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6 ways to get paid faster

Chasing clients for late payments is one of the activities every freelancer would want to avoid. Those conversations about money tend to get uncomfortable. Moreover, getting paid late can have a significant impact on a freelancer’s cash flow, as freelancers are usually working from project to project. No matter whether you are working for a nonprofit...

10 steps to more successful freelance negotiations

As a freelancer, you often don’t know what a client is willing to pay you for a project. You have to rely on your own knowledge, confidence, and negotiation skills to get paid a fair rate that you can live with. Here are some tips to negotiate better as a freelancer.1. Understand your worthThe first step is to understand what you bring to the table....

3 easy ways to start an emergency savings fund

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 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the future is unpredictable. Nobody imagined, for...

Taking a second job as a freelancer

Freelancing is often an enriching career path and a freeing experience. You have the opportunity to be independently driven in your activities, and set your own pace of work. However, that’s not to say that it is always a smooth process.There may come a time that you decide to take on a second, non-freelancing job. This might be because economic uncertainty...

How the American Rescue Plan made health insurance more affordable

Whether you’ve been freelancing your whole career or are new to the gig economy, maintaining affordable, quality health insurance is probably never far from your mind.Getting and keeping health insurance is easier for those who are part of an employer group. As an employee, your company usually pays for a portion of your premium, which gets automatically...

How freelance taxes work with peer-to-peer payment services

Do you receive payments for your freelance business through peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps such as Venmo, PayPal, Facebook, or other mobile platforms? If so, it’s important to know how income from these apps will impact your freelance taxes. In fact, because of the potential for these transactions to “fall through the cracks” of your regular freelance...

5 ways Black female freelancers can protect their mental health

Freelancing affords a level of control over your work schedule and the types of projects you want to prioritize more than traditional forms of employment. But for Black women thriving in the gig economy, it can often feel like an uphill battle. In addition to the financial uncertainty that freelancers face, Black women specifically are subjected to...

How to battle solopreneur loneliness

For most of us freelancers and solopreneurs, there is an innate drive to create something that is uniquely yours, purely driven by your own efforts and abilities. For me, it was also about taking control of my time, work, and life.When you’re completely driven by building your own thing and making money on your own terms, you have no choice but to make...

Request PPP forgiveness before it's too late

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a lifeline for many freelancers and small businesses who experienced a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, the program was expanded several times to allow more participants to take part in it and receive funding — the government even made the loans forgivable.This was, and...

4 ways continuing education helps freelancers succeed

As a freelancer, it’s no secret that you don’t have access to the same resources that big corporations have. This means professional development can take a backseat. It’s especially true when you’re trying to keep clients happy and make sure that you have a consistent flow of work coming through the door.But continuing your education is incredibly important,...

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