When Things Go Sideways

July 31, 2021By Peri

Dealing with a sudden emergency or crisis when you’re self-employed feels like doing a high-wire act without ever having practiced, or even setting foot on a high wire before.

Free Friday Hangouts: Small Biz Check-In

April 1, 2020By Peri

To stay connected and moving forward with our self-employed gigs, I’m offering a free Zoom workshop on Fridays, at noon Mountain Time from now through May 5, 2020. Let’s hang out and share what we are going through and how we’re dealing.

Community Fabric: Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi of Kei & Molly Textiles

October 9, 2019By Peri

Around ten years ago, Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi wanted to create a social enterprise that would enable them to create quality jobs for refugees and immigrants. Today, Kei & Molly Textiles has made good on that mission, and has grown into a vibrant artisan manufacturing business that employs about eight full-time workers, and sells … Read More

And another squeeze: Unpaid Interns

April 5, 2010By Peri

Something must be in the water. Hot on the heels of the IRS notice that they’re cracking down on companies that use independent contractors inappropriately, the federal Department of Labor is now going after unpaid internships that may violate minimum wage laws. From The New York Times: Convinced that many unpaid internships violate minimum wage … Read More

Squeeze on independent contractors?

March 30, 2010By Peri

Businesses that use independent contractors (ICs) take note: The IRS is launching a program to examine 6000 randomly chosen businesses over the next three years to see if they have correctly classified workers as ICs or employees. The federal government expects to raise $7 billion over the next 10 years through tougher enforcement. In addition, … Read More