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Why We Need to Cry More

Shauna Mackenzie | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Shauna Mackenzie

Whether you prefer to cry in private or if you end up breaking down in public, crying can be essential in maintaining emotional health. But why is it so important?

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balance

Marissa Lepor | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Marissa Lepor

Work-life balance: the portmanteau once used in casual conversations has now become an integral component of companies' mission statements and employee interactions. It's like the gluten-free of the health food world -- many claim to value it, but few can describe what it actually means.

The Independent Work Boom: Why it's Good for the U.S. Economy

Gene Zaino | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Gene Zaino

The future of work is already here, and the innovation and entrepreneurship it will unleash are unprecedented. Will the trend towards independence continue? All signs point to "yes."

Own Who You Are and What You Do

Kali Hawlk | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

Declaring yourself as anything is scary. But if it's who you are, you must own it. Don't avoid it, run away from it, or downplay it.

Why the Self-employed Need a Resume

Jackie Harder | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jackie Harder

Keeping our resumes updated also can serve as a great reminder as to what we've accomplished lately. We are often so buried in the daily grind, caught up with problems that arise, that the memory of our sweet victories is short-lived.

5 Benefits of Self Employment

Erica Gellerman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Erica Gellerman

There are quite a few benefits when it comes to being your own boss, but the financial benefits are usually not top of mind. They're generally included pretty far down on the list, after thinking about long lunches, no commute, and the ability to stay in sweat pants (or no pants) all day long.

9 Invaluable Financial Lessons Eating Pot Noodles For 3 Months Taught Me

Anna Fani | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Anna Fani

I posted the message above on my Twitter account around the time the recession first hit me back in 2009. The day the hammer landed, I thought I was about to be commended on a job well done. Instead, my boss rambled on about the department not doing well and they had decided to let me go.

The Futility Of Overwork

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Jacqueline Dooley

Is it worth cutting your life short to put in fifty or sixty hours a week when studies have shown that anything above forty hours is basically useless?

The Rich Employee

James Altucher | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
James Altucher

I'm an employee. I only write about what I experience. I can't stand articles that rant from a pedestal where the author has no experience. Advice is always autobiography. I hope you read my advice. I hope you like me.

No 401(k)? Here's How To Save For Retirement

David A. Dedman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

Are you one of the many people who don't have a 401(k) at work? Wondering how in the world you're going to save for retirement without one?

Looking for Work? Plan a Money-Smart Job Search

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Jason Alderman

Whether a new job opportunity is across the country or across town, it's important to track the cost and strategy of a job search as closely as you track your career objectives.

The Independent Contractor in the New Freelance Economy

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Katie Vlietstra

You most likely have used Uber to get you where you want, or NoWait to snag a reservation at a hot, new restaurant, or bought gifts through the online marketplace Etsy. These services are part of a growing and on-demand business demographic called the "freelance economy."

More People Are Going It Alone in Business These Days

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.02.2015 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The smallest U.S. firms -- the so-called non-employer firms that have at least $1,000 in annual receipts but no employees -- are on the increase, and so are their revenues, albeit minimally, according to the most recent Census Bureau data on these types of businesses.

Self-Employment Taxes Are A Special Kind Of Hell

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

Unfortunately, when you're self-employed this is your problem and nobody else's.

Self-Employed? Kiss Your Vacations Goodbye

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.10.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

I've been self-employed for the majority of my 22 years in financial services. And I really wouldn't have it any other way. But once you leave working for someone else, you no longer get those paid sick days or vacation days.

The New Work: The Individual as Microbusiness

Llewellyn King | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Llewellyn King

It's not the age of small business, but microbusiness: the individual with something to sell, whether it's artisanal furniture or a skill. The millennials seem to know this instinctively, the rest of us are learning it.

How to Ride the Irregular-Income Roller Coaster

David A. Dedman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you're self-employed, then you likely have irregular income. Let's face it: Budgeting sucks. So here are a few creative ideas on budgeting when some moths are flush while others are lean.

I Work From Home: Here's What Really Happens

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Daffnee Cohen

Being a business owner is the best thing in the galaxy. It's freedom, it's stress, it's challenge, it's motivation and it's no pants all day long.

Drawing the Line

Chef Rossi | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Chef Rossi

I'm counting days again, as they say in recovery programs: no work emails at home, reclaiming my mornings to do things like write my column. I'm also reclaiming the evenings I am not supervising events. I have a gym membership, and I damn well plan on using it!

Why 'Obamacare' Has Exiled Me To Florida

David Kanegis | Posted 01.21.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

If I remain a New York resident I have no health insurance plan with out-of-state benefits available. Legally changing my residence to Florida there are at least three major insurance carriers with physician networks across the nation. The choice -- though frustrating -- is a no brainer.

Carrie's Fab Cab

Carrie Ross | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Carrie Ross

Before this, the only thing I've ever really felt done well is be a mom. This job allows me to support our family and still do that.

Retirement Savings Strategies for the Self-Employed

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

When small-business owners ask me how they should save for retirement, I tell them they don't need to worry about it -- if they like the taste of cat food.

Time Management for the Self-Employed

Debbe Daley | Posted 10.18.2014 | Small Business
Debbe Daley

If simple everyday work tasks are becoming daunting and difficult to accomplish due to the lack of available time in the day, developing an effective work plan for your business is a necessity.

Passing the Health Care Buck

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The addition of this new health care tax will add to the operating costs of the small business community in Washington, D.C. It's not unreasonable to assume that this new tax on health insurance carriers is going to be passed along to the individual policyholder's premium costs.

Don't Be 'a Victim of Disorganized Thinking' -- Keep More of Your Hard-earned Cash

Mark Steber | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

As soon as you start thinking about starting a business, you should begin tracking your expenses -- whether you use an app, a notebook or go the old-school route and use shoeboxes, be sure to keep receipts and cancelled checks.