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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 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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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 You Should Network with Your 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 Tips to Effectively Implement a Contingent Workforce Program

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…

Make the Most of your Transportation Tax Deduction 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…

The Weekly Independent: November 11, 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…

3 Ways to Analyze Small Business Performance

Every decision, whether large or small, plays a role in determining the future of your business and its level of success. 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. Here are three…

Top 10 Content Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Effectively marketing your business is important to create a brand identity, drive a steady flow of projects, and spread the word about your services. As a small business owner, 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 marketplace may…

Why Attracting Independent Talent is Different Than Recruiting Employees

The independent workforce is a different pool of talent than traditional employees. In order to successfully attract, retain, and re-engage independent workers, companies must focus on building a recruiting strategy that is specifically designed to meet the needs of this group of talent. How Independent Contractors Work ‘Independent contractor’ is a legal term for workers…

How to Write and Negotiate a Consultant Contract

Learn how to write and negotiate the right independent consulting agreement. Learn the key ingredients of a contract, different types of contracts, and mistakes to avoid.

How a Chief Freelance Officer Can Improve Your Workforce Management Program

The independent workforce—freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, statement-of-work based laborers, etc.—are changing the way we view and understand work. Today, 7.4 million Americans report working full-time providing professional services to corporations on a contingent or contract basis, up from 4.5 million in 2011. The large majority of these workers have chosen this path of independence…

How Much to Charge for Consulting: Calculate in 3 Steps

Calculate your billing rate and find tips to help you evaluate and maintain your consultant salary.

Employment Types: Independent Contractor, Temp, Employee

Companies today can build their workforce in a variety of ways. Increasingly, businesses are relying on the independent workforce—the 41 million Americans who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, side-giggers, and more—to fill talent needs. In fact, more than 60% of senior executives say the external workforce is important or very important in increasing organizational ability,…

3 Thought Leadership Strategies for Consultants

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

Five Traits of the Modern Independent Workforce

The modern independent workforce embraces technology, works from anywhere in the world, and finds satisfaction in building a career out of their passion. These workers are finding their place in America’s larger workforce, bringing skilled expertise to fill critical job openings while enjoying the flexibility and lifestyle independent work offers. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the…

9 Steps to Transitioning from a Full Time Job to Self-Employment

Why become self-employed? There has never been a better time to become self employed. In fact, more than 32 million U.S. workers have embarked upon the path to date. It is a heady time in the U.S. workforce landscape, with many options for pursuing your passion. We know from the State of Independence in America,…

The Weekly Independent: November 4, 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. • Startups…

How to Get Your First Consulting Client: 6 Steps

Get your consulting business off to a good start by learning the best strategies for finding and getting clients.

5 Reasons to Join the Gig Economy in 2020

The United States currently boasts 41.1 million independent workers—a tally that is expected to rise despite record low unemployment and some of the strongest jobs numbers in more than nearly two decades. 2020 may also be a tipping point. With roughly one-third of the private U.S. workforce already working as independent professionals, companies have become…

Top 7 Productivity Apps for the Self-Employed

While many people’s favorite apps involve matching sets of candies, launching birds at unstable structures, or chasing around lovable pocket monsters, as an independent contractor you don’t always have the luxury of whittling away time with a game during the day. Luckily, there’s another category of apps that are equally engaging—and can help you maximize…

Hiring Independent Contractors: 5 Common Concerns and How to Overcome Them

It’s not uncommon to experience some nervousness when engaging an independent professional for the first time. Whether you have fears about the quality of the final product, what it’ll cost, or productive use of time and resources, it can be hard to trust someone you’ve never worked with before. The Benefits of Independent Talent Luckily,…

Independent Contractor vs Employee: Which Should I Hire?

Learn how to define and when to hire a 1099 independent contractor, temp or full time employee in order to avoid misclassification risks.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: October, 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. California Bans Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements The…

5 Ways to Communicate Effectively with Large Clients

Working with a large enterprise client offers the potential for higher-value contracts, name recognition, and steady work. Once you land that coveted contract, client relationship management will become a part of your daily work and you’ll quickly learn that consistent, thorough, and open communication is the key to project success. By prioritizing communication, you can…

3 Cost Savings of Direct Sourcing

Today’s workforce ecosystem is more diverse than ever before. Companies are increasingly shaping their workforce strategy around the expanding independent workforce, finding not only financial benefits, but also value in quick access to in-demand skills, staffing flexibility, and the ability to complete projects on-demand. Many forward-thinking organizations are relying on direct sourcing as a strategy…

The Weekly Independent: October 28, 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…

What is Co-Employment and How to Avoid Co-Employment Risk

Co-employment is an arrangement where two companies both have rights and obligations as an employer. Learn the complex risks and benefits of co-employment and best practices independent contractor engagement.

