I run my own Internet business from my home. I hired a friend to answer email on her computer, from her home, and paid her a flat fee of $100 for each week in which she did some work for me -- a total of $2,300. She applied for unemployment insurance recently and listed me as one of her employers. My state's labor department now wants big money from me, claiming she was my employee. How do I convince them that I don't owe anything?
Does working from home sound too good to be true? New technology makes it easier than ever to work from home. If you want to try it, first determine whether you can do your job from home and whether you are a good candidate to do so. Then, convince your boss to go along with it by preparing a thoughtful, detailed telework proposal.