Insights

Access a wide range of tips, research and tools designed to support the growth and innovation of the independent workforce and enterprises who engage independent professionals.

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Client of Choice

The 2019 Client of Choice research report offers insight into what top independent professionals value when choosing their clients.

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State of Independence

The State of Independence in America report is the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce. Now in its eighth year, the 2018 survey paints a nuanced picture of the 42 million Americans who work independently, with today’s professionals emerging as strong, mature, and satisfied.

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Certified Self-Employed

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

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Future of Work

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

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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: 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…

3 Ways to Mitigate the Risk of Non-Compliance with Independent Contractors

The independent workforce is here to stay. Nearly 42 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 of this independent talent…

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.

Leading a Project Kickoff Meeting: 5 Tips for Success

The contracts are signed and the budget is approved. You’re now officially on board and it is time to get to work! Starting your project with a kickoff meeting is a great way to lay the foundation for success and reinforce your client’s decision to engage your services. A kickoff meeting brings everyone together who will be…

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.…

Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: February, 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 Returns to Old…

4 Tips and Tools for Keeping Track of Your Expenses as an Independent Contractor

If you’ve been an independent contractor for more than a year, you know how fun it can be to gather up your expenses come tax time. This is definitely one of those times where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remedy. That’s why we’ve come up with four tips to help you…

The Weekly Independent: February 25, 2019

Staying on top of your field means staying ahead of the biggest news stories. 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 explores the perils of rogue spend in contingent workforce management. Three trends changing the way we work. Congratulations to our CEO, Gene…

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.