4 Steps to Take in a Worker Classification Audit

Even if you’ve done everything you can to minimize the risk of a misclassification audit, you may find yourself with an IRS audit letter. So, now what? Because audits can result in large fines, negative press, back-tax payments, and even class-action lawsuits, the prospect of going through one can be scary. But with the right…

How to Evaluate the Right Independent Contractor Engagement Solution for Your Organization

Independent professionals are a steady economic force, bringing in-demand skills, staffing flexibility, and cost control to many enterprises worldwide. As more businesses incorporate independents as part of their full-time workforce, questions about how to best manage this new population of workers is high on the list for many enterprise managers. Why is it Important to…

Consulting Business Management: When to Partner With Other Consultants

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…

The Weekly Independent: October 21, 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…

5 Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

By 2027, we predict that more than 40 million Americans will be independent, or will have worked independently. This growing trend of independent work is not only a valuable source of talent for businesses, but its proliferation has also made it easier for businesses to compliantly engage independent workers with minimal risk. Despite these positive…

How to Create a Professional Profile for an Independent Consulting Job Marketplace

As an independent professional, growing your consulting business by securing new projects with top clients requires networking, marketing, and salesmanship. But here’s some good news on that front: Today, you may not have to hustle as much as you have in the past. That’s because online marketplaces for independent professionals offer an easier way to keep your project pipeline full.…

What Determines if a Worker Can be Classified as an Independent Contractor?

The modern workforce is composed of a variety of workers including full-time employees, temporary workers who may fill seasonal or short-term needs, and contingent workers such as freelancers, independent contractors, or consultants. This diversity of workers gives businesses many benefits including workforce flexibility, access to certain skills on-demand, and the ability to form ready-made teams…

How to Identify and Improve Soft Skills

Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success. While soft skills can at times be more difficult to develop than hard skills—more quantifiable attributes such as web design, accounting, or editing experience—they are arguably equally important in running a successful business. What are Soft Skills? Soft skills, often called people skills or emotional…

How to Write a Great RFP for Consulting Services

Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools widely used to find and engage independent professionals. Often, these documents are created as standardized templates that have already been approved by key stakeholders such as legal, compliance, procurement, or human resources. As a result, they may serve your internal requirements but fail miserably with…

6 Rights of Independent Contractors

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

The Weekly Independent: October 14, 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. • Skilled…

How Misclassification Impacts Independent Contractors and How to Avoid It

As the 41-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. While some misclassification is unintentional due to lack of understanding about laws regarding worker classification, sometimes it is…

Best Business Books Consultants Should Read in 2019

One of the challenges of being an independent contractor is that you don’t have an employer offering regular professional development opportunities. But that’s okay, because you can be proactive in building your own personal library of inspiring books that’ll help you take your career to the next level. Taking time to read business books allows…

How to Develop a Personal Brand as a Small Business: 5 Tips

When you think about iconic brands, big names such as Coca-Cola, Nike, or Disney may come to mind. 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 contemplating how you do business,…

SOW (Scope of Work): 6 Key Elements to Include in a Project SOW

Being tasked with writing and delivering a Scope of Work (SOW) can at first seem like a daunting task. However, once you understand what goes into the various parts of the document, it becomes much more manageable and can be a useful tool to help you get organized before a project begins. A SOW is…

Building a Workforce Strategy that Includes Independent Talent

The ability to work independently has become a reality for a significant number of Americans in recent years. Today, 41 million people work independently as consultants, freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs, temporary, or on-call workers, and we predict that this number will rise to more than half of American adults in coming years. Workers who have chosen…

The Weekly Independent: October 7, 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…

6 Ways to Manage Project Scope Creep

When requests for additions or changes to a project come up, saying ‘yes’ can be an automatic reaction. However, that extra work can quickly add up and lead your project into the dreaded area of scope creep. Scope creep occurs when a client adds new provisions, tasks, or deliverables to a project that are outside…

Calculating the ROI of Independent Professional Talent

An increasing number of companies today are relying on independent professional talent for their skilled expertise and on-demand availability. Independent professionals bring many benefits to the table including an effective way to reduce costs, drive product innovation, and expand a company’s pool of available skills. In fact, more than 60% of senior executives say their…

1099 vs W2 Employee: What’s the Difference?

The differences between 1099 and W-2 tax forms, and considerations to take into account when making hiring decisions for your organization.

How to Build a Budget for Independent Workforce Management

Best practices and industry standards for engaging and paying independent contractors.

The Weekly Independent: September 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. • A…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: September, 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. California Adopts the ABC Test for Classifying…

Five Places to Find Top Independent Talent

Today, independent talent plays an important role in rounding out the workforce of many organizations. Independents offer numerous benefits such as helping companies minimize employment costs through staffing flexibility. Rather than adding to company payroll by hiring an employee, enterprise managers can engage an independent contractor who can bring a specific set of skills to…

How to Stay Competitive as an Independent Contractor

One of the most common fears as an independent contractor is the constant uncertainty of industry competition and how you are faring compared to other businesses. This is a legitimate concern, as what your competitors are doing can dramatically impact your ability to earn or maintain current clients. The first step in staying on top…

How to Become a Digital Nomad

You’ve probably heard the term “digital nomad” tossed around in conversation, but what does it mean, exactly? A digital nomad is someone who embraces technology and location independence, traveling to other cities—and even other countries—to both work remotely and explore new surroundings. Some people travel for years while others go for just a few weeks…

Three Trends Changing the Way We Work

Emerging technologies, changing worker preferences, a strong economy, and a tight job market have converged to shape the current workforce landscape. Here are three trends disrupting the way we work.

