Freelancing

Managing Remote Workers Requires New Communication Strategies

by David Mizne, from 15Five.com Remote workers have become a regular fixture of the business world. Whether someone works part of a day or week at home or full-time outside the office, the concept is no longer rare. Flexible scheduling has taken a premium spot among benefits that employees seek. While the upside to remote…

6 Best Practices for Drafting an Independent Contractor Agreement

  MBO Partners offers terrific recommendations for drafting agreements with independent contractors. In particular, it is critical to specify the terms relating to product ownership and warranties. 5. Specify Product Ownership As an independent contractor, it’s important to understand your intellectual property rights. Keep an eye out for non-compete clauses, which may prohibit you from starting…

How to Choose the Right Business Structure for Your Independent Business

  MBO Partners provides excellent guidance to independent contractors on selecting the right business structure.  They write: The following four structures are discussed with the following assumptions: Your business has one owner with no additional shareholders You are the provider of professional services and not products You do not require investors You wish to keep…

Uber Taxes: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Uber Tax Filings

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  by Pat We can all agree that tax season can be stressful. Compiling all of your annual earnings, sending money to the IRS, and spending months wondering whether you filed everything correctly is enough to make your head spin. Tax filings are even more stressful for Uber drivers. As a rideshare driver, you’re employed…

Bill would extend Title VII to protect gig workers

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  From HR Dive, Valerie Bolden-Barret reports that House Representative Eleanor Norton Holmes (D-DC) announced a bill that would protect independent contractors, freelancers and gig workers from discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. See Bill would extend Title VII to protect gig workers The Representative’s press release states: WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the…

Freelance Or Small Business?

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From Finances Wire, Filiyana McGraves discusses the differences between being self-employed and registering as a small business and shares some of the benefits of being a small business.  Filiyana writes: Unfortunately, your status as self-employed or freelance might be hindering your progress in the business world. For a start, there are many large companies that would…

Setting Up Your Business Entity: A Guide for New Contractors

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HomeAdvisor offers advice on setting up a business entity for new contractors. The more formal the business structure, the more likely a contractor will be considered independent and less susceptible to a claim of misclassification. Determining the Right Business Structure for Your Contracting Business There are several business structures to choose from, and the structure you…

Debunking 10 Independent Contracting Myths 

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  Last month MBO Partners debunked myths about engaging with independent contractors, Debunking 10 myths about independent contractor engagement , this month MBO debunks myths about being and independent contractor.  MBO writes: The ability to work when and where you like, be your own boss, and turn your passion into a career make independent work broadly appealing, but…