10 Ways to Solve Your Problem

Some problems just won’t go away.

No matter what we try, they are like the Energizer Bunny: They keep going and going and going!

The good news is that there just may be a way to resolve that problem once and for all.

In fact there may be many solutions.

Here are 10 different ways to help you think about and resolve your most difficult problems. Click Here to Read Article …

Why Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although some may overlook it, classifying someone as either an employee or a contract worker matters for both businesses owners and employees.

Businesses can face issues with the IRS for improper employee classification, and employees may be getting the short end of the employment stick if they are improperly classified in terms of both pay and benefits.

This infographic, compiled by Wunderland, a creative staffing agency, provides useful information for both business owners and job seekers about the differences between being classified as an independent contractor vs. being classified as an employee.

It also covers what you need to know about job mis-classification along with the risks of improper job classification, and how to protect yourself at work.

Here are some key points to note:

  • As an employee, much of the burden of the work falls on the employer, from training to providing you a computer and other resources to assuring your taxes are being paid from your wages.
  • A company can try to take advantage of an employee by improperly classifying them as an independent contractor.
  • Employers can work with a staffing firm to avoid mis-classification and IRS tax audits.

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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What do you think? Is it easy to distinguish an employee from a contract worker in your line of work?

4 Tips for Professional Growth

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Almost every individual desires to advance in their professional career. However, it is easier said than done.

Career growth means higher levels of dedication, patience and confidence. If someone lacks in these areas, the first thing to do is overcome them.

Some people believe that switching to a different job may help them with their career growth. Though it might be true for some, for many it is certainly not.

Truth be told, if you have the right kind of attitude and commitment, it’s possible you’ll be able to advance your career in your current job as well. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Secrets to Motivating Yourself

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What do you do when you’re feeling kind of blah and can’t seem to shake it?

Do you have ways to snap out of those moods and create a sense of drive and purpose?

If yes, keep doing what you’re doing (and leave a comment at the end of this post with your secrets).

If you’re like most of us, you may need a little extra help to get your mojo movin’ again.

Here are five ways to inspire yourself: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Find Work-Life Balance with Moderation

Almost everything from coffee, red wine and even desserts can be good for us, if we indulge in moderation.

Moderation, or the act of being balanced mentally and emotionally at work, can also bring us great results.

Working day and night may bring great financial rewards and career success, but it’s not that great if you have no time to enjoy it. That’s why moderation works.

Here are five ways that moderation can help you at work: Click Here to Read Article …

3 Ways to Create a Home Office

For over seven years, I devoted myself entirely to the practice of law and working as a corporate attorney.

When year number eight rolled around, with its continued promises of working long, stressful hours at a thankless job, I decided to make the leap out of the legal profession and into the realm of being a full-time freelance writer.

It didn’t take too long to realize that even though my office setting had changed, and I had more flexibility working from home, the long hours only increased.

I had to become even more productive to handle all aspects of the business myself, because I had no dedicated staff to run it for me. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Ways to Write a Better Resume

As the job market and jobs themselves are evolving, it’s important to remember that resumes evolve along with them.

While the resume has always played an important role, there are also new trends to which we must pay attention.

If you want to write a resume that will help you stand out, then incorporate these tips.

The most important thing to remember in writing your resume is that this is the time of showing, not telling. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Deal with Conflict

There will always be conflict at work.

It can range from petty squabbles to major disagreements.

Sometimes this conflict boils over into angry words or worse.

These situations have the potential to damage relationships, your professional growth, even your job.

In order to avoid that, here are five tips for how to deal with conflict at work. Click Here to Read Article …

6 Ways to Stay Fit in College

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While in college, you will have certain demands on your time: parties, dating, friends, and, of course, school work. However, just because you’re studying and partying every day doesn’t mean that you can neglect your body.

In fact during college, when you are likely to be consuming copious amounts of alcohol and unhealthy food, you need to make sure that you are remaining healthy.

Keeping fit while at college is extremely important, and so here are just a few tips for how you can make sure that you remain active without impeding your study time. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

There are many things you should probably never ask at a job interview, like if they have a drug testing policy, do background checks or how many sick days you get.

But there are also some questions that might help you find out a little more about the job you’re applying for and others that might actually help you get the job.

So the next time you’re heading to a job interview, here are five questions you should ask: Click Here to Read Article …

6 Steps to Tame Email Overload

Keeping on top of your email inbox is becoming more and more of a challenge for many of us.

There’s just too much, too often, waiting for a response yesterday.

It’s difficult to manage all this information and still get your work done.

Often times we can end up feeling like our job title is Professional Email Writer.

If you are feeling more than a little overwhelmed by the barrage of your incoming messages, here are few tips to create an email system and take back control of your inbox. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Ways to Deal with Criticism

As freelancers, we get up close and personal with new acquaintances very quickly.

We go from cordially greeting a businessperson and exchanging pleasantries to sending that person the work for which they’ve hired us in a dizzying space of time.

Whether we’re designing graphics, preparing spreadsheets, writing copy, whatever our bag, we discuss the results a client wants and get to work.

After we’ve put things together and sent them off, we may find that a variation on one of the following ensue: Click Here to Read Article …