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Invitation: Elephants in the Room: Self-Employed Survival in a Post A... @ Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm (PDT) (sdibp@groups.io)

 

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Elephants in the Room: Self-Employed Survival in a Post Apocalyptic California

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"These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today. But I say this to our citizenry: We, ever your servants, will continue to defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you"


J.K. Rowling



Because of the emergency laws that put into place to address the national health emergency our normal “third Thursday” meeting of San Diego Independent Business Professionals at Charlie’s Best Bread is being cancelled. While our meetings are small - usually not more than a dozen or so people, we cannot guarantee the “six feet of social distancing” required by the law in this particular venue.  

Still, “the show must go on” as they say in the entertainment business (meaning a performance that is underway must keep going no matter what). For this reason, this week we will be having a “virtual meeting” - an audio / video conference, which will make it even easier for members to attend. That’s right! - this time you can come to our monthly meetings in your jammies if you want, though I hope at least some of you flip their video camera on.

We have LOTS to talk about. As you should know by now, California passed a draconian new law called AB5 making many of our activities - even our very existence illegal. The uproar has been so intense that I thought lawmakers would have made corrections even by our last meeting, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. If anything, proponents of this new law have been more vicious and criminalizing us to an even greater extent and it is not an exaggeration to say that we are under attack. On top of that, there is the Corona pandemic and an almost certain recession. Any one of those alone would have been a tough hit for independent workers; all three at the same time is catastrophic. 

We will be talking about survival, a political response, the physical and psychological health of our members, and how we can help each other during these difficult times. Access instructions and numbers are included in this invitation. We look forward to learning more about how you are coping and your ideas for moving forward.

Rob

P.S. Please note that I intend to record this meeting so by attending you give implicit permission for this, however please don’t worry about this too much - it is unlikely that the video will be widely distributed or watched by many people and it just serves as a convenient way to remember names and faces, and the general tone of the meeting. 







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Some HUGE elephants in the room (Thursday's SDIBP meeting)

 

HI everyone,


I was in the middle of arranging a speaker for next week’s San Diego Independent Professionals (SDIBP) meeting when this notice from the Governor declaring a state of emergency in California and banning gatherings with more than 250 people.  Obviously our meeting is way smaller than that but the emergency law says that “smaller meetings can only proceed if organizers can implement 6 feet of social distancing”.  

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I obviously can’t do that in Charlie’s Best Bread so will put together a virtual meeting and will get invitations and access codes out tomorrow.  I must say I have some doubts about this though - I am not aware of that many confirmed cases in San Diego and if every meeting is being cancelled we have some big problems.  I went to my gym yesterday and it was jam packed with sweaty bodies working out and no one seemed overly concerned.  Worse, the Governor made a statement earlier today that Disneyland was exempt which cast doubt on the policy - then to add to the confusion Disney announced they will be closing anyway.  

Friends - to tell you the truth I am scared, and honestly, I am more afraid of what might happen to the economy than I am of the virus.   My Father and Mother were event promoters - they ran the Boat Show in Detroit - a huge 9 day event in the conference center there, and that was the family income for the entire year.  If ticket sales were impacted - like form an unexpected blizzard it really hurt our family.   Even for an event as small as our meetings at Charlie’s Best Bread has a small impact.  We won’t be spending our money there this month - and multiply that but others that do the same and the income of that small business will drop.

That kind of thing is going on all over the country right now and there is a multiplier effect - they don’t spend money so their suppliers spend less money.  The same thing is happening in the industrial supply chain and many other industries.  It is not a good situation.

It could be even worse for self-employed professionals.  We don’t get sick leave, or unemployment insurance or really anything else from the government.   When you add that horrendous AB5 law that makes it far harder for us to secure customers, and for many of us has already resulted in the loss of customers we are just getting hammered.

Clearly we have lots to talk about.  Corona, AB5 and what clearly looks like a coming recession to me.   I still haven’t set a theme or topic for this meeting - it was going to be about the different kinds of legal business filings - important but a little dry, but we may have even more important things to talk about.  

