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Audits suck: Are your independent contractors putting you at risk? 830 845 Alicia East

Audits suck: Are your independent contractors putting you at risk?

There’s a battle playing out in court over which workers can be classified as independent contractors versus employees. The legal wars demonstrate one important fact for employers: The IRS takes the practice of hiring independent contractors very seriously. That means you should, too. Independent Contractors (ICs) are self-employed and hired to do a specific job. They…

How to set yourself up as an independent contractor 2560 1707 Alicia East

How to set yourself up as an independent contractor

If you’re ready to take the leap into working for yourself, you can save some hassle down the line by setting your business up the right way from the beginning. First things first: If you’re confused about whether you are/want to be an independent contractor or a gig worker, we define the difference here. If…

3 WAYS YOU CAN (SAFELY) EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF SUMMER MOVIES 2560 1707 Alicia East

3 WAYS YOU CAN (SAFELY) EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF SUMMER MOVIES

There is nothing quite like a good summer movie. Taking the kids for an air-conditioned afternoon of superheroes saving the world or sharing popcorn on a first date watching an indie arthouse film can feel magical. Movie theaters provide a great escape and hours of entertainment on long hot summer days and sticky evenings. They…

Gig workers ≠ independent contractors 2560 1707 Alicia East

Gig workers ≠ independent contractors

We thought it was time to define two terms that often get thrown around interchangeably but shouldn’t be: independent contractor and gig worker.  Let’s clear up the confusion!   Gig worker Merriam Webster defines the gig economy as “economic activity that involves the use of temporary or freelance workers to perform jobs typically in the service…

10 ideas to put a social-distancing spin on Memorial Day Weekend 2560 1745 Alicia East

10 ideas to put a social-distancing spin on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekends of old boasted barbecues, parades, and oodles of red, white, and beer (🤔) everything. The holiday recognizes those who have fought in the armed forces while also unofficially kicking off summer. This year is bound to look a little different even as restrictions ease up. Large gatherings, parades, and public fireworks displays are…

4 alternatives to screen time while sheltering in place with kids 610 345 Alicia East

4 alternatives to screen time while sheltering in place with kids

Pre shelter-in-place, I was one of the irritatingly-principled parents who seriously limited screen time to special occasions like a quarterly family movie night. Admittedly, I also found it useful here and there when I noticed smoke from an overcooked bird cascading out of the oven or it felt like the whole house was going to crumble…

3 new skills to learn for the new reality 2500 1667 Alicia East

3 new skills to learn for the new reality

We can only guess what things will look like on the other side of this. And for me, I can’t spend too much brain space guessing. Not only has my history of predicting the future not proven very accurate, it also takes energy and time away from what’s in front of me in my actual…

5 ways you can produce food without a big yard 2560 1920 Alicia East

5 ways you can produce food without a big yard

You’ve baked a cake from scratch. You’ve lost too many hours of your life to Tiger King. You have a jar of sourdough starter on the counter. You know what it’s time for? Something (anything) outside. You could take advantage of this rare period of time when you’re not driving through the Chick-fil-a on your way to…

The COVID-19 pandemic: Resources to get you through 2560 1707 Alicia East

The COVID-19 pandemic: Resources to get you through

Whether your at-home reality is more demanding than usual because you’re caring for kids while trying to keep up with work or you’re on the other end of the spectrum with little to do and only Netflix to keep you company, reality has changed for everyone. Below is a list of resources for everything from…

The freelancing secrets I wish I’d known a decade ago 490 294 Alicia East

The freelancing secrets I wish I’d known a decade ago

I was a year into a career change I thought would be permanent and I was leaving…again. I’d lasted one year and 2 weeks as a high school teacher and it was….umm…not a fit. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’d won awards in the position I had left the previous year but,…