The Weekly Independent: June 27, 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 making big news, and while we don’t know the full impact of the decision on self-employed workers or contractors in the UK, The Guardian is speculating about what this change will mean for small businesses.
- Technology is driving demand for a new way to classify workers who are neither employees nor independent contractors. But some say there are easier fixes. Human Resource Executive Online quotes CEO Gene Zaino and references Certified Self-Employed as a possible solution.
- Group collaboration shouldn’t have to be a challenge for independent workers. Try these great online meeting tools to make connecting a breeze.
- When bidding on new projects or taking on a new assignment, don’t forget to pay attention to soft skills. These can often make or break your success in the workplace.
- Want to know the cost of misclassification? If you’re FedEx, it’s $240 million. The company is finally settling a decade-plus long misclassification suit with drivers.
- This piece from NerdWallet shows you how to claim common business expenses and secure (legal) writeoffs to lower taxable income for 1099s.
- The author of the book The Sharing Economy now wants to call it “crowd-based capitalism.” This in-depth interview with Quartz sums up why.
- Millennials take a happier work experience over more money. Maybe that’s why they’re more inclined than any other generation to try independent work.
- These simple side hustles are a great way to ease into self-employment.
- These 16 trends are shaping the future of work. Hint: 12 and 16 are directly related to independent workers.
- The gig economy is impacting not just large companies, but small businesses too. Here’s why.
- Want to quit your job to drive for Uber? Reconsider – most don’t make more than an hourly retail employee, says Vanity Fair.
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