self-employment

The Biggest Trap Facing New Entrepreneurs

Millions of Americans have unleashed their inner entrepreneur by seeking to start their own businesses. But in doing so, many don't realize some of the hidden dangers that can newly self-employed people right where it hurts most: in the wallet.

The Joy of Contracting: Many Employers, No Safety Net

Job growth in the traditional market is tepid, but among contractors, freelancers and e-lancers, hiring is booming. Of course, if you go that route, that means you have to handle a host of things your employer used to, but there are ways to make it less of a chore -- and new companies looking to help.

The Demographics Behind the Boom in Working from Home

As the economy picks back up, more and more people are working from home. The number of home-based U.S. businesses will grow by more than 10% over the next four years, and the number of telecommuters will rise by 12%. But that's not all based on the recovery: Many are victims of the recession.

Career Risk-Taking Hits a New Low, Thanks to the Still-Weak Economy

Whether it was a fresh startup or a fresh start, fewer Americans seemed willing to take career risks last year, according to a new report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The percentage of job-seekers starting their own businesses or relocating for new positions fell to historic lows in 2010.

How the Self-Employed Can Save for Retirement

When we talk about saving for retirement, we often talk about the importance of employer matching dollars. But what if you are your own employer? Are you behind from the get-go, a lost cause when it comes to retirement? Not at all, says consumer finance expert Jean Chatzky.

Are you cut out to be self-employed?

Successful entrepreneurship is a dream for many. It's popular to demonize "Corporate America" and swear off working for "the man." But are you really...