Working (for Yourself or Others)

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Robert Frost once said “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”

Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, chances are you’re looking to get ahead. This page is home to articles about doing just that — while maintaining your sanity.

Topics of interest include self-employment, finding a job, earning a promotion, asking for a raise, navigating workplace politics, maintaining work-life balance, and more. If it’s work-related, this is where you’ll find it.

Education and Unemployment

by Michael on Jan 7, 2013 · 1 comment

While reading the latest unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), I was struck by the apparent relationship between education and unemployment rates. At tail end of 2012, the overall unemployment rate stood at 7.8%, but it actually varied quite widely across educational levels. What follows are the […]

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Are Unemployment Benefits Taxable?

by Michael on Oct 9, 2012 · 1 comment

Yesterday I looked at who ultimately pays for unemployment benefits. Today I’ll be looking at the tax treatment of unemployment benefits. Are unemployment benefits subject to income tax? The short answer is that, yes, such payments are indeed taxable. For a slightly longer and more detailed answer, we have to […]

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Who Pays for Unemployment Benefits?

by Michael on Oct 8, 2012

With the unemployment rate in the news, I thought I’d take a closer look at who actually pays for unemployment compensation. In general terms, unemployment benefits are paid through the Unemployment Insurance program, which is jointly administered between the federal and state governments. Unemployment insurance is funded through employer-paid federal […]

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Have you ever thought about moonlighting as a paid tax preparer? Despite the seasonal nature of this work, there’s good money to be made by preparing tax returns. While CPAs and attorneys can prepare federal individual tax returns and represent their clients before the IRS without passing any special tests, […]

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History of the Federal Minimum Wage

by Michael on Sep 17, 2012 · 2 comments

In talking about how much substitute teachers make, I noted that the daily pay rate (at least around here), when expressed in hourly terms, is flirting with the current minimum wage rate of $7.25/hour. This got me to thinking about how the minimum wage has changed over time. With that […]

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How Much Do Substitute Teachers Make?

by Michael on Sep 11, 2012 · 8 comments

Over the past year, my wife has started substitute teaching. Now that our youngest is well on his way in elementary school, she has time to spare. Not only that, but she’s been spending a lot of time volunteering at the school so she might as well get paid for […]

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The Economic Impact of Fantasy Football

by Michael on Sep 9, 2012 · 1 comment

In honor of today being the first Sunday of the NFL season I thought I’d highlight some interesting numbers on the economic impact of fantasy football in the workplace. Sure, the season technically kicked off Wednesday when the Cowboys beat the Giants, but today is when it really gets rolling. […]

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