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 •  January 17

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

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 •  January 16

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 independent consulting 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...

MBO Partners

 •  January 12

When first starting out as an independent professional you may have taken a broad approach to creating your business plan, trying different things and periodically adjusting your strategies and goals. However, a client that needs to outsource a project will look for the specialist that best fits the subject matter of their project. It’s therefore...

MBO Partners

 •  January 11

Be sure to check out next week’s webinar featuring George Hallenbeck, Director of Commercialization at the Center for Creative Leadership, a global provider of executive education, to see if an independent career is right for you. The decision to pursue an independent career can be both exciting and scary. The rewards of being your own boss,...

MBO Partners

 •  January 9

It’s common for small business owners and 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...

MBO Partners

 •  January 5

As an independent consultant, tracking and billing time is an essential part of your job. Whether you charge clients by the hour or by the project, knowing how and where you spend your time will keep your business both productive and profitable. How you manage your billable and non-billable hours as an independent determines how much you earn....

MBO Partners

 •  January 3

Some have said the retail industry is experiencing an “apocalypse.” Others call it a “metamorphosis” and cited the willingness of today’s consumers to embrace change at such a pace that traditional retail can’t keep up. Strong words. Perhaps too strong given that retail is always evolving and 2018 will be no different. In the new year, the retail...

MBO Partners

 •  December 22, 2017

The year is shiny and new, with possibilities around every bend. When you’re self-employed, opportunities for improvement are only limited by your time and imagination. But without the promise of a performance review or raise, it can be easy to get complacent. We’ve complied 8 ways to maximize your business in 2018. Whether you choose to evaluate...

MBO Partners

 •  December 20, 2017

Although blogs are often considered to be part of content marketing, their interactive, highly sharable format also places 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...

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 •  December 19, 2017

For many traditional employees, the words “performance review” are associated with dread or anxiety. This is because performance reviews are often time-consuming sessions where employees feel scrutinized or criticized. Then why should independent consultants put themselves through this process? The answer is simple: when done correctly, performance...