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Self-Employment Certification

For only $10.99 per year you can distinguish yourself from the competition, and demonstrate to current and potential clients that you genuinely want to be self-employed and have taken steps to establish your independent business by becoming a CertifiedSE!

You are not just acquiring a certification through CertifiedSE, you are also gaining membership in an exclusive community of independent entrepreneurs who genuinely want to be self-employed.

***A certification can also help you demonstrate to the IRS that you are engaged in a qualified trade or business that is eligible for the new Code section 199A deduction for pass-through entities.***

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Want to do business with individuals who genuinely want to be self-employed and have taken steps to establish their own business? Look no further than our directory of CertifiedSEs. Search by location, industry or even by name!

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The CertifiedSE Community

Becoming a CertifiedSE is more than acquiring a certification. You also acquire membership in an exclusive community of independent entrepreneurs who genuinely want to be self-employed.  Connect with like-minded and similarly driven entrepreneurs and share ideas in the members-only forum. Browse vendors who can assist you in further solidifying your self-employed status, and in taking your business to the next level.

As a member of the CertifiedSE community, you will gain access to resources and insights that can help you achieve your business's full potential.

Why CertifiedSE?

CertifiedSE addresses one dimension of a problem vexing client companies contemplating doing business with an independent contractor: is the individual legitimately self-employed? It does so by certifying independent entrepreneurs who genuinely want to be self-employed and have taken affirmative steps to establish an independent enterprise.

Government agencies at the federal, state, and even local level, and plaintiff attorneys, are increasingly scrutinizing relationships between independent entrepreneurs and their clients. Often a client does not know whether an individual has taken any affirmative steps to establish an independent business until after an investigation has commenced or a lawsuit is filed; but then it is too late. To create a more efficient marketplace for independent entrepreneurs, legitimate entrepreneurs need a means to distinguish themselves from others who have no intention of establishing a business and are seeking employment, but will accept an independent-contractor opportunity in order to pay their bills.  Those individuals disrupt the marketplace for legitimate independent contractors. They do this by exposing their client companies to a heightened regulatory risk of worker misclassification, which can cause those client companies ultimately to cease doing business with independent contractors altogether – in order to avoid this risk.

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CertifiedSE addresses this problem by providing legitimate independent contractors an objective, third-party, means to demonstrate to potential clients that they genuinely want to be self-employed and have taken affirmative steps to establish an independent enterprise! Likewise, CertifiedSE provides client companies with access to our database of CertifiedSEs.

CertifiedSE provides self-employed individuals with an opportunity to memorialize their true intentions with respect to their choice of self-employment, and to document the steps they have taken to establish their independent business. Only individuals who have taken these steps are eligible for certification. The CertifiedSE designation carries no legal significance. It is not intended to convey any assurance that such an individual would be determined to be an independent contractor for purposes of any law.  This is because worker-status determinations take into account multiple factors, and they can vary in each client engagement. CertifiedSE offers independent entrepreneurs an opportunity to document certain factual matters that can be relevant to a worker-status determination.

Demonstrate your self-employment credentials and make yourself more attractive to potential clients by becoming a CertifiedSE today!

Earn your Certification Today!

Why wait any longer? Self-employed entrepreneurs are the backbone of the American economy. Demonstrate that you genuinely want to be self-employed and have taken steps to establish an independent enterprise, and gain an advantage over your competition by  completing the certification process today!

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