Self Made: NASE's Blog

Welcome to the Self Made. This is a blog focused primarily on the self-employed and micro-business and full of fantastic posts by not only our team of experts but by YOU!  We realize that there are many ways to help the small businesses out there which is why we invite other business minded individuals to post here and help the rest of the community as well.

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What Independent Contractors Need To Know About Surety Bonds

If you want to work on construction, repair, maintenance or other similar projects, yet remain independent, then becoming an independent contractor is the right thing for you. But to become an independent contractor in most states, you will need to get a contractor license.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017

4 Steps to a Hassle-Free Tax Season

The complicated process of filing taxes is often not clearly understood until a person goes through their first tax season. For a person using only a W-2, the experience may have been limited to “painstaking”. For someone who freelances or owns their own business, the process could have easily become mentally painful. If you’re looking for a way to improve the way you do tax season, here are some steps you should be taking.

Posted on Jan 06, 2017

7 Negotiation Techniques for Small Business Owners

Small business is entrenched into America. Starting a company from scratch and building it into something formidable is the embodiment of the American dream. There has been a substantial amount of speculation since the 2008 economic recession that this dream is largely dead, however, hard data proves otherwise. Small businesses built from the ground up have generated over 65 percent of the net new jobs since 1995. These same businesses continue to produce upwards of 50 percent of the private non-farm GDP.

Posted on Dec 12, 2016

5 Tips To Avoid The Self-Employment Trap

Part of the thrill of owning a business or working as a freelancer is the control it seems to offer. You don’t answer to anyone but yourself; the growth of your capital depends on your hard work, and you’re the one who reaps the satisfaction and the financial rewards of a job well done. Unfortunately, many self-employed folks find themselves subject to another boss: their work. They find that they and their families have become slaves to the unbelievable effort it takes to maintain a business. Sure, they have the ability to excel in their field, but they’re drowning in their own business.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016

5 Lessons Startups Should Learn Early to Stay in Business

Did you know that 90% of startups fail within the first five years? 45% will close their doors in the first six months. 62% of startups fail because of conflicts between co-founders. Clearly, the numbers are not in your favor. ​That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

Posted on Jul 06, 2016

A Big Way Congress Can Get the IRS Off the Backs of Small Businesses

Another year, another tax season, more unjust taxes on the small business community. Despite stepping out of the unemployment line and into a new, job creating small business on Main Street, small business owners could be hit with another unfair tax this year when they file their returns.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016

Just Another Unfair Tax by the IRS

In the next few months, thousands of small business will file their tax returns across Delaware. But this year, on top of the myriad complex tax liabilities and unequal deductions forced onto small business owners, they now face another unfair tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): a penalty for offering health care support to their employees.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016

Have You “Sound Branded” Your Business Yet?

We all know that branding for your business is important… However, have you created an actual "voice" for your company that reflects its branded style? ​It’s a fact. Branding is a very important marketing tool that every business or organization should think about. Why? Well, simply put – it’s the personality that identifies a product, service, or company. In addition, it's been proven time and time again that proper branding can result in higher sales (OK, now we’re talking)! But, what’s even more interesting? Truly successful branding is obtained when someone can remember a brand without being exposed to the company name, but rather through visual or audible signifiers.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016

What if One Day and $99 Could Change Your Business Forever?

Every savvy business owner loves a great deal, and we’ve got one for you. As we approach the holiday season, I want to share with you about an amazing event that NASE is proud to be a part of. The Abounding Business Conference is a day of empowerment for small business owners, coming to 10 cities across the US in 2016 and we are excited to be a part of it. I would like to invite you to come out and hear our President & CEO, Keith Hall, along with several other business leaders.

Posted on Dec 04, 2015

What do Uber, FedEx and Lowe’s have in common?

Worker classification is front-page news these days as companies like Uber, FedEx, and Lowe’s face misclassification lawsuits. If you engage with freelancers, consultants, or any type of independent contractor, proper classification is critical. Unfortunately, the rules around classification are not easy to interpret. The NASE’s President & CEO Keith Hall is joining an expert panel for a free webinar where listeners will learn information to help protect their business from massive fines, unnecessary hassles, and lawsuits like the ones you've heard about in the news.

Posted on Dec 03, 2015

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