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 —…

Every heterosexual woman I know is exhausted.

They work 40 to 60 hours a week. They keep the house tidy. They shop for groceries. They pay the bills. They keep track of what clothes are clean, whether there’s dish detergent at the sink, and when the shower curtains need to be replaced. They know when the lease runs out, they know when inspections are; they know where they are moving to next.

If there are children involved, their father spends time with them. But it’s still their mother who plans every birthday party. It’s their mother who knows when the…

A lot of people are trying to get into the online writing industry. And it isn’t hard. I say this to be genuine: I’m not trying to sell you a drop-shipping scheme or an affiliate marketing site. You might not make thousands right off the bat. But it’s not hard to make a few dollars.

I started writing online about 8 years ago. I immediately started making around $6,000 to $7,000 a month. “This is so easy,” I thought. “Why isn’t anyone else doing it?”

But, when encountering the overall writing community, I got blasted. First, people didn’t believe that…

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What’s your favorite hobby?

If it’s knitting, you can get a quality skein of yarn from a local retailer for $12.00, or you can get it on Amazon discounted to $6.00.

If it’s board games, you can purchase a copy of Settlers of Catan direct from the distributor for $55.00. Alternatively, you can purchase it from Amazon for $40.00.

If it’s jewelry, you can get a length of natural stone beads for $12.00 in a store… or $6.00 (with a 20 percent off coupon) on Amazon.

If it’s D&D, you can purchase a copy of the Dungeon Master’s guide for…

You’ve probably already noticed that you lose productivity at certain times of the day, week, month — year.

It’s natural.

After a year of working pantsless in their living rooms, millions of Americans are getting sent back to work. Some are joyous. Some are flat-out refusing. Still others are experiencing an unprecedented crisis in productivity.

How can you maintain your focus when so much is going on around you?

Let’s Face Facts: The Office is a Time Suck

Why is returning to the office so miserable?

Well, it’s a time suck. Not only is the COVID-19 pandemic far from over, but now we have to take the kids to school again, shop for our own groceries again, and generally start living life again. All while also managing a commute.

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:

Due to…

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.)

  • GameStop (GME)
  • AMC Theaters (AMC)
  • BlackBerry (BB)
  • Nokia (NOK)
  • Clean Energy Fuels Group (CLNE)
  • Clover Health Investments (CLOV)
  • Clever Leaves Holdings, Inc. (CLVR)
  • Sundial Growers, Inc (SNDL)
  • Tilray, Inc (TLRY)
  • Wendy’s (WEN)
  • Wish (WISH)

First, a brief history lesson.

How the Internet Broke the Stock Market

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.” …

Jenna Inouye

Jenna Inouye is a freelance writer and ghostwriter specializing in technology, finance, and marketing. Bylines in Looper, SVG, The Gamer, and Grunge.

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