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Keep More of Your Cash with the Home Office Tax Deduction thumbnail

Does the thought of taking the home office tax deduction cause you anxiety? You’re not alone. The home office deduction used to be associated with something everyone wants to avoid – an IRS audit. This caused many people to avoid taking the deduction even if they could legitimately claim it.     Fortunately, simplified rules Read More

Should You Put Pricing On Your Website thumbnail

The debate rages on -- to display your prices up-front or not, that is the question. And it’s a question that plagues freelancers All. The. Time. Like any good debate, there are strong arguments for and against. Me, I’ve always been firmly in the “for” camp. But nothing convinced me (and will convince you) as Read More

The Freelancer’s Guide to Handling Clients Who Haggle thumbnail

If you’ve been freelancing for any length of time, you’ll know that clients can, and sometimes will haggle over price. And if you’re new to the world of freelancing, suddenly being thrown into a haggling situation can be a little daunting. On one hand, you don’t want to give in to their every demand and Read More

5 Questions to Help You Charge What You’re Worth thumbnail

Also known as "why there isn't a wrong answer to the 'rates' question" I wasn't always as transparent as I currently am about my rates. In fact, when I first started freelancing, I adjusted my rates based on the client's budget. This turned out to be a really bad idea. Prospective clients thought that it Read More

How to Ensure You Get Paid – On Time thumbnail

Whether making or receiving a payment you need to be ready... So, let’s talk about the one aspect of payments every entrepreneur (this includes you & your side hustle) deals with: billing. When you are thinking about starting a business or if you already have one, you need to set up your billing structure. You Read More

Take the Money and Run: How I Regularly Convince Clients to Triple Their Project Budgets thumbnail

“I wish I was a poor starving artist,” said no freelancer ever. When I started freelancing, I was making next to nothing. (And I know I’m not the only one.) I scraped by with a mix of low-paid blogging gigs, Craigslist projects, and the odd guest article. Nowadays, I’ve ditched the low rates, I haven’t Read More

I Need It Cheap Doesn’t Always Mean What You Think thumbnail

You’ve been approached by a new client and you are doing the "get to know you" thing. Asking a few questions about their business, trying to figure out their goals for the project, essentially building a picture of what they want and need. Then, this happens… Cheap shouldn’t define you as a freelancer but it Read More

How to Implement a Retainer-Based Payment Model thumbnail

Retainers can be a valuable way to bring in more consistent income, and reduce the feast and famine cycle experienced by many freelancers. A retainer is a fee paid in advance by a client to secure your services. There are several different types of retainers and ways to get started, each with it’s own challenges Read More

WaveApps Bookkeeping Basics for Freelancers thumbnail

There are a bunch of different online bookkeeping options available, but the reason I’m sharing about Wave is because it’s completely free. You’re probably thinking, what’s the catch? There are some sidebar ads on the site so that Wave can make money, but they aren’t in your face and I’ve actually learned to tune them Read More

Create An Airtight System For Your Business Finances thumbnail

“Aw, dang, which card do I use again?” “So which account should I use to pay for this?” “Do I really have to keep all my receipts?” If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, now is the perfect time to put together a system for keeping your business and personal expenses separate. Whether you’re a Read More