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Worker classification series, part 3: benefits portability, the right to organize and retirement
June 3, 2019

Worker classification series, part 3: benefits portability, the right to organize and retirement

Over the last two weeks, we’ve focused on what worker classification is, why it’s important and the various tests our government uses to determine who’s an independent worker and who’s an employee. This week, our focus is on tangential developments in our economic ecosystem such as benefits portability, and their implications for independents everywhere. What’s[…]

The 4 Entrepreneurial Podcasts I Love Most
May 29, 2019

The 4 Entrepreneurial Podcasts I Love Most

When it comes to consuming smart, actionable business advice, there are two problems: First, there’s simply too much information out there for freelancers take in. No one could read it all, even if there were more hours in a day. Second: Frustratingly, there are more hours in a day. So much time is spent driving,[…]

Worker classification series, part 2: understanding worker classification tests
May 21, 2019

Worker classification series, part 2: understanding worker classification tests

Last week, we tackled the basics on what worker classification is, and why it matters so much to so many people.  We also talked a little bit about the shift in the workforce and and how it’s impacting policy.  For this installment on worker classification, we are focusing on the various tests used to determine[…]

Switching to Freelance: Lisa Taylor Powers’ Leap From the Boardroom to the Home Office
May 21, 2019

Switching to Freelance: Lisa Taylor Powers’ Leap From the Boardroom to the Home Office

Lisa Taylor Powers worked in corporate America before switching to freelance. She was employed in the global marketing department while diligently building her own digital marketing agency. In 2014, The Hive Marketing was born. Based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, The Hive Marketing’s mission is to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. “It’s a[…]

Health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans- what you need to know
May 15, 2019

Health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans- what you need to know

Health insurance is a crowded space and it’s often confusing to navigate. It’s also an important part of your financial plan as a solopreneur. You will need to decide:  what kind of plan to buy, how much insurance you need and how much you are willing or able to pay out of pocket. Today, we[…]

How to buy a house as a freelancer
May 14, 2019

How to buy a house as a freelancer

This is a tale of (buying a house in) two cities. Are you thinking about buying a house as a freelancer? Better start finding those 1099s. The writing on the (tiny) walls In the winter of 2015, my husband and I were living the new parent dream in an incredibly well located, painfully-too-small fifth floor[…]