever billing method you choose, you’ll want to present a reputable, professional contractor invoice to your clients. Follow these five tips to present a clean, professional invoice to your clients. 1. Set a Billing Policy Creating…

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6 Tips to Successfully Onboard a New Client

read 3 mins You are ready to get to work on a new project: you’ve negotiated your contract and it is signed. But while a lot of the upfront hard work is over, don’t jump in too quickly! Taking the time to properly onboard a new client is a key part of the initial process that can easily…

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The Weekly Independent: March 22, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. The Advantage…

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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

read 3 mins When you run your own business, who you know can be equally important as what you know. To ensure a steady flow of projects, it’s important to build and maintain a strong circle of business contacts you can rely on for work and referrals. Below, Denise Thomas, owner of The Effective Communication Coach, gives her…

Webinar Recap: Bringing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to the Future of Work

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The Weekly Independent: March 15, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Find out…

Webinar Recap: Should an IC Hire a Coach? Taking the Mystery Out of Executive Coaching and Why it Can Power Revenue and Success for Consultants

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6 Habits of Successful Consultants

read 4 mins When you manage your own business, it can often feel like a full-time job in and of itself—and that’s before you’ve even started working on client projects. However, the most successful small business owners know that prioritizing the financial health of their company is a smart investment of their time. There are many fixed costs…

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The Weekly Independent: March 8, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. House Representatives…

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How to Set Up a Small Business Website: 5 Simple Steps

read 2 mins One of the most powerful marketing tools for small business owners is a website. In today’s online-driven world, a website is essential in order to build your brand, establish credibility, and generate leads. To build one yourself, follow these 5 steps—no technical background required! 1. Select a Platform and Domain Name Depending on your level…

Meet Andrea Robinson, Co Founder of Agile in Color

read 4 mins Learn more about Andrea Robinson in her meet the Members Page or request an introduction.

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5 Benefits of an Enterprise Grade Direct Sourcing Solution

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read 2 mins Savvy organizations of all types are increasingly incorporating independent professional talent into their workforces. And they are looking for ways to directly engage this pool of talent in a faster, more cost-effective way. With 33% of independents planning on using an online marketplace to find work in the next year, organizations must offer an accessible, easy-to-use…

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How to Take Control of Your Personal Time as a Consultant

read 3 mins When you’re self-employed, one of the biggest perks is the ability to control when, where, and how you work. But running your own business also takes a lot of dedication. Finding a balance between your work and personal life is often easier said than done. If you find yourself getting stressed out or working long hours…

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The Weekly Independent: March 1, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Find out…

How A Tech Founder Tried to Pivot to Serve Sole Proprietors and Microbusinesses in the Pandemic with Easier PPP Loan Access

read 4 mins We had a chance to sit down with Toby Scammel, the founder of Womply, a platform for small businesses. He shares the story of how their company saw the small business impact of Covid even before the government, and how they have tried to help. What is Womply? Womply is a small business focused technology…

Gross Margin vs. Net Margin

read 2 mins Gross Margin vs. Net Margin: Important Accounting Terms for Self-Employed Professionals Gross margin and net margin are two common profit margin ratios you should track on your company’s income statement. These numbers indicate how good your business is at converting revenue into profit, and are important in assessing the financial health of your business. What…

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Independent Workers Lead Recent Surge in Professional Service Business Applications

read 4 mins Applying for a business tax ID is one of the first steps to starting a business. In 2020, tax ID applications for new businesses surged to 4.35 million, a 24 percent increase over 2019. This data comes from the U.S. Census Business Formation Statistics.  The dataset tracks applications to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for…

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9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

read 3 mins As an independent professional, properly managing your expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy. As a business-of-one, you will likely incur fixed costs that can’t be billed back to a client. You may also need to take care of expenses such as health care and retirement. Each of these fixed or variable costs…

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The Weekly Independent: February 22, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Check out…

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8 Effective Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

read 3 mins Effectively marketing a small business is no small feat. Building an effective brand and selling your services can be a challenging process for all small businesses, especially in a competitive environment. Things are even more tricky when your business is “you.” Below, we explore eight tips for marketing your consulting business. With a bit of…

