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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[…]

Worker classification series, part 1: what it is, and how it impacts you
May 14, 2019

Worker classification series, part 1: what it is, and how it impacts you

In April 2018, a California judge ruled in favor of two delivery drivers suing their employer, Dynamex, for improperly classifying them as independent contractors.  The judge employed the ABC test instead of the commonly used right to control test for worker classification in California.  Since then, the state of independent work has been in flux[…]

The Benefits of Tiered Pricing
May 14, 2019

The Benefits of Tiered Pricing

Figuring out what (and how) to charge your clients is one of the most complicated aspects of freelancing. A lot of independent contractors choose to charge an hourly rate or a flat fee for projects. Unfortunately, by implementing hourly rates and working with flat fees, you fail to anchor the price point, leaving clients in[…]