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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.

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State of Independence

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

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Certified Self-Employed

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

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Future of Work

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

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The Costs of Independent Contractor Engagement

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

When and How Independent Professionals Should Offer Discounts

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 July 4th Retrospective and Path Forward for the Workforce

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…

5 Key Tips for Blog Writing on Social Media

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

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…

7 Predictions for the Future of Work

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Founder Gene Zaino shares 7 insights for the future of work and a new chapter for the book The End of Jobs.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. California Focuses on Drivers Misclassified as Independent…

10 Things to Love About Being an Independent Professional

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…

Saving vs Spending as a Small Business Owner

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…

The Importance of Fostering a Community of Independent Talent

Our workforce landscape is quickly changing and adapting, due in many ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations are allowing for remote working arrangements and as cities begin to reopen, companies are adjusting how they manage their workforces moving forward. Companies who already rely on independent talent as an integral part of their workforce are…

Solo 401k for Self Employed and Small Businesses

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

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…

5 Tips to Improve Business Writing Skills

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…

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

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

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…

Three Benefits of Direct Sourcing in the Wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s far from business as usual for organizations across the world. The majority of people who are able to work remotely are doing so, and for many managers it’s the first time they’ve had to run a fully remote team. Companies are taking different approaches to find success…

How to Be More Productive Working from Home

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…

How to Avoid Independent Contractor Reclassification

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

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

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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…

What is Small Business Credit and Why is it Important?

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

The Accelerating Rate of Change in Today’s Business World

In today’s ever-shifting world of work, independent talent play an increasingly important role. Freelancers, contractors, consultants, temporary workers and more support companies by providing access to in-demand skills, driving organizational performance, and increasing institutional value. Particularly during times of crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizations that engage independent talent are finding they have the…

What to Know Before Hiring through a Freelance Marketplace

Why Hire Through a Freelance Marketplace? If your organization is not already using a marketplace to source independent professionals, you may be missing out on great talent. Freelance marketplaces—online platforms that connect independent contractors with projects—are quickly growing in popularity. As many as one in four independent contractors said that they had used a marketplace…

Gross vs Net Income: Definitions and How to Calculate

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 difference between gross income and net income…

How to Stay Motivated When You Work from Home

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.…

What is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act and What Does it Mean for Independent Contractors and Small Business Owners?

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…

3 Challenges of Creating a Successful Workforce Management Program

A growing career choice for 41 million Americans is on the rise: self-employment. Companies are also increasingly recognizing the many benefits independent talent provide and are incorporating this talent into their workforce strategy. This external workforce is important to many organizations because it allows them to operate at full capacity and meet market demand. If…

The Role of Technology in Finding Top Independent Talent

In order to embrace the new normal of our current workforce, we must acknowledge that it demands a broader talent management plan that integrates a dynamic mix of temporary and full-time workers. A key component of this talent management plan is integrating independent professionals into contemporary workforce programs. Technology is leading the charge in this…

How to Manage Independent Contractors: 3 Approaches

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

Transition to Consulting After Retirement: Using Your Expertise

Even the most accomplished professionals can feel unsettled by big career changes such as retirement. 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 41 million-strong workforce of…

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Our Commitment to Equality and Opportunity for All

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…

4 Elements of Independent Workforce Management

Finding, engaging, and retaining skilled talent can be difficult for organizations in today’s work environment. While there may be people available and willing to work, they don’t always have the skills companies are looking for—so where are the resources to fill this need? We believe the answer lies in the continued rise self-employed professionals, a…

Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile as An Independent Consultant

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…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of…

How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business

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…

Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

All forward-thinking organizations today are aware that the talent management landscape is changing. More and more companies today are turning to flexible workforce models, incorporating independent professional talent to supplement their full-time workforce with specialized skills and on-demand project availability. In this new world, it’s important for companies to take an agile approach to talent…

Webinar Recap: Boost Your Consulting Revenue with an Executive Coach

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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.…

Retirement Options: SEP IRA for Self Employed Professionals

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…

Five Time Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

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…

Barriers to Building an Effective Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Many organizations today engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy. These companies stand to greatly benefit from a centralized program that is designed to manage the engagement and compliance processes needed for these types of workers. An independent contractor engagement program serves to minimize…

Business Negotiation Tips for Independent Professionals

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 your project up for success, and help you grow your business. If handled incorrectly, you may compromise on something that is ultimately bad for your business, fail…

How to Increase Organic Traffic to a Small Business Website

Although a website can have many different goals, for most people, it is a lead generation tool. New leads can come to your website in three ways: referrals from other websites, direct clicks from social postings or emails, and organic traffic, which comes from people clicking on a link in Google’s search results. To increase…

5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

Today, more than ever before, the independent workforce is a growing and vital source of talent. Independent contractors provide access to in-demand skills without adding to company payroll, they offer staffing flexibility, and can help companies minimize employment costs. But as more organizations become aware of these benefits, competition for top independent talent is growing.…

