Self Made: NASE's Blog

Monday, October 24, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - According to this infographic from Small Biz Bee, employment numbers as well as compensation and work hours were up in September 2011.  Would you consider hiring an employee online? How about all of your employees? According to a survey by Elance, 83 percent of small businesses plan to hire half of their workers online within the next year.  Small Business Trends argues that flexible hours (even for hourly employees) can make small businesses more productive. Finally, don't forget that investing in your employees can help your small business succeed!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Q: Today, I read [NASE President] Kristie Arslan's testimony to the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship regarding extending the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. I am curious to know what the difference is between the Small Jobs Act of 2010 and the HRA 105 benefit? I do not fully understand the Act but I do have a pretty good grasp on the HRA 105 and to me, they sound very similar. A: The Small Business Job Act of 2010 was a comprehensive act that affected many more areas than just health care costs but I assume you are interested in ...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The NASE has a You Tube page! Here are some of our latest videos, featuring NASE President Kristie L. Arslan: Removing barriers for entrepreneurs How a payroll tax cut would help the self-employed National self-employment initiative
Monday, September 26, 2011
[Editor’s Note:  From time to time, SelfMade likes to partner with guest bloggers to bring you a wide variety of business information on topics of interest to the self-employed. The following post is written by Bill Hettinger, Ph.D. , and the author of the book pictured below. We hope you enjoy!] If you're like many small business owners, you would rather go to the dentist than read your business’ financial statements. The common reaction to financial statements is that they're boring, they're intimidating, I don’t understand the content, and if I were to look at them, where would I start? ...
Friday, September 23, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - I came across an interesting article on Huffington Post about stereotypes and sacrifice. This isn't your garden variety article on women in the workplace. Click here to read on.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - Small businesses are incredibly bank dependent for their credit needs. After all, they can’t offer any collateral, show a long credit history, nor access commercial paper, bonds, and traded equity in the financial markets. If you’re self-employed, the challenges are greater and choices slimmer. Unfortunately, with the economic recession in full swing, it’s become even more difficult for small business owners to go and sign papers at the local bank. New regulations have popped up, requiring banks to be more conservative with their lending activities. Small businesses can’t borrow (or choose not to borrow due ...
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing today about tax reform options for retirement savings, where members investigated the need to reform a system where nearly 30 percent of all Americans in the workforce for 25 years or more years have zero savings. "Perhaps most troubling is that fewer than half of all American workers work for an employer that sponsors a retirement plan, and the half of Americans who do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan are almost entirely middle or low income," Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said. "This means they are ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Posted by Sung Yoo - On Sept. 14th, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing regarding tax rates on high-income earners, capital gains and dividends. Although Democrats and Republicans appeared to agree tax reform is an important puzzle in fixing the struggling economy and high unemployment, they expressed deep philosophical differences on how to move forward. Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said there was only one common-sense solution to the problem: Allow lower tax rates for the wealthiest Americans to expire, rather than making major cuts to Social Security or Medicare. Cutting Social Security or Medicare would only harm ...


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A blog on the self-employed and micro-business

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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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