Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Feb. 10, 2015

On demand workers and uberpreneurs: It's tax time, you're self-employed, audits are inevitable
There is considerable talk these days about the positives and negatives of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and many other so-called tech companies. They are part of the on-demand economy, relying on hordes of upstart workers. These companies rely on strong corporate branding but are quiet about the fact that each has an army of service providers that are not employees. At least not on paper, and paper matters, even in our paperless world.More

Changes to the tax code and tips you need to know before filing your 2014 taxes
As the American public and millions of small businesses prepare to file their 2014 tax returns, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released a list of changes to the tax code along with important tips and resources for filing accurate returns. "The best thing individuals and small businesses can do now to prepare for tax season is educate themselves about the changes and new adjustments to the tax code," said Keith Hall, president and CEO of NASE.More

How to win back lost customers
Among the commonly accepted business precepts is the fact that retaining existing customers is far cheaper than winning new ones. So it makes a great deal of sense to make sure that you are keeping your current roster of clients happy.More

3 things entrepreneurs can do today to prepare for retirement
Some entrepreneurs say they'll work forever. Yet there comes a point when most business owners want to retire and transfer their ownership in order to enjoy everything they've worked so hard to obtain.More

How to choose a great name for your new business
When choosing a name for your business, start by deciding what you want it to communicate. To be most effective, your company name should reinforce the key elements of your business. So the first and most important step in choosing a name is deciding what your business is — knowing what makes your business unique will help you choose a name that communicates that.More

6 CRM tools every entrepreneur needs for managing clients
Managing a business can be challenging, with entrepreneurs often required to operate with limited staff in the early days. Technology can help, but there are so many tech tools available that business owners can get confused. Here are 6 CRM tools that can serve as your small-business toolkit in managing clients.More

7 ways to dial down doubt and crank up creativity
Fast Company
"I doubt it." How many times have you uttered those words? More importantly, how many times have doubts and fears prevented you from pursuing fresh ideas or launching creative projects?More

Twitter launches new advertising tool for small businesses
Twitter is making it easier than ever for small businesses to advertise on its platform. The company introduced quick promote Wednesday, a new advertising feature that allows businesses to promote tweets directly from their analytics dashboard.More