How Enterprise Organizations Can Benefit from Engaging an Executive Coach for their Workforce

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips for enterprise organizations considering engaging an executive coach for their workforce.  What does an executive coach do? At a high level, an executive coach helps guide…

Becoming a Client of Choice: Understanding What Drives the Modern Independent Professional

The modern work environment a dynamic, evolving landscape. As more people choose to forgo traditional employment in favor of working as independent consultants, freelancers, or contractors, organizations are shifting their approach to how work gets done. About 7.6 million Americans now work full-time as highly-skilled independents providing professional services to corporations on a contract basis.…

Independent Contractor vs Employee vs Temp

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

Achieve Workforce Agility by Engaging Independent Contractors

The independent workforce continues to steadily increase year after year, and is quickly becoming an indispensable source of talent for business. More than 40% of workers in the U.S. are now employed in alternative work arrangements made up of contingent, part-time, or gig work. Independent workers are a growing economic force, providing businesses with staffing flexibility, in-demand skills,…

Top 10 Marketing Tools for Small Business

In order to create a brand identity, drive a steady flow of projects, and spread the word about your services you need to effectively market your business. As an independent professional, not only do you have to do great work, but you have to find it as well. Keeping your brand visible and relevant in the…

10 Ways to Take Advantage of Down Time as a Small Business Owner or Independent Consultant

While the goal of any small business owner is a full project pipeline with continuous work, sometimes you may have a little more time on your hands.  Staying productive when you’re not working on a project may be frustrating and seem purposeless, and those who have found their pipeline changed as a result of circumstances…

3 Mistakes an Executive Coach Can Help You Avoid

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition. Despite the…

9 Self-Employed Tax Deductions You May Overlooking

Properly managing business expenses is not just good business, it’s also a good income strategy for an independent contractor. 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…

Scope of Work SOW Template for Consulting Services

Learn the critical components to creating a Scope of Work (SOW) document to properly plan and manage your projects.

5 Benefits of Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Direct sourcing tools make it easy for self-employed professionals to engage with your organization. Here are four benefits these tools can offer.

4 Self-Care Tips to Practice When Working Remotely

While there are many benefits to working from home—minimal cost of setup, no commute to the office, a flexible daily schedule—it doesn’t come without its challenges. There are distractions around every corner, it can be hard to shut down and stop working at the end of the day, and it can be lonely. If you…

How to Raise Your Bill Rate

Are you at are at a point in your career where you have years of experience, produce high-quality work that is backed by client recommendations, and provide services that are in demand? If so, it may be time to consider raising your rates. Clients are looking for a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable independent professional who can…

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Finding True Motivation: Consultant Alicia Dara’s Independent Success Story

Alicia Dara never thought she’d be where she is today: a public speech and presentation coach with almost 25 years of experience in business for herself. She started out studying musical theater and singing, hoping to turn her vocal talent into a lifelong profession. But she soon realized her dream might not really be what…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. CARES Act Provides Benefits to the Independent…

Webinar Recap: Boost ROI, Create a Financially Independent Business & Unleash Your Inner Tiger

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Our recent webinar, Full Impact: Unleash the Tiger, may feel appropriate in the title given the recent buzz around Tiger King, but the content within was anything but salacious. Hosted by Dr. Simmie Adams, change management expert, the hour-long webinar helped independent business owners understand their inner positions of strength (their “tiger”) and how to…

5 Client Etiquette Rules to Follow When Working from Home

There are many factors that influence a productive home office environment. Creating a defined work space. Developing a daily routine that minimizes outside distractions. Finding ways to balance personal and work responsibilities. Experimenting with different virtual tools to find the ones that work best for your business—the list goes on. But one often overlooked and…

6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Companies today have unprecedented access to a pool of more than 41 million independent professionals. And that talent comes in more shapes and sizes than ever before—contractors, consultants, freelancers, side giggers, and more work as 1099 or W-2 workers, and the list goes on. Meanwhile, alongside continued growth in this labor market, 61% of organizations saying…

3 Signs an Executive Coach Can Benefit Your Independent Business

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In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition.    When…

How to Find and Keep Top Independent Professional Talent

For many leading organizations, independent professionals are a growing part of the workforce. Independent talent offer companies the ability to bring a valuable set of skills to a project for a specific period of time, helping to minimize employment costs and increase flexibility. But as the demand for independent workers grows—especially those with high-end skills—how…

Post COVID-19 Workforce Trends: What Might a “New Normal” Look Like?

