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FAQs for Independent Professionals

General Information about MBO’s marketplace

What is MBO's marketplace?
MBO's marketplace is an online platform that makes it easy for highly skilled, experienced self-employed professionals like you to find new projects. Industry-leading companies use our marketplace to post and fill project opportunities and build a network of preferred contractors.

How can I use the marketplace?
You can use MBO's marketplace to search for and apply to project opportunities with top companies who are looking for independent talent like you.

How is MBO's marketplace different than other job boards? 

We not only match you with projects at top companies; we ensure these companies that their engagement with you will be compliant and thereby reduce risk. Our clients prefer to find independent talent through our marketplace because we are not just matching their projects with talent; we are also providing a compliant process and ensuring a positive experience between the enterprise and the independent professional.

How often should I log in to the marketplace?
Log in whenever you’re ready to find a new project opportunity. New opportunities are added frequently. To make finding opportunities even easier, after you save a search for a project, we will email you notifications of projects that match your search criteria.

How much does it cost to use the marketplace?
Nothing. There is no cost for self employed professionals to use MBO's marketplace to find new projects.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, click here.

How do I log in to the marketplace?
Click here to log in from a supported web browser (Safari, Chrome, or Firefox). For the most optimized application experience, we suggest accessing the marketplace on a Google Chrome web browser. Having trouble? Please contact us.

How to Set Up Your Profile

Why do I need to set up a profile? 
Client managers review profiles when considering applicants for their opportunities. Maintaining an up-to-date and complete profile increases your likelihood of being selected for an opportunity.

How do I create my profile?
You will need to complete several fields of information in order to complete your profile:

• Contact information (this means phone number and zip code)
• Title
• Hourly bill rate
• Summary
• 1 experience entry (client, title, date range)
• 5 skills 
• Resume (word doc or PDF attachment)
• Work authorization (yes/no on authorized to work in US)

Make sure to click “Save and Find Projects” at the bottom of the page once you have finished.

How do I update my profile?
Manually edit your profile within “Profile Settings.” To find “Profile Settings,” click "My Account" on the top menu bar and select “Profile.” Make sure you click “Save” once you finish making changes to each section.

Who can see my profile? 
If you are a member of our client networks, only those client managers as well as client managers for opportunities in which you’ve previously expressed interest, can view your profile. MBO Partners Advisors can also see your profile.  Advisors are often requested to help client companies find the right talent for their project.

How to Find a Project Opportunity

What is the Opportunities list?
The Opportunities list is a listing of available opportunities that match the skills, title, and experience listed in your MBO marketplace profile. Opportunities are displayed in order of relevance to your profile.

How can I sort the opportunities list? 

You can sort opportunities listed by using the "Sort by" dropdown on the top right of your screen.  You can sort by best match, bill rate, posted date, clients, distance, and start date.

How do I search for opportunities? 
To search for opportunities enter relevant keywords or skills into the search bar at the top of the screen and then click the “Search” icon (magnifying glass). You can also narrow your search by using the filters in the left menu and filter by project date, client, bill rate, location, and skills. In the opportunities list, you can sort by best match, bill rate, project posted date, clients, distance, and start date.

How do I filter my opportunity search results?

You can filter your opportunity search results using the filters in the left menu, and filter by project dates, client, bill rate, location and skills.

Why should I save a search?
When you search for a project opportunity, you will be able to save that search by clicking the “Save” button. After you save a search, you will receive email notifications about projects that match your search criteria and your skills so you don’t have to log in daily to find projects. You may save as many searches as you’d like!

How do I view or edit my saved searches?

You can view, edit or delete your saved searches by clicking on "My Searches" in the top menu.

 

 

How to Respond to an Opportunity

What do I do if I’m interested in a project?
If you are interested in a project opportunity, click on the project in the opportunities list to view more details about the project and then click the “I’m Interested” button. This will notify the client manager and MBO who will soon reach out to you should you be a match.

An opportunity has a "negotiable" rate. What does this mean?
An opportunity with a rate labeled as “Negotiable” means you can discuss compensation details with the client manager directly.

How do I know if the engagement manager is interested in me?
After you have indicated you are interested in the project, the client manager will reach out to you if they believe you are a good fit for the project.

How do I know if I have won the project?
You will be notified via email that you have been accepted for the opportunity.

Accepting an Opportunity

What happens after I have been accepted for an opportunity?
A member of MBO's enrollment team will contact you to set up the work order and complete onboarding, if applicable.

Are responding and getting accepted the same as signing a contract?
No. You still need to create and sign a Statement of Work (SOW).

When do I negotiate and sign a contract or statement of work?
Negotiate and sign a contract or SOW directly with the client manager. This typically happens right as the project is awarded. You can use the marketplace's messaging feature, or any other method listed in the posting, to contact the manager and complete the SOW process.

Additional Questions?

For further assistance or marketplace support, utilize our in-app “Contact Us” feature or reach out to us via email.

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