There have been a few “bright spots” in all this.  There seems to be some kind of awakening or new awareness of independent workers - nothing like an attack from an outside force to bring people together, and I continue to believe we can be more successful if we find better ways to work together, and I have a few ideas about that to discuss in our next meeting.

Feel free to express your own opinion about any of this by responding to this message.  Hope you all are staying sane during these crazy times.


Rob Gordon

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Last week's SDIBP meeting about AB5 with Barbara Bry #ab5

 

Hi everyone, 

I wanted to thank everyone who came to last week's San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SDIBP) meeting with San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry.   As always, we had lots of smart and creative self-employed professionals but this time there was also lots of passion - clearly people are not happy campers about this new law.   I had originally hoped we could talk about "life after AB5" thinking the uproar would doom this legislation but that was probably premature given the amount of misinformation and outright propaganda on social media about this misguided legislation.  Clearly we have lots of work to do.

For the benefit of those at the meeting who are new to this group (who I have copied on this email) SDIBP is a "repurposing" of a neighborhood group we organized for self-employed professionals in the beach area.  We are still early in this process but over time would like to develop improved virtual and online services and form a regional association.  The first of these online services- a member directory, is being tested now and will be online shortly but new services are being planned for the future, with a goal of helping us all become better interconnected.   This listserv (shared email list) is one of those services that is open to all members but is somewhat underutilized.  We use it mostly for announcing our meetings but there is no reason we couldn't use it to discuss AB5 and other issues important to independent professionals.   In fact, this technology is well set up for that since all you have to do is add a hashtag topic to the email subject line - in this case #AB5.  Anyone who is not interested in that topic can simple ""mute" it, and they will still get our meeting announcements and other topic discussions. 

I am mentioning this partly as a "head's up" to existing subscribers to this list that I would like to invite AB5 opponents in San Diego to join this list, so if that is not of interest to you simply mute this topic now so you won't get what could be some rants.   For those who went to the meeting you can express your opinion by simply "replying" to this message but it would be better to join this listserv be entering and confirming your email at: https://groups.io/g/sdibp   

I know there is a Facebook group that has been set up to discuss AB5 - but that is Statewide, not just San Diego and not everyone can use Facebook and we need a place to discuss the local politics of this issue.  Please remember to use #AB5 on posts that discuss this issue so we don't annoy people who don't want to be involved in this right now, but don't be shy about posting either - we have lots to talk about.  

Rob

p.s.  The video we took at the meeting is not of great quality but you can get a flavor at this link.  As always, the discussions before and after the meeting were just as interesting as the meeting itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBKF2M-zyAI&t=483s

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Invitation: TOMORROW (updated): Government and Independent Workers: T... @ Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm (PST) (sdibp@groups.io)

 

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TOMORROW (updated): Government and Independent Workers: The post AB5 landscape with Barbara Bry

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Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:30pm – 2:30pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles
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Hi Everyone - sorry for two notifications this month but we had a speaker change and I wanted to get the message out. Tomorrow City Councilwoman Barbara Bry will be sharing her views on the future relationship between the government and self-employed professionals and it should be a really interesting meeting. She is running for mayor and is one of the few San Diego politicians to come out for a full repeal of AB5 - the new law passed by the California legislation restricting and regulating the activities of independent professionals. I have copied the updated event description below so please RSVP if you can make it. I will be getting the word out on other social media but I wanted this group to know about it first. Hope to see you there!

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Please consider joining us for a discussion with San Diego City Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Barbara Bry who recently came out in favor of a full repeal of AB5. She will share her vision of a more inclusive local government where independent, self-employed and small business have a voice in the policies and workings of government.

Most independent professionals don’t pay much attention to the workings of government because there has never been much reason to. The government's primary interest has usually been in the corporations and unions that fund political campaigns. Frequently these organizations have policies written in their interest and are granted the benefits of the government while we are mostly ignored.