There have been non-stop updates about our current status here in the U.S. and globally over the past couple of weeks— both from a health and economic perspective. However, I’d like to take a few minutes to think about the future of work, and what a ’new normal’ could look like. Returning to Work Those…

4 Tips for Managing Contractors

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

How to Start a Successful Consulting Business

More than 41 million Americans work independently as consultants, freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, and more. If you’re working independently and are thinking of pursuing your endeavor fulltime, you’re not alone. Full-time self-employment continues to be a viable and attractive option for many professionals, especially those with in-demand skills. Any career change marks a major moment, but the decision…

Four Forces Key to a Modern Business Model

It’s no secret that the world of work as we know it is changing. The current COVID-19 situation has certainly exacerbated problems, but it has also brought opportunity. Opportunity to widely adopt remote work, to stress-test business models, and to find new ways to connect with customers,  clients and employees. In many ways, shifts like…

Unleash the Tiger: Build a Solid Business Foundation

In today’s post, Simmie Adams host of upcoming MBO webinar “Unleashing the Tiger to Grow Your Independent Business,” offers actionable tips to help organizational leaders achieve strategic change.  What is your business and business development plan? What are the right bricks to put in place to build a solid, business and business-development foundation? There are…

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Managing Remote Workers

As remote work becomes more common, many enterprise managers are finding the need to shift their mindset and policies to align with a virtual work environment. There are many benefits to remote work including increased work/life flexibility, lower costs, and often greater productivity. Of course, there are many challenges as well. In particular, it is…

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,…

Unleash the Tiger: Accelerating Change to Achieve Results

In today’s post, Simmie Adams host of upcoming MBO webinar “Unleashing the Tiger to Grow Your Independent Business,” offers actionable tips to help organizational leaders achieve strategic change.  Organizational leaders have an innate desire to improve their organizational environment and want strategic change to happen within their organizations.  Strategic change is not only wanted, but…

What is Workforce Optimization and Why Does It Matter?

Today’s organizations are struggling to do more with less in the face of COVID-19. In response to this widespread challenge, forward-thinking companies are leveraging new technologies and experimenting with modes of working, such as virtual meetings and remote work.    This new paradigm has highlighted the vast chasm between the traditional business model and the emerging…

4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who typically pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020 have been extended until July 15 of this year. This tax filing and payment relief also extends to estimated tax payments for 2020 that would typically be due…

Communication through Crisis: Keeping Project Management Effective in the Wake of COVID-19

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In today’s post, Ken Schlechter, change and compliance management expert and owner of Kenneth Michael Consulting Services, LLC, shares insights from more than three decades of experience with companies like Morgan Stanley, The Blackstone Group, and Credit Suisse. The advice provided in this key Insight can apply both to enterprise organizations now navigating a 100…

Incorporating More Flexibility into Your Independent Lifestyle

The vast majority of independent professionals pursue their path because of the choice and control it offers them. In fact, the top reasons workers say they decided to become an independent are a desire to control their schedule, greater work/life flexibility, and being able to work on projects they like. But as you likely know…

5 Reasons NOT to Hire An Executive Coach

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition. Bill…

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How to Maintain Communication and Connection When Working from Home

Working remotely comes with many great benefits. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of the workforce operates out of a home office at least one day per week. When working from home, you have full control over where you work, how you work, and when your work gets done. But all of these positive aspects can…

5 Benefits of Outsourcing Contractor Management

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

5 Tips for Managing a Small Business from a Home Office

Managing your independent business from a home office offers a lot of flexibility and the opportunity to save on many traditional costs. You’re able to scale up or down as needed, take advantage of certain tax breaks, work during ideal hours, and invest your time where you see fit. However, it can also be challenging…

Health Insurance Options for Independent Consultants

As an independent professional, cutting ties with the constraints of a corporate workplace can also mean losing some of the perks—including health insurance benefits that many employers offer. However, this factor seems to be outweighed by the many benefits of going independent. Eighty-two percent of full-time independents say they are happier working on their own…

Independent Contractor Classification: How to Stay Compliant

As organizations incorporate more independent contractors as a part of their workforce, it is important to also adjust policies and practices to ensure all contractors are engaged compliantly. Worker misclassification is a serious issue—if a company classifies a worker as an independent contractor when they should really be classified as an employee in the eyes…

The Weekly Independent: April 6, 2020

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. • Everything…

How to Stay Productive When Working Remotely

Flexibility in where and how you work is one of the major benefits of independent work, but it can also be a challenge. Even if you have a great home office setup, staying productive and motivated throughout the day doesn’t always come easily—especially if you are used to working in an office with more daily…

What is the CARES Act, and what does it mean for Enterprises?

In this exclusive webinar, Gene Zaino, MBO Partners founder and executive chairman, Miles Everson, MBO Partners CEO discussed key benefits of the CARES Act and how employers can take advantage of its key provisions for their independent talent as well as what they can do now to prepare for an post COVID-19 future.   

Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

Re-engaging independent talent can save your business both time and money. When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client for future work. If independent professionals are already a part of your company’s workforce, re-engagement should be top of mind. If your organization is just…

How to Work with a Virtual Assistant

As a small business owner, you’ve likely encountered moments when you feel overworked, stressed, or struggle to stay on top of your workload. Trying to grow a business is hard work, but taking on too many projects can quickly result in burnout. A virtual assistant can be a useful way to alleviate this burden by…

How Independents Can Access CARES Act Benefits

Congress has approved and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to provide liquidity for the American people and economy during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Act includes provisions for benefits, loans, grants, deferred payments and other measures to help the entire…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Independent Contractors May be Eligible for Collect…

The Weekly Independent: March 30, 2020

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. • What…

The CARES Act: What it Means for Self-Employed, Freelancers, Independent Workers

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The information provided in the MBO Blog does not constitute legal, tax or financial advice. It does not take into account your particular circumstances, objectives, legal and financial situation or needs.  Before acting on any information in the MBO Blog you should consider the appropriateness of the information for your situation in consultation with a…

Webinar Recap “MBO Manager Hack: An Interactive Session”

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Direct Sourcing Hacks  MBO Partners is hosting a monthly “quick hit” webinar series for engagement managers about how to hack the direct sourcing process to make it easier and faster for them to find and engage the talent they need. Hosted by Bryan Peña, Chief of Market Strategy, and Dustin Talley, Director of Marketplace, the half-hour webinar is a fun, fast paced…

3 Ways to Incorporate Direct Sourcing in Your Workforce Management Strategy

If recruiters and enterprise managers at your organization are having a hard time finding talent with the skills they need, you are not alone. Well over half of large organizations today report having difficulty finding the talent they need for their workforce. The answer for many companies comes in the form of independent professional talent.…

How to Build Strong Relationships When Managing Remote Workers

Most independent professionals work remotely—it’s part of the appeal of pursuing an independent career. But managing remote workers isn’t always easy to do. Tracking deliverables, building teams, and forming relationships online can be complicated. It’s hard to get to know coworkers on a meaningful level through a screen or a phone call. Time zones and…

3 Proven Client Retention Strategies

When you run your own company, you are the face of your business on a daily basis. That require finding ways to keep your clients coming back so you maintain a steady flow of work. Always be thinking ahead, so gaps in your work don’t turn into gaps in your income. Getting work often comes…

How to Set Your Small Business up for Success

Embarking on a career as an independent professional can be equal parts excitement and nerves. Starting your own business requires a lot of planning and forethought—and those requirements do not necessarily diminish as you move forward. In order for your business to be successful, it’s important to constantly be thinking ahead and setting goals for…

5 Results an Executive Career Coach Can Help You Achieve

In today’s post, Melisa Liberman, host of upcoming MBO webinar “Using an Executive Coach to Accelerate Your Career Revenue”  and an executive coach specializing in tech leaders, offers actionable tips from her own experience as both a “coach” and a “coachee” to help independent professionals considering coaching for future career growth or career transition. There…

The Weekly Independent: March 23, 2020

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…

3 Ways to Evaluate Small Business Performance

The future of your business and its level of success comes down to each of the decisions you make, both large and small. To help ensure you’re making the right decisions for your business, it’s important to not only set initial goals in your business plan, but to take the time to periodically reevaluate them. Whether…

How to Boost the ROI of Your Meetings

As a self-employed professional, the right relationships can make or break your business. Not knowing where your next project or client is coming from can be a source of stress that takes the fun out of what you love to do. That’s why your relationships—the people you surround yourself with—are such an important part of building…

5 Tips for Marketing Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you’re in charge of selling your services to the world. Investing in marketing your company ensures that services will be front and center when people search for a solution that you provide. There are many ways to go about marketing. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look…

How to Retain Top Independent Talent

Skilled talent is in short demand these days. That means organizations are turning to external talent to fill skills gaps. Independent professionals bring flexibility, lower employment costs, and a cadre of talent, helping companies remain agile and competitive among peers. If your organization is engaging independent talent, you’re likely already aware of these benefits. But…

MBO Partners® Retained by Premier Inc. to Advance the Future of Work

Herndon, VA,– March 16, 2020 – MBO Partners®, a platform providing innovative workforce solutions connecting forward thinking enterprises and high impact talent, announces today that they have been retained by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, to create a next–generation talent solution.    Premier will use the MBO platform to manage the full range of talent it engages, which includes healthcare, technology, supply chain and marketing professionals. This partnership will…

The Weekly Independent: March 16, 2020

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

Independent Work: One Size Does Not Fit All, and Now, More than Ever, It’s Time This is Understood

To say a lot has changed in the world of work in the past week would be an understatement.   Nearly every major organization in the U.S. has taken a critical look at their workforce preparedness strategies, particularly as they relate to workforce continuity and remote work, in light of current events with COVID-19.   Whether to curb an…

Tips for Managing Remote Teams

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. More people than ever before are working remotely. In fact, over the last ten years, remote work has grown 91%, and research indicates that we are well on our way to half of the…

Modernizing Business Models to Manage Risk is as Old as The Dutch East India Company

