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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 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.

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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: 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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Gross vs. Net Income: What is 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…

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…

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…

Leading a Project Kickoff Meeting: 5 Tips for Success

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…