Re: Laid Off

Subject: Re: Laid Off
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:09:04 -0800

The important thing to remember is that you are considered "self-employed" the moment you start trying to drum up business, whether you actually get any or not. So depending on where you live - and it sounds as if they really check up on this stuff in PA - until you actually land your first paying contract and are off UE you should stick to distributing resumes. If you want to have cards, order old-fashioned "personal calling cards" that just have your name and contact info and possibly your occupation that you can attach to your resume, and hold off on "business cards" with a slick logo and motto or getting a business license with your local govt. for now. The earliest time you HAVE to declare yourself self-employed is when the time comes to make that first quarterly SET payment to the IRS. Until then, be a "job seeker who is willing to work W2 or 1099," rather than hanging out a business shingle.

Gene Kim-Eng

On 11/12/2012 4:36 PM, Lauren wrote:

Pennsylvania calls that the "Office of Integrity." (good grief)

My guess, is somebody filed a complaint about a small business owner collecting PA UC after the business cards were noticed.

This form looks serious,

I think it is good for everyone to learn the laws of their state, since it looks like a simple side business, whether it generates revenue or not, can lead to trouble.

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