IP Issues in the News
Monster Board launches contact service for IPs ...Full story
Champion of Self-Employed Gets MacArthur Fellowship
Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today, an advocacy group for independent workers, has been named a 1999 MacArthur Fellow.
The fellowship, which is administered by the MacArthur Foundation and comes with no restrictions or requirements, is a stipend paid over five years to "individuals who show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work." ...Full story
IRS to Make Life Tougher for Independent Professionals and Their Clients?
The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are considering contradictory bills that would affect who would be considered an independent contractor for tax purposes. The House bill, HR1525, would toughen the requirements and allow the IRS to force more people into the status of "employee." The Senate bill, S344, would broaden the requirements and not allow more IRS regulations in this area. We'll be telling you more about this issue soon.
Other recent news items:
More Men Than Women Working at Home
Louis Harris Poll: Money Isn't Everything Full story
Congressional Bill Refines Employment Definitions Full story
Ten years ago, a chicken coop on a small farm in rural New Hampshire would have housed, if anything, squawking chickens, roosting hens, or fighting cocks. Since 1995, the coop on the knoll behind John Babiarz's Grafton home has hosted a twenty-first century gaggle of noisemakers new to farm country -- computer servers. Full Story
won't happen often, but every now and then a project will shoot
you and your business in a completely new direction. Aquent talks
with three IPs about the accounts that changed their businesses.
we know, you love your clients. Most of them. Sometimes, however,
a client crawls out of your nightmare swamp and almost makes you
wish you were a wage slave again. Sound familiar? Full story.
hire personal trainers to keep themselves fit. So do healthcare
institutions like hospitals, medical clinics, and advocacy groups.
Consultant Matthew McClain is their soft-spoken task master. Full story
office workers to freak out and be goofy -- what kind of job is
that? Okay, it isn't exactly a "job" -- it's an
IP career. One of our "A Day in the Life of an Independent
Professional" series. Loosen your shirt collar and read the
Don't Be Bashful: Nobody's saying you have to cruise the town square bellowing your name and phone number. Nobody's saying you shouldn't, either. But if you expect to succeed in self-employment, you'd better make time to market yourself somehow. Full story Tips
Film by One: Even in the
complex film projects of tinsel town, some people work for themselves. Meet well-known film producer John Daly. Full story
Naming Your Business: You
can invent a name for your solo business, or simply use the one you were born
with. We found that IPs disagree on this issue. Full story
Beating The Night Terrors: No
work coming in? Living in your own private horror movie? We feel your pain...
no, actually, that's baloney. Only you feel your pain. But we do have some advice.
A Day in the Life of an IP: Surely
you knew that museum curators can be independent professionals. It's an interesting
life, complete with mother goddesses, problem clients (sound familiar?), and a
diabetic male cat named... Susan? Don't ask; just read.
Professional Associations: Gold Mines or
Coal Mines: Most independent professionals know that
joining an association can help their networking. But what should you do once
you join? Full story
A Day in the Life of an IP:
When it's hot in the Hamptons, superstar summer
residents hire IP landscape designer Elizabeth Lear.
Full story Tips
Classified ads for IPs?
The Great Scott, a magician, is used to stunning children and adults by making
things appear and disappear. But not even smoke and mirrors can conjure up new
clients... Full story
Taxes as Melodrama: At
least once every year -- usually in April -- IPs have a first hand experience
of film noir. We found an IP lawyer/accountant who divides his time between murder,
bombs, and... tax preparation. Call it IRS noir. Full story
Should you do your own taxes, or have a professional
tax preparer do it? 1099 speaks with three professionals about
the pros and cons of each method. Full story
April's long gone, and if you were a good little girl
or boy and filed your taxes on time, you can ignore this. But if you screwed up
and are still having IRS nightmares, here are our picks of Key
Web Sites for Tax Panic.
Nice Work, If You Can Keep It: Client relations and
project management. Full story
What do self-employment, creativity, and junkyards have in common? Nothing, to normal people... but to San...
How do you prove you're a real business if you're losing money? June Walker addresses a thorny tax issue.
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