Taylor K. Gordon is a personal finance writer and founder of Tay Talks Money, a personal finance and productivity blog on hacking your way to a happier savings account. Taylor has contributed to MagnifyMoney, The Huffington Post, GoGirl Finance, Madame Noire, and The Write Life.

Raise Your Rates

Every so often I sit back and think about how far I’ve come as a freelance writer and online business owner. Recently, one of my very first ever clients increased my rate again. Now I’m making way more per assignment than I did when I first started a few years ago. I’m not saying this […]

More and more I’m hearing from friends and other acquaintances on social media that they regret having invested in coaching, books, courses, and other programs. They don’t believe the investment ended up being worth the money. This saddens me as a personal finance writer and money coach because consumer dissatisfaction with coaching and online products […]

money habits

A freelancer’s passion is to help people in some way whether you’re offering writing, design, or another service. Being a little too helpful can cause us to not set proper boundaries with our clients. Beware — unclear boundaries and doing favors don’t help your bottom line. Rush work is a specific area where you need […]

Taxes

I hired a tax preparer the first year I earned extra income on the side. I had never seen a 1099 before, so I figured my return was better left to a professional. Unfortunately, the experience was less than desirable. He filled out all the forms and put together everything beautifully in a nice packet. […]

cloud accounting piggy bank savings

Friends, family, and other aspiring business owners always wonder how I find consistent work for my business. Recurring clients are the lifeblood of my business and many others. Recurring clients keep your income predictable and make it so you don’t have to scout out new customers regularly. It’s also easier to sell new products or […]

Losing My Biggest Freelance Writing Client

Editing and writing are two completely different functions. Writing I love. I don’t love editing as much. Regardless of my preference, I do know that executing work with minimal (if any) editing issues for clients is integral. After all, your work is your reputation. Publishing quality work to my own site is important as well […]

learn from business books

I’ve been writing consistently for the last four years. Blog post after blog post. Article after article. The words don’t always flow through my fingers like butter, but I’ve come up with a few strategies that help me beat writer’s block whenever it happens. Writer’s block is when it feels like you can’t put one […]

business negotiation

In a perfect world, all of your interactions with clients would be smooth sailing. Sometimes there is conflict that you simply can’t avoid. The customer isn’t always right, but you do need to maintain a certain level of professionalism if you ever have a disagreement with your clients. Conflict can occur for a multitude of […]

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