Freelancing

Flying Solo: Can a Nervous Nellie Be a Freelancer?

I’m the last person you’d imagine striking out on her own. I’ve always liked the camaraderie of having like-minded colleagues, the comfort of getting a paycheck every two weeks, and funding my retirement with a 401k. Need I add that I’m extremely...

Flying solo: The financial side of Freelancing

So far, I’ve been amazed (and a little unprepared) for all the tiny and not-so-tiny things it takes to start even a low-overhead, one-person enterprise like mine. In the past two or so months, I’ve had to:1)   Research and buy a new printer and...

Best Ways to Build Your Own Website

Apparently, there's this thing called a website and your business needs one. Here are a few ways to build a great site--and your brand--for free or close to it. Even if you’re a relative technophobe, you can build a basic website yourself. Two of...

Five Ways to Kill It as a Freelancer

It used to be that if you described yourself as “freelance,” people didn’t take you seriously. Not anymore. A recent survey by the consulting firm MBO partners estimates that by 2020, at least half of the country’s workforce will have gone...

The Scoop on Home Office Deductions

Ah, that pesky home-office deduction. For those who work from home, it can be a valuable tax break, but it’s also a tricky one—especially if you own your home. Want to check it out? First, let’s see if you’re eligible.You qualify for the deduction...

Document Your Agreements

If I can point to the one thing that probably led to over $1,000,000 worth of mistakes that I've made in my businesses (and I have the debt to prove it), it was that I spent little, if any, time documenting agreements. Documents, records, and...

Saying ‘Yes’ Pays Off

When I moved to Philadelphia a year ago, I was broke—25 years of living in New York, the past five of it as the breadwinner for my family, can do that. Don’t focus on making new friends, I told myself: "Make money" Yet my first move was the...

A Solo 401(k) Is Smarter

When I exited my magazine-editing job a few months ago to start a business as an editorial consultant, I knew the standard advice was to roll over my 401k into an IRA immediately. After talking with a few money-savvy friends, I opted to call...

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