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On these pages, we’ll be exploring the complex and rapidly evolving business and regulatory conditions surrounding the use or independent contractors, consultants, and 1099s. Companies of all sizes that engage independent contractors are subject to myriad risks and responsibilities for using 1099s.

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Staying Sharp: Do Brain Games Actually Work?

by Jay Miutz

We’ve all been there; you’re in a meeting, or maybe halfway to your stop on the subway, when you break out the ol’ smartphone. Sure, maybe it’s not perfect social etiquette, but you quickly quash that concern by flipping through your apps. You’re on a mission to find that Quizzical App, or Brainstorm, or Brain Buster or Brain-something or another and justify your actions.

New Billionaire on the Block

by Jay Miutz

As of the latest financial reports from Forbes Magazine, the Prince of Air has officially hit the nine digit mark. Michael Jordan, who hasn’t stepped foot on the court in over a decade, is now valued at over a billion dollars, according to financial experts.

The Most Dangerous Phrase

by Jay Miutz

The most dangerous phrase in the English language is,"we've always done it this way."

Five Technologies You Thought You Needed – But Don’t

by Jay Miutz

In the hi-tech world we live in today, advancement, convenience and the never ending possibilities of new technologies are a major force. It’s amazing how much can be at your fingertips in just a matter of seconds, but how much is too much? Sure, it might be sacrilege to say it - but where is the line on overkill? There is so much new out there that business owners can often forget that new doesn’t always means necessary.

The Fourth of July, a Founding Father and a Whole Bunch of Finance

by Jay miutz

This Friday marks a celebration of one of the most important holidays in our great nation: the birth of America and the Fourth of July. It’s a day when all Americans come together with as many tacky red, white and blue decorations as one can buy, grill up huge slabs of questionable-grade meat, and then launch amateur displays of extremely dangerous pyrotechnics into the air.

DeVry’s Career Advisory Board & MBO Tell the Story of Successful Contractors

by Gene Zaino

As CEO of the leading platform for self-employment, I have a great interest in the recent surge in independent workers. So when analyst and reporter Alexandra Levit – well known for her insightful career stories in the New York Times -- reached out to talk about how to better advise aspiring contractors and consultants, our team was happy to help.

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Hot Spots – A Review of the Best Free WiFi Spots To Do Out of Office Work (Part 1)

by Jay Miutz

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Working from home is arguably one of the greatest inventions of the 21st Century. You can roll out of bed, brew a cup of Joe, knock out a crop of emails and then crank out six or seven reports that aren’t due for at least two weeks. It’s a productivity paradise!

Or at least that’s what it sounds like on paper.

Small Business By State: A Quick Look at Where, When and How Well Americans Run Small Businesses

by Jay Miutz

A new study published this week by The Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack took a deeper look into which states are the most small business friendly, where businesses are starting, where more are closing and where the overall trends are headed. An earlier study by the Kauffman group collected these findings; however, this original study is 32 pages long (and a bit dry), so here is a brief overview of what all three research efforts showed us.

The Art of the Handshake

by Jay Miutz

Thousands of years ago, in what scientists say was likely a prehistoric cave in today’s Southern Spain, an amazing discovery took place. As two rocks crashed together, the life of the earliest man was illuminated and darkness was finally conquered.

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