Uncertainty causing boards and managements to change the business is as old as the public company itself.  If we look to history as an example, the creation of the first publicly listed company in the world was the result of investors and management modernizing the business structure to manage uncertainty—the same situation we are facing…

Managing Remote Teams: How to Work Effectively with Remote Consultants

More workers than ever before, particularly independent contractors, are choosing to work remotely. In fact, our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who have chosen to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that enables them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world. And 17 million more aspire…

How to Work with Clients Remotely

This week, MBO Partners will feature content focused on working remotely. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. As an independent professional, you likely work remotely with the majority of your clients. The ability to work from where you want is…

Virtual Meeting Tools for Independent Contractors

This week, MBO Partners will feature content focused on working remotely. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, many people are working from home as a precaution. Stay safe while keeping your business running smoothly. When you’re building your virtual office for an independent business, technology plays a key role in keeping your company operating smoothly. When you…

The Weekly Independent: March 9, 2020

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…

How to Avoid an Misclassification Audit

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

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

Achieving work-life balance is hard for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for independent professionals. 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…

How to Find the Right Consulting Project

As more people turn to independent work, there are an increasing number of resources available to find work. While it can be great to have a lot of options to browse through, it can also make it harder to find the project you’re looking for. Many career sites match skills to work, but just because…

MBO Partners Expands Leadership Team with the Addition of New Chief Technology Officer Josh Wright

Herndon, VA,– March 4, 2020 – MBO Partners, the largest provider of independent workforce solutions, announced today that Josh Wright will join the company as Chief Technology Officer. Effectively immediately, Wright will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer, where he will lead the company’s overall technology strategy to improve customer experience and related service…

Consulting Fees: Hourly vs Fixed Price Billing

Deciding what to charge for your services can have a big impact on how you structure and build your business. You don’t want to charge too much, in order to remain competitive. But you don’t want to charge too little either and risk missing out on revenue or not being able to cover your operating…

The Weekly Independent: March 2, 2020

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

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Preliminary Injunction Issued to Block Enforcement of…

How to Sell Your Consulting Services

Selling your consulting services is a big part of your job as an independent professional. If that sounds like something that doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t worry. Finding work often comes down to the planning and effort you put into it. If you’ve already committed to building your own business, you have what it…

Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Operating as an independent professional means you are in the business of marketing yourself. As a business of one, you’ll face a lot of competition, and time and resources aren’t always on your side. The good news is, marketing a small business simply requires a bit of dedication and creative effort. Remember, you’re marketing your…

How to Take Your Small Business to the Next Level

All small businesses go through a startup phase. This point in your business growth is important; it gives you the opportunity to develop an idea or passion into a functioning business and viable career. There will come a point, however, when you outgrow this phase and long-term success means moving on to the next step.…

The Weekly Independent: February 24, 2020

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. • JD…

Types of Benefits for Self Employed Professionals

One of the big differences between being an employee and an independent contractor is managing your own benefits. As an independent, there’s no employer to provide you with benefit options like health insurance, retirement or vacation time. Your financial future is up to you. While it can initially be a daunting task to figure out…

Back Office Management for Independent Contractors

On your journey to becoming an independent contractor, you’ll quickly learn that there’s a lot of planning involved. Initially, this planning will focus on choosing the services you will offer, finding and securing clients, and deciding where you will conduct your business. While these are all vital steps, they tend to fit into the category…

How to Land Your Next Consulting Contract

If you’ve taken the leap and launched your independent career, congratulations! You’re on your way to big things, and millions of independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers are right there with you. But when your first contract or project starts winding down, reality sets in. You knew this contract wouldn’t last forever, but what seemed to be…

How to Grow Your Small Business

The independent workforce is growing both in size and ambition. The majority of independents say they plan to remain independent or even build a bigger business. Whether you’re among those planning to grow their business or you’re already a seasoned small business owner ready for the next step, there are many options when it comes to growing…

Tools to Build a Successful Relationship with Clients

Strong client relationships are the foundation of every successful small business. When you have a good connection with your clients, there is more opportunity for future work as well as valuable recommendations. While it is important to seek out clients who value and respect your work, the client-contractor relationship is a two-way street. Showing a…

The Weekly Independent: February 17, 2020

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…

5 Steps to Start a Small Business

Deciding to go out on your own and start a business is both an exciting and scary time. Going independent is a big shift from a career, financial, and mental perspective. As your own boss, you get to decide when, where, and how you work. You have the chance to build a career out of…

3 HR Trends Impacting Businesses Today

Traditional hiring models are shifting—that comes as no surprise to savvy businesses. More and more, organizations are taking an integrated approach to talent management. By 2020, the number of self-employed workers in the US is projected to increase to 42 million people. Independent professionals offer flexibility and give enterprises access to in-demand skills that they…

