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Do I Need to Worry About Tax Audits for My Freelance Business?

Filing taxes is challenging enough, but getting audited is the stuff of nightmares. With so much on your plate already, who has time for bureaucracy? The chances of your freelance business getting audited are low—but it is possible. According to the 2022 IRS Data Book, the number of tax audits rose in 2021, but the overall number has been steadily...

Contently Is Looking for SEO Savvy Business Product Page Writers

Contently connects the world’s top brands with versatile and expert freelance creatives, and gives them the tools they need to tell incredible stories, together. As a freelance in our network, you’ll help Contently’s customers—some of the world’s most recognizable brands—craft high-quality and engaging content.  Ideal candidates are creative, SEO-savvy...

Managing Editor Tip of the Month: Update Your Contently Portfolio in a Flash

As a freelancer, my to-do list is almost neverending. Admittedly, updating my Contently portfolio falls to the bottom of the list if I’m not careful. But I’ve learned putting it on the backburner only adds more time to the task later on. When I’m in a hurry to update my portfolio to wow a potential client, I end up kicking myself for procrastinating....

The Pros and Cons of ‘Anchor Clients’

In 15 years of freelancing, I’ve found there are few more stomach-dropping moments than finding out a trusted “anchor” client is jumping ship. When an anchor client—clients that provide steady work and make up a good chunk of your freelance income—decides to slash budgets or shift direction, they sometimes leave even their most trustworthy freelancers...

Make the Most of Your Contently Contributor Experience in 2023

For nearly a decade, I worked hard to build up a career as a freelance travel journalist. That all changed in 2020 when a worldwide lockdown brought the travel industry to a halt. I knew that in order to get work, I’d need to diversify into other verticals. It wasn’t easy, but by 2021 I was editing and writing for health, sustainability, home furnishings,...

Contently is Looking for Copy Editors who Edit in French

GIGS Contently is Looking for Copy Editors who Edit in French Contently is hiring freelance Copy Editors who can expertly edit copy in French and we want you to apply. As a freelance Copy Editor, you’ll help Contently customers—some of the world’s most recognizable brands—perfect high-quality and engaging content that drives strategic business...

Ask a Content Icon: Chatting ‘Ridiculously Good Content’ With Ann Handley

Ann Handley is just like you and me. She eats French fries with ketchup, sold an internet company, runs a B2B marketing firm, and has written several bestselling books about writing… oops, wait. Maybe some of the things she’s done we only aspire to. But at least we’re all writers (and many of us do like ketchup). Full disclosure: I’m an Ann Handley...

ChatGPT Is a Game-Changer. Here’s How to Use it in Your Writing.

A recent text exchange between two colleagues captures the low-voltage anxiety many creatives are feeling about ChatGPT, an AI writing engine that’s made quite a buzz over the past two weeks: “I’m feeling very unsettled,” one writer messaged. “We are in ‘thinking’ professions, but with AI coming along, I wonder what our future will look like.” Ever...

The Surprising Benefits of Freelancing in a Turbulent Economy

In 1995, the job outlook was bleak. My husband had returned to school to upgrade his skills, but there were no jobs for him when he graduated. With the help of a friend, he ultimately launched a delivery business for pharmacies. I was working in a contract position at the time and, without notice, was given walking papers. That’s when I decided it...

A Q&A With One of Contently’s Go-To Graphic Designers

Did you know that people are 30 times more likely to read content that includes design elements than they are to engage with text-only articles? That could be one reason why publishers that use infographics generate 12 times more traffic than those that don’t. For content marketers, dabbling in graphic design to supplement written content is a quick...

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