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Time Management for the Self-Employed

Debbe Daley | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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.

How to Get More Done and Be Happier

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

For many years, I worked for a crazy person. Her name is Lisa, and for a decade she was the worst boss I ever had. I confess; I'm a recovering overbooked entrepreneur, the terrible boss was me.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

4 Small Business Owner Stumbling Blocks

Debbe Daley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Debbe Daley

Marketing your business is key when promoting and searching for new clientele. If you are a new or start-up company, hiring a marketing firm is usually not in the budget.

Will You Support Your Favorite Small Business?

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 07.13.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The bottom-line: America's small business community continues to play on an unfair and unequal field when contrasted with their corporate counterparts.

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.

Why Employment Numbers Tell Such Different Stories

AP | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, a respectable gain that nearly matched the average monthly increase for the past two years. Yet the u...

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream? Not So for Creatives Who Suffer From Insomnia

Aly Walansky | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
Aly Walansky

The relationship between sleeping and creativity is one has always been of great personal interest. When we have great big issues on our minds, we're told to "sleep on it" -- that seems to be the best problem-solving advice when dealing with a tough decision. Really?

Aly Walansky: I Have a Career I Love -- Too Bad No One Understands It

Aly Walansky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Aly Walansky

Most of my friends know they will get paid every other Friday, and they know they have X number of sick days. It's a routine, it's a way of life -- but it's not mine. In fact, my freelance life (and lack of a steady paycheck) is the antithesis of all they know and hold dear.

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.

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.