Self Made: NASE's Blog

Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Women business owners are on the rise with nearly half of all self-employed companies being led by females. According to the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), Boomers are taking the stage when it comes to business ownership, with the average age of owners at 50 years old.  “Women business owners are superb multi-taskers and know how to do more with less,” said NASE President Kristie L. Arslan. “We are proud to honor their yearlong contributions to the nation’s rebounding economy.”  This October, the NASE joins the Small Business Administration (SBA) to celebrate the role of women in small business. ...
Friday, September 28, 2012
For many micro businesses, one of the first successes is landing a big client that creates a steady cash flow. Then you get so busy that you don’t make time to diversify your customer base. If your business is dependent on one or two clients … they could be the most dangerous clients you have. NASE business consultants hear this scenario all too often; “I just lost my biggest client and don’t know if I can keep the business going unless I find someone to replace them.” To keep any business solvent you have to have a diverse customer base. ...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There is something special with entrepreneurs and their children. We hope those risk taking genes have been passed on and that someday our kids will take over the business and make it bigger and better. The problem is that all too often trying to get our heirs involved in "the business" is more of a nightmare than an American dream. That’s not to say that getting children involved in business is not a good idea. Quite the contrary, it’s a mistake not to get them involved. Beyond the tax benefits, there is a lot to be learned during those young ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Posted by Katie Vlietstra - As Congress looks towards adjournment, having just completed an eight-day work period before heading out of town until after the November 6, 2012 election, elected officials have started giving the American people the “heads-up” that the Payroll Tax Holiday will indeed come to a close on December 31, 2012. Members of both parties and both Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee have expressed that the “holiday” was just that, a reprieve for the crunched economy for a specific period of time.  The end of the payroll tax holiday would impact 160 million ...
Friday, September 14, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - A lot happened this week, mostly in the financial arena (with the Fed announcing QE3) and in foreign policy, with the unfortunate events that took place at the embassy outpost in Libya. However there were a few other noteables that I've mentioned below. Please read and, if you like, share. Small-business groups are pressuring Congress to take up legislative tax policy, so that the climate for business owners will be less fiscally uncertain. The NASE started its own 13 Work Days campaign to encourage Congress to address self-employed issues before adjourning until the November election. ...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Join the NASE's latest educational webinar series on the nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect your business when state health insurance exchanges go into effect. Find out more and register here. 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Click here to visit the NASE's new site devoted to the presidential election. Find convention speeches and news of the day on our constantly updated page. Election Watch website
Friday, September 07, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Check out this week's top news stories: How Not to Pitch Your Business in Social Media (NY Times) Google doodle ( celebrates Star Trek) Survey says: Workplace culture matters to employees (
Friday, August 31, 2012
In response to the Republican convention and official nomination of Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, the NASE's Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra had the following  comments: "Last night Governor Romney accepted the Republican nomination for the presidency. The NASE looks forward to hearing in specific detail from the Romney-Ryan campaign as to how, if elected, they will embrace policies that directly speak to the self-employed. It is of significant concern that the self-employed will equate itself with the empty chair so prominently displayed last night, invisible and largely ignored and continually marginalized by empty promises and backwards ...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
About two months from now we will elect about 33 senators, a whole slate of house members, 435 of them, and even a President.  Some will be new and some will return for another chance to help their constituents.  So what should you do?  What can you do? First and foremost, VOTE!!!  Regardless of whether you lean to the left or lean to the right or even if you focus your political views right down the middle, make sure that you VOTE!!!  Your vote counts and the most important thing that you can do in this election year is to ...


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Self Made

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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