The Weekly Independent: September 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. • MBO…

Minimizing Independent Contractor Engagement Risk: A Compliance Checklist

When engaging independent contractors, it is important to consider how your organization will comply with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Engaging an independent contractor is different than hiring an employee because different laws apply to each category of worker. While companies have the ability to schedule employees and control how they work, independent contractors are…

5 Employee Misclassification Penalties to Avoid

Worker misclassification can result in fines, penalties, lawsuits, and reputation damage. Here’s what you need to know about misclassification and compliance.

How to Target Your Ideal Client

Landing new clients isn’t easy, but finding a new client who doesn’t quite match the type person you’re looking to work with can complicate business down the road and take away from the enjoyment you find in your work. In order to grow your business with minimal headaches and frustration, it’s important to find clients…

MBO Partners Joins SIA’s Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) Program

Mountain View, California – September 17, 2019 – Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has announced that MBO Partners®, a leading contingent workforce solutions provider, has become the newest partner in its Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) training and accreditation program. The CCWP program is designed for HR, procurement,…

Four Things You Should Know About Compliance for the Independent Workforce

Remain both legally compliant and competitive among peers by understanding how to properly work with independent contractors.

The Weekly Independent: September 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. • Human…

Is Consulting Right for You? 9 Questions to Ask Yourself

Is independent consulting right for you? Use this information to gauge whether or not you are ready for self-employment.

Three Ways Millennials are Leading a New Era of Independent Work

There are a number of factors that contribute to the growing independent workforce—the 41 million adult Americans who work as freelancers, consultants, contractors, solopreneurs and more. For many, independence offers the potential for greater work/life flexibility, the chance to pursue a passion, or the opportunity to leave the corporate world behind and build their own…

How to Avoid a Tax Audit as a Self-Employed Professional

Independent professionals have additional tax responsibilities above and beyond those of conventional employees. With extra forms and numerous potential deductions, it can be easy to overlook small details or miscalculate. While there’s no way to completely protect yourself from the dreaded tax audit, you can reduce your odds of being singled out by eliminating poor…

Determining the Cost of Your Independent Contractor Engagement Program

Independent professionals help organizations realize a competitive advantage among their peers by providing access to specialized, in-demand talent, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs. In fact, in today’s project-driven economy, more businesses than ever before are turning to independent talent to fill workforce needs—nearly two-thirds (65%) of senior executives say their external workforce…

How to Write an Effective Scope of Work (SOW) for Consulting Services (+Template)

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

Direct Sourcing: Four Tips to Grow a Successful Program

Direct sourcing is a strategy many organizations today are incorporating to engage top independent talent without having to go through a third-party staffing agency or consulting firm. With direct sourcing, companies can avoid costly staffing markups and decrease overhead costs by building a more flexible workforce. But in order for direct sourcing to be successful,…

The Weekly Independent: September 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. • Staffing…

10 Strategies to Reduce Contractor Compliance Risk

As businesses move into the project economy, proper use of independent contractors is critical. If you suspect that your business may be using independent contractor engagement practices that heighten your risk profile, you need to arm yourself with an understanding of what today’s most forward-looking companies are doing to reduce their independent contractor compliance risk. 10 Compliance Strategies…

The Value of Mentors in Independent Consulting

Now a practice relegated to specific industries, apprenticeships were once the norm in the business and professional world. Internships, which have largely taken their place, are designed for the purpose of exposing an aspiring professional to their chosen industry. Yet internships often lack the aspects of personal connection and tutelage so important to an apprentice…

5 Ways to Build a Strong Client/Contractor Relationship

Build positive, successful relationships with your independent workforce with these five tips.

What to Expect from MBO at CWS

On September 10th, the MBO Partners team will travel to San Diego, CA for two workforce solutions events hosted by Staffing Industry Analysts: Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit and Collaboration in the Gig Economy. If you are attending the event, please visit us at booth 114, suite 706, or at our Gig-E kiosk! We are…

The Weekly Independent: September 3, 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. • In…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: August, 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. New Jersey Wage Theft Act New Jersey…

6 Things to do When Business is Slow

As an independent professional, work can ebb and flow from month to month. One day you may be swamped with projects, meetings, or events, and the next you may not receive one call. So what can you do to recover from these slow times and get business booming again as quickly as possible? Follow these…

3 Business Benefits of a Contractor Compliance Program

Compliance programs minimize an organization’s exposure to misclassification liability when engaging independent contractors. Learn three key benefits a compliance program can offer your organization.

