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Get a handle on your freelance taxes

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes) This article is posted with permission from our partner TaxAct. File your freelance taxes with confidence using TaxAct’s easy-to-use tax software. Freelancers Union members get 25% off the cost of federal and state tax filing. Freelancing brings a lot of great benefits to the table. You get to control your own...
January 18, 2022

5 Ways for Freelancers to Reclaim Their Focus with Deep Work

As a freelancer, you have no choice but to be a jack of all trades. Between marketing your business, responding to clients, and managing your finances, it’s a 24/7 grind. The ability to juggle a million different priorities isn’t just an advantage—it’s a must. But what if all the phone calls, emailing, chatting, texting, and...
January 17, 2022

How (and why) to automate your bookkeeping

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes) You quit your salaried job to become a full-time freelancer. Hooray! You’re the boss of your own time and your business. Now you have a lot going on, from handling clients to managing the projects you choose to work on. But wait, there’s bookkeeping! You know fellow freelancers who sort their...
January 16, 2022

Why Quitting Your Job to Go Freelance Is The Best Thing For Your Career

Do you dream of quitting your day job? Join the club. Per a Gallup survey, 70 percent of the U.S. workforce is not engaged at work. That’s right, most people trudge to the office without any sort of passion or connecting to the work they’re doing.If you feel this way, quitting your job might seem...
January 15, 2022

Does every freelancer need a website?

(Art credit: Sisi Recht, “Reading Rainbow“) Your website can become a great tool to attract new clients and build your brand. Instead of relying on freelance marketplaces and competing with a pool of other freelancers, create your website to stand out from the competition and even set higher rates. While launching a personal website can...
January 14, 2022

What New Grads Should Consider

You finally walk across that stage, wrap your greedy hand around that degree, and strut off your college campus into the “real world.”What are you heading toward? A traditional full-time job where you’ll clock in and clock out for eight hours a day, five days a week?Just a few years ago, nearly every new grad’s...
January 13, 2022

What’s new for freelancers in tax year 2022?

(Art credit: Kathryn Sheldon) Do you use apps like PayPal, Venmo, or Square to accept freelance business payments? If so, you’ll need to pay close attention to the new tax reporting changes affecting these platforms that go into effect this month, especially if you do a significant amount of business through them. In an effort...
January 12, 2022

How to Tell if the Freelance Gig is Legit

Getting the gig you really want is something to celebrate as an independent worker. We’ve been taught to do whatever it takes to win and get hired. However, you must be mindful of any red flags that catch your attention. Sometimes the project can be too good to be true, or just straight up shady.According...
January 11, 2022

Preventing legal issues for first-time freelancers

(Art credit: Pedro Gomes) Working as a freelancer is incredibly exciting. You don’t have a boss and you can control your own schedule. The more you work, the more you earn — no more unpaid overtime! Instead, you’re in control of your destiny. Unfortunately, some pitfalls come with freelancing as well. It’s important to protect...
January 10, 2022

The Best Freelance Instagram Accounts To Follow Right Now

Using Instagram is an awesome way to market yourself as a freelancer and showcase some of your work. Whether you’re just starting out, or need a much-needed daily dose of motivation to help you make the leap, there’s tons of freelance-oriented accounts serving up practical freelance tips, quotes, and ideas.There’s also a wealth of freelancers...
January 9, 2022

How to use email marketing and CRM tools to win business

(Art credit: Andrea Hernandez, “Vinyl Bliss”) Most small businesses struggle with relationship management. Many don’t know how to deploy the right systems, and those that do often make use of the wrong tools or software, spending precious money on things that don’t really help them. You want to be among the small minority that gets...
January 8, 2022

“How Much Should I Charge for my Services?” How to Set Your Rates as a Freelancer

Pricing shouldn’t be scary, it’s just a part of business. Let’s dive into two of the business models that exist: Market Pricing and Perception Pricing. We’ll walk you through both of them and help you pick the one that best fits you and your industry. Market Pricing A quick glance at a site like Upwork...
January 7, 2022
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