Laid off teacher builds a St. Paul FedEx business from scratch

From TwinCities.com  — “Rene Martinez considers himself lucky. Another person might say that he made his own luck. Deaf since birth, laid off from his teaching job in the Twin Cities in 2004, Martinez began driving a FedEx truck in St. Paul. Soon he was in charge of two routes; then multiple routes. Then he had…

More independent contractors would do country good

From the dailyworld.com, Tom Purcell writes:  “If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I’d better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me more and I prosper. If they don’t, I go…

7 Steps to Launch Your Freelancing Career Full-Time

From Entrepreneur — Raubi Marie Perilli writes:  “Freelancing on the side is a great way to make a little extra cash or pursue a hobby. But for some passionate creatives and entrepreneurial types there comes a time when they wonder if they should make the move to full-time freelancing . Deciding to quit your day job and…

Eden: How to avoid worker misclassification

From OANow.com — Tommy Eden writes:  “The next time you are trying to decide how to properly classify someone as an employee or an independent contractor, understand that the right to control the means and manner of performance is a key factor — with about 20 other factors to boot. So ask yourself the following questions before…

ACA makes difference for self-employed

From azsundaily.com — “On a personal level, this law [the Affordable Care Act] changed our lives — my husband’s and myself. We have been self-employed for more than 30 years and always paid our own health insurance coverage. The monthly premium increased unceasingly. In the years that we had medical issues, we were obviously required to pay…