Self Made: NASE's Blog

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - I hope all of you had wonderful Thanksgivings and productive Small Business Saturdays! Here are some stories and tips you may have missed while enjoying that last slice of pumpkin pie. Especially around the holidays, everyone wants to decrease stress and increase productivity (via Inc.) and many of us are looking for solutions to similar problems (via Freelance Folder). Looking for free or almost free help for your small business? Small Business Trends has the scoop.  Freelance Folder has a guide to the hard questions of when and how to say no to a client.  ...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
When Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess, the Senate is set to vote on two measures, introduced by Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), that would repeal the increased Form 1099 reporting law. The bills are both amendments to the Senate Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510. The NASE supports efforts to repeal the legislation, along with other key small business thought leaders. Recently, both SBA Administrator Karen Mills and Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant voiced their opposition to the law that would increase paperwork exponentially for small business owners. Read past NASE coverage of this issue, including survey ...
Friday, November 19, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - If you need up to $5,000 to help your business grow, don't wait to apply for an NASE Business Development Grant! The grant application period for this year is ending on November 30, 2010, and you'll have to wait until February 1, 2011, to apply if you don't get your application in this month. The NASE has awarded over $450,000 in grants since 2006 to NASE Members like yourself for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs. To learn more and apply for a grant, click here and log in with ...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Congress returns this week to Washington, D.C. for the first time since the midterm elections. After nearly a month and a half of pre- and post-election leave, lawmakers will finish the rest of their legislative duties for 2010, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is called the "lame duck" session, since some members will not be returning for the 112th Congress in January. The list of pending legislative action items includes agreeing on a 2011 budget and addressing various expiring tax provisions. These are likely to be taken up in the weeks after Thanksgiving. ...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - Want to get the most out of a social media presence for your small business? Mashable shares some "how to" advice from the experts. If you're not utilizing online advertising, you may want to reconsider after hearing the latest numbers via Inc. According to Comscore "1.3 trillion (yes, that's a 't') display ads were delivered to people online in the United States in the third quarter of this year. That's a 22% increase from the same quarter a year ago." And on top of that, a fourth of those ads - or in other words, ...
Friday, November 12, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - While I do consider myself a morning person, I've never been enough of a morning person to participate in Black Friday shopping. I usually find the early morning hours of the Friday after Thanksgiving to be better spent sleeping. However, I am totally in support of American Express OPEN declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be Small Business Saturday. According to Inc., Small Business Saturday is good for businesses and shoppers - "American Express will give $100 in free Facebook advertising to the first 10,000 businesses that sign up for the program. Businesses can created ...
Friday, November 05, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - I hope everyone survived Halloween's sugar rush, and that you proudly displayed your "I voted" sticker after Tuesday's election. It's been a busy week, so here's a look the news you may have missed. Confused about the Federal Reserve's plan to spend $600 billion to help the economy? NPR and Slate partner to break the announcement down into plain language. Small Biz Survival reminds us that it's never to early to start thinking about taxes, and OPEN Forum suggests steps to take now to prevent your business reputation from being tarnished in the future. If ...
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), released the following statement after the President delivered supportive comments on small business priorities at a press conference earlier today: “NASE is encouraged that President Obama is focused on two priority policy issues that need to be addressed to help the nation’s 23 million self-employed and micro-business owners drive economic growth. The IRS Form 1099 provisions passed under the health care law would increase paperwork for a self-employed business owner by more than a thousand percent, a burden that could affect a business’ ...
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - If you believe that "everyone" is your potential customer, Dr. Jeff Cornwall of Belmont University has a few words for you. Dr. Cornwall writes that, "The era of the mass market is over. It has been replaced by what is known as the long tail of marketing, in which the focus is not on the mainstream but on much smaller market niches." Dr.Cornwall suggests steps for identifying your specific potential clients, as well as gaining and keeping them as customers. (Also, if you're not already reading Dr. Cornwall's blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind, be sure to ...
Monday, November 01, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - The following post is from our Senior Health Advisor, Mike Beene. Like many of us here, Mike wears many hats, as he is also the NASE's chief council. Here are his comments from a recent speaking engagement before some self-employed members in the mulch and soil field: On Health Care And The Self-Employed, By Mike Beene         The subject: Health care reform         The setting: The Mulch and Soil Council annual meeting         The engaged audience: The national membership of the Mulch and Soil Council Nothing is more energizing than speaking to a large, engaged audience. Better still, ...

 

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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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