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5 Ways to Attract More Clients to Your Consulting Business

read 2 mins If you’ve been running your own business for years, you’ve already developed a strong reputation and a reliable list of clients—it can be easy to grow complacent. Understandably, you appreciate your current clients, you feel comfortable working with them, and you feel secure. But things can change in a minute; clients can go out of…

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5 Project Planning Tips for Independent Contractors

read 3 mins Working through the details of your contract with a client is a big task, but as you get ready to actually begin your next project there’s still a lot of planning to do. Even if you don’t create a formal project plan, thinking through project risks, responsibilities, and goals can help you stay organized, determine what tasks…

Webinar Recap: Bringing Open Innovation to the Future of Work

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The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 15, 2021

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Hear insights…

8 Business Startup Costs for Independent Professionals

read 4 mins Starting your own business is both exciting and scary. But the more you prepare, the higher your likelihood of success will be. There’s a lot to consider when you go out on your own, from determining the services you’ll offer to how you’ll incorporate your business, where you’ll work, and how you’ll find clients. Below,…

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8 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration at Work

read 3 mins When you run your own business, your work is your responsibility alone—how it gets done, where it gets done, and when it gets done is completely up to you. That reality can be both liberating and intimidating. Knowing how to maintain focus and concentration throughout the day are essential skills when you run your own business. Follow…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: February 8, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Smalbizdaily cites…

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Starting a Consulting Business After Retirement: 4 Tips

read 3 mins A big career change like retirement can unsettle even the most accomplished professionals. But if you’re like many people who still feel like they have great work to do, you can use your transition to retirement as an opportunity to launch a profitable and fulfilling career as an independent professional, joining a 38 million-strong workforce of talented workers.…

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The Weekly Independent: February 2, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. MBO Partners…

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4 Reasons to Turn Down a Project

read 3 mins If you’re new to the field of independent consulting, it can be tempting to accept every potential project that comes your way. After all, clients and the projects they provide are your sources of income. But just because an opportunity is presented doesn’t mean the project is right for your business. Here are four situations…

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7 Best Consulting Sales Tips

read 3 mins Your clients are an incredibly important part of your business, but it is important to remember that the client-consultant relationship is a two-way street. Before you begin work or sign a contract, it is essential to learn the needs and resources of your client, including what they need to properly engage you, the independent contractor.…

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The Weekly Independent: January 26, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Find top…

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6 Pros and Cons of Being a Female Entrepreneur

read 3 mins If you’re considering pursuing a career as an independent professional, you’re probably already aware of the many benefits: the flexibility to work your own hours, the ability to pursue projects you’re passionate about, and the freedom to learn new skills, just to name a few. It’s therefore no surprise that there are more than 38…

Future of Work in 2021

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

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read 2 mins Webinar Recap: Roundtable: Key Trends for the Future of Work in 2021

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How to Repurpose Content

read 2 mins When you run your own company, a big part of marketing your services involves creating content. From keyword-rich writing on your personal website and social media posts to email newsletters or small advertisements, online marketing is all about showing people what makes you an industry expert. But content creation takes time, and as an independent professional you…

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The Weekly Independent: January 19, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. The Wall…

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7 Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

read 4 mins As an independent contractor, self-employed professional, freelancer, or entrepreneur, there’s plenty of gratification in knowing that ultimately, you’re your own boss—you work for yourself, you call the shots, and you own your financial destiny. While you may be confident in your ability to deliver great services and results to clients, it’s important to take a…

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Create a Great Consulting Website (Guide)

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

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Starting a Consulting Business: 5 Common Mistakes

read 3 mins Deciding to go independent and start your own business is an exciting transition. It’s a chance to be your own boss, pursue projects you’re passionate about, and control when and where you work. At the same time, there’s bound to be mistakes involved when starting a new business venture. Avoid the growing pains of self-employment by…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 11, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Achieve work-life…

Five Trends Driving Independent Workforce Growth

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read 2 mins Our 2020 State of Independence in America research explores the cyclical and structural forces that have contributed to, encouraged, and shaped the American independent workforce. Despite the setback that the COVID-19 pandemic had on all workers in the US economy in 2020, we anticipate a strong future of independent work. Five years down the road,…

