Author: Ben Shanbrom

Getting the Freelance Rate You Deserve

Setting your freelance rate is at the core of building a freelance business. It hinges on knowing your market, your customer’s needs, the solution you provide and the value of that solution. Too many consultants and freelancers are messing around with very low pay. And it is usually totally unnecessary. As our survey of gig economy data shows, 20 percent of all professional freelancers earn more than $100,000/year. Pricing your freelance work and effectively explaining your value to clients can be very stressful for independent contractors. In reality, the emotional stakes are often not as high as we may...

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The Best Freelance Websites and Marketplaces in 2017

The online job market is one of the most useful tools the modern freelancer has for securing a steady workflow. In this post we identify what we believe are the best freelance websites, freelance marketplaces and freelance job boards currently available to independent professionals of all specializations. In a recent study commissioned by Freelancers Union, 69 percent of self-employed workers affirmed that new technology has made finding gigs easier. Freelance websites and job boards have blown open the gates to consistent and steadier income for non-traditional workers of many backgrounds. The modern freelancer has many more options than the two or three best-known sites. Be...

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Establish Yourself and Get Jobs on Upwork

We recently covered the best job websites for freelancers and gig economy workers and weighed their individual strengths and weaknesses. Now we’re providing a tutorial for getting jobs on one of the biggest freelance marketplaces available online. This guidance will not only help you get jobs on Upwork, but also on many comparable job indexes like Freelancer and Guru. It can feel like an uphill battle getting that first gig on Upwork. But with some strategic self-promotion and smart planning you can cut through the noise and make it happen! 15 random tips for getting jobs on Upwork Build trust by having...

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Conquer Freelance Taxes & Independent Contractor Tax Deductions

As freelancers and consultants, we handle our business operations largely on our own, and tax filing for many of us is no exception. Freelance taxes and tax write offs are not especially thrilling topics, but understanding how taxes for freelancers are different from traditional employment is integral to mastering the self-employed lifestyle. We assembled this guide to help new and veteran independent contractors properly manage their freelances taxes and to avoid the major pitfalls that often burden 1099 workers throughout the tax preparation process. Whether you’re planning to file your freelance taxes on your own, or work with a tax professional (which we highly...

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You Can Do It! Get Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners In Just Weeks

Not everyone looking for good freelance writing jobs for beginners is an experienced writer. If you are a developer, designer or consultant eager to grow your brand and make some cash while you do it, it’s never too late to get started in freelance writing. This guide will give you a thorough plan to find freelance writing gigs quicker than you’d ever think possible! While writers have long been drawn to the opportunities of gig economy, experts from other backgrounds are beginning to see potential in this area as well, and with good reason. The ability to write intelligently about your expertise allows solos...

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