Author: Ben Shanbrom

The SEP-IRA explained — Retirement Planning For the SoloPrenueur

With our trusty laptops in hand, and potentially frozen cocktails in the other, there aren’t many things that can bring us down. Sure, paying self-employment taxes as a freelancer can be a pain and deciding if you need business insurance as an independent consult is a tough call. But all things considered, life could be worse — except, oh shoot, what are we doing about retirement? A lot of professionals new to consulting work, while they were employed, were used to the employer match adding to their retirement savings and to the tax advantages of that and their own contributions...

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Self Promotion 101 for Shy Freelancers

Thanks to the blogosphere and TED Talks (Susan Cain’s The Power of Introverts is the one everyone knows) we introverts no longer need to apologize for or excuse particular social preferences to society at large. Unsurprisingly, introverts account for a vast portion of the freelance and consulting realms. We use our creative inner dialogues and personal space to drive our output. It works for us and other people like the results of our processes. Unfortunately, there are some areas where our inward focus doesn’t always help — marketing ourselves can be one of them. While being our own advocate...

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The Path To Higher Paying Clients – Insights From the Marketing Mentor

Ilise Benun is the “Marketing Mentor” — a fitting title for someone who has carved out a bustling consulting career helping creative professionals find higher paying clients across gig economy. In addition to being an active author and speaker who has held marketing workshops for several notable institutions and organizations like The Freelancer’s Union, RISD and Pratt, Benun coaches creative professionals on how to grow their businesses and better promote themselves. You may also recognize her from the excellent HOW Design Live podcast, for which she serves as program partner. Across all of her work, Benun’s passion for solopreneurship and desire to...

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Cowork It Out! Find and Choose The Right Coworking Space

The solidarity of the freelancer “I was thrilled to be my own boss,” says journalist, speaker and author Minda Zetlin. “But as I sat in my apartment staring at my computer, it just seemed so very . . . quiet.” Is the sound of silence a little too familiar to many of us? Plenty of digital ink has been devoted to the question of whether the solopreneur or freelancer is an inherently lonely role. It’s a timely topic and one of the key reasons so many solos burn out. Zetlin captures the creeping sense of isolation some call the “solo blues” very...

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Do Freelancers Need Errors and Omissions Insurance?

It’s a fact of life that mistakes happen, even to the most experienced consultants. Sometimes the repercussions can be devastating. Things can get bad pretty fast if a disgruntled client sues you. As Adam Cecil of PolicyGenius notes in a recent blog, even a dismissed lawsuit can cost a freelancer between $2000 and $5000 — that can be enough to close up shop. Errors and omissions insurance covers you if a client is unsatisfied with your work results, is sued by another party or claims libel or any form of negligence. This can be an incredibly valuable protection for you...

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