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How your smile impacts your relationships and career

Fact: Your smile is the first thing people notice about you! Over 96% of adults believe that a nice smile makes someone more appealing – and over 36% believe they would…


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Free download: Health Insurance Subsidy Guide

The deadline to get health insurance coverage for January, 2017 is this Thursday, December 15. Although some insurers may extend their deadlines, this date is especially important if you qualify…


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Expert Ann on health insurance perks: What's covered at no cost to me?

Did you know certain services are fully covered under most ACA health plans? Yep – that's right. No out-of-pocket cost for preventative care like wellness visits, mental illness screenings, and certain…


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Free downloadable guide: Health Insurance Terms Glossary

The lingo in health insurance land can certainly lead the uninitiated traveler astray. That's why we've created this pocket dictionary for your foray into Open Enrollment season. Knowing the terms…


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Expert Ann: Important health insurance dates to remember

November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan. Coverage can start as early as January 1, 2017.…


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A step-by-step guide to choosing the best insurance for you

Daunted by all the health plan choices? Download our FREE guide on what to consider when you're picking your new plan for 2017. DOWNLOAD HERE Please note, any change to…


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Expert Ann Quick Tips: Buying health insurance when you're under 30

The bad news? You turned 26 and got kicked off your parent’s plan. The good news? Health insurance is still way cheaper when you’re under 30. Those under…


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Health Insurance FAQs for Open Enrollment 2017

The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain which means it's more important than ever to be ahead of the game in ensuring that you're covered in 2017. We…


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Freelancers don't get paid sick days – but it doesn't have to be that way

In the United States, unlike in many other countries, workers are not guaranteed paid sick days. While many jobs provide paid time off for employees who are sick or need…


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What to do about health care? The conversation on both sides of the aisle

Access to quality, affordable health insurance has always been a headline issue for independent workers. In our report, Freelancing in America 2016, we found that despite the Affordable Care Act’…


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The system is kinda f@#ked – but you shouldn't be.

Health insurance open enrollment has arrived. This year, our experts have selected their favorite plans for freelancers, with new helpful guides and new carriers to help you save money in…


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Sir Free-Lancelot: How to be a hero for your children and your clients

Today dads as primary caregivers are still a rare breed, and it’s not due to their unwillingness to spend more time with their kids. In fact, about 50% of…


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Ways to avoid the dreaded "keyboard slump"

So, you’ve been putting in long hours on a project and are feeling pretty good about yourself and your progress. You look up from your computer screen, catch a…


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Your standing desk won't save you

You’ve heard it and it’s catchy: “Sitting Is The New Smoking” (this seems overly unkind to sitting but the idea is clear). And for freelancers, especially writers, designers,…


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Exorbitant health insurance rate increases a cause for concern among freelancers

Even though it seems like Open Enrollment just ended, insurance companies are already thinking about 2017 – and you should too. A lot of preparation goes into setting rates and developing…


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The "no shame" formula for rising from failure

In freelancing, failure is a common denominator. We’ve even got a hashtag for it: #FreelanceFail. And, whether you’re a rookie freelancer or a seasoned solo careerist, failure is…


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How to be kind to yourself as a freelancer when times get tough

As a long-time consultant, I’ve learned a lot of lessons such as: Hire an accountant. Set up a designated office space, if you work at home. Working in your…


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Do you need liability insurance for your business?

Liability insurance may not be top-of-mind while you’re trying to launch a freelance career, but it’s essential protection for your business that should not be overlooked. In a…


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Bag the bag: New York's most iconic eyesore gets its day in court

A black plastic bag wanders lonely as a cloud over the Harlem rooftops. “Is there anything more New York than that?” my friend says from our perch atop his apartment…