That all changed with AB5 - a new California law funded by labor unions that was intended to regulate abuses in the gig economy but caused a huge amount of collateral damage to independent and self-employed workers in the process. Suddenly, independent professionals realized the government can do real harm to their business practice and livelihood and many realized that we need to start paying attention.

Groups and individuals who had always operated “below the radar” have become highly visible and vocal in the fight to repeal AB5 and it looks like we are winning - it is unlikely that this law will exist in its current form much longer. Independent and self-employed professionals have simply refused to accept it and while we are still not very well organized have managed to have our voices heard.

So we know the government can harm us, but can they help? One day before too long AB5 in its current form will be gone but what will happen after that? What do we want the government to do - if anything, to help or at least acknowledge or right to exist and guarantee a level playing field. While we acknowledge the rights of unions to “collective bargaining” shouldn’t we have the same right to “individual bargaining”?

Barbara Bry is President Pro Tem of the San Diego City Council representing the 1st District. Prior to serving in office, she was a high-tech entrepreneur and has been on the founding team of several local high-tech companies. She has also taught entrepreneurship at UCSD and worked as a business journalist where she wrote stories about small business ventures that contribute to the greater economy. She will be there to share her vision and also to hear your ideas and answer your questions about the workings of local government,

Hope you will consider joining us.

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Invitation: Building Interconnected Communities: Toward an Ecosystem ... @ Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm (PST) (sdibp@groups.io)

 

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Building Interconnected Communities: Toward an Ecosystem for Independent Workers

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Hi Everyone,

As a reminder, San Diego Independent Business Professionals will be meeting on Thursday, 1:30 PM at Charlie's Best Bread. We are not having a speaker this time, and rather are planning an open discussion of how we can better interconnect as described on our Meetup invitation copied below. While we have not scheduled a speaker, there is a possibility that we will have a special guest joining us so I ask that you RSVP if you think you can make it,

Hope to see you there!


Rob
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THIS THURSDAY: How can independent and self-employed professionals become more interconnected and better support each other? One lesson from the recent AB5 legislation is that independent professionals need to become better connected and organized. For those not following it closely, AB5 is a new California law placing unnecessary restrictions on self-employed and independent workers,. It was claimed that this was to regulate Uber and other gig economy platforms, though you will be hard pressed to find Uber drivers who support this new law.


In reality, this legislation was funded and pushed through the California legislature by the big labor unions. In spite of our numbers being massive: possibly as many as 700,000 self-employed workers in the San Diego region our opinions weren't taken into consideration when this law was written - we weren't even at the table.

How could this be? One possibility is that, unlike the labor unions, our very independence was used against us - we don't have any kind of “umbrella organization” to look after our interests. That is not likely to change, Self-employed folks are notoriously independent and pledge fealty to no one in the way union workers do. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t a number of groups and associations in San Diego working to help us connect with each other and some are making good progress.

We like to think that "San Diego Independent Business Associates" is one of these emerging organizations, but there are others. Many are organizing independent workers in different industries while others providing more opportunities for networking and professional growth. The time is right for us to get together and figure out where this is all going.

This is a “mixed purpose” meeting. We won’t be having our usual “speaker and topic” format but rather will have an open discussion, information sharing and brainstorming session about the independent professionals in San Diego. This discussion will include:

^Who is doing what in the fight against AB5 - where does it stand?
*What are other groups for self-employed in San Diego?
*How can we share information and develop interoperable systems?
*What will the future be like for independent professionals?
*How can independent professionals cooperate for mutual benefit?
*Our challenges and opportunities. Where do we go from here?

This will be an informal open discussion, and your opinion is important. Even if you have no strong opinions on these topics consider joining us anyway. As always there will be time before and after the meeting for networking, and it is always fun to meet other self-employed folks.
Because we know how much independent professionals value their time, everyone will be in and out within one hour.

Hope to see you there.