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6 Creative Ways to Get Client Testimonials that Build Your Brand

read 4 mins Client referrals and recommendations can be incredibly helpful when it comes to building business credibility and trust. Think back to the last time you made a big purchase. How did you choose a particular product or brand? While a good marketing strategy can help draw in potential clients, these prospects will likely look for customer reviews next. Testimonials are…

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

read 3 mins As an independent professional, achieving work-life balance can often feel like a hard reach. When you run your own business, you have to balance the demands of multiple clients while staying on top of all of your back-office tasks and planning for the future. Without a good balance between your work life and personal life, you…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: January 4, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Discover the…

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Three Independent Workforce Trends in 2020

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read 3 mins 2020 was a challenging year for the American workforce at large as well as independent professionals. However, while independents were certainly impacted by the pandemic-related economic downturn, they were not affected as drastically as traditional workers. New modes of working rapidly became more acceptable, making independent work a more secure path for many workers than…

Future of Work 2021 Trends Countdown

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

read < 1 min As we count down to 2021, we’re sharing our own countdown of ten future of work themes that will matter the most in the next decade.   Here are our ten themes countdown, just in time for 2021.   Ten: Dip & Climb  Nine: Happiness & Health  Eight: Gen Z Arrives  Seven: It’s All About Control  Six: Exports Not Imports  Five: Make It A TrillionFour: Side Hustle Nation  Three: Virtual Just in Time Orgs  Two: Radical Remote Work One: Gunning for Growth   Want the whole scoop? Read on for the full future of work…

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The Weekly Independent: December 28, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. These are…

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The Weekly Independent: December 21, 2020

read 2 mins Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. 401KSpecialists cites…

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10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

read 3 mins Many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners call their home office—or wherever their workplace may be—their sanctuary. An office is a place that should generate creativity, promote health and well-being, and offer both a comfortable and efficient environment. This holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our top home office gifts that are perfect for…

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4 Ways a Consultant Can Become an Industry Thought Leader

read 2 mins Owning your own business means taking responsibility for every aspect of running your company. That burden will likely include tasks that are not directly related to your actual expertise, but are necessary for continued growth, such as personal branding and marketing. An effective way to market yourself online is to establish yourself as an industry…

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

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read 3 mins The independent workforce of 2020 consists of 38.2 million Americans of all ages, skills, and income levels working as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, microbusiness owners, and temporary or on-call workers. Our 10th annual State of Independence in America Report is the longest-running, comprehensive look at this workforce, and finds that independents are a skilled, enduring,…

New Data Shows Independent Work Is A ‘Force to Be Reckoned With​’

read 3 mins MBO Partners’ 10th Annual State of Independence in America report shows that COVID-19 has shaken but not destroyed the resilience of independent workers; 48% are doing ok financially while 32% are living comfortably— hiving and nomadism are top strategies to survive and thrive in the new world of work  HERNDON, VA – December 9, 2020​ – The COVID-19 pandemic…

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

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The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: December 7, 2020

read 2 mins Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Observer explores…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

read 3 mins The holiday season is always one of the busiest times of year, and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for a last-minute gift card or fruit basket, take advantage of our annual holiday gift guide. We’ve scoured the web and polled our…

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5 Small Business Reputation Management Strategies that Work

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read 2 mins When it comes to consulting, your reputation can be everything—so why risk it? Here’s how to keep your record clean and your clients satisfied.

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

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read 5 mins As part of our series on veteran entrepreneurs we spoke to a successful long-time independent consulting growth practice owner, Jim Rabon. Today, Jim has entered a new life stage: When he’s not tending to his horses, he spends time teaching on the subject of strategy and operations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also finds time to advise and counsel those earlier in their independent work journey.   In addition to his long…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 30, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Remember these…

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

read 4 mins We’ve all heard the saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” It originates from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, whose writings share the common theme that the nature of life itself is flux, and resisting this natural flow is to our own detriment.  The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to…

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

read 3 mins When you run your own business, you’ll quickly learn that putting in long hours without seeing immediate payoff is pretty normal. The pressure of doing it all yourself can be a lot and it can be easy to lose steam. Find inspiration, keep on task throughout the day, and maintain focus on your goals by…