How to Develop Thought Leadership when Self Employed

To be seen as a trusted leader in your industry, it is important to cultivate thought leadership. Creating content and finding your own voice are good first steps. However, a big portion of thought leadership development is dedicated to having a presence—both physical and virtual—in the ongoing conversation within your area of expertise. Becoming a thought leader…

The Weekly Independent: February 10, 2020

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…

Financial Management Terms Small Business Owners Need to Know

Managing the financial side of your business can be intimidating at first, but understanding the basics of what’s going on when it comes to your income, profit, and expenses—even if you enlist outside help—is an important part of your job. Many independents feel that they can earn more money working on their own, but in…

6 Ways to Build Relationships with Independent Workers

If you’ve incorporated independent talent into your workforce—or if you’re considering doing so—you’ve probably discovered the importance of building a strong foundation that supports these types of workers. Independent contractors have specialized expertise in a particular industry. They are small business owners who likely engage with a few different clients, and determine how and when…

5 Steps to Build Your Personal Brand

Coca-Cola, Nike, Disney. What do these names have in common? They are some of the world’s most iconic brands. In fact, you probably have some sort of emotional attachment or connotation with each of these names. As an independent professional, brand may not be the first thing you think of when considering how you run…

How to Get More Clients for My Consulting Business

As an independent professional, you’re always thinking ahead to the future. Whether you’re planning how to meet your next deadline, successfully complete a deliverable, or land your next project, it is important to have a plan of action to sustain your company, meet your goals, and maximize your earning potential. Balancing your current workload while…

The Weekly Independent: February 3, 2020

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. • HR…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: January, 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. AB5 Takes Effect In 2019, California passed…

6 Small Business Financial Management Tips

When starting a small business, there are many financial considerations to take into account. Yes, defining and marketing your services is a big piece of the puzzle but in order to make a sustainable income and operate compliantly, finances should be taken into account as well. Here are six financial management topics that you’ll want…

3 Reasons Independent Contractors Are Cost-Effective

There are many benefits to incorporating independent professionals into your workforce strategy—many of which center around cost savings. Independent talent, for example, can offer staffing flexibility and access to skills that might be hard to find among your existing employee base. These financial factors are motivation for many businesses today to engage independent workers. It’s…

What to Know Before Starting a Freelance Career

If you’re considering going independent and starting your own business, you’re not alone. More than 41 million Americans currently work as freelancers, consultants, temporary or on-call workers and the trend towards self-employment isn’t going away any time soon. While going independent has many benefits including better work-life flexibility, increased job satisfaction and the opportunity to…

The Weekly Independent: January 27, 2020

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. • Leading…

How to Start a Small Business: 7 Legal Requirements

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

5 Strategies for Managing a Small Business

As an independent professional, successfully managing a small business begins and ends with you. There are many aspects to managing your own company, from back-office tasks like handling finances, paying the right taxes, and writing contracts, to staying organized and delivering quality work. If there’s a particular aspect of management that you feel is lacking…

Consulting Terms Glossary: Definitions You Need to Know

As the independent workforce continues to grow and evolve, so does the vocabulary of terminology that surrounds it. Here are a few of the most commonly used and confused terms you’ll come across in the industry. 1. W-2 vs. 1099 Worker classification is a complicated issue that has a big impact on contractor engagement. W-2s…

Top 5 In Demand Consulting Careers

The decision to pursue independent work as a consultant, freelancer, contractor, temporary, or on-call worker is no longer a novel concept. Today, 41 million Americans pursue this type of work, adding to the growing independent workforce. For many, working independently is an opportunity to find better work-life flexibility, build valuable skills, and be your own…

4 Ways the Independent Workforce Can Help Grow your Business in 2020

Today, 41 million Americans work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers. This independent workforce is a growing and powerful economic force that is shaping the way organizations accomplish their goals. Incorporating independent professional talent as part of a company’s workforce is a practice that is becoming more common and accepted across a wide…

The Weekly Independent: January 20, 2020

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

MBO Partners Joins the World Economic Forum in The Charter of Principles for Good Platform Work Initiative

Herndon, VA,– January 17, 2020 – MBO Partners, the leading provider of independent workforce solutions, today announces today that it has partnered with other platform companies – Cabify, Deliveroo, Grab, Postmates, and Uber – through the World Economic Forum to create The Charter of Principles for Good Platform Work and The Promise of Platform Work:…

3 Things to Consider When Implementing a Direct Sourcing Strategy

As more organizations incorporate contingent talent into their workforce, direct sourcing is becoming a popular way to engage these workers. Direct sourcing enables access to and connection with top independent talent by facilitating a direct relationship between enterprise managers and independent workers. With a direct sourcing strategy in place, organizations no longer need to rely…

5 Things You Need to Know about IR35

IR35 refers to a set of UK legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by independent contractors and the businesses that engage them. This shifts the responsibility of worker classification, as well as the associated risks, to the businesses. Despite widespread negative industry feedback, IR35 changes will go into effect in the Private Sector in April…

Independent Contractor Compliance Trends in 2020

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. As we look ahead to 2020, worker misclassification and compliance are topics that will remain in the news as new laws…

What Causes Independent Contractor Engagement Risk?