The Financial Well-Being of Independent Workers

Many people today are pursuing independent work—freelancing, self-employment, and independent contracting—to develop their careers, build businesses, or pursue what they are passionate about. There are certainly many benefits to working independently, but one question that often arises is whether or not pursuing this do-it-yourself career track helps or hinders an individual’s ability to reach financial…

The Weekly Independent: August 26, 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 talks…

How to Create a Business Plan for Your Small Business

Creating a business plan is a key part of the extensive planning and preparation required to become a successful independent professional. According to our State of Independence research, the independent workforce is 41 million strong—representing 41 million Americans—so knowing what it takes to launch a small business is more important than ever. Here are eight…

Direct Sourcing: Four Benefits for Your Organization

Direct sourcing is a talent engagement strategy that allows companies to match highly-skilled candidates with open project opportunities using their own internal resources, bypassing the use of third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms to perform recruiting functions. Many businesses today are using direct sourcing to find and engage independent talent, and independents are also relying…

3 Ways to Retain High-Quality Independent Consultants

Why Businesses Rely on Independent Consultants On-demand expertise, staffing flexibility, and better control over employment costs are just a few of the many benefits independent talent offer enterprises. Today, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to work independently for the many lifestyle and professional benefits it offers. At the same time, the war for…

What Does Independent Contractor Compliance Mean?

When engaging independent contractors, businesses must abide by laws and regulations specific to these workers. Learn the importance of independent contractor compliance, and how to minimize risk for your company.

The Weekly Independent: August 19, 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. • The…

Hiring Help for Your Small Business: 4 Ways to Know You’re Ready

When you set up shop as an independent consultant, you’re immediately faced with a number of questions. Will you be able to bring in enough clients to make a solid income? Will you be able to land the clients you want? If you land those clients, will you be able to manage the workload alone? While…

Top 2 Challenges Independent Consultants Face

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Working as an independent consultant and being your own boss offer a number of benefits including setting your own hours, determining your specialties, and choosing your clients. However, independent consulting is not without its challenges. In MBO’s State of Independence report, we surveyed independent consultants to learn about their experiences, goals, and difficulties. Here, we…

The Difference Between an Independent Contractor, Employee and Temp: When to Hire Each

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

4 Engagement Strategies that Reduce Misclassification Risk

The Benefits of Engaging Independent Professionals As traditional employment changes and independent work becomes part of the normal career portfolio, organizations will look for ways to incorporate independent professional talent into their overall workforce strategy. Independents have a lot to offer, and with the right engagement program, they can help an organization thrive. The U.S.…

How Much Does It Cost to Run a Small Business?

The many administrative and support tasks that must be done to effectively run a business is a big part of every independent contractor’s job. Without an organized and well-managed back office, your business can suffer. While larger companies have teams of employees and individual departments to handle these types of tasks, when you run your own…

Direct Sourcing: Incorporating a New Strategy for Talent Acquisition

In today’s tight labor market, businesses are having a difficult time finding skilled talent. There are more job openings that job seekers, and it has been hard for companies to find qualified applicants who have the skills they need—67% of large organizations report having difficulty finding talent for their workforce. At the same time, we…

The Weekly Independent: August 12, 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…

6 Ways to Get More Consulting Clients

Independent workers bear additional responsibility; they not only must perform their work, but find work as well. Winning new contracts takes more than luck and a good body of work. It requires having a consistent plan of action to keep leads flowing into your project pipeline. It requires a commitment to add “working on” your…

Independent Contractor vs Consultant: What’s the difference?

There are 41 million self-employed Americans today working as consultants, freelancers, contractors and more. By 2024, we anticipate that this total number of independent workers will rise to more than 47 million. This independent workforce touches all segments of the economy—from on-demand drivers and freelance writers to marketing professionals and website designers serving major companies.…

How to Turn Your Independent Workforce into a Competitive Advantage

Realize the competitive advantage of making independent talent part of your workforce strategy by creating a program to that brings top talent to your doorstep, compliantly.

Four Tips to Secure Buy-In for Your Independent Contractor Program

Forward-thinking companies understand that incorporating independent professionals as part of their workforce is a strategy that can increase organizational agility and give them a leg up in today’s competitive market for top talent. Independent professionals provide a flexible way to secure high-level expertise on an as-needed basis. But in order to easily—and compliantly—find, engage, and…

Independent Professionals: Who They Are and What is Important to Them

The independent workforce is comprised of 41 million people who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This fast-growing population includes all age ranges, genders, skill sets, and income levels, and spans many different segments of our economy from app-based commodity service like on-demand drivers, to graphic designers, government consultants, and personal finance experts. However, we…

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The Weekly Independent: August 5, 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. Congresswoman Elise…

Why You Need a Scope of Work (SOW): What It Is and How to Create One

What is a Scope of Work? Before starting a new project, independent professionals are often asked to prepare a Scope of Work (SOW) document that outlines the terms of their project and details items like payment terms, roles and responsibilities, and a timeline for work. This is a straightforward document, but if you’re compiling one for the first…

How to Negotiate a Consultant Contract

In any business agreement, it is highly recommended to use a well-written contract. Contracts provide clarity, establish a relationship, and offer protection to all parties involved. For these reasons, many independent professionals wisely insist on using written contracts for every client project. In some cases, you may use your own contract, but clients will generally…

3 Things You Should Know About Classification Compliance

Minimize the risk of worker misclassification by understanding these three important components of independent contractor compliance.

