Marketplace Money for Friday, January 4, 2013
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This week many of us are doing a double-take at our post-fiscal cliff paychecks. What the payroll tax hike means for working Americans. Also, more people are bucking the tradition of working a full- time job. Freelancing has become the new normal. We've got some tips and advice for those of you braving the freelancing world. And some brands thrive on exclusivity. But limiting supply doesn't always create a demand.
Posted In: wage theft, low-wage workers, minimum wage, Jobs, labor
Imagine working and not getting paid for it. It's more common than you might think. Wage theft happens when companies cheat workers out of earned income. Labor advocate Kim Bobo talks about the pervasiveness of this problem and how to fight it.
Posted In: freelance, freelancing
Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union and author of "The Freelancer's Bible," shares tips and tricks for getting work, getting by and budgeting on an independent contractor's salary.
Posted In: deprivation, scarcity, marketing
A new study from New York University says the groups of consumers who feel the most deprived are also those most swayed by their emotions.
Posted In: advertising, generation x, Honda
Generation X is aging into a sweet spot for advertisers. The 35- to 50-year-old crowd is ready to buy cars, homes and other big-ticket items. How will established brands appeal to the notoriously cynical, frugal generation?
Posted In: letters, Personal Finance
How can I get my aging parents to talk openly about their financial situation? Is it a smart move to retire overseas? Are there any downsides to credit cards that help pay down my student loan debt? LA Times consumer columnist answers listeners' letters.
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