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NEXT THURSDAY: Becoming More Interconnected- Thriving in a Changing World

 

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SIBP) will be meeting as usual this coming Thursday at our usual place: Charlie's Best Bread in Pacific Beach. I had a speaker drop out so this reminder is going out a bit late, but rather than get a replacement speaker I would like to do something a bit different. In the aftermath of AB5 - that awful legislation passed by the California State Legislature, there as been a great deal of political activism on the part of self-employed professionals to have this law corrected or repealed. There seems to be a growing awareness that our lack of any voice at all in the political system was one reason this happened, and one reason we don't have a voice is that we aren't organized like the unions are.

In my opinion, that was a horrible process to watch - they didn't even take our opinion into account - self-employed professionals simply weren't at the table. Now there are attempts to organize independent workers sprouting up all over the place, and many of them are doing good work. San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SIBP) is one of those and while our transformation from the old BASE (Beach Area Self-Employed) has been slow, I think it is the right direction for us.  Though I have been saying it repeatedly, we will be announcing some new online services soon - maybe even by Monday. I want to acknowledge the work some of these other groups are doing though and don't in any sense consider them competitors.  All seem to have a different take on how to connect and provide benefit to this large and diverse group of professionals and we all can mix and match those that work best for us. 

So I don't know if they will accept but I will be extending invitations to several of those groups.  I will also "open up" our books on plans for SDIBP and I am hoping to recruit a few volunteers to help us to improve and grow. At the same time, I would like to hear some of our members ideas on their individual strategies for becoming better connected - other industry groups they may like, for example, or online forums, etc - so a general "information sharing" meeting for all us us. The emphasis on this meeting will be mostly "local" - how we can better interconnect right here in San Diego and possibly how we can cooperate for mutual benefit..  This will also be partly a brainstorming session.

That all might be a bit disjointed right now. This email is essentially the "first draft" of the meeting announcement I will be writing up shortly - probably a bit later today.  It will then be posted on various social media sites, including our Meetup group, and I will send a calendar invitation to everyone next week.  I do hope you can make this one - especially some of our regulars, or people we haven't seen in a while - we have some important things to talk about. 

Hope everyone's 2020 has gotten off to a good start. Don't forget to be awesome.

Rob

p.s. That subject line is the tentative title for next Thursday's meeting but I don't really like it. We have some writers in the group - could someone take my somewhat disorganized thoughts about our next meeting and give me ideas for a better one? 



Topics and speakers for this coming year (plus an important reminder)

 

Hi everyone,

This is a "dual purpose" message. First, I want to remind you that SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting in just a few hours at our usual place - Charlie's Best Bread in Pacific Beach, at 1:30 PM. This should be a really interesting meeting and presentation. Payam Haghani - a business coach and life who immigrated from Iran in 2014 after graduating with a degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Tehran,will share what he has learned on his journey with us. Please swing by if you can - get away from your usual routine, meet some other self-employed folks, and maybe learn something new - what's to lose?

The other purpose of this message is to get your ideas about speakers and topics for the coming year. I have pasted some ideas I posted on the Startup San Diego Slack channel that I came up with just 10 minutes of personal brainstorming so I would like to get your ideas as well as we plan on continuing to meet on the third Thursday (except August and December) for all of 2020. I'd like to continue transforming this little meetup group into an association with a primary goal of helping us all become more interconnected. With that awful new "AB5" law I have never seen independent professionals more energized and we need to do whatever we can to better represent our interests.

Hope you can make it today, but if not I would still like to get your ideas on topics for the coming year, and if you have ideas for specific speakers that is welcome as well. Hope your year has gotten off to a great start, and I am looking forward to seeing some of you in a few hours.

Rob

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SDIBP topic ideas

  • Developing a virtual organization. How to thrive and grow without employees
  • Brainstorming and Mind-storming Techniques. Imaging new possibilities for your self-employed practice.
  • What self-employed professionals can learn from startup founders, and vice versa.
  • Guerrilla marketing techniques for independent business professionals
  • Best practices for developing a service business
  • Fostering Cooperation: managing the stakeholders in an independent business
  • Independent Business Strategy & Tactics: How to pick your next move
  • Self-Employed Career Development
  • The Art and Science of Bootstrapping



Invitation: Inner Power: The Gap between Being & Doing @ Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm (PST) (sdibp@groups.io)

 

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Inner Power: The Gap between Being & Doing

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San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SDIBP) will be meeting Thursday, January 16th, 1:30 PM at "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street).

