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Full-time freelancers filing taxes: what to do between now and April 15th
February 11, 2019

Full-time freelancers filing taxes: what to do between now and April 15th

April 15th can be a busy day for the self-employed. Aside from your annual taxes from the previous year, your quarterly estimated taxes for the 1st quarter of this year are due as well. This may seem like cruel and unusual punishment, but since you’re in charge of your schedule, you can plan to take[…]

How to Land Work on Freelance Job Boards
February 11, 2019

How to Land Work on Freelance Job Boards

So many independents look for work on freelance job boards. This makes sense: many companies use these platforms to access global talent so they can find and hire the right people. But because these job boards are easily accessible on a global scale, competition is stiff. Most of the time, it’s a near miracle just[…]

Defining Freelance Success and Milestones for the Self-Employed
February 4, 2019

Defining Freelance Success and Milestones for the Self-Employed

When you work for yourself, career success isn’t defined by a ladder of corporate goals. There are no standard annual raises, promotions or elevated job titles dangling before me. Instead, my inner boss identifies milestones that make sense for my individual business experience. It’s empowering to define the goals and strategies that contribute to my[…]

How to Estimate a Project for your Clients
February 4, 2019

How to Estimate a Project for your Clients

As a freelancer, each of your clients and projects may be quite different‚ which means there are a variety of ways to price your services. But, at some point, a client may ask you for an estimate to develop a particular project for them. Determining how to estimate a project can be tough, but if[…]

Six Ways the Government Shutdown Is Still Impacting the Self-Employed
January 30, 2019

Six Ways the Government Shutdown Is Still Impacting the Self-Employed

Congress and the President officially re-opened the government on Friday, but effects from the longest shutdown in U.S. history remain, particularly for self-employed workers. Like federal employees, self-employed workers are still facing serious financial pressure as a result of the shutdown. Both groups are struggling to replace the income they’ve lost over the past few[…]

Becoming an Independent Consultant 101: Everything You Need to Know
January 30, 2019

Becoming an Independent Consultant 101: Everything You Need to Know

You’re a knowledgeable, experienced freelancer with a solid book of clients and a deep portfolio of work. You’ve proven you can successfully build your own career ‚ but is there a next step you should start thinking about?  At this point, some freelancers begin to consider becoming an independent consultant. In this role, you could[…]