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Freelancing and disability benefits

The Social Security Administration has complex rules for Social Security Disability (SSD) recipients who return to work, particularly those who are self-employed. This guide summarizes some of the most important rules.Substantial Gainful ActivityThe SSA basically says that you are only eligible for SSD benefits if you cannot engage in Substantial Gainful...

Issues facing freelance writers in 2021: Contract standards

Some issues that freelancers face are universal — things like getting paid on time, navigating taxes and managing your career. Freelance writing comes with its own challenges, from copyright and contract considerations to libel and slander claims. That’s why our team at Dinghy, together with Freelancers Union, recently brought together a panel of industry...

5 tips to get your freelance business up and running

The world of freelancing means you are your own boss, you can work when you want, and you can pick and choose exactly what projects you want to work on. Whether you choose to supplement your 9-5 income or dive straight into being a full-time business owner, freelancing takes dedication, grit, and most of all, hard work.But freelancing isn’t all glamorous....

5 steps freelancers can take to improve or repair their credit

This article is posted with permission from our partner Lili. Get the digital bank account designed for freelancers with Lili and manage your business expenses, estimate your taxes, and save for a rainy day all with zero account fees. Start a Lili account today.If you’re starting your own business or looking to grow your business, having a good credit...

Tax deadlines for some NY and NJ freelancers are extended

If you are an individual freelancer, sole proprietor, or business owner operating under another entity type in New York,  New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, you may have until January 3, 2022, to file individual and business tax returns and make estimated tax payments, if you have been affected by Hurricane Ida. In addition to the filing deadline being extended,...

Changes to the employee retention credit could affect your freelance business

The IRS recently provided some additional guidance on claiming the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) which may impact your freelance business for the the third and fourth calendar quarters of 2021.As a reminder, if you have employees, you are considered an eligible employer for the ERC by the IRS if you engage in “a trade or business (1) whose trade or...

How a major disaster can affect your tax obligations

This information was first published by the IRS and has been reproduced with permission. Subscribe to IRS tax tips here.Victims of Hurricane Ida now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax paymentsThe IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...

Curiosity is the key to thriving as a freelancer

Everyone knows the saying "Do what you love, love what you do." But what if you don't know what you love to do? How do you figure out your passion?Steven Kotler, New York Times–bestselling author, journalist, and executive director of the Flow Research Collective, is an expert on human performance, and he has a lot to say about curiosity and passion....

The latest fight for freelancer rights is happening right now

Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 to celebrate the immense gains of the labor movement. After decades of struggle, union members at the time had won protections - among other things, the 8-hour workday and the weekend - and respect for the workers who made the economy run.101 years later, Freelancers Union was founded to work for the same...

How to stand out in a sea of freelancers

Freelancers in a creative industry or niche have the luxury of using their creative chops and artistic freedom to stand out in a sea of peers. For instance, if you’re a graphic designer, you can showcase your uniqueness not just with what’s in your portfolio but how you put it together.But the future of freelance work indicates a massive shift into...

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