SDIBP is for independent contractors, freelance workers, small business owners (including home based) and anyone else working outside of the traditional employment system. Our meetings are partly informal networking and partly a moderated discussion on a small business topic.

This month's discussion will be let by Payam Haghani - a business and life coach who will describe how to discover and nurture your own "inner power". Payam is a certified executive and leadership coach who combines spiritual and pragmatic approaches in his workshops and sessions with clients.

Payam is originally from Iran and moved here in 2014 after graduating with a degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Tehran. In pursuing his American dream, he soon realized it was his "inner world" rather than amenities and circumstances that created his experience. This awareness allowed him to change limiting beliefs so he could create the life he wanted; and he will be sharing what he has learned on this journey with us

There is no charge for this meeting (support the venue) and anyone is welcome to attend. Since we know how much self-employed folks value their time, everyone is generally in and out within one hour. This is a great opportunity to learn something new while meeting some really smart and creative local professionals so we hope you will consider joining us.

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Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year everybody!

As a reminder, SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting a week from tomorrow: Thursday, January 16, 1:30 PM at our usual place - Charlie's Best Bread in Pacific Beach, and we will be continuing these monthly meetings throughout the year (except August and December).

This month's discussion will be led by Payam Haghani - who will lead a discussion on how to discover and nurture your own "inner power". Payam is a certified executive and leadership coach, originally from Iran who moved here in 2014 after graduating with a degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Tehran. In pursuing his American dream, Payam realized it was his "inner world" and the balance between "being and doing that created his experience, rather than amenities and circumstances, and he will be sharing what he has learned on this journey. This should be a really interesting discussion so I hope you can make this one.

I am also scrambling to finish a long promised website for this group and hope to have the first version done by Monday. The goal of this is to help us become better interconnected so it will include both a member and business directory. It has been challenging to set up, so I may be pinging a few of you to help me test it.

The last meeting we had in November was really interesting - it was a legal briefing on AB5 - the new California law that was supposed to help gig workers but piled a bunch of unnecessary restrictions on independent professionals. In spite of this, I am optimistic - I have never seen self-employed folks so united and energized - both to fight this bad law and its central assumption tha we should all be "corporate employees" and to defy it by making their own independent business successful.

Let's do our best to make 2020 an awesome year, and help each other out when we can. Hope to see you next week.

best wishes

Rob 

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Re: Is Self-Employment being Criminalized?

 

Hi everyone - reminder that we will be meeting in a little more than an hour at Charlie's Best Bread in Pacific Beach.  Not sure how many people will come because I have announced in a few different places but it should be an interesting discussion.    Hope you can make it but if not here are a few articles to brief you on what is going on - but they obviously just scratch the surface of a very big issue.   This will likely be our "first word" on this topic, not our last one because we have lots to talk about. 

Rob

 California is attempting a massive labor experiment that could grow into a disaster for millions of workers
https://www.businessinsider.com/california-labor-jobs-law-bad-confusing-freelance-workers-2019-11

Ruling on independent contractors leaves entrepreneurs in limbo
https://www.dailynews.com/2018/10/25/ruling-on-independent-contractors-leaves-entrepreneurs-in-limbo/

California's New Gig Law, AB5, Ignores the Growing Role of Remote Work
https://www.smallbizlabs.com/2019/11/californias-new-gig-law-ab5-ignores-the-growing-role-of-remote-work.html



Re: Invitation: Is Self-Employment Being Criminalized? The Changing Lega... @ Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm (PST) (sdibp@groups.io)

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Hi Rob

Still dealing with preparing property issues getting ready to sell (ho hum). Miss the meetings but do read what you say about them.

