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@Jim Frazier and JAG51 Which is why companies do need to understand the rules and then - yes - follow them. There's plenty of coverage every year about companies that say they're hiring contractors but then make the contractors work under employee rules and standards. And THAT is against the law. Hiring a contractor, particularly with the ACA insurance coverage for independent premium holders beginning Jan 1, should be a rather easy decision in a lot of cases. If the IRS "continues to question," just get used to it, learn the rules, follow the rules, run your business.

10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228176

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@LocalStrategi Well, there's MANAGING and there's "managing." That task never, ever really goes away. You don't necessarily have a contract staffer underfoot and standing in front of you all the time, but you still have traditional administrative costs, other tangible and intangible "costs." But if you're not paying for benefits and equipment to have them inhouse, it can be "cheaper."  Do keep in mind that a contract staffer etc. is not always appropriate for every single job you need done. Advance carefully and wisely. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228176

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@frankieboy1 Well, here in SV that's all changing. Zuck and his buddies are leaning into the Big Business GOP/Right Wing so they will get the goodies they want, just like other large industries (i.e. H1-B visas, trade agreements, going easy on slave labor overseas). They do not like government interference and think that they are libertarians. This week on a few points, anyway. When it suits their situation. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114618/when-did-tech-guys-become-bad-guys

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@lgn Yeah, even though for the longest time Tech said he would never, ever,never even go on a date with Wall Street. And even as Tech still babbles about how he's a purist libertarian. Hah! Such a joke. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114618/when-did-tech-guys-become-bad-guys

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Society as a whole has few natural entrepreneurs. Long way to go on that. And there is a HUGE difference between being an entrepreneur and being a contractor or free-lancer. They are simply NOT the same thing. So don't use those terms interchangably. Also, at this time, the growing love affair that business has with contract work apparently does not apply to the long-time and more original "work done under contract" paradigm we find and have used for many decades via labor unions. Funny how that works. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228176

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Wow! Brings back (not happy) memories: I experienced a similar, "highly motivational" welcome from a new employer on my first day during the "here's the file cabinet, this is the front door key" orientation. And, as this was during our still-ongoing Great Recession and I was so glad to have a job, I optimistically forged onward. Never again. When they come right out at the outset and definitely tell you -- as they did in your case and in mine -- in a few words or with a speech that they don't *really* want to work **with** you, you must believe it, get up, leave the office, and not look back.

2 years, 9 months ago on How Do You Know When It’s Time to Fire a Client?

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