• You're a Merchandiser. How do you prepare for your next gig?

    You're a Merchandiser. How do you prepare for your next gig?

    On this blog we talk about the many positive aspects of working as a freelance retail merchandiser. We’ve discussed the flexibility, tax benefits, and how the gig economy challenges traditional employment. But one area we haven’t covered as much is the actual day-to-day work of a freelance retail merchandiser.

  • Mastering the Planogram

    Mastering the Planogram

    For independent retail merchandisers, no two days are ever the same. Unlike your typical 9 to 5 office jobs, they are always on the move. They lend their talents to a broad range of clients in a broad range of industries. They may spend their day in a Dollar store. The next day they’re working at an apparel retailer. When there’s a retailer that needs help merchandising, you’ll find them there.

  • Getting Ready for Tax Season: 1099 Forms, Deductions and More

    Getting Ready for Tax Season: 1099 Forms, Deductions and More

    2020—one of the most tumultuous years any of us have ever experienced—is mercifully ending soon. Unfortunately for independent contractors and gig economy workers, that means the beginning of tax season.

  • The SFS Referral Program is a Great Way to Make Extra Cash

    The SFS Referral Program is a Great Way to Make Extra Cash

    At SFS Field Services, we are always on the lookout for more talent. Right now we have more than 90 pages of open positions for Retail Merchandisers across the nation.

  • How Independent Contractor Work Challenges Traditional Employment

    How Independent Contractor Work Challenges Traditional Employment

    In the last decade, the definition of work has been fundamentally altered. Instead of traditional 9-5 jobs, many Americans have opted for what has become colloquially known as the gig economy.

  • For Independent Contractors, the Holiday Season Means Seasonal Work

    For Independent Contractors, the Holiday Season Means Seasonal Work

    Every year about this time, you see it. Retailers start staffing up to handle the upcoming holiday rush. Though this year’s holiday season is sure to be unlike any others we’ve experienced due to COVID, the numbers actually tell a different story.

  • I’m an Independent Contractor. Is My Home Office Tax Deductible?

    I’m an Independent Contractor. Is My Home Office Tax Deductible?

    Gig workers and independent contractors have lots of job perks. They have the flexibility to make their own schedule. They have the freedom to work as much—or as little—as they want. They also have the satisfaction that comes with being your own boss. But all that freedom and flexibility comes with some gray areas. None bigger than taxes.

  • Retail Merchandising, Defined

    Retail Merchandising, Defined

    Do you confuse your CPGs with your UPCs? Having trouble understanding the difference between a display and an endcap? And what exactly does a sidekick do, anyway?

  • The Outlook for Fall 2020: A Season of Uncertainty

    The Outlook for Fall 2020: A Season of Uncertainty

    As we transition from summer to autumn, there still remain more questions than answers for independent contractors whose livelihood depends on the gig economy. With many schools planning on starting the new school year still in remote mode—or only open for a few hours each week—how will parents who depend on the gig economy be able to work? How will a continuing COVID crisis affect the earlier projections of substantial economic growth in 2020? What can we expect for the last 4 months of 2020…and beyond? And the biggest question of all: how do independent contractors prepare for another season of unprecedented uncertainty?

  • Making Gig Economy Jobs Pay this Holiday Season

    Making Gig Economy Jobs Pay this Holiday Season

    The 2020 Holiday Season is going to be a challenge for everyone—retailers, consumers, and perhaps most of all, retail workers. Holiday gig economy retail jobs—while usually plentiful in past seasons—are not expected to have as many openings this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak and resulting lockdowns.

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