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The Weekly Independent: November 23, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Crowdsource innovation,…

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4 Reasons to Start a Blog for Your Small Business

read 3 mins Think of a blog as an opportunity to engage and grow your target audience. A blog for your business is more than something to update with your weekly experiences as an independent professional. Blogging is a great way to showcase your expertise, bring in potential clients, and grow your personal brand. In fact, blogs are…

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

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read 2 mins Stand Out From the Crowd: Insights from Expert Recruiters to Get Noticed for Projects

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

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read 4 mins Learn more about Robert Casper and how he is using the skills he learned in the military to offer services as a skilled, experienced independent professional.

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

read 3 mins Philanthropy can be an important part of your brand, even if you’re a business of one. Not only is charitable giving a great way to give back to your community and support a good cause, but it can also help to build connections with existing and potential customers, differentiate your business, and gain positive publicity. But…

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The Weekly Independent: November 16, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. MBO Partners…

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

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read 5 mins Learn more about Eddie Dunn and how he is using the skills he learned in the military to offer services as a skilled, experienced independent professional.

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

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read 2 mins As an independent professional it’s important to understand key financial terms. There will be a financial component to every part of your job, from the beginning of a project when you are negotiating with a client about your rates and writing a contract, to the end of a project when you are invoicing a client…

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

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read 4 mins Learn more about Robert Casper and how he is using the skills he learned in the military to offer services as a skilled, experienced independent professional.

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The Weekly Independent: November 10, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. CNBC quotes…

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

read 2 mins Demonstrating a commitment to the future of work globally, these acquisitions enable leading enterprises to seamlessly source, engage and manage independent professionals and microbusinesses across borders.    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  HERNDON, VA – November 10, 2020 – MBO Partners®, the leading platform for independent professionals, today announced that it has acquired MBO Partners Limited, UK and Ireland-based affiliates of MBO Partners.   Leveraging the proven model of international consultancies, MBO Partners has expanded its platform capabilities by acquiring its licensees…

What is Net Salary: Definition and How to Calculate

read 2 mins If you’re considering starting a small business, you are probably encountering many new financial terms as you begin to set your bill rate and put systems in place for tracking your time, and collecting invoices. Understanding these terms and numbers are an important part in determining the sustainability and success of your business. They can…

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How Introverts Can Succeed in Consulting

read 4 mins What personality traits come to mind when you think of a successful independent consultant? Outgoing? Social? Extroverted? While those who are naturally inclined to networking and interacting with others may be at an advantage when it comes to self-promotion or meeting new people, it that doesn’t mean that an introvert—or a shy extrovert—won’t be successful in…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: November 2, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Protect yourself…

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The Weekly Independent: October 26, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Here are…

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6 Rights of 1099 Contractors

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

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9 Basic Legal Requirements for Starting a Small Business

read 7 mins Make sure your small business operates legally with all of the required licenses and permits.

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5 Ways to Build a Personal Brand for Small Business

read 3 mins Branding is integral to your identity whether you’re an independent professional or a Fortune 100 company. From your name and logo to your company slogan and reputation, it’s how the public knows you. As a self-employed professional, you are your company, and establishing a strong personal brand is essential to the growth and success of…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: October 19, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Mitigate risks…

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How to Create a Self Employed Resume

read 3 mins Update your independent consulting resume to boost your professional credibility, track your accomplishments, and build your personal brand.

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3 Benefits of Working with Big Clients as a Consultant

read 3 mins Why Work with Larger Companies? Big companies can afford to spend big money with small businesses, but pitching your services to a large enterprise can be daunting. However, if you know your market and have done your research, it is possible to refine your services to meet corporate demand. In fact, the number of high-earning…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: October 12, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Three key…

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How to Create a Contingent Workforce Management Program

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read 4 mins Many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent. As the demand for independent talent grows, enterprises are bypassing third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms for recruiting purposes and developing talent engagement strategies. Direct sourcing affords many economic benefits including the ability to avoid high-priced staffing markups, decrease overhead costs by hiring…

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The Weekly Independent: October 5, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. MBO Partners…