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.

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…

The Weekly Independent: January 13, 2020

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…

Should Independent Professionals Use Promotional Products?

Online marketing through social media is free—and effective—which means that many cost-conscious independent professionals use platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as their primary method of reaching out to potential new clients. but there are also times when it can be advantageous use real-world advertising avenues as well. Promotional products are often overlooked as…

Creating an Independent Workforce Management Strategy

There are many factors involved in managing your independent workforce. Whether you work with independent contractors, freelancers or consultants, contingent workers must be engaged and managed differently than traditional employees. There is a distinct level of compliance risk associated with this pool of talent and the needs and desires of contingent workers are unique. A…

Improve Your Email Etiquette: 3 Bad Habits to Fix

More than 124 billion business emails are sent and received each day. As a small business, how do you stand out from the crowd and deliver value in the emails you send to your clients? As the old adage says, “it’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” While this serves as…

How to Attract and Retain Great Independent Talent

Five tips for leveraging and engaging top independent talent for your business.

4 Ways AI Services Can Make Your Life Easier an Independent Professional

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been growing buzzword over the past few years. And, with its promises of a more innovative and growth-spurred future, it’ no wonder that so many people believe that AI will revolutionize the way we work. In fact, almost 30% of business leaders said that of new technologies, AI will have…

8 Productivity Apps for 2020

Each day as an independent professional is chock-full of things to do. From client meetings and project pitches to account management and brand marketing, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Luckily, apps can lend a helping hand and keep you on track. Here are eight apps to help you optimize time, meet…

The Weekly Independent: January 6, 2020

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

3 Creative Business Growth Strategies That Work

There are a seemingly endless number of tasks associated with independent work. From maintaining a pipeline of projects, running your back office, and drafting proposals, to holding client meetings and managing finances, the life of an independent professional is both busy and exciting. While it can be easy to get caught up in daily tasks,…

Talent Management through Strategic Sourcing

Leadership and executive teams from all industries have faced the same pressing question year after year: how do you source skilled talent? When seeking highly-skilled specialists and subject-matter experts, the answer to that question is increasingly independent professional talent. The pursuit of independent contractors as a component of strategic sourcing initiatives has evolved quickly in…

How to Start 2020 Right as an Independent Professional

For many, the new year is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. This is true for freelancers and independent professionals as well—taking the opportunity to think back on successes and failures of the past year and the past and set goals and a vision for the coming year…

Building Your Network 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…

Top Independent Contractor Compliance Stories from 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. 2019 was a fascinating year for independent contractor compliance. Here’s a look at five of the top stories. 1. AB 5…

Planning for Parental Leave as an Independent Contractor

Taking parental leave when you run your own business can be scary. Without set guidelines or a reliable paycheck, the prospect of 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…

The Weekly Independent: December 30, 2019

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

How to Make Business Decisions as an Independent Contractor

In the majority of traditional jobs, managers have the final word when it comes to making important business decisions and there are always coworkers to bounce ideas off of or ask for opinions. Independent professionals, on the other hand, are relatively on their own when it comes to making choices that will affect their business.…

What do Independent Workers Want From Their Clients?

With each passing year, the nature and culture of independent work is growing more complex and sophisticated. Today, more than 41 million Americans work outside of traditional employment as independent contractors and consultants, statement-of-work-based laborers, and freelancers who provide services to corporations on a regular basis. Companies are increasingly relying on a particular sub-sector of…

Look Back, Look Forward: The Independent Workforce Year in Review 2019

As 2019 winds to a close, we at MBO Partners like to take the time to reflect in preparation for the year ahead. As is common in any fast-growing industry, we marvel at how much has changed in the past 12 months, and how much will be likely to change again as we head into…

The Weekly Independent: December 23, 2019

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

5 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

There are many paths to become a successful independent professional, but there are several key stepping stones that can put you on the path to success. Here are five habits to keep in mind if you are considering going independent, or if you feel like something is missing from your routine that’s keeping you from…

12 Business Books to Read in 2020

When you run your own business, you also run your own professional development. Certifications or continuing education programs can be great ways to learn new skills and improve on weak areas, but if you can’t commit to longer curriculum, consider setting aside some time during your workweek for a bit of reading instead. Business books…

Independent Contractor vs Employee: 10 Differences

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

The Weekly Independent: December 16, 2019

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

13 Books Workforce Management Executives Should Read

No matter what stage you’re at in your career, experienced leaders know that there’s always more out there to learn. Books are a great way to expand your knowledge—even if you don’t agree with everything an author touts, simply hearing new and different perspectives is valuable. As you look forward to the New Year, and…

