Author: Ben Shanbrom

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 for most solos, but understanding the intricacies and policies that surround these items is pretty integral to mastering the self-employed lifestyle — and not giving yourself an annual panic attack! We assembled this guide to help new and veteran independent contractors properly manage their tax duties and avoid the major pitfalls that often burden 1099-ers throughout the tax preparation process. Whether you’re planning to file your taxes on your own,...

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How to Buy Freelance Health Insurance After Open Enrollment

Editor’s Note: We ran an earlier version of this post to help freelancers buy health insurance before the close of the open enrollment deadline on January 31st. Naturally, it was our hope that as many readers as possible would have the chance to take advantage of this important opportunity, but we know life and work can get in the way. Accordingly, we’ve published an updated version, exploring the practical options you still have available for getting health coverage after open enrollment has ended. We will also clarify the current policy status of freelance health insurance in the United States. What’s going to happen...

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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 explore what we believe are the best freelance websites, apps and job boards currently available to independent professionals of all specializations. We also detail important considerations relevant to each resource.  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. But if anything, the modern freelancer has perhaps too...

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How To Get Clients Fast With a Client Profile Strategy

What looms over a new freelancer more than anything else? I think we can agree building your client base ranks pretty highly on the list. As individual specialists many of us know exactly how to get the job done, but aren’t quite sure how to get clients we can actually do these jobs for. In this post I want to tell you about one of the best and most strategic ways to overcome this hurdle. Using a client profile is one of the best top-to-bottom strategies for attracting clients — and not just any clients — the best ones you could possibly work with. In this guide,...

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Don’t Get Stiffed! How to Always Get Paid for Your Freelance Work

In a perfect world there would be no reason to doubt our clients. The laws of contracting are simple: we offer clients services and we get paid what we’re due for the successful execution of these services. Unfortunately, any number of factors on the client’s end can muddle this simplicity and leave us staring at a bunch of overdue freelance invoices. If you want to get paid for your freelance work, and get paid on time (who doesn’t?), you need to take some proactive steps to ensure your rightful compensation. We may like working with big companies and notable...

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