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  • Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator
    as SBA Administrator I challenge her to engage and proactively work towards encouraging more Americans to seek the path of self employment By doing so I hope she works to remove some of the challenging barriers that prevent many Americans from realizing the dream of self employment Affordable Care Act Implementation After the launch of America s new health care system a few initial snags have caused uncertainty and concern with small business owners From unexpected cancellations to hardship exemptions and delays in both the SHOP and Employer Mandates America s smallest businesses remain concerned about how this expansive new law will affect their bottom lines in 2014 But now is the time to fix the program rather than repeal and replace it Despite these setbacks moving forward Congress and the administration must focus on how to ensure the new health care program is fair and benefits all those who want health care coverage To better serve America s small businesses Congress and the Administration should not only eliminate the individual mandate penalty for this year and extend open enrollment through the end of 2014 but also calculate the individual or family subsidy based on the previous years adjusted gross income AGI rather than an anticipated calculation This will provide a more accurate and fair subsidy estimate where participants won t be required to reimburse the government if their earnings change throughout the year Tax Reform America s small business community continues to play fairly on an unequal playing field Currently small business owners pay more taxes from self employment to health care taxes than our corporate counterparts In fact within the small business community itself entrepreneurial inequality exists between America s smallest businesses and larger businesses with almost 500 employees Obstacles like the individual health care exchange penalty and self employment tax prevents the creation of new small businesses as well as growth and expansion of existing ones Lowering the individual tax rate and offering a permanent self employment health care deduction will help small businesses compete and stabilize our bottom lines Access to Capital Whether it s opening doors or trying to expand small business owners scramble to identify the cash needed to do so The SBA has an important role in helping our community secure loans and win federal contracts However those of us in the small business community believe that the SBA has the opportunity to identify and develop programs that would benefit America s self employed and micro business community who often need access to smaller levels of capital and short term loan agreements Ms Contreras Sweet s business and banking background makes her the right advocate to identify these new and innovative ways to securing revenue and capital lines for America s smallest businesses All of these help the country s overall economy by fueling job creation in America Each and every day I have the privilege to work for and support 23 million Americans that are operating their own business it is a

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2014/04/18/encouraging-self-employment-should-be-a-focal-point-of-the-new-small-business-administrator (2016-02-14)
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  • New Leader Announced for the Small Business Administration
    Small Business Administration Wednesday January 22 2014 Posted by Katie Vlietstra Nearly one year after Karen Mills announced her resignation as head of the Small Business Administration President Obama announced the nomination of Maria Contreras Sweet to lead the organization pending Senate confirmation Maria Contreras Sweet herself previously a small business owner comes to the position with significant private and public sector experience that will no doubt be significantly important to her as she works to quickly move on key areas of concerns for the small business community including the continued implementation and impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses access to capital and continued regulatory burdens faced by all small businesses We are optimistic that with the announcement of Maria Contreras Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration President Obama and his Administration will be focused on fostering and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of this country including for the 23 million self employed who are working tirelessly each an everyday to achieve the American Dream The year ahead is full of critical challenges that the NASE is eager to work to address with the leadership of the SBA ranging from the implementation of the new health care law to tax filing changes to the continued inequity in the tax code faced by the self employed Our community will need a strong and vocal advocate inside the Administration to ensure we have the tools and resources to be competitive not only locally but also globally We look forward to working with Administrator designee Contreras Sweet the Administration and Congress to ensure our community continues to strengthen our economy The nomination of Contreras Sweet is accepted to move quickly though the United States Senate Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2014/01/22/new-leader-announced-for-the-small-business-administration (2016-02-14)
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  • The New Year – Time to Get in Shape
    daily walk or short jog or maybe even just one less dessert each week The key is to just pick something and then stick to it long enough to build a habit that leads to the result you want The same process should apply to your business The New Year is a great time to stop and evaluate your business activity to get your business in shape Take the time to actually write this stuff down What are you doing this week to get one more customer Set up a call program or a networking event that fits with your industry to contact potential new relationships Set a goal that matches your time availability and then stick to it Make a habit of keeping that schedule Don t stop with just new customers Take some time to review your banking relationships your key vendors and even your process for ordering office supplies How much are you paying for rent for internet access for bank charges and even overnight deliveries Take some time to review your overall business procedures and processes Consider new technologies for efficiency and cost savings Remember that this is not just about the bottom line this is also about your quality of life The better shape your business is in the more time you have to get yourself in shape As you make those New Year s resolutions don t forget to include your business Build a habit based on consistency and commitment to the plan Just like with getting yourself in shape the key is to just pick something and then stick to it If you don t have a formal business plan this is a great time to commit to building that plan If you have a formal business plan this is even a better

