Gig workers aren’t victims; they’re vanguards. An incredible gap between what employment should mean and what it does mean has led to a willfully nomadic workforce.
While McDonald’s struggles to get prospective employees in for interviews, gig workers are rankling at the idea that they might soon be classed as employees themselves. What has gone so wrong in the American labor industry that Americans are turning down “real employment” in favor of unpredictable, on-demand wages?
At its core, gig work is thought of as a predatory enterprise. Companies such as Uber and DoorDash fundamentally cannot function without their workers —…
The SBA has officially closed its Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the larger relief package released earlier this year, was intended to help restaurants that lost money during the COVID-19 pandemic. $28.6 billion in funding was to be released to struggling restaurateurs, prioritizing veteran-owned, women-owned, minority-owned, and economically disadvantaged businesses.
Though it was a band-aid compared to the $240 billion lost across the industry, it gave many hope. Still, much like the PPP and EIDL loans, it also sowed confusion.
On July 3, 2021, after months of waiting for some applicants, the SBA wrote:
Alternative Title: 9 Ways to Put Your Money in a Trash Can and Set It On Fire
Which stocks are going up? Which stocks are going down? No one really knows, but read on to find out what people think is going to happen — or just jump to the “analysis.” (That term is used loosely.)
First, a brief history lesson.
It all started when internet…
It’s that time again. It’s time for business owners to form a cargo cult culture surrounding mysterious government funding initiatives.
Early in the month, the SBA RRF was released. The SBA RRF is intended to give restaurants that lost money during COVID help. Priority applicants were taken first — and then everyone else. The money was quickly expended.
As with the earlier EIDL and PPP loans, there doesn’t seem to be any consistency in how applicants are being processed. …
Are you interested in a year-long birth control ring? Well, good luck getting it.
For years, I’ve been on “the pill.” That’s a nondescript term for a nondescript medication; my specific prescription has been changed a half dozen times, often without telling me. Most pills are interchangeable. And while the birth control pill is a godsend to many, it comes with some complications — notably, mood-based issues and weight gain.
Whenever I go off the pill, I feel more energetic, both physically and mentally. Recently, I decided to experiment with a new year-long birth control ring called “Annovera.” …
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund opened up this month. Restaurateurs should log in now, fill out the paperwork (which takes about twenty minutes), and see what they qualify for — before the funds are exhausted.
The RRF is designed to pay for any losses you experienced during COVID — your gross receipts less qualified expenses. Any stipend you receive will also need to go to qualified expenses, such as rent and utilities. Unlike the EIDL and PPP loans, the RRF is open to businesses that opened in 2020. …
There aren’t many well-known autistic entrepreneurs.
Autistic people have some obvious barriers in business; in many ways, we are the opposite of a sociopath. We feel too much, perceive too much, and cannot manipulate people to save our lives. Moreover, we don’t usually have the same value sets; we don’t innately look for power or prestige. Often, if we are going to be monetized at all, it requires that someone else monetize us.
But when we can do something, we tend to do it exceptionally well. Business ownership, self-employment, and entrepreneurship are all good for us — if we can…
Were you on the internet during the 90s?
Apart from Web Rings, Yahoo Groups, and Under Construction signs, you might also remember “adoptable pets.” These were simple GIFs that you could copy and paste from another website onto your own “homepage” and say that you “owned” them. There were cats, dogs, hamsters — all lovingly rendered with about 8 pixels each.
I had dragons.
“It’s not that I think 5G is harmful,” Sara’s friend says, casually over lunch. “I just worry about all the technology being introduced in our daily lives.”
Sara is currently distracted by a sandwich too large for her mouth and merely mumbles in return. She doesn’t know anything about 5G. She knows that she’s heard a lot about it, but she doesn’t remember if it was in a positive or negative light. Still, it sticks in her mind.
Not really. I don’t have the storage capacity.
This is a story of a persona vendetta. It’s also a story of marketing gone horribly wrong. But for those who don’t have the time to read an entire treatise on charitable giving, I’ll sum it up:
Don’t give to Heifer International unless you have a fetish for telemarketing, financial domination, or a combination thereof.
For a decade now, I’ve been using Heifer International to give gifts to people that I deem “ungiftable.” That’s not the indictment it seems: There’s simply a subset of my friends who already buy themselves everything they…
Jenna Inouye is a freelance writer and ghostwriter specializing in technology, finance, and marketing. Bylines in Looper, SVG, The Gamer, and Grunge.