Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Nov. 25, 2014

National Association for the Self-Employed releases top 5 benefits to help small business start and grow
Ahead of this week's Small Business Saturday – a national day established to support small businesses across the country – the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, unveiled five top member benefits to help entrepreneurs start and grown their businesses. The new member benefits released by NASE are designed to offer entrepreneurs and small business owners value-added resources and tools to help run their businesses successfully. Through the consolidated buying power of the association, products and benefits can be offered to members to help them cut their costs and gain access to expert information critical for any small business owner looking to start or grow their venture.More

10 reasons to fall in love with shopping local
USA Today
On Thanksgiving, have dinner with your family and watch football. On Friday, go for a hike. Then on Saturday — Small Business Saturday — head to Main Street or your local shopping area and spend your money in local, independent stores and cafés. Your neighbors will be there, too. In fact, a whopping 82 percent of U.S. consumers plan to shop or eat at an independently owned store or restaurant on Small Business Saturday, according to the American Express Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.More

Survey: 58 percent of small business owners expect growth in 2015
Small Business Trends
Fifty-eight percent of small business owners expect growth in 2015. That's based on the CAN Capital Small Business Health Index completed recently with the help of Survey Monkey. CAN Capitol Inc. offers small to medium sized businesses a technology platform evaluating small business risk in order to assist these businesses in gaining access to capital.More

Small Business Saturday is coming
Small Business Trends
Coming up on Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday, an event founded by American Express to promote small businesses. Customers can register to get up to $30 back when they Shop Small by spending $10 or more at participating businesses. Your business can also participate in this event by becoming a part of the American Express Shop Small movement.More

Women-run businesses make more money — or do they?
Small Business Trends
U.S. businesses run by men are 3.5 times more likely to cross the $1 million threshold then businesses run by women, a 2014 study by Ernst & Young concluded. And women owned business have only a 2 percent chance of ever hitting the $1 million mark, concluded the same study.More

What's my optimal filing age if I'm self-employed with no retirement fund?
Social Security may be your largest or one of your largest assets. How you manage it, by deciding which benefits to collect and when, can make an absolutely huge difference to your lifetime benefits. And those with the highest past covered earnings have the most to gain from maximizing their Social Security.More

Study: More New Yorkers call themselves 'boss'
Crain's New York Business
For roughly 250,000 New Yorkers, face time with the boss means looking in the mirror. According to a report released Monday by Center for an Urban Future, there were 247,025 self-employed workers in New York City at the end of 2012, almost a third more than there were in 2002. That 31 percent decade-long increase in independent workers across the five boroughs brought the portion of self-employed to 6.5 percent of the city's total workforce.More

Barbara Corcoran on how to start your own business on the side
It's often easier to start a new business while you're still doing your day job, following a hunch that what you love might be just what a lot of customers out there are willing to pay for!More

Facebook rolling out new social-networking service for businesses
American Express OPEN Forum
Many employers consider Facebook a distraction to their employees, with some even banning its use in the office. The social-networking site is reportedly getting ready to roll out a new service it hopes employers will fully embrace.More

Building customer loyalty with social media
It's unfortunate that the most common term that follows "social media" in business discussions is too often "marketing." Not there is anything wrong with social media marketing – it certainly has its place. Rather, it's just too limiting: In business, marketing is really just the beginning of what social media is all about.More

Entrepreneurship lessons for peace and profit
The Associated Press via SFGate
Karina Koper pays for cabs for her employees to keep them safe from gangs when they go to and from her 53 shops in Guatemala. She also pays extortion money so gangs won't attack her stores. But what was on Koper's mind during a trip to New York last month was learning the nuts and bolts of running a food operation and making her coffee, yogurt and natural foods stores more profitable.More