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: July, 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. California Bill to Address Dynamex Moves Forward…

4 Steps to Hiring the Right Independent Professional for Your Workforce Needs

You need to find a savvy, highly-skilled independent professional who respects a strict budget and has the specific expertise you’re looking for. Work needs to get done, and there’s no time to waste. So, where should you start looking, and how do you effectively screen and monitor the talent you find to protect your company’s…

The Weekly Independent: July 29, 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…

How to Create a Reputation Management Strategy for a Small Business

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

When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?

Organizations today have many different approaches to building their workforce. Traditionally, businesses relied on a base of full-time employees, perhaps supplemented by temporary workers to fill seasonal or short-term needs. In recent years, however, companies are increasingly incorporating independent contractors into their talent strategy. And no wonder—independent professionals bring substantial financial benefits, access to in-demand…

Independent Workforce Management: 5 Trends Impacting Workforce Strategies

Learn about the preferences and trends impacting today’s most in-demand independent professionals, and implications for your independent workforce strategy.

Contractor Engagement: 3 Strategies for Risk Management

Independent contractor compliance is important to be aware of whether your business is currently using or considering using independent talent. Properly managing independent contractors is quite different than maintaining a workforce of traditional employees—specific rules, laws, and tests apply, and treating an independent contractor as an employee can result in costly legal consequences. Knowing how…

How to Build a Million-Dollar Small Business: 4 Steps

Whether your goals for pursuing self-employment are financial, lifestyle, or interest based, choosing to go independent means just that—you have the choice to build a business that allows you to live your life the way you want to live it. Today, more people than ever are pursuing an independent career and year after year, more…

The Weekly Independent: July 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. • Miles…

Direct Sourcing: How to Get Organizational Buy-In

Many enterprises today are talking about how to use direct sourcing as a way to find and engage contingent workers of all types. Direct sourcing allows managers to source talent internally using their own resources and technology, rather than having to rely on a third-party gate keeper like a consulting firm or staffing company to…

How to Successfully Manage Client Expectations: 4 Tips

When working with a new client or starting a new project, it can be dangerous to assume that everything is clear and that everyone is on the same page with regard to expectations. However, when it becomes apparent that your client’s expectations don’t align with your own, both the project and your relationship can be…

Miles Everson, Former PwC Global Advisory and Consulting Leader, Joins MBO Partners as Chief Executive Officer

MILES EVERSON, FORMER  PwC GLOBAL ADVISORY AND CONSULTING LEADER, JOINS MBO PARTNERS AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER This appointment pairs together one of the most successful leaders in the professional services industry with the leading online platform of independent professionals and the future of work FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HERNDON, VA – July 17, 2019 – MBO Partners,…

Should I Hire an Independent Contractor or Employee? 6 Questions to Ask

Organizations can realize many benefits from engaging independent contractors including significant financial savings, access to specialized skills and expertise, and staffing flexibility. Independent talent can be a great way to test out new services, lay the foundation for a new business unit, or implement a new technology system. In order to avoid risk, ensure a…

Top 4 Reasons Companies Use Independent Professionals

Today’s workforce ecosystem is more diverse than ever before. Enterprises are building a more dynamic workforce with a mix of salaried employees and contract or freelance talent. And the contingent worker side of this equation is quickly growing as companies embrace the skills, expertise, and flexibility of on-demand talent. More than 60% of senior executives…

The Weekly Independent: July 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. • Independent…

3 Ways to Mitigate Compliance Risk When Hiring Independent Contractors

The independent workforce is here to stay. More than 41 million Americans are currently working independently on a full- or part-time basis and we predict that by 2027, more than half of the workforce will be, or will have worked independently. This means that if you aren’t doing so already, you’ll likely be engaging some…

4 Tips for Successful Independent Contractor Management

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 Market Your Skills in a Job Marketplace

Today, many independent professionals use online marketplaces as a way to find work. Marketplaces enable a transaction between a client and a contractor directly online, allowing independents to highlight their skills and search for opportunities, while clients can evaluate candidates and engage best person for the job. With a marketplace, you will typically fill out…

3 Best Practices to Avoid and Prevent Independent Contractor Reclassification

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

The Weekly Independent: July 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. • WTOP…

Fact or Fiction? 10 Self-Employment Myths

</ifram Being your own boss, working when and where you like, and turning your passion into a career make self-employment appealing. But people are often hesitant to make the leap due to concerns about job security, experience level needed, or income potential. But many of these fears lack a factual basis. If you’re considering going…

Four Ways to Minimize Worker Misclassification

Worker misclassification is an inherent risk when engaging independent contractors. Businesses today must decide how to handle differing worker classification laws from federal, state, and local government agencies. Because laws and regulations that dictate worker classification and use of independent contractors are ambiguous and frequently change, legal compliance is challenging. At the same time, companies…