10 Home Office Gifts for the Independent Professional

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…

How to Find Ideal Clients

When you’re just starting out your independent career, there’s an initial push to land as many clients as you can to jump start your business. While it is of course important to make sure you can pay the bills, there comes a time when your strategy should shift to finding the clients who are truly…

3 Reasons to Use a Written Consulting Agreement

Why You Need a Written Contract When engaging independent contractors, it can be tempting to review the work you need done, come to an understanding, and get started as quickly as possible. However, oral agreements can be dangerous and lead to legal headaches for both your company and the independent contractor you are working with.…

The Weekly Independent: December 9, 2019

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

9 Events for Freelancers in 2020

As an independent professional, keeping your skills and knowledge current is part of the job. But as a company of one, you may often feel isolated or out of the loop when it comes to larger business trends. Whether you are just starting out or are a well-established freelancer, furthering your knowledge can give you…

MSP vs VMS: Managed Service Provider vs Vendor Management System

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

How to Conduct a Year End Business Review

Conducting an end-of-year review isn’t a practice that just applies to bigger businesses—it’s a process that is valuable to freelancers and independent professionals as well. A business review gives you a chance to look back at what you have achieved, revisit your goals, and consider how to best move forward for the coming year. In…

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…

The Weekly Independent: December 2, 2019

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

6 Personality Traits of Successful Consultants

When pursuing a new career, it can be helpful to see if your personality matches the path you want to go down. For example, networking, running a business, and managing projects are all important aspects of an independent professional’s daily life—and there are certain personality traits that go along with these responsibilities. If you’re considering pursuing…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2019

As the independent workforce continues to grow, so do the issues of worker compliance and misclassification. It is important for enterprises to remain informed about the latest laws, regulations, and developments surrounding these topics. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news stories from around the web. 1. Illinois’ Human Rights Act Protects Independent Contractors…

4 Professional Partners Small Business Owners Need

If you’re considering starting your own business, you probably have done some research and have a checklist of what you need to have in place to start off on the right foot. That list might include a business plan, marketing strategy, financial goals, or a host of other things that are key to building a…

5 Questions to Ask Before Becoming Self Employed

If you’re considering self-employment, there has never been a better time to make the leap to independence. Today, many individuals are pursuing an independent careers and companies are increasingly engaging independent talent. That’s not too surprising as self-employment offers many advantages such as the ability to pursue your passion, control your own schedule, and be…

How to Make the Most of Black Friday as an Independent Contractor

Tis the season… for holiday shopping, that is. The holidays are prime season for consumer spending, and there’s no reason why independent contractors can’t capitalize on Black Friday spending just like any other retailer. Last year, 174 million people went shopping online or in-store over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. And those…

The Weekly Independent: November 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. • How…

Why Does the IRS Care About Worker Classification?

Contingent workers are a growing and increasingly prominent part of our workforce today. As more people choose independent work as a career path, the issue of worker misclassification is growing as well. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify at least one worker…

How to Market Myself on a Job Search Website

When building an online job-seeking profile as an independent professional, you want to put your best foot forward and show prospective clients who you are and what you have to offer. While it’s important to fill out all of the information that’s typically required like your education and work history there are a few other…

6 Ways to Build and Manage Your Talent Pool

Best-in-class organizations thrive from building a deep bench of talent. Yet many companies today continue to rely on traditional methods without taking the current workforce landscape into account. Work arrangements have shifted to include both traditional and independent work, and so too should talent recruitment and engagement methods. Your next top-performing worker may very likely…

Why Consultants Should Network with Peers

Networking is an incredibly important part of any independent professionals’ job. When you run your own business and are responsible for securing your own work, the more high-quality connections you can establish the better. When thinking about how to build out your network, your first inclination might be to reach out to people in your…

The Weekly Independent: November 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. • Well-paid…

How to Reduce the Risk of Worker Misclassification

Worker misclassification is a complex topic that does not have a straightforward solution. Often, misclassification can be unintentional because businesses simply do not have a full understanding of the laws regarding how to classify their workers, but it can also be done intentionally to reduce labor costs or avoid payroll taxes. Regardless of why misclassification…

5 Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption

The modern workforce includes 41 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including these contingent workers as part of your workforce strategy comes with many benefits including specialized expertise, staffing flexibility, and lower costs. In order for an independent workforce program to be successful, however, internal staff…

How to Implement a Direct Sourcing Strategy

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

How to Become a Freelancer for Big Companies: 4 Steps

As an independent professional, there are many benefits to working with large enterprises. Higher-value contracts, bigger budgets, and the opportunity to gain credibility with a recognizable name, just to name a few. However, in order to be attractive to big organizations, independent professionals must first ensure they have a reliable, trustworthy business in place. Follow…

Understanding Mileage Tax Deduction Rules in 2020

Beyond the daily hustle and bustle of grocery store trips and errand runs, many independent consultants depend on their car as a means to get from project to project, or client to client. When the family van becomes the corporate car, it’s time to take advantage of deductions for business-related mileage. Here’s what you need…