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Challenges Independent Contractors Face: Planning for Retirement

read 3 mins Planning for retirement is a challenge for many independent professionals. As a typical employee, you can rely on your employer to provide 401(k) plans or other options to help prepare for retirement, but when you run your own business putting a plan in place is up to you. Luckily, there are many retirement options available…

Tips For a Successful Zoom Virtual Meeting: Chats, Polls & More!

read 4 mins 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.

read 2 mins 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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The Weekly Independent: September 28, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. These simple…

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10 Ways Independent Consultants Can Wow Their Clients

read 4 mins 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?

read 2 mins 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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read 4 mins 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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read 3 mins 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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10 Low Cost Small Business Marketing Strategies that Work

read 4 mins 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…

The Weekly Independent

The Weekly Independent: September 21, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Learn three…

5 Tips for Setting Up a Successful Zoom Meeting

read 5 mins 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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Challenges Independent Contractors Face and How to Overcome Them: Billing

read 3 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: September 14, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Create sustainable…

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5 Tips for Creating Sustainable Business Growth

read 2 mins 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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Consulting Proposal Template and Guide

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read 2 mins 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

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Win more…

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15 Best Practices for Classifying Workers and Avoiding an Audit

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read 2 mins 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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read 2 mins 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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read 3 mins 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…

How to Create a Small Business Growth Strategy

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read 3 mins 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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read 5 mins 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

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Retain good…

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How to Improve Your Client Retention Strategy

read 3 mins 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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read < 1 min 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

read 2 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: August 24, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. The New…

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How to Give a Great Business Presentation

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read 3 mins 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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The Difference Between Customer Loyalty and Customer Retention

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins S Corporation business structure advantages and disadvantages.

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The Weekly Independent: August 17, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Stay on…

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

read 3 mins 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

read < 1 min 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

read 3 mins 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…

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The Weekly Independent: August 10, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Thomson Reuters…

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4 Marketing Strategies to Build a Small Business Brand

read 3 mins 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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The Weekly Independent: August 3, 2020

read < 1 min Being a successful independent contractor or a Client of Choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web. Three primary…

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Masterclass Recap: James Rosebush & the Art of Public Speaking

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read < 1 min 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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read < 1 min 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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3 Ways to Build Thought Leadership as a Consultant

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read 2 mins Learn how to become a thought leader in your field with this MBO Partners guide.

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3 Consulting Agreement Templates and Contracts Guide

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read < 1 min 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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How to Communicate Effectively with Clients

read 3 mins 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

read 2 mins 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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read < 1 min 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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read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 4 mins 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,…

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Retirement Planning Tips For Self Employed Professionals

read 3 mins 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…

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

read 3 mins 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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The Costs of Independent Contractor Engagement

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read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 8 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 6 mins 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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read 5 mins 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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10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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Solo 401k for Self Employed and Small Businesses

read 3 mins 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…

How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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…

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

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read < 1 min 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

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read < 1 min 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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How to Be More Productive Working from Home

read 2 mins 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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Webinar Recap: Developing and Marketing Your Online Presence as an Independent Consultant

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read < 1 min 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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How to Build Small Business Credit

read 3 mins Business credit can provide protection, value, and financial security for your company. Here’s what you need to know.

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What is Gross vs Net Income? Differences and How to Calculate

read 3 mins Gross vs Net Income: What’s the difference? 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 business, understanding the…

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How to Stay Motivated When You Work from Home

read 3 mins 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?

read 2 mins Friday, the government signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act to make it easier for small businesses and independent workers to gain relief under the Paycheck Protection Program, a key provision of the CARES Act for COVID-19 relief. What is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act? The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act is…

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How to Manage Independent Contractors: 3 Approaches

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read < 1 min Learn three approaches to independent contractor engagement and tips for how to best manage your independent workforce.

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Our Commitment to Equality and Opportunity for All

read < 1 min 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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Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile as An Independent Consultant

read 3 mins 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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How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

read 3 mins 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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Webinar Recap: Boost Your Consulting Revenue with an Executive Coach

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read 2 mins 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

read 3 mins 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

read 3 mins 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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Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

read 3 mins 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