How to Work Effectively with Remote Independent Professionals

Working remotely is an increasingly popular and viable option for all types of workers, especially independent professionals. 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…

The Weekly Independent: July 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. • The…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: June, 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. National Labor Relations Board Finds Arbitration Agreement…

Why the Risk of Misclassification Can’t Be Ignored

As the 41-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10-20% of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. While some misclassification is unintentional due to lack of understanding about laws regarding worker classification, sometimes it…

8 Ways to Simplify How You Engage Independent Contractors

Independent contractor engagement doesn’t have to be complicated. Yes, navigating the risk of misclassification can be daunting, but as the use of independent talent becomes more mainstream, so has the engagement process. Follow these eight tips to simplify the way you engage your independent professionals. 1. Find an Experienced Organization to Partner With Working with…

How to Manage Work Overload as an Independent Contractor

Clients are a crucial part of your business success as an independent professional. Without clients, you would have no work, and therefore no income. Sounds like you should work with as many people as possible, right? Not so fast. There are two reasons why having too many clients can be a problem. 1. Taking on…

The Weekly Independent: June 24, 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. • On…

3 Key Steps to Take Before Starting a Consulting Business

More than ever before, the ability to be self-employed is on a lot of people’s minds. Independent work is or has been a part of nearly 48% of American’s careers, a number that is expected to grow to 52% over the next five years. Independence offers the opportunity for greater flexibility, increased career satisfaction, and…

How to Create a Centralized Engagement Program for Independent Professionals: Best Practices

What Does a Centralized Engagement Program Include? As the demand for independent talent grows, many organizations are using their own resources to directly source top independent professionals without engaging third-party staffing agencies or consulting firms for recruiting purposes. Direct sourcing affords many economic benefits including the ability to avoid high-priced staffing markups, decrease overhead costs…

5 Reasons to Hire Independent Contractors

There are more than 41 million independent workers in America today. This growing workforce has increasingly become a vital source of talent for businesses. The shift to a project-based economy, combined with technological advances, has not only contributed to the ease of leveraging independent contractors, but it has also expanded the breadth of specialized talent…

Independent Professionals Feel More Financially Secure Than Ever, According to MBO’s 2019 State of Independence Report

INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS FEEL MORE FINANCIALLY SECURE THAN EVER, ACCORDING TO MBO’S 2019 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE REPORT Independent Millennials Report Confidence in Career Path, Continue Growing as an Economic Powerhouse HERNDON, VA. – June 18, 2019 – As the U.S. economy continues to grow, the independent workforce is happy, financially secure and maturing, according to MBO…

The Independent Workforce is Confident, Stable, and Tech-Savvy: A Look Into the 9th Annual State of Independence in America Report

Today’s independent workforce is strong and confident, finds MBO Partners’ 9th annual State of Independence in America Report, the longest-running, comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Independents—the 41 million adult Americans who work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers—are a powerful economic force, generating $1.28 trillion of revenue for the U.S. economy last…

The Weekly Independent: June 17, 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…

What is a Talent Network and How do I Build One?

The benefits of a Talent Network, and how organizations can build and utilize them.

4 Proven Ways to Avoid Burnout and Stay Motivated at Work

It’s a feeling most working adults have experienced at some point in their lives: the career that was once exciting and invigorating has become a source of exhaustion, apathy, or even dread. While this can happen to anyone, independent professionals can be particularly prone to burnout due to their fast-paced, demanding schedules. Keep these four…

3 Best Practices to Follow When Engaging Independent Professionals

Improve independent contractor program adoption, increase talent retention rates, and mitigate misclassification risk with these three best practices for independent contractor engagement.

What is Worker Misclassification?

As more companies begin to incorporate independent professional talent into their workforce, more high-profile lawsuits have been in the news—throwing the issue of worker misclassification into the spotlight. But what is worker misclassification exactly? First, it’s important to understand that independent contractors (freelancers, consultants, self-employed professionals, side-giggers, etc.) represent a fundamentally different type of worker…

The Weekly Independent: June 10, 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. • The…

10 Tips for Increasing Adoption of Contingent Workforce Management Policies

Independent professionals are a valuable resource to many organizations. This component of your total workforce can bring in much-needed expertise, best practices, and delivery capabilities. However, that value can be quickly lost without internal buy-in. Adherence to and understanding of your contingent workforce management program is critical to remaining compliant, attracting top talent, and ultimately…

When to Create an Independent Contractor Compliance Program

Organizations are increasingly recognizing the competitive advantage, reduced cost, and unique skills on-demand talent bring to the market. Independent professionals are an economic force that will continue to grow and thrive. There are currently nearly 42 million people working independently in the U.S. and we predict that this number will only continue to grow. Along…

How to Define Your Expertise and Communicate Your Value

When first starting out as an independent professional, you may have taken a broad approach to creating your business plan, tried to cover a wide range of services, or revised the direction of your services a few times. However, a client that needs to outsource a project will look for the specialist that best fits…

What is Direct Sourcing and Its Benefits?

