ABC. It's as easy as 123. Unless it's California's Independent Contract Test, that is.

First, I encourage everyone to sing the title of this article—at least the first part.[1]  And then, hold on if you currently utilize (or are) an independent contractor.  OnApr. 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, changing the test to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  Importantly, the ABC test puts the burden on the hiring entity to establish that the worker is an independent contractor, not an employee.  To meet its burden, the hiring must show:

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Networking Tips For 2018

Let's make networking a resolution for the new year! 6 Degrees provides the perfect setting for you to engage and network with your peers. We want you to make sure that you have exactly what it takes to be a successful networker and use our services to grow yourself in your career.

  1. Be a Good Listener: more valuable relationships are created when we take the time to listen
  2. Develop and Maintain a Positive Attitude: It will get you better referrals!
  3. Collaborate to Serve Others: be a team player who cares for others
  4. Be Approachable: Keep a smile on your face!
  5. Three Golden Questions: How can I help you? What ideas can we exchange? Who can I connect you with?
  6. Share your passion
  7. Remember to follow up!

*Networking tips (Enterepreneur.comtheweek.com)

Farewell!

To my wonderful 6˚ Community,

It is with bittersweet sentiment that I announce my departure from 6 Degrees. I have spent the last 6 years pouring my heart and soul in to this company and the time has come to move on.

Awesomely enough, I found 6˚ at a networking event. I was a college senior hungry for new experiences and terrified of the job search. I stumbled upon a conversation with 6˚ Founder, Matt Greene, and remember as he left he looked me in the eyes and said, "I hope to hear from you". Mostly out of fear, I sent him an email later that night. That email snowballed in to a meeting, which turned in to an internship and ended up as a job. I didn't actually want an internship, I didn't have time for one, but 6 years later, I'm thankful I made the leap.
People often ask me how I've spent 6 years in one place. To be honest, this company has grown and changed as much as I have. I have worked under many titles, reported to different leaders and taken on many new projects. I was a part of the purchase of this company by Sharon Jenks in 2015 and have had the pleasure to work alongside her. I have learned many business skills, and a whole lot of personal ones, and you know what? When your event space catches on fire, you can always count on the dedicated networkers to party on the sidewalk. 
I have had many official titles here at 6 Degrees: Intern, Chief Know-It-All, Community Director, Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, but my favorites are the unofficial ones, given to me by you: Chief Badass, Grand Poobah, The Catch-All, The Girl That Takes My Money and my all time favorite: Chief. Our 6 Degrees Community has been my driving force since day one. You are the reason this company exists, you help us strive to be better, and you are my absolute favorite part of this job. 

Some of you know that I moonlight as a dance teacher and performer; I dream of someday purchasing a small studio and growing it in to a successful business. I have accepted a part time position as an administrator at a brand new studio in Solana Beach where I hope to learn the skills needed to run a business in the dance industry. It is because of this community, and my love of networking, that I found this position and step in to this job with excitement. I am ready to learn new things, meet new people and continue to grow. 
I invite you to connect with me on Linked In and contact me via my personal email address: [email protected]. I have done the "get connected" and hope to continue to "stay connected" with all of you!

The Benefits Of Downsizing After The Kids Are Gone

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Why Business And Marriage Are Similar

You would never ask someone to marry you on a first date, so why would you expect someone you’ve met for the first time to refer business to you?

We have all heard the expression, “it’s not what you know but who you know” and in many cases we use that expression in perhaps a less than complimentary way. Perhaps what our response should be in those situations, is to assess our own skills in developing relationships that can help us build business and careers. Professional relationships that help us along in our career do not happen by accident or without significant effort. They require nurturing, constant contact, and a host of other important ingredients that when properly applied, can create a support team as dedicated to our success as we are.

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Keys to Networking Success: Part 5- Trust

Part Five of 5 Keys to Building Business Relationships That Should Be Considered When Networking 

Did you miss the other four? Find them here:
Part 1 - Contact
Part 2 - Commonality 
Part 3 - Credibility
Part 4- Confidence




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Keys to Networking Success: Part 4- Confidence

Part Four of 5 Keys to Building Business Relationships That Should Be Considered When Networking 

Did you miss the other three? Find them here:
Part 1 - Contact
Part 2 - Commonality 
Part 3 - Credibility



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Your Health Is Your Wealth

Most people know that good health brings many benefits to our lives. Those benefits range from more energy and better sleep, to clearer focus and higher productivity throughout the day. The benefits of healthy choices reaches even further than this, however. What many people don’t seem aware of is that making smart choices about your health actually can have a substantial impact on your bank account as well.

