The Weekly Independent: July 18, 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.
- Brexit is still big on the minds of clients and independent consultants alike. MBO Partners UK representative Mark Stringer shares his thoughts on the potential silver linings of the Brexit decision with The Staffing Stream. Don’t miss Gene Zaino’s blog, either.
- John Dahlberg shares the third part of his human capital market series over on the MBO Partners blog. Previous posts dealt with the acquisition process and enablement; this post discusses management.
- Gig economy workers like Uber drivers are finding ways to cash in on the Pokemon Go craze.
- Lyft is losing as much as $50 million each month, even though the company says it has more than enough money to break even. Let’s hope they don’t get slapped with a misclassification suit soon, a la Uber.
- Want to start freelancing? Here are four reasons you should start now.
- UK accounting firm Brookson ponders the downsides of the gig economy, including lack of ability to grow one’s personal brand or advance in one’s career. We’d take a different tactic, arguing that the gig economy may be a stepping-stone to full-time independence for some, but also a valuable part-time income addition for others who don’t want to go independent full-time.
- Mortgage Reports shares valuable tips on how to get pre-approved for a home mortgage with as little as one year of self-employment history.
- Yahoo! Finance discusses how the UK’s self-employed will help pull their economy out of a post-Brexit slump.
- Here’s a hidden downside to expat life: self-employed expats may have to pay taxes twice. Wall Street Journal talks about how this may be unavoidable for some.
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