The modern workforce is an evolving landscape that is moving away from the conventional 9-to-5 employee model and towards more agile, project-based talent strategy. “The traditional employer-employee relationship is being replaced by the emergence of a diverse workforce ecosystem—a varied portfolio of workers, talent networks, gig workers, and service providers that offers employers flexibility, capabilities,…

The Weekly Independent: June 3, 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. • Independent…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: May, 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. The NLRB and DOL Released Documents Saying Gig…

Building the A-List: What to Think About When Re-Engaging Independent Contractors

Have you ever worker with an independent professional that you wished you could hire on the spot and have around full-time? It’s a blessing and a curse when truly exceptional independent talent comes into your company. Luckily, there are some best practices you can follow to ensure your talent feels appreciated, and your company benefits…

5 Ways to Present Client Testimonials

Client referrals and recommendations are a great marketing tool for independent professionals. Testimonials give your business credibility and are particularly helpful for prospective clients who may be considering your services. What other people say about your work is an important part of their decision-making process—testimonials often are the main driver of purchasing decisions. So, once…

The Weekly Independent: May 28, 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…

3 Creative Business Growth Strategies That Work

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

7 Items Every Independent Contractor Agreement Should Include

Contracts are a must in any business relationship, but they’re particularly important for independent contractors to provide: legal protection, establish roles and responsibilities, and outline services to be performed The content of your contract should provide as much protection as possible, while also clearly establishing expectations of both parties. The exact language and sections included in…

4 Self-Employed Tax Advantages

Being self-employed may not always be simple, but it definitely has its rewards. Doing what you love and having the flexibility that comes with being your own boss can certainly make the challenges worthwhile. In some cases, being self-employed can also have some less obvious tax advantages. Making sure you plan according to the tax…

3 Ways Employee Misclassification Can Impact Your Business

As more companies begin to integrate independent professional talent into their fulltime workforce, the risk of worker misclassification increases. Whether your business has been engaging independent contractors for years or is just beginning use independent talent, it is increasingly important to put measures in place to help correctly classify talent as either traditional employees—recipients of…

5 Benefits of Contractor Management Outsourcing

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

How to Be Your Own Boss

One of the biggest perks of becoming an independent professional is getting to be your own boss. While there are a lot of rewards that come with this power, being the No. 1 decision maker is not always easy. Those that thrive as independent professionals often have key traits that contribute to their success. Follow…

The Weekly Independent: May 20, 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. • The…

10 Skills Consultants Need to Succeed

Keeping your skills and knowledge current is important to remain competitive as an independent professional. As the workforce landscape continues to evolve, your skills will need to do so as well. By forming these abilities now, you won’t be caught off guard by future needs and requests from clients. Here are 10 skills for the…

How to Write a Consultant Job Description: 4 Tips

When looking for independent professional talent to incorporate into your workforce, there are many factors to consider. If you are engaging independent contractors for the first time, you may be facing fears about the quality of the final product, cost considerations, or whether or not the person you’re hiring will make a productive use of…

Contingent Workforce Program Game Changers to be Recognized

MBO Partners Joins SIA in Honoring Industry Professionals Mountain View, California – May 15, 2019 – Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has announced its second annual Contingent Workforce (CW) Program Game Changers list. The list recognizes individuals – professionals working in contingent workforce management roles around the globe…

Five Reasons to Outsource Independent Workforce Management

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 management in order to capitalize on the…

4 Ways Companies Can Attract Top Independent Professionals & Become a Client of Choice

Today more than ever, businesses must compete in a War for Talent that is not just about finding and retaining full-time employees, but also involves engaging and re-engaging top independent professionals. MBO Partners’ Client of Choice research examines why and how independent professionals select the clients they choose to work with. “For businesses to effectively…

The Weekly Independent: May 13, 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. • Uber…

3 Reasons Independent Contractors Are Cost-Effective

Many of the key benefits of incorporating independent professionals into your workforce strategy center around cost savings. For instance, independent talent can offer staffing flexibility and access to skills that might be hard to find among current employees. These types of financial factors are motivation for businesses to engage independent workers—60% of senior executives say…

Time Management Strategies for Independent Contractors

Some of the biggest perks of independent work are freedom from corporate nine-to-five days and the ability to create your own schedule. Without a set routine, however, time management can be challenging as a self-employed professional. Here are five tips to help you efficiently manage your time while still maintaining the freedom of setting your…

5 Effective Strategies to Attract the Best Talent

In today’s project-based economy, 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. The…

How Technology is Changing Workforce Management and Increasing the Use of Independent Contractors

Why More Companies are Using Independent Workers There have been dramatic changes in the workforce landscape since the Great Recession ended in 2009. 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.…

The Weekly Independent: May 6, 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. • The…

How to Overcome Barriers to Implementing an Independent Workforce Engagement Program

Companies that engage independent professionals to incorporate needed skills, specialized expertise, and on-demand talent as part of their workforce strategy 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 a company’s exposure…

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Consulting Business?

