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No More Moralizing About the Gig Economy

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

The gig economy is developing faster than anyone imagined. Jobs -- or, more specifically, tasks -- that no one imagined could be automated or made digital even five years ago are becoming commonplace.

Pas de deux: A Collaboration of Designer and Contractor--What They Do and How They Work Together!

Gail Green | Posted 07.30.2015 | HuffPost Home
Gail Green

So, you've just purchased the apartment next door and you want to combine the two spaces into a larger simplex. You can imagine the space, but you're not sure what all will go into it, and you want to make sure the two spaces flow together smoothly. But how do you get started?

New Rules Could Change The Way Millions Of People Get Paid

Associated Press | Marina Fang | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

 WASHINGTON (AP) — When are workers employees? When are they contractors? The Labor Department issued new guidance Wednesday that could lim...

Alexander C. Kaufman

Another Tech Company Just Converted Its Contractors Into Employees | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business

Go, Shyp!

Working With A Contractor: The Real Deal

The Scott Brothers | Posted 07.07.2015 | HuffPost Home
The Scott Brothers

When you're ready to renovate, choose your contractor carefully. You'll be spending a lot of time together, some of it dealing with inevitable glitches. So personality definitely counts. Above all you want a professional who can do the job well, on time, and within your budget.

A Letter to My Contractor (Please, Please Call Me Back)

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Comedy
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

Dear Scott: I am writing to you with actual pen and paper because I keep waiting for you to return my calls and texts and I can't figure out why you ...

Contractors: Fairness, Size and Influence

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Gilbert

The federal contracting process needs to be fair. This isn't a statement that most would dispute. Nor would anyone likely take issue with the ideas that small businesses should have a fair shot when they go seek government dollars to do work.

Remodeling Pleasure and Pain: Five Survival Tips

Geri Spieler | Posted 03.09.2015 | HuffPost Home
Geri Spieler

What would other people think of my choices? What is everyone else doing? What's new? What's right? Should I use porcelain or natural stone tile? Go contemporary or traditional? Here is what I learned: It doesn't matter. What matters is what I think is right and the way to go about a multi-room remodeling is to break it down.

Planning a Home Remodel That Actually Pays Off

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.07.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Winter is a good time for considering home repairs and improvements so you and your checkbook will be ready for the spring thaw. It's also a good time for prospective home buyers to prioritize what features are must-haves when purchasing, and which can wait for potential remodel down the road.

U.S. Tapped Contractors To Do Its Sneaky Work In Cuba

AP | JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the...

Subtraction by Addition

Rich Siegel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Unable to afford a new house, unless we moved to a double-wide in Palmdale or Mojave, my wife and I were left with no other option but to blow out our modest California ranch house and add a second story.

Considering a Remodel Project? Don't Forget the Extras

Debbe Daley | Posted 01.18.2015 | HuffPost Home
Debbe Daley

In the midst of three recent project management remodel jobs, it became quite apparent that the homeowner may not understand the logistics of the contracting and remodeling process when it comes to the actual job commencement.

DC Strikers Demand 'More Than the Minimum' for Federal Workers

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Who is our government for? The broad masses of regular, working people or a very few already-wealthy people?

Form Follows Dysfunction: The Enduring Legacy of a Strategic Failure

Paul Gunther | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gunther

Besides some failed emblem of American exceptionalism shining brightly abroad, it seems reasonable to conclude that national security and its according intelligence tools were and remain the principle role for such a massive presence abroad.

Reclassifying Employees: Risky Business

Nina B. Ries | Posted 09.20.2014 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

Knowingly or not, both the company and the employee risk penalties imposed by a state for misclassification of work -- and many cash-strapped states actively pursue offenders.

Handcuffs or Rocket-Booster? Crafting Joint Venture Agreements that Launch Your Business Forward

Jack Garson | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses team up to pursue work all the time. These joint ventures take many forms and names, from teaming agreements, to partnership agreements, to...

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

Want The Best From Contractors? Deploy Two-Way Onboarding.

George Bradt | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Making the best use of contractors often requires integrating them into operations and the corporate culture. Not addressing these challenges risks co...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Analysts' Ties To TransCanada Still Drawing Fire | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An environmental group is again hammering the contractor that created last Friday's environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keyst...

Affordable Care: A Disappointment So Far

Jim Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

The damage to the average citizen's barely tepid faith in the government's ability to deliver on its promises has taken yet another blow to the body public. It's no wonder we're all disappointed.

Is growth among privately held construction firms peaking?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Residential builders and remodelers make up one of the fastest-growing groups of privately held companies, according to industry data from Sageworks, ...

Tax Tips for Self-Employed Professionals, Freelancers and Contractors

Mark Steber | Posted 06.22.2013 | Small Business
Mark Steber

While April 15 is commonly accepted at "tax day," for many taxpayers and especially small business owners, freelancers and self-employed professionals, there are other important "tax days" to keep in mind.

New Orleans Rosenwald Center, Opened For African Americans During Segregation, To Be Rebuilt

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 14, 2013 edition.) On South Broad and Earhart in New Orleans, the Rosenwald Center-...

A Tale of Two Contractors

Frank Farwell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Our experience last summer is a sobering reminder that each small business owner and manager should look down the road and muse, "What will each customer be saying about me when we are finished?"

Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Back in July, an 82-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists breached the security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. Since then, it's only gotten worse for the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration.