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Beware of the Work-From-Home Comfort Zone

Grant Cardone | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Grant Cardone

Anything that leans toward being too comfortable, in my opinion, is a red flag. The comfort that comes with working from home is dangerous. When I hea...

Sagmeister Was Right: We Need Time Off

Zahra Ebrahim | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Zahra Ebrahim

We do the work we do so that we get to be in control, and yet we often find the pace of that work controlling us. So I challenge those of you who are employers, self-employed or social entrepreneurs: take a sabbatical.

IRS Introduces New Method to Make Calculating Home Office Deduction Simple

Mark Steber | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

One of the biggest tax law changes this year is a new method for computing the Home Office Deduction. So if you set up shop at home, you'll want to read on.

GOP to Constituents: We Want to Deny Your Freedom to Start a Business

Ethan Rome | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Among the many life-changing freedoms Americans gained under Obamacare was the option to leave jobs at big employers to start their own businesses. But Republicans are fighting to take away this important new freedom.

The (Surprising) Reality of Self-Employment

Robin Hoffman | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Hoffman

The life I have created for myself is a serious blessing. It's something I worked hard for for many years and dreamed about since I can remember. I set myself up in a way that I can take care of myself, do what I love, make a living doing what I love, and still have time to experience my life.

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.

A No-Cost Tax Break for Self-Employed

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

A reader of a recent post asked: "Nancy, I understand that a self-employed person has to shoulder the expenses that an ordinary wage or salaried perso...

Why Care About The Self-Employed?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

If you've been reading my posts about the self-employed on Huffington Post, you may wonder why you should care about tax reform for the self-employed....

IRS Denies Self-Employed Profits

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Self-employed business owners desperately need tax reform. But no meaningful tax reform for self-employed will take place until the IRS dumps its Chim...

Self-Employed Social Security Nightmare

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 04.20.2013 | Small Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Self-employed pay the highest income tax rate of any group in the US economy. In 2013 self-employed workers will owe a total tax rate of 25.3 to 43.3 ...

Does Being Self-Employed Make You A Slacker?

Tammy Bleck | Posted 04.18.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

I've been self-employed for nearly 30 years. Last week at a networking meeting I was told by a recruiter that self employed people are just people who can't find work or keep a job anywhere else. I'm not sure I've ever been so insulted in my life.

The Reverse Commute

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

My advice to my daughters and to all young women out there is this: no one can "have it all" unless they are willing to change. The days of staying in the same job until retirement are over. We will all have to reinvent ourselves at various stages throughout our lives.

Self-Employed Are Canaries in the Mine

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 03.14.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

It's time to stop kidding ourselves that while corporate productivity, along with wages and other labor benefits shrink, corporations, workers, and the poor can flourish. Giant American corporations are dying as we watch. It's time to stop blaming government too.

Self-Employed Pay Highest Tax Rate in US

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

In many of his Rich Dad Poor Dad books, Robert Kiyosaki mocks self-employment as a choice that makes sole proprietors even poorer than employees. He's right, but not for the reason he thinks.

Stop Playing Chicken With America's Future

Kristie Arslan | Posted 02.05.2013 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

America's self-employed and micro business owners are hard-working individuals who put their blood, sweat and tears into their work. All they want to do is be successful. Congress, the Administration and state governments should do everything in their power to help them achieve success.

Entrepreneurism: Lots of Little Traumas and No Big Ones

Liz Ryan | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

I loved my years in corporate America, which I now view as preparation for real life in the entrepreneurial moshpit. I'll take comforting laid-off clients and drumming up new clients any day over waking up with jaw aching from anxious grinding all night worrying about corporate politics.

Which Party Is Truly a "Friend" of the Self-Employed?

Kristie Arslan | Posted 11.19.2012 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

In fact, the Republican and Democrat party platforms are suspiciously interchangeable when it comes to promises to America's small businesses. Don't believe me?

Self-Employment A Possible Solution For Jobless Black Graduates

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

While a degree certainly provides graduates with an edge in the job market, unemployment statistics have repeatedly shown that one’s race plays a ro...

Fire Your Boss!

Steve Strauss | Posted 08.27.2012 | Money
Steve Strauss

If you have a lousy boss (and I had a few, as have we all), if you are bored at work, if you are out of work, if you have a crappy job, I invite you to join us.

Gen Y Women Can Have it All -- Someday

Karin Kamp | Posted 08.27.2012 | Women
Karin Kamp

I think my generation is ready for the fight to have it all. As ambitious as we are, our naiveté and idealism is perfect fuel to pioneer a progressive working lifestyle that can work for both genders.

Rocky Start, How More New Businesses Get Started

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Small Business

A lousy economy apparently has one upside: It inspires entrepreneurs, says a new report. Fifteen percent of entrepreneurs launched their own ventur...

A Graceful Exit: How to Retire Happily

David Geller | Posted 06.24.2012 | Fifty
David Geller

There are three keys to happiness for everyone -- regardless of wealth or social standing

Mr. President, Focus on the 'Baffle Rule,' not the 'Buffett Rule'

Kristie Arslan | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

Tax credits don't work to encourage behavior if Americans can't understand them, so let's get Congress and the president to enact the "Baffle Rule" this year, so that our taxes for next year are friendlier and less baffling to the self-employed and small businesses.

How To Make A Living Working From Home

| Posted 04.06.2012 | Books

By Luke Dempsey for Bookish Friday sees the release of the much-awaited U.S. Department of Labor’s March employment figures, but for many “new ...

Why Independent Employment Is Killing the Nine to Five Job

Leah Busque | Posted 05.28.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

The term "nine-to-five" has long symbolized a kind of drudgery that sucks up our lives and eclipses our identities, but it wasn't until the Great Recession that the pejorative phrase was crowned with an entirely new distinction: old-fashioned.