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Port Driver Efforts Show the Long, Hard Fight for Justice

James P. Hoffa | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Over the last 18 months, port truck drivers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have dramatically escalated their decades-long struggle against trucking companies.

Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors

Robert Reich | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The rise of "independent contractors" Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce -- contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity. It's become a race to the bottom.

Entrepreneurs: Cristen Geller, the Intimate Photographer

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 02.26.2015 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"If you're ready and you know what you're doing, you charge! Not friends, not family... put a price on it. Know your worth." - Cristen Geller; age: 26

Dave Jamieson

Court Ruling 'Unravels FedEx's Business Model' In Contractor Case | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business

In a decision that one judge wrote "substantially unravels FedEx's business model," a panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday that FedEx Ground and Fe...

Economic Recovery Depends on Thriving Small Businesses

Blanche Lincoln | Posted 07.15.2014 | Small Business
Blanche Lincoln

This week is Small Business Week and a good time to reflect on just how important small businesses are to our economy.

America's Sweatshops on Wheels Find a Light at the End of the Tunnel

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

It's been a long, dark road for America's port truck drivers, but finally there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It won't happen overnight, but the nation's port truck drivers are leading the way for all American workers to once again have a shot at the American Dream.

Dave Jamieson

Meet The Real Amazon Drones | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Business

An employee loads a truck with boxes to be shipped at the, Inc. distribution center in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 26, 2012. (David Paul Morris...

Dave Jamieson

D.C. Elite 'Would Be Shocked' By Chaffeurs' Claims | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working for Sunny's Executive Sedan Service, Ishaku Atam and his friends have chauffeured some of the biggest political figures of our t...

Outsourcing? Don't Hire These 9 Freelancers!

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.02.2014 | Small Business
Allena Tapia

Selecting a professional freelancer, whether a writer, graphic designer, marketer or so on, doesn't have to be a harrowing experience nor a money pit.

Why I Hire English Majors

Steve Strauss | Posted 08.23.2013 | Small Business
Steve Strauss

Business majors are fine, but they are preoccupied with theory, proving themselves, and doing it "right." But the English majors are used to getting a tough assignment, figuring it out, and getting it done, (usually) on time.

Giving Independent Contractors a Voice

Blanche Lincoln | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Blanche Lincoln

Independent contractors are the quiet engine of our economy, providing nearly all of the net growth in U.S. employment over the last 30 years.

How to Protect Yourself Financially as a Freelancer

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 11.25.2012 | Small Business
Elle-Rose Williams

As working from home becomes easier and easier, and a sure-fire alternative to working in an office -- many people have made the move into working fre...

Hello, I Am an Outsourceaholic

Gene Marks | Posted 10.13.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

In this political environment, it's embarrassing to admit my habit. I frequently hang out with other outsourcers. For many of us outsourcing is a quick high and a way to feel... oh, I don't know... cool and (dare I say it) profitable.

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

By Amy Biegelsen, iWatch NewsGary Terrio used to work for himself driving lost luggage from the airport in Manchester, N.H., out to the owners' home...

Survey Says: Does Your Staff Live In The Cloud?

The Huffington Post | Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 01.19.2012 | Small Business

Does your staff live in the cloud? The 2011 Employment Review from Elance reports the number of businesses seeking to hire independent contractors who...

Why The Office Holiday Party Can Lead To Big Trouble

The Huffington Post | Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 11.14.2011 | Small Business

Unlike in Vegas, what happens at the company holiday party doesn't stay at that party. Contrary to popular belief, coupon users aren't cheapskates -- ...

Small Business and the Simple Math of Job Creation

Carol Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Small Business
Carol Roth

There are 28 million small businesses in this country that only need to hire an employee or two on average to completely reverse the jobs crisis. That must not be ignored.

Hey You, Mr. Self-Employed ... Meet The New Normal

Derrick K. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Derrick K. Baker

Self-employed people love what they do and how they work as much as a corporate vice president enjoys his work and an entrepreneur is committed to the business.

Arthur Delaney

New Deal Safety Net Not Catching Today's Middle Class | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The social safety net established as part of the New Deal in the 1930s is missing a huge swath of today's middle class, according to a new report by t...

The Recession Creates a New Business Paradigm: Entrepreneurial Independence and Individualism

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

People are fed up and tired of fighting the traditional career path, so a number of people have become employed by creating their own jobs -- by starting a business.

Disorganized Labor: Can Independent Contractors Come Together?

HuffPost Citizen Reporting | Kim Velsey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Traditionally, workers have gained workplace rights and benefits through their status as fulltime employees. But todays 42 million freelance workers that make up 31 percent of the workforce, must furnish their own social safety nets.