This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




Text Version    RSS    Subscribe    Unsubscribe    Archive    Media Kit Jan. 7, 2014

Home   About NASE   Membership   Business Learning Center   Your Voice in DC   Research   Contact Us    


 

Ring in the new year by paying more taxes
NASE
With 2014 upon us, The National Association for the Self-Employed has released a list of new and rising taxes for America's smallest businesses in the new year. "It is important small-business owners educate themselves about these rising taxes for their 2014 planning. While the small-business community continues to struggle with a growing list of unequal taxes and penalties, these additional taxes will make it harder for them to grow and expand in the new year," Katie Vlietstra, vice president for government relations and public affairs at NASE said.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE  




10 small-business ideas for women who think outside the box
Top 10 Social Media
When you see an article titled "small-business ideas for women" you can almost predict its content. Nobody needs to tell you about monetizing a blog, selling on Etsy or eBay, selling homemade baked goods or arranging gift baskets. Not that there's anything wrong with these businesses. In fact, many women find them quite profitable but that's the real problem. Too many women are already out there, doing the same thing. To quote Stephen Sondheim, "You gotta have a gimmick, if you wanna have a chance." Here are 10 small-business ideas for women who think outside the box.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
With all the buzz surrounding business use of "cloud computing," you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere — on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym — was a new one. But small-business owners have been working on the go for decades. The arrival of mobile apps has just made things a little easier for them. If you're a small-business owner looking to make your mobile devices even more useful for business, consider these types of apps that can help.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


SPONSORED CONTENT
Looking for similar articles? Search here, keyword APPS.


Make sure your online reputation is solid and other must-read business tips
Entrepreneur
It's 2014 and networking isn't your grandfather's game of handshakes and highballs anymore. Your online footprint matters as much as, if not more than, your real-life presence. Just as there are certain faux pas to avoid with in-person networking, you can botch online networking if you aren't careful, says serial entrepreneur Matthew Toren.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


FEATURED ARTICLE
TRENDING ARTICLE
MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
Ring in the new year by paying more taxes
NASE
With 2014 upon us, The National Association for the Self-Employed has released a list of new and rising taxes for America's smallest businesses in the new year. "It is important small-business owners educate themselves about these rising taxes for their 2014 planning. While the small-business community continues to struggle with a growing list of unequal taxes and penalties, these additional taxes will make it harder for them to grow and expand in the new year," Katie Vlietstra, vice president for government relations and public affairs at NASE said.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
4 ways to improve your next electronic proposal submission
By Joe Latta
Proposal professionals have long explored ways to optimize their hard copy submissions, from adjusting paper colors, tabs and binding types to developing unique packaging materials. However, as many government and commercial organizations shift to electronic-only submission requirements, a new challenge has emerged: how to optimize a proposal file. That's why I'm discussing four underused ways to improve the appeal and functionality of a proposal in portable document format (PDF) — the most common file type of electronic submissions.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
Happy New Year! You get to pay more taxes
NASE
Individuals and families will see a little less in their paychecks starting Jan. 1, 2014. Wage earners and self-employed individuals who make more than $200,000 (individual) and $250,000 (couple) will be assessed an additional .9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax as well as a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income — investment dividends, rental income, interest and capital gains on property.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more


4 New Year's life hacks for small-business owners
The Huffington Post
Mark Hawks writes, "It's that time of year where many of us reflect on what we've accomplished and start planning for the new year. Between talking with other small-business owners, learning from my mistakes and my own desire to constantly improve, I've found several life hacks that have really helped me both personally and professionally. My hope is that the following insight that worked well for me in 2013 will help fellow business owners as they plan for 2014."
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Small-business study ranks California last
Fox & Hounds
An item we missed while on break is yet another report claiming that California is not business friendly. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council ranked California 50th in an extensive index measuring state policy measures on small business. According to the study's author Raymond Keating, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council's chief economist, "Quite simply, the states are compared and ranked according to how state and local government policies impact costs and incentives for entrepreneurship and investment. In turn, such risk taking is critical to economic growth, income growth and job creation."
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Perfecting the social media balancing act in 2014
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social media has now been around for years. No matter the industry, you know you have to be on social media — especially in 2014. Managing social media is a fun part of the business, but realistically, it's also one of the hardest. It seems like there's always another social media site popping up, and to stay trendy, you and your business have to be on it. How in the world can one business manage all of these sites? Balancing social media is an act you've got to learn to master quickly, before you burn out.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Happy New Year! You get to pay more taxes (NASE)
4 ways to improve your next electronic proposal submission (By Joe Latta)
Yelp: Is it hurting small business? (The Huffington Post)
Top 10 small-business trends for 2014 (Small Business Labs)
How to keep your business lean and profitable (Business 2 Community)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


7 ways to sneak exercise into the self-employed lifestyle
Mashable
When you're self-employed, it's easy to think that your schedule is 100 percent your own and that you can pick and choose exactly how you want to spend your time. However, entrepreneurs work hard to please clients and build the perfect business — which means that personal time is often sacrificed for last minute projects, client meetings and tight deadlines. If you've been struggling to find a way to fit regular exercise into your unpredictable, self-employed schedule, here are a few tips for the new year.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


10 small-business management books to read this year
Small Biz Trends
Successful management for small-business owners is about identifying the right things to do, building a team and then pulling them together to accomplish those things. When done well, the whole enterprise and your life appear to be running smoothly and effortlessly. When done poorly or not at all, you find yourself in a never ending whirlwind of unfinished projects and missed opportunities, feeling like there's too much to do and not enough time. This collection of small-business management books will help you to focus, leverage and manage all of the tasks, teams and personalities that are a part of your business and your life.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


What are your small-business resolutions for 2014?
The Guardian
Whether it's joining a gym or taking part in dry January, the new year is a time for quitting bad habits, turning over a new leaf and looking to the future with renewed optimism. For small-business owners, it may be the perfect time to take a closer look at the overall running of the business and iron out any operational creases.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


 

Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Nikki Trufant-Wade, Content Editor, 972.910.6810  
Contribute news

Be sure to add us to your address book or safe sender list so our emails get to your inbox. Learn how.

This edition of the Self-Employed OutFront Weekly was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here — it's free!
Recent issues
Jan. 2, 2014
Dec. 26, 2013
Dec. 26, 2013
Dec. 26, 2013



7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063