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The self-employment surge and how professionals can best prepare
WZDX-TV
One in two American workers are projected to be self-employed by 2020, according to MBO Partners. While the shifting economy has surely pushed some people into independent work, many have chosen it. Career goals for contemporary professionals are changing and given how quickly this trend is taking hold in the United States, today’s employees who aspire to be tomorrow's contract workers need to prepare now to navigate this changing landscape.
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Personal branding tips
Business 2 Community
You may not like what I’m about yo say, but I’m going to say it anyway. You have got something in common with Coca-Cola, IBM and McDonalds – you are a brand. If you want to stand out as a person, be it in the workplace, on social media, or wherever, then building up your personal brand is important, and there have never been more avenues to express your brand than right now in 2014.
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What expenses can I deduct if I am self employed?
Tax Law Home
If you own or operate your own business, the IRS allows you to deduct certain expenses related to your business. The IRS has a specific definition about what expenses you can deduct.
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Why you should never cross your arms again
Entrepreneur
Body language is older and more innate for us as humans than even language or facial expressions. That’s why people born blind can perform the same body language expressions as people who can see. They come pre-programmed with our brains.
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The key to profitability that many small businesses get wrong
American Express OPEN Forum
No matter what business you're in, the key to profitability is efficiency. Why efficiency and not price? Think about it: You can only increase the price so far before the market won't take it anymore.
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The self-employment surge and how professionals can best prepare
WZDX-TV
According to the study, professionals are choosing self-employment in order to control the type of work assignments they pursue (67 percent), to have a greater sense of flexibility and work-life balance (64 percent), and to follow a passion (59 percent).

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Is right now a good time to start your own business?
Business Insider
Virtually everyone who works for a company has had the thought, Why am I doing this? If I ran this place, I'd sure do "X" differently. What's stopping everyone from becoming the CEO of their own business, anyway?

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PayPal unveils tools for small businesses to sell global
BloombergBusinessweek
Ebay Inc.'s payments unit is rolling out tools and data to help merchants find new markets and ways to sell their wares, be that in China, Japan, Argentina or elsewhere, said Anuj Nayar, PayPal’s senior director of global initiatives.

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You need a plan to retire before you plan to retire
MarketWatch
Don't forget about "Plan B." One of the most important "aha" moments I communicate to clients when we're doing retirement income planning is the following: You're not going to retire when you plan on retiringm says Robert Klein, founder and president of Retirement Income Center, a retirement income planning firm located in Newport Beach, Calif. You're probably going to retire earlier.
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The 2-step process for getting your to-do list down to zero
Fast Company
For many of us, dealing with daily tasks is not a problem — it's addressing the bigger-picture needs that aren't due yesterday, and languish on our to-do lists for days or weeks at a time, but are still critically important.
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10 ways you'll know your business idea stinks
BusinessNewsDaily
So you think you have a great idea for a business? You might want to think again. While entrepreneurs are best known for the businesses that make them money, they often go through a series of bad ideas before settling on one that works.
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Instinct can beat analytical thinking
Harvard Business Review
Researchers have confronted us in recent years with example after example of how we humans get things wrong when it comes to making decisions. We misunderstand probability, we're myopic, we pay attention to the wrong things, and we just generally mess up. This popular triumph of the "heuristics and biases" literature pioneered by psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky has made us aware of flaws that economics long glossed over, and led to interesting innovations in retirement planning and government policy.
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