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

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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 10th year, the 2020 survey finds full-time independents are satisfied and secure being self-employed and have found their niche in an economy that strives to remain competitive and innovative. 

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Client of Choice

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

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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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10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

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

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5 Lead Generation Tips for Independent Contractors

Leads are an essential component to every independent professional’s business. Whether you find leads through referrals, online marketing, or even cold calling, they are necessary to keep your business healthy and growing. That said, not all leads are equal. If you’re able to find a wealth of potential clients but none of them end up being qualified,…

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How to Network with Your Peers

There are many advantages to networking with your peers—hearing a new perspective, gaining industry advice, or obtaining an outside opinion about an idea you have, just to name a few. It can be easy to get caught up in the daily grind of running your own business, but stepping out of that circle of comfort…

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How to Build a Strategic Networking Plan as an Independent Professional

When you run your own business, most of the work you do is done on your own. Being your own boss, setting your own hours, and setting your own goals are just some of the major perks of working independently. But in order to be successful, you can’t do it all on your own—developing a…

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Consultant Partnership: When Partnership Consulting is Best

As an independent professional, your job involves it all—from running errands and scheduling meetings to engaging with new clients and attending networking events. All of these responsibilities can quickly overshadow your work-life balance. To avoid burnout, stay on top of your workload, and keep your clients happy, consider teaming up with another independent contractor. Working with another professional…

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4 Ways to Find Independent Consulting Jobs

One of the benefits of being an independent professional is having the flexibility to follow your passion and choose the type of work you do. However, project frequency can ebb and flow, and it can sometimes be difficult to establish a steady stream of work. Luckily, there are many ways to keep your pipeline full such as…

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How to Keep Business Booming During the Holidays

Avoid a slump in business by using these tips to keep new projects coming in over the holidays.

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How to Stay Productive and Avoid the Summer Slow-Down

It’s common for business to slow down during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Clients are likely enjoying vacation or waiting for the fall to begin their next big project. If you’re not prepared for this downtime, your daily routine and finances may be caught off guard. Just because business slows down,…

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Networking Tips to Boost Small Business Growth

As an independent professional, 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. Follow these three networking tips to boost your business prospects. 1. Mentorship While…

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5 Proven Ways to Grow Your Client Base

When it comes to your independent business, finding a balance between managing existing clients, landing new clients, busy work periods, and much needed free time is a constant challenge. When you think about growing your business, it can be tricky to imagine how that’s possible. Perhaps you would like more clients for security’s sake, but…

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How to Overcome Barriers to Landing New Work

Landing new opportunities is a big part of your job as an independent professional, and it is often one of the most challenging. Referrals are a top driver of opportunities, but it’s up to you to find the right people in your network, create strong relationships, and connect with them to find out what’s happening and how…

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3 Creative Ways to Get Better Leads by Networking

Networking is one of the keys to success for small businesses. But for some, networking is easier said than done. While who you know is important, it’s what you do with those connections that can make a difference. Even if industry professionals know your name and you’ve got enough LinkedIn connections to fill a stadium, you have…

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How to Generate Breakthrough Opportunities by Leveraging Your Network

Does a majority of your new business come from referrals? Do you often wish you had a bit more control over when and where your next client will come from? In How to Generate Breakthrough Opportunities by Leveraging Your Network, Chalyse Elsasser discusses how to reach your fullest potential and peak productivity by leveraging the right relationships in…

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How to Network Effectively as an Independent Consultant

As an independent professional, you have the opportunity to pursue your passion, be your own boss, and set your own goals. But as successful independents know, businesses are built on strong networks and lasting relationships. Taking an intentional approach to networking can help you turn your passion project into a full-time endeavor. In her webinar, Six…

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How to Build Collaborative Teams of Independent Professionals

Teaming up with another independent professional can bring new skills to the table, help you manage your workload, or even land that big project you’ve had your eye on. Once you’ve decided to partner with another independent and you’ve found the person you want to work with, you’ll want to focus your efforts on building the…

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How to Get the Most Out of Networking Events

A big part of any successful independent consultant’s business plan is networking—and that means meeting new people. Networking is a great way to grow your business, get the word out about your services, and learn from others in a similar industry or position. Connecting through professional platforms like LinkedIn is a useful way to work…