Smoking, for example, can cost thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars a year. At an average cost of $.31 per cigarette, this direct cost already adds up to a surprising annual sum. Beyond the direct costs, smoking causes a wide variety of medical issues, even the more minor of which can add thousands per year to your healthcare expenses. Taking it even further, smoking results in increased health and life insurance rates, and statistically, smokers earn significantly less than their non-smoking counterparts, reducing their discretionary income potential right out of the gate.

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Keys to Networking Success: Part 3- Credibility

Part Three of 5 Keys to Building Business Relationships That Should Be Considered When Networking

 

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Keys to Networking Success: Part 2- Commonality

Part Two of 5 Keys to Building Business Relationships That Should Be Considered When Networking 

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Your First Key To Building Business Relationships

Part One of 5 Keys to Building Business Relationships That Should Be Considered When Networking 

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7 Tips for Making Connections When You're New to a Co-Working Space

7 Tips for Making Connections When You're New to a Co-Working Space

Entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners alike are frequently finding co-working spaces more convenient than home offices. A drawback exists in that sometimes it can be difficult to meet people when you are new at a shared office.

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Good Health Leads To Better Business

A blog from one of our very own 6˚ interns: 
Tabi Hoshmand

Every business’ goal is to curate a positive and healthy work environment that encourages productive and innovative employees. There are many benefits to promoting good health that can have significant impacts on your business.

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Understanding Financial Statements

A blog from our Career Accelerator Series Speaker: 
Ed Jenks, Serial CEO

TAKE THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
If you're not in the finance department, why should you care about financial statements? Here's a list of reasons that just scratches the surface:

--You can relieve your anxiety about your company going bankrupt (or bail out early) by reading its statements. You can also track its financial performance, which has a major impact on the value of your stock options, 401(k) plans, profit-sharing programs, and how much expensive artwork top management can buy to decorate the executive suite. Statements also confirm whether all that downsizing really made as much difference in the company's performance as the boss promised it would.

--You'll learn to make and defend your proposals in dollars and cents. Ditto requests for more and better equipment to run your department, division, or team. Since senior managers usually express their goals in numbers (10% ROA, 4% net profit, $850 million in sales, etc.), you'll be speaking their language.

--You'll improve your reputation. Speaking in financial terms when the occasion calls for it gives you a reputation as a "bottom line" manager, which higher managers will warm to like a cold dog to a hot stove.

--You can contrast your company's operations with outside "benchmark" organizations. That can clarify your relative performance and the reasons behind it. You can also compare your own area (department, division, or whatever) with other internal areas, assuming you're all set up as profit centers that make and sell some product or service.

--You'll be able to evaluate the financial fitness of another company that makes you an attractive job offer--an offer that may not look so great once you've scrutinized the business's finances. Who wants to sign on to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic?

--Finally, if you understand what financial statements tell you, you can rule out one more thing that your esteemed colleagues might blindside you with when you're jousting for resources, or promotions and raises. People don't mess with those who understand numbers.














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Reasons You're Not Getting Hired

You’re spending all hours of the day applying for jobs, tweaking your resume and sending out emails, but you’re not hearing back. You’ve spent more of your time researching applications than sitting in interviews. What changes do you need to make?

Here are five reasons you might not being getting hired.

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Intern Chronicles - Lillie

A blog from one of our very own 6˚ interns: 
Lillie Bennett

Hi! My name is Lillie Bennett and I am currently a senior at Point Loma Nazarene University. I’m graduating in 35 days...but who’s counting, right!? I am also the Community/Events/Social Media Intern for 6˚.

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Intern Chronicles - Tabi

A blog from one of our very own 6˚ interns: 
Tabi Hoshmand

Let me start by introducing myself. I’m Tabi Hoshmand, the newest addition to the 6° team, the Social Media, Marketing and PR intern. I’m going to be an early graduate from San Diego State University where I currently study Communication. So, what’s it like being a 6° intern? Let me give you the rundown.

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Cigars and Business: A Symbol of Corporate Success

A blog from one of our very own 6˚ interns: 
Tabi Hoshmand

Cigars and Business: A Symbol of Corporate Success

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How To Not Get Arrested

A blog from one of our very own 6˚ interns: 
Tabi Hoshmand

How To Not Get Arrested

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Marijuana + Business

A blog from one of our very own 6˚ interns: 
Tabi Hoshmand

Marijuana + Business

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