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What Obamacare Means for Small Employers in 2013

Photograph by Brooks Kraft/Corbis Dr. Thomas Tesoriero, primary care physician, examines a patient at Kaiser Permanente’s Capitol Hill Medical Center. This June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, clearing the way for the law’s implementation. Some small business owners are […]

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Can This Startup Help Freelancers Earn More?

Can This Startup Help Freelancers Earn More?

Photograph by Getty Images Profiting by connecting employers with temporary workers goes back at least as far as the staffing agencies that gained prominence after World War II. With the ranks of independent workers in the U.S. estimated (PDF) to grow to more than 23 million within the next five years, a slew of startups […]

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Risking Retirement on Selling the Business

Risking Retirement on Selling the Business

Photograph by Echo/Getty Images Sell the business. That sums up how many small business owners hope to fund their retirement years. They are “significantly less likely” to have diversified retirement assets than employees do, increasing their financial vulnerability as they get older, according to a new analysis (PDF) from the Small Business Administration. “There is […]

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Behind New York State’s Obamacare Insurance Rates

Behind New York State’s Obamacare Insurance Rates

Photograph by Timur Emek/Getty Images New Yorkers who don’t get health insurance through their jobs will be able to buy individual health plans next year at rates about half the cost of current policies, New York State announced on Wednesday. That’s not surprising because the way the state’s insurance market was previously structured had driven […]

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Another Reason to Fear the IRS: Misclassification Crackdowns

Another Reason to Fear the IRS: Misclassification Crackdowns

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Daniel Werfel, acting commissioner of the IRS, waits to start a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on June 3 Small business owners have reason to be wary of the Internal Revenue Service, given research that shows certain types of small companies (pdf), including sole proprietors, are more likely than their larger counterparts […]

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Sharing Tech Talent With Startups for Equity Stakes

Sharing Tech Talent With Startups for Equity Stakes

Photograph by Baran Azdemir/Getty Images Sam S. Kim, 35, and Jason Jung, 32, last February developed an educational website for kids that attracted “a little bit of funding, but not enough to hire people right away,” says Kim. To improve Nanoogo’s performance and attract more users, they knew they needed to expand their technical team. In May, they […]

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