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Can You Be a Successful Entrepreneur Without Picking a Path?

Dana Sitar | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Dana Sitar

Do you find yourself struggling to find that one thing you're "meant" to do? Do you want to "follow your passion" to build a career you love, but can't seem to settle anywhere? Do you find yourself quitting even the jobs you thought you loved, ready to move on to the next thing? You might not be as lost or frivolous as you feel.

How to Ride the Irregular-Income Roller Coaster

David A. Dedman | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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.

How to Build a Thriving Business: 6 Things Entrepreneurs Do (That Most Other People Don't)

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

It can be difficult to take the first step toward launching your own business. Even so, once people get a taste for working for themselves, many find it hard to turn back.

6 Things to Consider When Making the Leap to Self-Employment

Gina Horkey | Posted 12.22.2014 | Money
Gina Horkey

Going from a predictable salary to a variable one common to the self-employed can be scary and a bit overwhelming. But you can make the idea more comfortable (for you or your significant other) by doing some of the above.

It's December -- Do You Know Where Your Tax Paperwork Is?

Mark Steber | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

By having all your documents in one place, you are one step closer to filing your return. Remember my first rule of tax return time? The earlier you file, the sooner you will get your refund!

Why I Went Freelance

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Borden

But these days I am relishing the work-life balance and trying to live a simple drama-free life. I bought a kayak that I use almost every day, getting some fresh air between conference calls. I gave away all of the self-help books on happiness.

Women and the Small Business Workforce

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 10.13.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Just as women face challenges at leading companies and within its ranks, the situation is strikingly similar among the small business community. Again, women are a growing and dominant group among the self-employed, but encounter challenges in opening and growing their own small business.

How to Maintain Your Sanity If You're Self-Employed or Freelancing

Chris Mahr | Posted 09.23.2014 | Small Business
Chris Mahr

Sometimes, simply telling yourself that you'll do all this isn't enough motivation to actually do it. It helps to put it all down on a list so that you have a reminder of what you set out to do and why.

Microbusiness: Creating a Life That's More Than 'a Living'

Connie Evans | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Connie Evans

We point to entrepreneurship as a more promising option to escape the bonds of unemployment. Entrepreneurship, microbusiness in particular, continues to appeal to millions of persons whom the labor market no longer serves.

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.

Starting Up or Already Have a Small Business? Watch Out for Flying Monkeys

Mark Steber | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Rules related to small businesses are complicated and can be scary. Deductions, and credits and other tax benefits -- OH MY. Where do you start? Firs...

Tweet or Die

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Mark Matousek

The thing I loved most about my career -- disappearing into a book for years, being public only to publicize it -- disappeared overnight. Now it was tweet or die, post or perish, build a platform or sink in the mud. It wasn't enough to write a book. You had to become an advertisement for yourself.

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.18.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.

Social Security for the Life-Cycle

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Alan A. Aja

While we applaud Senator Warren and Paul Krugman for their unequivocal stance not to cut but to expand the benefits of social security, we believe we can be much bolder.

Obama Care and Me

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Susanne Mentzer

Why am I writing all this? Everyone has an Obama Care story and this is mine. I hope our legislature will soon grasp that the ranks of the self-employed are responsible, valuable members of society and should not be swept under the rug.

Three Problems of Being Self-Employed

Laurie Gerber | Posted 11.24.2013 | Small Business
Laurie Gerber

In many ways, self-employment rocks! Doesn't it? Technically, I'm not self-employed, but I was for years and I still act like I am. I know the perks. It's awesome to be able to wear what you want more often, work from where you want, set your own deadlines and answer to yourself.

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

Their Radical Solution To The 'We Never See Each Other' Problem | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.16.2013 | Weddings

This story is the second of four profiles of couples taking a third metric approach to matrimony, prioritizing wellbeing and fun ahead of wealth, stat...

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

'We Make A Conscious Choice Every Day To Be Happy' | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.15.2013 | Weddings

This story is the first of four profiles of couples taking a third metric approach to matrimony, prioritizing wellbeing and fun ahead of wealth, statu...

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

The Surprising Decision That Could Transform Your Marriage | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Weddings

Newlyweds Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis' professional lives are the stuff of overworked urbanite fantasies. Both are self-employed -- Josh, 31, as a...

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.