Wishing you Happy Holidays

Pat Goulart
Travel MedEvac Insurance

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Is Self-Employment Being Criminalized? The Changing Legal and Political Landscape for Independent Professionals

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REMINDER: Tomorrow at 1:30 PM, San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SDIBP) will be meeting "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street).

This will be the last meeting of the year but our first political discussion and will cover recent political developments and legislation that affect independent and self-employed professionals. This includes the AB5 (California Assembly Bill 5) that makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This may affect the way many of us do business as well as our future plans and the bigger question of what exactly it means to be "independent" in this new legal and political environment.

This discussion will be led by Austin Evans who is a partner of Life Law Partners - a corporate law firm serving life-science, technology and startup companies. Austin has long been an ally of businesses as they enter into new regulatory environments and navigate challenges associate with changes to labor law. He will provide an overview of the AB5 law and other regulations that affect independent professionals and offer some strategies on doing business with big corporations who have also been affected by this law.

This is an important meeting so try to make it if you can whether or not you have any knowledge of these changes. As always we will allow for time before and after the meeting for some light networking and getting to know other self-employed and independent professionals.

Hope to see you there.

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Invitation: Is Self-Employment Being Criminalized? The Changing Lega... @ Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm (PST) (sdibp@groups.io)

 

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Is Self-Employment Being Criminalized? The Changing Legal and Political Landscape for Independent Professionals

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REMINDER: Tomorrow at 1:30 PM, San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SDIBP) will be meeting "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street).

This will be the last meeting of the year but our first political discussion and will cover recent political developments and legislation that affect independent and self-employed professionals. This includes the AB5 (California Assembly Bill 5) that makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This may affect the way many of us do business as well as our future plans and the bigger question of what exactly it means to be "independent" in this new legal and political environment.

This discussion will be led by Austin Evans who is a partner of Life Law Partners - a corporate law firm serving life-science, technology and startup companies. Austin has long been an ally of businesses as they enter into new regulatory environments and navigate challenges associate with changes to labor law. He will provide an overview of the AB5 law and other regulations that affect independent professionals and offer some strategies on doing business with big corporations who have also been affected by this law.

This is an important meeting so try to make it if you can whether or not you have any knowledge of these changes. As always we will allow for time before and after the meeting for some light networking and getting to know other self-employed and independent professionals.

Hope to see you there.

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Is Self-Employment being Criminalized?

 

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to remind you that we will be meeting as usual on this Thursday, 1:30 PM,  at Charlie's Best Bread in Pacific Beach. This week we are going to be doing something we have never done before, but that is probably overdue.  We will be discussion recent political developments that impact independent professionals and our place in the greater society - both now, and in the future.

The most prominent of these issues is the highly controversial AB5 (California Assembly Bill 5) that was intended to regulate the gig economy, but has already had a huge number of unintended consequences. Did you know that you can no longer offer your services to a corporation if what you are doing for them is the central focus of their business - or that if you are a freelance writer you can only get paid for 15 articles per month unless you are classified as an employee?

I will be talking to a labor attorney later this afternoon about presenting an overview of the new laws, and have also imitated contacts with a few activists working to get this law repealed, but we will be having this meeting regardless of who leads the discussion. I have posted some draft material for the announcement I will be making below but I may have ranted too much for an event description  so many tone it down a bit before publishing. 

My own opinion is that these laws are draconian and that they were pushed through by politicians and unions without even taking our opinions or interests into consideration. They got away with it because unlike the unions, self-employed and independent workers are not organized so they didn't need to worry about what we thought. This seems to have attracted a great deal of attention so ironically AB5 may help change that.

It is possible that you may have a different opinion - perhaps you think these laws are important to prevent exploitation of Uber drivers and other gig workers, and if so you are welcome to express that opinion - both in the meeting on Thursday, or right here on this thread. Regardless of our different takes we all may have on this, it is an important discussion to have so I hope you will consider joining us.