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2014/01/10/the-new-year-time-to-get-in-shape (2016-02-14)
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  • Happy New Year! You Get To Pay More Taxes.
    will see a little less in their paychecks starting January 1 2014 wage earners and self employed individuals who make more than 200 000 individual and 250 000 couple will be assessed an additional 9 Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1 45 Medicare payroll tax as well as a 3 8 Medicare tax on unearned income investment dividends rental income interest and capital gains on property Individual and families falling below the 200 000 will experience new restrictions on medical expense deductions and flexible spending accounts including penalties for spending money on non qualified medical expenses simple human error Additionally tax payers who itemize their medical expense deductions will only be able to do so if those expenses exceed 10 of adjusted gross income AGI previously it was 7 5 One carve out individuals and or your spouse who are 65 or older will be exempted from the increase and will still be able to use the 7 5 threshold The biggest tax hit will be faced by those individuals and families that fail to show proof of a qualified health care plan or a Grandfathered health care plan for 2014 Failure to do so will result in a fine of 95 or 1 of your income whichever is higher in 2014 That fine increases to 325 or 2 of income in 2015 and 695 or 2 5 of your income by 2016 Clearly challenges persist as it relates to the Affordable Care Act and its implementation the NASE continues to work with lawmakers to mitigate the financial impact of the law on the 23 million self employed who are working hard every day to fuel our economic recovery Access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance shouldn t have a negative tax impact on the self employed Comment

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/12/17/happy-new-year!-you-get-to-pay-more-taxes- (2016-02-14)
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  • Facebook Adds Star Ratings to Business Pages
    place on Facebook s mobile app for places for quite some time However November is when they officially rolled it out for business pages on the standard browser version of Facebook The Good and Bad The placement of the star ratings on the Facebook page could not be more visible If you have ratings the page will aggregate this data into the 5 star rating graphic and display it directly underneath your page title As with any major update to a social media platform both pros and cons exist The Good These user generated ratings add credibility to your business You can stand out from the crowd if you have great reviews and ratings Users can rate your business very easily on a 1 5 star scale and they can add a more in depth written review that will show up in a designated location on your page Users can select whether they want their review and rating to be public visible to friends only or custom visibility which gives your visitors greater control The Potentially Bad If you have poor ratings or no ratings at all this could leave a negative impression with your visitors Anyone can rate your company without justification clients competitors friends enemies random visitors etc Like other review platforms there is no requirement that they have actually done any work with your company Page Admins cannot see the reviews and ratings on the page that are visible to friends only This can lead to companies missing and failing to address negative feedback Some companies do not want or are prohibited by law to have ratings on their pages Want to remove the rating system from your Facebook page altogether Check out our full blog with the complete steps on our website Ben Seidel is an

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/12/05/facebook-adds-star-ratings-to-business-pages (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Calls on Congress to Act
    Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Self Made NASE s Blog NASE Calls on Congress to Act Monday November 04 2013 Earlier this week the NASE submitted a statement for the record to the House Ways and Means Committee in response to the committee s hearing on the status of the ACA enrollment In the NASE statement we expressed our concerns that leading up to the October 1st launch the administration was not providing sufficient details and answers regarding the Exchange Marketplace With the lackluster launch we are now asking congress to eliminate the open enrollment deadlines for the 2014 calendar year and to delay the individual mandate penalty for one tax filing year By pushing back the deadline congress would give you the self employed and small business community more time to understand all the changes and the costs associated with those changes We know healthcare is a major decision for you your businesses and your family and by giving you more time will allow you to make the best decisions on how to proceed Delaying the individual mandate penalty just seems fair as congress already agreed to do this for the employer mandate Why should it be any different for the self employed who are their own employers Be sure you stay up to date with all the changes at healthcare gov and check out the NASE s legislative action center for our advocacy initiatives Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/11/04/nase-calls-on-congress-to-act (2016-02-14)
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  • The Government Shutdown & Reopening
    Made NASE s Blog The Government Shutdown Reopening Tuesday October 22 2013 As many of you already know starting at the beginning of the month the Government shut down for 16 days Standard Poor estimates that the shutdown cost the U S economy 24 billion during that span While many government employees were directly affected they were not the only ones Many small businesses felt the effects of the shutdown in every corner of the country Of the many government contractors many are self employed and felt the full force of the shutdown as there contracts paychecks were frozen Additionally those self employed small businesses that were in the process of getting an SBA loan were also frozen as no money was available to be given out and the Small Business Administration employees were furloughed Furthermore military families felt the ramifications as well some directly with their jobs and others who rely on certain benefits like childcare However this did not just affect those who were dealing directly with the government small businesses that revolve around tourism national parks and many other services saw that the government shutdown was not just a symbol for political purpose but that it impacted their pocketbooks The NASE supports the government coming to an agreement and opening back up but we remain concerned that this was a temporary fix as the next deadline of January 15th is only 83 days away We hope that the Republican led House of Representatives can work together with the Democratic led Senate to ensure a long term fix is agreed to before the next deadline so the self employed community does not suffer again Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/10/22/the-government-shutdown-reopening (2016-02-14)
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  • The More You Know Infographic
    Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Self Made NASE s Blog The More You Know Infographic Tuesday September 24 2013 Last week we released an infographic to increase awareness about the upcoming changes to Health Care and how it relates to the twenty three million self employed in this country Next week on October 1 st national and state health care Exchanges will begin open enrollment Currently the federal government has provided limited details and incomplete information which makes it difficult to plan and make decisions regarding your health care in the future We provided this press release to spread the information that we have compiled and to help get you the tools you need to make decisions Be sure you check in with us at our Small Business Health Resource Center and the federal government s newly re launched website which has information and the exchanges www HealthCare gov For some additional information see our Affordable Care Act in Brief Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/09/24/the-more-you-know-infographic (2016-02-14)
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