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When to consider selling your freelance business

When freelancers start their businesses, they go all in: launching their websites, building their authority, differentiating themselves from competitors, and finding increasingly lucrative clients.Once business is booming, however, they tend to look for other income sources. That could be info products, revenue-sharing deals, affiliate marketing, and...

How to hire your own freelancers

If you’re a freelancer and you want to get better at what you do, hire other freelancers.First, it’s the perfect opportunity to recognize what it feels like to be on the receiving end of great (and not-so-great) customer service. Second, it gives you the chance to shape the world of freelancing for the better.And third, you’re likely to find more affordable,...

6 ways to launch a product if you're broke

This year and the next might be some of the best times in history to start planning a business. If you have product ideas but don’t have the extra cash to invest in them, don’t worry.There are a handful of different resources and strategies out there for you to launch a product without spending much of your own money. This can allow you to diversify...

How to barter your skills

Freelancing can be a rewarding career path, and many freelancers achieve financial success. However, to build toward stability and keep your career sustainable, you need pay close attention to your cash flow. There may be times, whether by the nature of the gig economy or crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, that you find yourself receiving lower income...

A window of opportunity for freelancers who need PPP funds just opened

On Monday, February 22, President Biden announced an important new opportunity for micro-businesses to more easily access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans to businesses who have experienced a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes create a 14-day window during which the only PPP applications that will be...

How to tell prospective clients what you do

I’ve always had jobs that were hard to explain to other people.I started my career as a teacher. That was the easy one.“I’m a teacher.”That’s a very straightforward job description, one that everyone can relate to.After that, it became more complicated.“I run projects for people.” That can mean a lot of different things.I used to try to define my work...

9 COVID-related deductions and credits that could lower your freelance taxes

The emergence of the COVID-19 virus made 2020 a very unusual tax year—with both the CARES Act and the HEALS Act being passed with significant tax changes. Add into the mix Paycheck Protection Program loans and the regular list of deductions that freelance business owners can claim and you have a web of potential deductions to sort through.If you haven’t...

4 places that will pay you to freelance

If you’ve spent the pandemic working from home in an expensive metropolis surrounded by roommates and street noise, you may have started to wonder why you’re still paying sky-high rent in a slowed-down city when you could be paying off a mortgage in, say, Tulsa.Maybe you’re not ready to pack up and move, but you would like to spend some time in Hawaii...

5 ways to land new clients right now

The world is constantly changing. In the freelance economy, one of the most important skills moving into the future will be the ability to accept and capitalize on these changes.Key Shifts in FreelancingHow has the freelancing industry changed in the past few years? Well, the most noticeable change is the regularity of freelance work.The past year was...

You've still got time to get health insurance for 2021

As part of the Biden administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has reopened the health insurance marketplace. By extending the health insurance enrollment period, they are hoping to encourage more people to purchase life-saving health coverage as we continue to face a public health crisis.The federal marketplace will...

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