Rob 




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Is Self-Employment being Criminalized? The changing legal and political environment for independent professionals

San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SDIBP) will be meeting Thursday, November 21st, 1:30 PM at "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street).

This month's meeting will be a discussion about recent legislation and political developments that affect self-employed professionals. This includes the AB5 (California Assembly Bill 5) that was pushed through the legislature by politicians and unions wanting to regulate gig economy workers and collect payroll taxes on the platforms they use. This law makes it much harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees While there are "exceptions" it will almost certainly affect the way many of us work and even the "exceptions" are problematic. For example, freelance writers are now limited to submitting 35 articles a year to any one publication after which they must give up their independent status and become an employee of that publication.

Meanwhile, Uber - the company used as an excuse used to start the whole thing, says they won't comply with the law anyway - that their drivers are already independent contractors not doing work central to the mission of their organization. They have already written their own legislation and are gathering signatures to have it put on the ballet, but all it does is grant them an "exception" - it doesn't grant us any additional rights. Also in the news, the San Diego Police Department has "cracked down" on home-based massage therapists claiming, without evidence, that it intended to curb "sex slave trafficing" in the region. This has been a debate between politicians, unions, corporations and other big moneyed interests. What seems to be missing from all these debates is actual independent professionals - no one ever asked us what we thought of all this.

Clearly we have lots to talk about. While it may be too late to change laws that have already been written we need to learn how to work with them if we can, how to work around them if we have to, and the big question of what exactly it means to be "independent" in this new world being built by politicians, corporations and unions.


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Reminder that tomorrow SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting at our usual place: Charlie's Best Bread on Garnet Street in Pacific Beach.

This month's meeting will be a discussion about customer service led by David Brownlee: an internationally acclaimed management consultant, best selling author and producer of a popular Youtube channel for sales and marketing professionals. David will reveal the "six secrets of customer service" he covered in his best-selling book, "Rockstar Customer Service" and discuss how these principles can best be applied for small business and self-employed professionals.

This should be a really good meeting. As usual we will allow for time before and after the presentation and discussion, and everyone is generally in and out within one hour. Hope to see you there.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17: Rockstar Customer Service for Self-Employed Professionals

 

Hi Everyone,

As a reminder, San Diego Independent Business Professionals, will meeting this month on our usual "third Thursday" at 1:30 PM slot at our usual place: "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Beach. For the past several meetings, we have been learning some of the secrets from consultants and coaches in the corporate world and how they can be used by self-employed professionals. 

We are going to continue that this month with a presentation and discussion led by management consultant David Brownlee. He is the author of the best-selling book, "Rockstar Customer Service" and the producer of a popular Youtube channel for sales and marketing professionals. At this meeting, David will share some of his best secrets about customer service and how they can be used for self-employed and small business professionals.  This has been announced on Eventbrite and Meetup.com so you can read a more complete meeting description here: https://www.meetup.com/sdibp001/events/265413978/

Should be a fun meeting and it would be nice to reconnect with some of you. Hope you can make it.

Rob 


Yesterday's SDIBP meeting

 

Happy Friday everyone!

We had fun at yesterday's SDIBP meeting. This was a discussion about "leadership for the self-employed" and Heidrum Ziche delivered as promised and shared some of the secrets she has learned about leadership from the corporate world. If you would like to know about her and her business coaching practice please visit her website at: http://topleadersnow.com

There were just three of us at this meeting but we had a great conversation. I would have liked to have had more people attend but I take responsibility for that - the notice went out late and the mailing list for this group needs more attention. There are many people who have attended our meetings who have not been invited here so I will be working to get our member information better organized. T

The Youtube video below will give you a flavor of this meeting but obviously it is better to attend in real life - the sound quality of this is not great, and as everyone knows, often the most important parts of meetings happen before and after the formal discussions. Also in attendance was Silvia - the head of a company that manages a coastal property in Baja California just South of Rosarito - to learn more about her business visit here website at: https://baja-rentals.com. I must say that it was a treat for me getting the chance to talk to two smart and successful business women like this:

https://youtu.be/cpa1xm5vRag

I will try to be a little more diligent in getting the next meeting planned and announced earlier but remember for future reference we always meet on the Third Thursday of each month except for August and December - and always at Charlie's Best Bread as long as they will have us 

Hope you all have an awesome weekend.

