Self Made: NASE's Blog

Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - From bartering to Facebook, check out these articles that couldn't wait until Friday. Some businesses are turning to bartering because the economy has made cash hard to come by. Smallbusinessnewz has tips to help you barter without running afoul of the IRS. Freelance Folder spells out the situations when you shouldn't follow up with a potential customer. If you're starting a business, have you thought about your legal structure and worked on these six essential plans? Finally, have you checked your Facebook privacy settings lately? Mashable has 10 settings that you should be familiar with, ...
Friday, February 04, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement, which was part of the health care reform package passed last year:   “Small business owners nationwide applaud the U.S. Senate for voting to repeal an onerous provision of the health care reform law,” said Arslan. “There is no question that expanding the IRS Form 1099 reporting requirement would have placed an undue burden on small business owners, including the self-employed and micro-businesses. Adding to small businesses’ regulatory reporting ...
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - The Small Business Administration is launching a federal contracting program for women-owned small businesses. In a press release, the SBA explained that: "The WOSB Federal Contract Program will provide greater access to federal contracting opportunities for WOSBs and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). The Program allows contracting officers, for the first time, to set aside specific contracts for certified WOSBs and EDWOSBs and will help federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of five percent of federal contracting dollars being awarded to WOSBs." The SBA is releasing instructions tomorrow, February 4th, on how to participate, ...
Friday, January 28, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - As part of President Obama's Executive Order on Regulatory Strategy, he included a specific portion aimed at small businesses. His memorandum specifically mentions the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires federal institutions to consider the effect of proposed regulations on small businesses. The NASE has worked with the SBA Office of Advocacy in the past to point out existing harmful regulations. The home office deduction is one such case. Business owners who use a portion of their home regularly and exclusively for business are permitted to deduct a portion of the costs of upkeep of this ...
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - The Small Business Administration announced this week that the first six in a series of grants have been awarded to Small Business Development Centers. The grants are part of $50 million in funding included in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The grants will help SBDCs "support job creation and retention within the small business community through in-depth business counseling and advising entrepreneurs and small business owners." This week's awards went to SBDCs in Alaska, California, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan and South Carolina, and awards to other SBDCs will be given in the coming weeks. ...
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Posted by Kristie Arslan - Getting our economy back on track depends on the success of our nation’s small businesses. Critical measures enacted last year like the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts delivered much needed tax relief to small businesses, especially the self-employed and micro-businesses, helping business owners keep their doors open and even expand their operations. The latest messaging from the White House signals that President Obama is serious about continuing to support the small business community. During his State of the Union address, the President stated that he is ...
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - The state of the union is set for Jan. 25. It is being watched for signs of how much President Obama is willing to work with Republicans on a variety of issues, but chiefly on economic policy and on policies to reduce national debt.  The speech will set the agenda and tone for the rest of 2011 as the White House and Congress focus on what both say is their primary goal: job creation. The NASE would like to see the president touch upon what can be done to help the self-employed continue to build ...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - Whether you're a fan of countdowns (I'll admit that I have at least one going right now) or not, I hope the items in this business countdown are helpful! Also, no need to be ashamed about humming along to Europe as you're checking out the links below...   10 Old New Rules for Business Emails 8 Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace Own a business? 6 new tax breaks 5 Ways IT Can Ease Small Business Accounting Three Tips to Raise Money in a Tight Economy  
Monday, January 10, 2011
Posted by Kristie Arslan - The unemployment rate is now at its lowest level - 9.4 percent - in 19 months, despite millions of Americans who would like to go back to work. While this signals a move in the right direction, Americans have become accustomed to a monthly dose of bad news from the Department of Labor. These figures, though gloomy, would be much worse if a significant number of workers were not keeping themselves off of unemployment by finding freelance work and going into business for themselves. While the economy continues to struggle and so many Americans remain ...
Friday, January 07, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - It's always good to get things checked off of the list while the new year (and all of those resolutions) are still fresh. This week's link roundup has some good small business do's and don'ts to start off the year. Don'ts 6 Common Money Mistakes Small Business Owners Make Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Fail Do's How to Create a Paperless Office Running a Small Business From Your Home: 8 Ways to Make it Work Five Regulations Entrepreneurs and New Business Owners Should Review


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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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