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How to choose a tax preparer

This article was first published by the IRS and has been reproduced with permission. Subscribe to IRS tax tips here.Freelance taxes can be complicated, and no two freelancers have the same financial needs. That's why it's often recommended that you consult a professional for advice on your particular situation, and for help preparing your taxes. There...

The Senate needs to act on COVID relief now

The need-to-know:On Dec. 31, most federal COVID-19 relief will end, including student loan deferment and the PUA program.The Senate is far from reaching an agreement on a comprehensive relief bill.Some relief measures could be snuck into a temporary budget bill known as a continuing resolution.It’s time to apply pressure to your Senate representatives,...

Make sure every project is a good fit

Have you ever had an introductory meeting with a client where you walked away feeling great about the project and then……your proposal falls flat?…you get the job but the client’s expectations are totally unrealistic?…you promise to do something that is outside of your comfort zone and ultimately can’t deliver?You are an expert in your field. You know...

The most in-demand freelance jobs to pursue in 2021

Over the past few years, 70% of small and medium businesses have embraced freelancers, thanks to the flexibility that comes with having a virtual team.There are no signs that this trend will slow down, especially after the pandemic has pushed most location-based businesses to work virtually.Buyers have also increased their reliance on digital channels,...

The future is in our hands

Nobody is going to be sorry to say goodbye to 2020. This year has been one of stress and fear, of uncertainty and wave after wave of unthinkable tragedy. But in the midst of some of the darkest depths in modern history, people have stood up - and stood together - to demand positive change and respect in ways that have shook the status quo.It’s a powerful...

When to charge an hourly or flat rate

Both freelancers and those hiring them think about work in terms of hourly rate, even when a flat rate has been negotiated. It's just the easiest way to think about value in terms of money and time. In some instances, thinking only about money per hour negates the experience and effectiveness of the freelancer and results in lower-quality work at a...

10 must-listen podcasts for freelancers

This is a post from our partner Reedsy, a marketplace for the best freelancers in the publishing industry. To join their curated community of professionals and access thousands of authors, apply here and receive a $50 Reedsy credit toward your first project.There’s nothing like a good podcast to fill those mundane hours of housework with invigorating...

5 ways to take inspired action in tough times

If challenging times are a necessary catalyst for our growth and resilience, by anyone’s standards, we should all be in the best shape of our lives come 2021!Woweee, it’s been a year. And my friends, it ain't over yet.  As we head into the final month of this tumultuous year, you may have a lot on your mind. And if you’re anything like me, the pressing...

It's time to take a stand on student debt

Last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested in an interview that one of President-Elect Joe Biden’s first steps once he takes office should be to use an executive order to cancel $50,000 in debt for every person with federal student loans. The proposal was first released in September, in a joint statement with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and...

5 things freelance writers can get sued for

Thinking about all of the things you could get sued for as a freelance writer is probably dead last on the list of things you actually want to devote brainpower to, or close to it. After all, you have good relationships with the clients and publications you’re working for. Plus, getting hit with a lawsuit isn’t the type of thing that happens to writers...

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