Rob 

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Re: THIS THURSDAY: Leadership for Self-Employed Professionals

 

LAST  CALL:  In case you forgot SDIBP will be meeting in just a few hours at Charlie's Best Bread at 1:30 PM.  We will be discussing "leadership" with international business consultant Heidrun Ziche.  Should  be an interesting meeting.  Try to make it if you can.

Rob


THIS THURSDAY: Leadership for Self-Employed Professionals

 

Hi Everybody,

As a reminder, SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting this Thursday, 1:30 PM at our usual place: Charlies Best Bread in Pacific Beach. We meet on the third Thursday of each month with the exception of August and December, and with our summer break over it is time to roll up our sleeves and get back to business.

This month we will be having a discussion about a topic we have never before addressed directly: the whole concept of "leadership" and what that means for self-employed professionals. To lead this discussion, we are delighted that management consultant Heidrun Ziche has agreed to share some of her considerable knowledge on this topic with us. Heidrun is an international business woman who has lived and worked in three continents and has worked with corporate executives in almost every country in the world. Besides being an attorney, economist, mediator, and certified coach, Heidrun is also an athlete and who competes in running and triathlon events.

While independent professionals may not have employees or "teams" in the traditional sense, we all have stake-holders, customers, prospects and other people we work with. Heidrun will show us how to stand out and become a respected leader in our business and communities, and we are really happy to have her present to this group.

It is not easy to get a speaker of this caliber so please make an extra effort to join us.  These meetings are fun and it is also important for us to connect and catch up with each other.  The world is changing, and we have lots to talk about.  Hope to see you there.

Rob


Re: REMINDER: Working Meeting Today at 1:30

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On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 12:52 Peter Scheir <peter@...> wrote:

Thanks Rob. Can't make it today, but happy to share info of the CRM we use as well as others if anyone is interested... looking forward to getting back to your meetings, and very much appreciate all the work you put in to them...

 


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On 6/20/2019 12:05 PM, Rob Gordon wrote:
Hi everyone - a quick reminder that we will be meeting at Charlie's Best Bread in an hour and a half at 1:30 pm.   We will be talking about our own personal productivity systems and I will be moderating.  I just got a battery for this old dog computer of mine but the extra memory has not arrived yet, and this computer is pretty slow.
Also, I am not really prepared so the meeting is going to be a mess - but come anyway.  Hope a few of you can make it.

Rob

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On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 17:00 Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for your continued support of SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals). Yesterday's meeting was fun and interesting.  Professional Business Coach Janina Goldberg presented some useful techniques for time management and showed us a "matrix" she uses to help her clients make scheduling decisions. She also led us in a discussion about the techniques we use for managing our own "time and energy". Among the most popular: a "no distractions" time and zone where social media is off limits and friends and family know you are unavailable, and "time blocking"- working on a single task or project for a pre-scheduled period of time. It was also discussed that while no "system" works for everyone, it is important that everyone has some system set up that works for them. Many thanks to Janina for sharing her knowledge and expertise with our group.

As a reminder, there will be no meeting in August but meetings will resume on September 19th and the "third Thursday" thereafter. That doesn't mean we are going away though - there are a few other groups in San Diego somewhat similar to ours and we may be announcing some of their meetings here. We also hope to announce some online services fairly soon, but in the meantime, you should feel free to use this shared email list (listserv) as a discussion platform. I haven't had the time to do much "community building" here by making my own posts but we have lots to talk about so don't be shy about making any post with a question or topic related to small and independent business or the self-employed.

Happy Friday - hope your weekend is getting off to a good start.

Rob

  
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