The Good and the Bad of Working from Home

Freelancers in the gig economy and remote workers are fueling the biggest shake up in working structures since the end of feudalism and the birth of the industrial revolution. Okay, perhaps that is a bit too much hyperbole, but 10-20% of Americans are independent contractors, and the global economy for people working from home is […]

Use Magento If You’re Serious About eCommerce

BY ANDREW HUGHES – SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL #ecommerce #magento You may have heard that Magento is the eCommerce platform you use if you’re serious about your business—and you’re serious about your business—so you’ve decided on Magento. But do you know what you’re getting yourself into? Magento is an incredibly powerful program. One blogger I […]

Calculate the Real Cost of Employees and Consultants

REAL EMPLOYEE COST CALCULATOR This calculator is based on the cost accounting methodology detailed in the article below. Use the calculator below to compare the real costs of contractors vs. employees, based on their salaries and hourly rates. Annual Comparison of Real Costs (cumulative by month)Consult…Employee123456789101112$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000MonthsReal Cost (Cumulative) Months Consultant Employee 1 14,560 15,754 2 […]

Bringing 4G To Developing Countries

Your 2012-vintage phone is dead. You’re not committed to a specific carrier through a two-year contract, you don’t care about brand loyalty, and you’re not one of those people willing to spend heaps of money on leading-edge gadgets. You head online to look for a replacement, thinking you are about to put a dent in […]