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  • 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.

  • What This Holiday Season Means for The Gig Economy

    What This Holiday Season Means for The Gig Economy

    The Holiday Season has traditionally been good to the gig economy. It’s when retailers staff up and hire extra workers. From warehouse workers to delivery drivers to retail teams, temporary staffers have always been in need during the late months of the calendar year. But that was before the economic uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. How will consumer behavior change this year? What will social distancing and lockdowns do to Black Friday and the rest of the season?

  • Hired (and Hired, and Hired): What Makes a Successful Freelance Merchandiser

    Hired (and Hired, and Hired): What Makes a Successful Freelance Merchandiser

    The Internet, and mobile technology in particular is driving a once-in-a-generation rethink of the very concept of work.

  • #Displayfail: Massive In-Store Display Mistakes

    #Displayfail: Massive In-Store Display Mistakes

    If there’s one skill you need in order to be an effective merchandiser, it’s attention to detail. Take for example, the classic in-store display. On the surface, they seem simple enough to manage. But far too often, we see massive in-store display mistakes, or to use the 2020 lingo, a #displayfail.

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