The Weekly Independent: February 22, 2016
Being a successful independent contractor or a client of choice isn’t just about doing the best work or having the best perks. It also means staying one step ahead of the curve. That’s why each week we bring you The Weekly Independent, a quick-hit digest of news of note from around the web.
- MBO CEO Gene Zaino remains optimistic about the DOL’s proposal to revive the contingent workforce population survey. But the details are key. His op-ed for The Hill details a new approach to sizing the independent workforce.
- People work independently for a variety of reasons, but a top driver is to control one’s on schedule. Keeping “balance” in work and personal life remains a key need – use these tips to help stay on the right track.
- Attorney Vanessa Goddard wrote a pointed opinion on the status of on-demand workers for National Law Review. Read why she thinks Uber drivers and the like should remain contract talent.
- It’s okay to fire or “quit” a client as a freelancer. Mashable offers three ways to cut a relationship, and the reasons why doing so might be beneficial to your career.
- Motley Fool covers why it’s important to save consistently for retirement as a freelancer.
- A well-written scope of work document will clearly outline your responsibilities to a client, as well as help keep your work on track. We’ve updated our SOW Guide and template to help you create a Scope of Work that “works” for you.
- Nearly 1% of U.S. adults earned income in September 2015 via one of the growing number of firms that are part of the sharing or gig economy, and made, on average, $533 per month, according to a new study by JPMorgan Chase Institute. The Wall Street Journal covers the new study in depth.
- Just what does the gig economy mean for HR? Definitions vary tremendously, depending on where you look. Personnel Today attempts to size this issue.
- Do you work in the on-demand economy? If so, remember that you’re obligated to pay taxes on that income. But that extra income comes with advantages too – tax breaks.
Should you have any questions, we’re always here for you.