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Get a handle on your freelance taxes

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes)This article is posted with permission from our partner TaxAct. File your freelance taxes with confidence using TaxAct’s easy-to-use tax software. Freelancers Union members get 25% off the cost of federal and state tax filing.Freelancing brings a lot of great benefits to the table. You get to control your own schedule. You can...

Does every freelancer need a website?

(Art credit: Sisi Recht, "Reading Rainbow")Your website can become a great tool to attract new clients and build your brand. Instead of relying on freelance marketplaces and competing with a pool of other freelancers, create your website to stand out from the competition and even set higher rates.While launching a personal website can be beneficial...

How (and why) to automate your bookkeeping

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes)You quit your salaried job to become a full-time freelancer. Hooray! You’re the boss of your own time and your business.Now you have a lot going on, from handling clients to managing the projects you choose to work on.But wait, there’s bookkeeping!You know fellow freelancers who sort their paperwork by name, type, and date and...

What's new for freelancers in tax year 2022?

(Art credit: Kathryn Sheldon)Do you use apps like PayPal, Venmo, or Square to accept freelance business payments? If so, you’ll need to pay close attention to the new tax reporting changes affecting these platforms that go into effect this month, especially if you do a significant amount of business through them.In an effort to reduce the amount of...

How to use email marketing and CRM tools to win business

(Art credit: Andrea Hernandez, "Vinyl Bliss")Most small businesses struggle with relationship management. Many don’t know how to deploy the right systems, and those that do often make use of the wrong tools or software, spending precious money on things that don’t really help them. You want to be among the small minority that gets this right, because...

7 poor work-from-home habits you can change today

(Art credit: Karen Fischer, "Everything Under My Wings Prospers")It goes without saying that the last two years have brought about drastic changes in how and where people work. Whether you worked in clients' offices, co-working  spaces, or just your local coffee shop, you're probably spending much more time working from home these days. Now that you've...

Preventing legal issues for first-time freelancers

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes)Working as a freelancer is incredibly exciting. You don’t have a boss and you can control your own schedule. The more you work, the more you earn — no more unpaid overtime! Instead, you’re in control of your destiny.Unfortunately, some pitfalls come with freelancing as well. It’s important to protect yourself legally as you...

4 ways to reboot your business model

(Art credit: Sisi Recht, "Stacked")There are as many types of solopreneur business models as there are solopreneurs. When you work for yourself, by yourself, you can reinvent what you do whenever you want.That’s true…in theory.In reality, many of us get trapped doing what we’ve always done, how we’ve always done it, even if it is no longer giving us...

Where goals fall short: A guide to wholehearted planning

(Art credit: Kathryn Sheldon)Do you have something you absolutely love and hate about yourself?I can think of a few things, but the one that creates a lot of dissonance for me is my tendency and ability to plan. It’s a blessing and a curse.On the positive side, I can be relied upon to be as prepared as possible in any given situation. From packing for...

Getting rewarded for healthy living is simple with MetroPlusHealth

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes)This post is provided by our partner, MetroPlusHealth. Find affordable health plans for New Yorkers of all ages from MetroPlusHealth.As a freelancer, you know the drill of “you do the work, we pay you.” But sometimes, the work can be too much. Since you already have things to worry about, let us worry about you – help you keep...

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