Whether you’re tired of a corporate work environment, eager to launch an innovative business venture, or simply ready to be your own boss, there are many attractive benefits to starting your own company. However, launching a successful consulting business requires both financial preparation as well as a solid business plan. We’ve compiled four tips to…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: April, 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. Texas Says App-Based Gig Workers Are Not…

The Weekly Independent: April 29, 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. • Our…

5 Ways to Refresh Your Brand as an Independent Consultant

Building a brand, standing out from your competition, and communicating a unique value proposition are all challenges of being an independent professional, but can be some of your biggest opportunities as well. As an independent, you have the freedom and ability to refresh your brand, expand your service offerings, and become known as an expert…

Four Benefits to Re-Engaging Independent Professional Talent

When independent professionals are satisfied with their client relationship, they are more likely to return to that same client for future work. Re-engaging with independents can save your business both time and money. For organizations that are engaging independent professional talent, re-engagement should be an important priority. For companies that are just beginning to work…

4 Steps to Reducing Compliance Risk

The modern workforce has seen a dramatic shift away from the salaried 9-5 employee, and towards a mosaic of independent contractors engaged by enterprises for specific projects. While the gig economy is in many ways a more efficient and productive model, it’s also a less secure one. That’s not to say that engaging independent contractors…

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,…

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: April 15, 2019

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

Managed Service Provider (MSP) vs. Vendor Management System (VMS): What is the Difference?

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

How to File Self-Employment Taxes: 5 Ways to Be Compliant

Life as an independent professional involves a different approach than that of a full-time employee, and the same can be said for independents come tax time. Since many independents receive payment on a 1099, it’s important to note that tax time for independents isn’t as straightforward as simply plugging a few numbers into an online…

Coverages, Exclusions, and Endorsements Independent Professionals Should Know

If you’re an independent professional, you’ve likely gotten a contract that required business insurance. While the flexibility and autonomy of working independently are a large part of what draws so many people away from the traditional W-2 lifestyle, they also means you have to navigate the complicated world of business insurance on your own. Liability…

The Weekly Independent: April 8, 2019

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

Employee vs. Contractor: Worker Classification and the IRS

As the 42-million-strong independent workforce continues to grow, so does the issue of employee misclassification. The IRS estimates that millions of workers have been misclassified, and according to state-level studies, 10% to 20% of employers misclassify at least one worker as an independent contractor. While some misclassification is unintentional due to lack of understanding about laws regarding worker classification, sometimes…

How to Give Yourself a Performance Review

Many traditional employees associate the words “performance review” with dread or anxiety. This is because performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. So, why should independent professionals put themselves through this process? The answer is simple: when done correctly, performance reviews can be a powerful tool to evaluate what you’ve…

4 Ways to Build a Talent Network

Before we dig in, let’s talk about quality, quantity, and size of your talent network. If you’ve ever posted an opening to a job board, then you’re aware of the quantity of responses you can receive to each posting. The administrative task of filtering through candidates to find the right fit can be very time-consuming.…

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…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: March, 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. Highly Skilled Consultants are Independent Contractors The…

Gross Income vs Net Income

Gross vs. Net Income: What’s the Difference and Why it Matters

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…

3 Challenges of Creating a Successful Workforce Management Program

Self-employment is not only a growing career choice for 42 million Americans, but companies on the whole are also increasingly recognizing the many benefits independent professionals provide and are incorporating this talent into their workforce strategy—65% of senior executives say their external workforce is essential for operating at full capacity and meeting demand. If your…

6 Benefits to Creating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

Today, organizations have unprecedented access to a 42 million strong pool of independent professional talent. 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 they expect…

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…

4 Ways to Get Your Small Business Ready For Tax Season

Whether you go it alone, hire a tax preparation professional, or take advantage of MBO’s tax preparation and filing assistance, tax season doesn’t have to be a daunting day on your calendar. So long as you prepare ahead of time, take the proper steps, and compile the information you need, your annual tax filing will be…

5 Steps for Planning a Great Project Kickoff Meeting

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…

6 Steps to Successfully Build a Small Business Brand

Why is branding important? Marketing is the engine that drives a steady flow of opportunities into an independent professional’s project pipeline. It is essential for independents to create a strong brand and develop a plan for keeping that brand visible to reach potential clients, keep them engaged, and build a lasting relationship. A strong brand…

5 Things Independent Professionals Value in a Client Relationship

With each passing year, the nature and culture of independent work is growing more complex and sophisticated. Today, nearly 42 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 the…

The Weekly Independent: March 11, 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. The MBO…

MBO Partners: Leading the Next Way of Working

Hello! If you’re visiting our website today, you’ll likely notice that we look a little different. Our new branding and the new MBOPartners.com reflects our commitment to leading the next way of working, something MBO Partners has believed in and championed since our founding more than 20 years ago. We’d love to walk you through it.…

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