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.
  • Happy New Year! You Get To Pay More Taxes.

    Individuals and families will see a little less in their paychecks starting January 1, 2014- wage earners and self-employed individuals who make more than $200,000 (individual) and $250,000 (couple) will be assessed an additional .9% Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45% Medicare payroll tax as well as a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income (investment dividends, rental income, interest and capital gains on property).
    Posted on Dec 17, 2013
  • Facebook Adds Star Ratings to Business Pages

    As you may have noticed, Facebook rolled out their star rating system onto business pages last month. In reality, the star rating system has been in place on Facebook's mobile app for places for quite some time. However, November is when they officially rolled it out for business pages on the standard browser version of Facebook.
    Posted on Dec 05, 2013
  • NASE Calls on Congress to Act

    Earlier this week, the NASE submitted a statement for the record to the House Ways and Means Committee in response to the committee’s hearing on the status of the ACA enrollment. In the NASE statement, we expressed our concerns that leading up to the October 1st launch, the administration was not providing sufficient details and answers regarding the Exchange Marketplace. With the lackluster launch, we are now asking congress to eliminate the open enrollment deadlines for the 2014 calendar year and to delay the individual mandate penalty for one tax-filing year.
    Posted on Nov 04, 2013
  • The Government Shutdown & Reopening

    As many of you already know, starting at the beginning of the month, the Government shut down for 16 days. Standard & Poor estimates that the shutdown cost the U.S. economy $24 billion during that span. While many government employees were directly affected, they were not the only ones. Many small businesses felt the effects of the shutdown in every corner of the country.
    Posted on Oct 22, 2013
  • The More You Know Infographic

    Last week, we released an infographic to increase awareness about the upcoming changes to Health Care and how it relates to the twenty three million self-employed in this country. Next week, on October 1st, national and state health care Exchanges will begin open enrollment. Currently, the federal government has provided limited details and incomplete information which makes it difficult to plan and make decisions regarding your health care in the future.
    Posted on Sep 24, 2013
  • Crowdfunding Contest Winner Announced

    Earlier this year, we here at the NASE announced a partnership with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) and Fundable to launch a crowdfunding contest. The contest was a great success for many small businesses and the winner that emerged was The Cookie Bar from Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Posted on Sep 23, 2013
  • Who is Financing Small Businesses?

    The SBA’s Office of Advocacy annually publishes a report that tracks lending to small businesses. The report shows how small businesses are financed, or in the worst case, denied the financing they need. This could be the banking industry’s worst nightmare. Small businesses are too important to the economy to be heckled by lenders. This analysis provides the critical answers on how much they are heckled and why.
    Posted on Jul 15, 2013
  • Catching up with a Future Entrepreneur

    Joe Pielago of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. received the NASE Future Entrepreneur award in 2009. After four years at the University of San Francisco, he recently graduated with a BS in Business Administration. Read on to join us in catching up with Joe.
    Posted on Jul 10, 2013
  • Employer Mandate: Let’s Push it Back a Year

    The Obama administration took some muscle out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by pushing the Employer Mandate implementation to 2015. The administration has started marketing efforts, but this mandate must be a hard sell. The policy calls for any business that employs over 50 full time workers (30 hours per week) to provide insurance for their employees.
    Posted on Jul 09, 2013
  • New NASE Affordable Care Act Brief

    The NASE has created to two page brief that highlights the Affordable Care Act and its impact on America's smallest Businesses. It is a great tool that breaks down the complicated legislation and makes it easier to understand.
    Posted on Jul 08, 2013

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