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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 […]

Implement systems that result in employees talking with customers, employees talking with each other,

There are many myths about self-employment that people may start to mistake for fact. Working for yourself can be a great thing, but it doesn’t always mean you’ll be 100% in control of your career and the day-to-day operations. Often times, you’ll still have to work with others and may even have to please clients […]

fighting to success

Even the most fearless seeming business owners can get a twinge of anxiety when one of their ideas is performing below expectation. What sets them apart is that they keep pushing through the struggle. To succeed in any area of life, you have to first accept that a few failures along the way are inevitable. […]

freelancer office, Reward Yourself today

Freelancing certainly seems like one of the top options to start a home-based business when sites like Upwork claim that freelancing will become the workforce majority within a decade. As a seasoned freelancer myself, I honestly don’t buy it. While freelancing can be great for the right person, I don’t believe everyone is cut out […]

business savings tips

You’ve been side hustling for a while now, and you are ready to quit your job. Congrats! An early welcome to the world of the self-employed. But before you go reenact this guy’s overhead announcement and rub it in a manager’s face like the guy in this video, think about the long-term consequences. Instead of […]

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