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We're Getting Noticed and It's Swelling Our Heads Department:
USA Today names us a 'Hot Site'... Fortune Magazine calls us 'a great little online magazine'... The Mining Company gave us a great review too. Now if we can just figure out how to get the IRS not to notice us...

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Hairy Arm

Once upon a time there was a very nice executive who remembered a very manipulative theory from his freelancing days...    Full story

Beating The Night Terrors

No work coming in? Is the cold sweat breaking out on your forehead, like you're living in your own private horror movie? We feel your pain... no, actually, that's baloney. Only you feel your pain. But we do have some advice.   Full story     Tips

There's the right way to deal with clients' criticism... and then there's our crazed columnist's way.   Full story Professional AssociationsMost IPs know that joining an association can help their networking. But what should you do once you join?   Full Story
Museum CuratorSurely you knew that museum curators can be independent professionals. It's an interesting life, complete with mother goddesses, problem clients (sound familiar?), and a diabetic male cat named... Susan? Don't ask; just read. Naming Your BusinessYou can invent a name for your solo business, or simply use the one you were born with. We found that IPs disagree on this issue. Full story

A Day in the Life of an IP: When it's hot in the Hamptons, superstar summer residents hire IP landscape designer Elizabeth Lear.
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Classified ads for IPs? The Great Scott, a magician, is used to stunning children and adults by making things appear and disappear. But not even smoke and mirrors can conjure up new clients... Full story    Tips

At least once every year -- usually in April -- IPs have a first hand experience of film noir. We found an IP lawyer/accountant who divides his time between murder, bombs, and... tax preparation. Call it IRS noir. Full story

Should you do your own taxes, or have a professional tax preparer do it? 1099 speaks with three professionals about the pros and cons of each method. Full story

April's long gone, and if you were a good little girl or boy and filed your taxes on time, you can ignore this. But if you screwed up and are still having IRS nightmares, here are our picks of Key Web Sites for Tax Panic.

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inSANity Column
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"arms" himself with a theory for manipulating clients
New every Friday

Taxation Column
You call yourself "self-employed," but what will the IRS call you? June Walker explains in her trademark clear style.

Doing Work Column
Client relations and
project management
(We're looking for a permanent columnist for this slot)

Getting Work Column
(Yep, we're still looking for a marketing columnist. Recommendations?

Email from our readers: Stuck in the rat race, narrowing your focus, moving your business to the country, and much more...

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