Emily Slayton

Emily is an award-winning writer who specializes in B2B marketing. She has been helping global brands reach targeted audiences to drive sales and awareness for more than 15 years. As a small business owner herself, she understands what it's like to source a team that can scale with sudden growth.

  • Types of Consulting Services: Forked Roads and Parallel Paths [Part 3 of 3]

    Types of Consulting Services: Forked Roads and Parallel Paths [Part 3 of 3]

    A look at the services that independent and big-firm consultants provide—and which projects are best suited to each.

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  • Types of Consulting Firms: Forked Roads and Parallel Paths [Part 2 of 3]

    Types of Consulting Firms: Forked Roads and Parallel Paths [Part 2 of 3]

    How do different types of consulting firms diverge from one another - and how do independent consultants differ from Big 3 and Big 4 firms?

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  • Independent Consultants vs. Big Firms: Forked Roads and Parallel Paths [Part 1 of 3]

    Independent Consultants vs. Big Firms: Forked Roads and Parallel Paths [Part 1 of 3]

    While thousands of associates have moved “up” in big consulting firms, hundreds of thousands more have moved “out” to become independent consultants. Why?

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  • Gig economy myths: Getting buy-in from the skeptics

    Gig economy myths: Getting buy-in from the skeptics

    Trying to build the business case for hiring independent consultants? We unpack the most common misconceptions and myths about the high-end gig economy.

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  • A Tight Market Makes a Strong Case for Interim CFOs

    A Tight Market Makes a Strong Case for Interim CFOs

    During periods of transition, an interim CFO can help maintain continuity and provide specialized guidance and expertise when assessing new opportunities.

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  • 7 Steps for Redefining Your Talent Strategy

    7 Steps for Redefining Your Talent Strategy

    What is a talent strategy? The most common definition is broad: it’s how you source, hire, onboard, engage, and retain talent. But to address the growing shift towards independent employment—and...

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  • M&A: When Being in the Majority is Bad News

    M&A: When Being in the Majority is Bad News

    When you’re looking to grow, a merger or acquisition deal can be an attractive proposition. But the unfortunate truth is that most mergers and acquisitions fail—anywhere between 70% and 90%,...

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  • What’s Behind the Rapid Growth of High-Earning Independent Workers?

    What’s Behind the Rapid Growth of High-Earning Independent Workers?

    The independent workforce has significantly outpaced traditional employment growth over the last seven years, at 31% vs. 14%, respectively. This alone says a great deal about how the business...

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  • Optimizing from the Inside Out: Independent Operations Consulting

    Optimizing from the Inside Out: Independent Operations Consulting

    As organizations grow, new roles emerge, new processes evolve, and strategies become more complex. During this shift, it’s easy for gaps and inefficiencies to develop, and—especially when the...

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  • What Technologies Will Drive the Future of Work?

    What Technologies Will Drive the Future of Work?

    By now, it’s clear that technology is a major driver for the growing gig economy, both as a tool and as a potential disruptor. At its most basic, technology has helped independent workers connect...

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  • 4 Myths About Freelance HR Consultants

    4 Myths About Freelance HR Consultants

    Disrupting long-stable industries can be invigorating, but for many of those industries’ incumbent organizations, it’s also a sudden wake-up call. Businesses that are bigger and better-established...

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  • Independents in the Expert Economy

    Independents in the Expert Economy

    When most people think of the “gig economy,” the gigs that immediately come to mind are often the ones we associate with our everyday lives—the ones that are within a few taps’ reach. Need...

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  • Reinventing Hiring: Jobs in the Gig Economy

    Reinventing Hiring: Jobs in the Gig Economy

    As individuals, it’s not hard to feel the effects of accelerating technological change. Companies—not to mention public policy—move more slowly. Most organizations already recognize the advantages...

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  • A New Social Contract for Freelancers

    A New Social Contract for Freelancers

    Over the past decade, changing demographics and new economic realities have given rise to a dynamic, flexible workforce that prefers to work on a freelance basis instead of seeking full-time...

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  • Is Freelance Going Mainstream? A Look at the IRS Data

    Is Freelance Going Mainstream? A Look at the IRS Data

    From part-time freelancers to full-time entrepreneurs, many folks have struck out on their own at some point in their lives. But now, according to a report by Fiverr, the independent path is...

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  • MBO’s State of Independence: Is Gig Work the New Normal?

    MBO’s State of Independence: Is Gig Work the New Normal?

    There’s no doubt that payroll jobs have rebounded in a big way since hitting bottom at the beginning of 2010. Historically, we might expect this sort of growth to cannibalize the independent jobs...

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  • Consulting Disruption: Advice for the Advice Givers

    Consulting Disruption: Advice for the Advice Givers

    You know the names: McKinsey, Bain, BCG. For decades, these three firms have dominated the management consulting space. And for good reason: their ranks include some of the most experienced and...

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  • When Should You Bring in a Freelance Strategy Consultant?

    When Should You Bring in a Freelance Strategy Consultant?

    Growth can come from many directions. Should you move your current products into an adjacent market or build the next big thing? Should you focus on growing margins or on optimizing your product...

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  • Why Do So Many Corporate Projects Fail?

    Why Do So Many Corporate Projects Fail?

    If you’re among the whopping 2.5 percent of companies that successfully complete every project they start, congratulations! If you’re not, then you’ve probably wondered, at one time or another,...

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  • Building the Next Big Thing: An FAQ About Freelance Innovation Consulting

    Building the Next Big Thing: An FAQ About Freelance Innovation Consulting

    Whether it’s building your next market-disrupting product or just honing your internal idea-gen and development processes, freelance innovation consultants offer an experienced and often...

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