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Who’s Hiring Freelancers: Fuentek, FedEx, Northwestern Mutual

(September 24, 2009)

APEX, N.C. – If you need extra money but don't want a staff job, freelance work may be the answer. These days, companies hire freelancers for everything from writing and design to delivery and sales.

Pros and cons: You usually don't get benefits, but can often set your own schedule and may even be able to work from home. The pay is self-employment income, and is viewed differently than normal wages by the IRS. You'll need to file specific tax forms with your annual return – and, depending on what you earn, you might need to submit quarterly tax payments. On the plus side, you can deduct many of your expenses, and may qualify for the home office deduction.

Fuentek Freelance opportunities available: They need technology transfer consultants who have very strong technical, consulting and business backgrounds.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline is required. Advanced technical degree or MBA is preferred. Background in intellectual property management or technology transfer is helpful.

Hours/Pay: Flexible work schedules are available, but consultants must have some availability during standard business hours. Consultants generally work five to 25 hours per week. The company says its "competitive hourly rates are commensurate with the consultant's technical background and depth of experience."

Other info: The company will be hiring on and off through the end of the year. Résumés will be kept on file for upcoming opportunities.

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