Entrepreneurship

August 21, 2019 | Insights | Denise Gifford

Independent Consulting: Is the Gig Economy for you?

6 questions would-be solopreneurs must ask themselves

Recent business trends have made it possible to start independent work more easily, and with more possibilities, than ever before. There is strong support in the business world for hiring expertise on an as-needed basis, and as a result, the …

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  • July 10, 2019 | Interviews

    Ellen Ruppel Shell on Jobs and Work in the Twenty-First Century

    A deep dive into the future of work with The Atlantic correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell

    We’ve all been hearing a lot lately about the economy: unemployment is near a record low, the stock market is at a record high, and job creation numbers have been relatively steady. Yet behind these reassuring numbers lurks a troubling …

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  • April 25, 2019 | Interviews

    Diane Mulcahy on the Gig Economy

    An interview with author Diane Mulcahy, preeminent thought leader on the gig economy

    All around us, we see that the world of work has fundamentally changed—there are more freelancers, more part-time workers, and more contractors, all while the security of traditional salaried employment has diminished. The realities of this new economy are far-reaching …

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  • February 20, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Top Ten Risk Myths

    Since the dawn of time, mankind has used myths to make sense of the uncertainty that surrounds us. More recently, in the world of business and projects, risk management has performed the same role. Unfortunately, myths have also grown up …

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  • January 23, 2019 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    20 Questions Consultants Should Ask Their Clients

    These questions will clarify your client’s perspective, current situation, and future vision

    As a consultant, one of your key objectives is to fully understand your client’s situation so that you can offer advice, solutions, and support as needed. This means taking the time to not only understand your client’s current reality, but …

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  • December 19, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Client-Consultant Relationships and the Need for Control

    recognizing your client’s need for control is key to a healthy relationship

    The client-consultant relationship can be complex, with hiccups and challenges experienced by both parties along the way. One of the most common challenges faced by consultants is balancing their client’s need for control with the need for some kind of …

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  • November 7, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    5 Ways Consultants Help Clients Understand Their Value

    Tips for communicating the value you provide to the client relationship

    To build effective consulting relationships, consultants must understand their own value and how it supports their client’s goals. What are the experiences, insights, and skills you have that will help your client succeed? If you’re working with an established client, …

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  • August 14, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Five Tips for Freelancers Expanding Their Customer Base

    It’s all about establishing value

    One of the top challenges for freelancers, consultants and entrepreneurs is finding and keeping good customers. Growing a strong customer base can help you improve profitability and achieve your business goals. To build successful client relationships that will last, you’ll …

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  • July 19, 2018 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    For Serial Entrepreneurs, Success is About Adaptability 

    the key to repeated success is an openness to learn from mistakes  

    Serial entrepreneurs repeatedly begin new companies and are willing to take on the risk of new ventures. They are often thought of as successful, but just because they have a history of startups, does that really improve their chance of …

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  • June 28, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Six Strategies Successful Businesspeople Use to Solve Problems

    Problem-solving is about embracing complexity and understanding the problem

    In business, as in life in general, problems crop up everywhere. Those who know how to think about problems proactively have an advantage, and problem-solving is arguably one of the most important skills a businessperson can learn. That’s true no …

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  • May 17, 2018 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    The Future of Work: Freelancers Need Specialized Skills

    specialization paired with brand identity will help you compete

    If you had just a few minutes to convince a potential customer that you’re the perfect person for their freelance opportunity, what would you say? Which skills make you unique? Do you know your own value, and can you express …

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  • March 22, 2018 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    New Businesses and Cash Flow: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Paying attention to cash flow helps you avoid disaster

    Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a freelancer, being responsible for your own business is empowering and exciting. The possibilities are endless, but so are the risks, particularly financial risk. In fact, one of the main reasons that new businesses fail …

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